We had the privilege of having a shoot with the inspirational and hilarious Sarah Theron, Tim Theron, Charlene Lackay and Nic van Wyk at the beautiful Diemersdal Wine Farm in Durbanville. Nic had the fun challenge of creating a pancake to represent each of these well-known personalities. And what personalities! “They were a lot of fun to shoot, and so natural in front of the camera, and very humble” said our talented Flat Art Studios photographer, Donna Lewis.
When creative people from different creative genres meet, one would expect an explosion of energy and organised chaos. “But it was actually a very relaxed atmosphere. It was like a group of old friends hanging out in the kitchen, very casual,” Donna murmured. This comfortable atmosphere also meant that Donna could just take photos and try to capture all those little moments which others might miss if they weren’t intent on catching it. “Because they are actors they know what to do when placed in front of a camera, so I never really had to direct them.” Tim agrees with her. “It was so relaxed, yet professional. We all knew what to do when and what was expected of us. Donna made us all feel comfortable by joking with us between shots, it made the whole experience quite painless. And now, seeing the end-results, it is clear that she knows what she’s doing.”
According to Donna, the Art Director (in this case it was the accomplished Tenille Swanepoel) always sends a brief before hand, which guides Donna with decisions regarding lighting and composition. On the day of the shoot, at the location, they will then get together and discuss different possibilities while constantly referring back to the original brief as a guidline. “I just made sure my lights were set up out of everyone’s way, so that they could move freely. After that I just basically focused on capturing the action.”
And there was a lot of action. Tim tried a sexy pose on the counter, while Sarah and Charlene did exactly that which we all learned from our parents not to do: they played with their food! And maybe it was because of all the estrogen in the air, but there was even a Battle of the Bakers between the two males (Nic and Tim). They had a pancake bake-off, trying to see who can out-flip the other. “I think I won a few points when it came to grace and style, but in the end Nic’s experience helped him take the lead,” Tim confessed. Donna could only laugh. “It was as if they all had known each other since forever.”
Buy the July edition of LiG for the complete article on these fascinating and inspiring people.
Written by Marzanne Kriek