Professional Photography Interviews: Christine Meintjes – Wedding Photographer
I absolutely love when professional photographers share their knowledge and wisdom. And I love soaking up everything they got to say. Christine Meintjes does share a lot, she runs workshops and several other ventures, you will hear about below.
I hope you enjoy what you read.
1. I think most of our readers will know you but maybe tell us in a few words about what you do, because there is rather a lot that you do.
Hi, I’m Christine. I started my careers as a wedding and Portrait photographers. I still photograph, but also have a few other projects I’m involved with. I run a wedding blog called www.theprettyblog.com with a friend of mine, as well as run a ‘playground of photographers’ called KIKI. It’s a place where photographers can learn and share and learn more about the industry.
2. What I love about your blog is that you are not afraid to share your knowledge and give tips. Do you think there is advice to give to photographers no matter what they shoot, like some universal truths?
Yes, for sure. Always be yourself. And above all else, never compare yourself to anyone else. You are unique, an individual. You see different than everyone else. Embrace that!
3. I love your photos because they are so natural, I can tell that your clients have a great time with you and that shines through, but I also love how you capture details. What do you thinks turns a good wedding photographer in a great one?
I believe a photographer that’s in touch with what’s going on around him will be a much better one than one that’s in his/her own world. It’s difficult to say what makes a great photographer, as there are so many things one can look at. But I believe the photographer that made their clients day is the great one. At the end we don’t just give our clients photos, we give them an experience. And that’s what’s important.
4. You teach workshops and I am still gutted I couldn’t go to your workshop in Munich. How do you plan your workshops? What do you want participants in your workshop to take away from the days they spent with you.
My workshop is very personal. I share my story. How I started my business and all the things I learned along the way. The workshop is not a technical workshop, but rather one that challenges you as a photographer, business owner and as a person. We also do a fun styled shoot, which is always a highlight.
5. One of missions and dreams for Women Photographer Forum is to empower women to charge what they are worth, because I know it’s a struggle to ask for money at times. How do you feel about this topic? Any advice you may want to share?
Money is always a difficult topic to address, but I believe everyone should be happy with what they charge/get paid. In other words, whether you charge 50 euros or 5000 euros, you should feel confident with that. I also believe you should feel you’re giving your client a worthy product. At the end pricing is a combination of what you think you’re worth, but also what they think you’re worth.
6. Kiki.TV is so exciting, what are your future plans for that?
We have some exciting things up our sleeves for KIKI tv. We’re currently changing the twice a week tv show for a once a week show and then we’re also changing the show to something more professional, but this will only be at the end of the year. We’re very excited
Thank you Christine for taking the time to answer the questions, I know how busy you are.
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