Lights, Camera, Capture.
Photography is one form of art that is really amazing and the most precious and fun part about photography is capturing special moments with your loved ones. You can go anywhere around the world at this moment in time, you will find people taking pictures just to capture moments. Now we have people who are really passionate about taking pictures and make it a point to help others celebrate their special days.
In this article we feature South Africa’s very own female photographer and fine artist Leigh Skinner-Tebbut. She is an inspiration to many upcoming photographers.Based in the Cape and lives her life surrounded by creativity every single day, she has been in the creative industry for quite some time.Let’s get to know her.
Question: Who is leigh, where is she based and what does she love?
Answer: I am Leigh Skinner , i live and work in East London and the Eastern Cape area . i love to travel when i can , i have brought up my 3 sons with much passion and enjoyed each moment and i love my Art and Photography , it is my life .
Q: Take us through your normal daily routine.
A: A typical day starts with an early wake up as i love to see the dawn break and hear the birds wake up , then i go to gym and thereafter begins work which can be seeing , clients, editing , shooting ,Travelling, paperwork or on a good day, painting .
i fetch my school going son in the afternoon and take him to his music lessons or other and continue working inbetween . Some days i teach one on one , a basic photography course . Evenings is time with my sons and cooking and chatting . Later i often get stuck into some editing when the house is quiet, and end off catching up with social media and some reading .
Q: Do you have any formal training relating to photography or the Arts?
A: I attended the Port Elizabeth technikon many years ago but did not complete the three years Art course . I then trained under the head of the faculty privately for three years , many years later whilst raising my son’s . I have attended short courses to become digitally compatible with photography and general computer literacy .
Q: So you are a photographer and a fine artist?
A: Yes i am a Professional Photographer and a Fine Artist and work mainly in oils and mixed media .
Q: What do you photograph?
A: I am very diverse in my Photography and cover Wedding Photography , Portraits, Fashion, Lifestyle . Architecture and Decor. all with a creative and documentary approach .
Q: What is your subject matter, in your paintings?
A: I was primarily a contemporary Landscape Painter but i have journeyed into the area of people and life and in a very instinctive and modern style , inclusive of bright exciting hues and many stories within stories , very much influenced by the imagery i see in my Photography work .
Q: Who are your influences, any old masters perhaps?
A: One of my favourite Masters and one that influenced me hugely is Turner and Constable , Modern painters that influenced me are David Hockney , Dieter Roth and Jasper Johns amongst others .
Q: When was your big break in the industry?
A: I have been through phases , I painted very successfully and sold Internationally before i was diagnosed and treated for cancer in 2009 , a series of events led to my taking a sabbatical until last year when i started painting again . Photography for me has been a 5 year process of hard work and building up a reputation and clients .
Q: You work with people a lot, how do you handle difficult clients?
A: I am a very easy going person and it is rare that difficult clients upset me , i tend to see it as a challenge to overcome their bad humour and win them over .
Q: What makes you tick?
A: Life makes me tick , inclusive of my three beautiful sons, my creativity and beauty surrounding us .
Q: What Advice would you give to an aspiring photographer or fine artist?
A: The advice i would give is be humble , work really hard and consistently , keep learning and you will succeed .