Meet: Bron Fourie

October 20, 2014

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10730999_707227189353422_8870957696495260218_n Images: Vanilla Photography and portraits of Bron by Alexis Diack

Part of the reason I started this blog was to profile and celebrate great, local talent – Durban based freelance photographer Bron Fourie from Vanilla Photography is one of these people. What started as a hobby, fuelled by Bron’s passion for creating memories in photographs, has now materialised into a flourishing career that keeps her very busy taking beautiful images of everything from weddings to engagements, families and commercial shoots. Like me, Bron is passionate about living in Durban and gets super excited about local people following their dreams and doing exciting and innovative work.

Bron specialises in weddings and portraiture, but is open to all ideas and opportunities. Follow her incredible work or book Vanilla Photography for your own shoot at http://vanillaphotography.co.za

I hope you enjoy meeting this lovely, talented lady x

How did you get into photography?

I knew from a young age that photography was what I really wanted to do. My dream was having my photo on the cover of Elle Magazine or Cosmo! But instead of following that dream, I decided to go into Interior Decorating. After 5 years working in the design industry, I realised that my heart was still in photography, so I did a few courses to up my skills, quit my day job and dived head first into the unknown. And instead of the cover of Elle, I’ve hit the covers of wedding magazines! So although my dream has altered slightly, I’m definitely living it.

Top tips for taking a great photograph?

My passion is trying to capture the emotion in the moment – something that tugs at the heart strings and triggers a memory. I feel that that is a sign of a great photo.

Why do you love living in Durban?

Wow, where to start? The fact that we have the sea at our feet, the Midlands at our shoulders and the Berg as the cherry on top! Who wouldnπt want to live here? The diversity of the people, the old school feel of the city centre, the amazing drive of the entrepreneurs in our city- it makes my tummy tingle knowing there are so many youngsters in our city trying to break the mould!

Best places to go in Durban?

For food- Marco Paulo
For coffee and working out the office – I want my coffee
For markets – The Wonder Market
For a chilled weekend away – Nottingham Rd
For awesome quirky decor – Antique Cafe in Churchill Rd
For drinks- Franks

Fave accessory (other than your camera of course!)?

I LOVE a good watch and a good chunky necklace. And I have a leather jacket that I wear all the time!

What does living with soul mean to you?

Living out your dreams, and feeling passionate about life, and everything in it. I love the freedom of being able to do what I love, and meeting the most amazing people while doing it. Connecting with strangers fills my soul! I’m a big believer in following your passion, and doing everything within your power to make it work for you.

Best place you’ve ever travelled to?

I’m an avid traveller, and have extremely itchy feet. I feel like this world was not made to have your feet planted in one place. There is too much to see!! I would say Barcelona is my favourite city, Croatia is my favourite country, and China is an incredibly fascinating place to visit. The Great Wall should be on everyoneπs bucket list too. But at the end of the day, there is no place like home (or Cape Town!)

Who inspires you?

My mom. Sheπs is the strongest, kindest soul I have ever met. When I grow up, I want to be just like her!

One piece of advice you’ve never forgotten? I have 2 things I live by:

1. Take the time to do the things that make your soul happy
2. Life is uncertain, you should eat dessert first!

 

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