Today, we’re getting to know Taryn van Rensburg a little bit better! This is part of a series of  interviews we will be having with KIKI members. If you would like to be interviewed go to our interview page and answer a few questions!

Website/ Blog:

Facebook Page: Taryn van Rensburg Photography

Twitter: @tarynvrensburg

Location: Ballito (Durban), South Africa


1. When and how did the photography bug bite you?

I’ve always loved photography, but never viewed it as a career… I had an uncle who was a photographer- and his life didn’t seem terribly glamorous (think 80’s wedding photographer/studio photographer… BOOORRRING!)… and then we bought my first SLR in 1999. I loved taking wildlife pics… and thought “man, I’d love to do this”… so I just dabbled around. But when I got my first DSLR in 2006, that’s when it bit in a big way. I just wanted to get GOOD at it. I wanted to be able to do it RIGHT. Good composure. Right exposure. That sort of thing. I go to bed at night after reading photography books. It’s really sad.
It’s been a long evolving process. And I love it. But being self taught when you have a full time career in advertising, and 4 children… well… it takes a bit longer :) But I’ve gone full time since September 2011. EEK!

2. Your house is on fire, your family, equipment and pets are safe, but you only have time to take 2 items, what would it be?

The box with my daughters ashes, and my wedding album (pre-digital age). Everything else is replaceable.

3. If you could have a conversation with anyone about anything, who would it be and what would you talk about

How important it is to savor today, to make the most of it, and to cherish your loved ones. We, as a family, have just been through a really difficult two years, which has been both challenging, and also extremely rewarding.
My daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder, called Trisomy 18 or Edward’s Syndrome. We were told she’d probably not even live a month, but she lived 491 amazing days! She rocked my world, and gave my life some perspective. (I wrote a blog
We spend so much time thinking we have tomorrow. But we may not. Today is what matters. It’s so important to grasp what we have today, and make the most of it… AND to be grateful.
My daughter, Mikayla, was the strongest, bravest little being I have ever known… and she changed so many people’s lives without having uttered a word. I will never stop talking about her.

4. What can you talk about for hours? (apart from photography)

My faith. My husband. And my children (3 boys, and my daughter in Heaven). I love my family. They rock!

5. What makes you really angry?

Arrogance. It’s an ugly, ugly trait.

6. You help an old lady load her groceries in her car; only to find out she is extremely wealthy. She wants to buy you something to say ‘thanks’. What would you choose?

I guess if I she forced me, I’d choose a Canon 1D… but I HATE HATE people giving me things, and I’d probably ask her to rather give her a gift to someone in more need. Maybe a donation to an orphanage (like Hearts that Hope )

7. What subject matter do you love shooting?

Children, especially between the ages of 5 & 10), and then married couples (but not weddings)

8. If you could only take one lens on every shoot (even if you don’t currently own it), which one would it be and why?

This question sucks. Umm… I would probably go with a 50mm 1.4… I do love this lens. Lovely bokeh. Love prime lenses. Just gorgeous.
But I’ve just bought the 70-200mm 2.8. Think it may change my world. But it becomes limiting for small spaces etc. Do love the nifty fifty!

9. If you had all the time in the world to do one photography project, what would it be?

My 365 project… which, incidently, I am SERIOUSLY backlogged with. Not enough hours in the day!

10. Have you ever had one of those embarrassing moments at a shoot? Would you tell us what happened and how you survived?

Not yet :)Although, I had a client recently, and I kept calling her the wrong name (she had the same surname as another client)… once I’d done it once, I just couldn’t stop. She was very sweet about it. But I felt like a real chop. Oh, and when shooting a couple on the beach the other day, in my excitement I jumped on a bench to take a picture, and fell off the bench! Thankfully there weren’t too many people around… and I landed on my feet!

11. What music do you listen to when you have to get through long hours of admin and editing?

Mostly worship… though me and my 6 year old love to boogy on down to “Moves like Jagger”… and my Josh has some serious moves…erm… like Jagger!! (I’m rocking as I am typing this!)

12. Which aspect of your craft are you the least and most confident in?

Least confident: studio lighting
Most confident: editting (is that cheating?)

13. When you have to make big decisions, which do you prefer? “Flipping a coin”, “Comparing the pro’s and con’s” or “going with the flow”.

In my head “comparing the pro’s and con’s”… in reality “going with the flow” (Or is that “rolling with the punches”)

14. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

South America. Always wanted to go there. The culture. The outdoors. The photo ops. Something different. I’ll add that there are too many places I want to travel to. Too many.

15. Give a link to one of your recent shoots that you absolutely loved shooting? Why did you enjoy it so much

I have started doing “Beloved” shoots. Yes, ok, it was created by Jesh de Rox, and no, I haven’t done his course… I have just called it that, and after some research, put my own swing on it. I love marriages. I have a real heart for marriages. They’re God-ordained. And I love the connection that’s there- and this rings more and more true the longer the couple has been married. I just love seeing that connection- of a couple genuinely loving each other, and touching one another’s hearts. It is just, for me, a very special photo-shoot. I get let into their world a little bit- and that’s a privilege. Incidently, this was the shoot where I fell off the bench :)