Today, we’re getting to know Laurette van der Merwe 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!

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

I have always taken photographs from a young age, but was married to a professional photographer for 31 years, and in that time spent more time in front of the camera as a model than behind the camera. Eventually when we divorced I was able to pursue my ongoing passion for photography. In May 2010 I bought my first DSLR after many years of prompting from family and friends to go into photography professionally.

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?

My Computer and my guitar, which I bought from my sister’s boyfriend for R15 in the late 1960s.

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

With God and I would ask Him what it is that I can do in my life that will help bring peace, tolerance, compassion and love to mankind instead of everything that is bad in this world.

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

Arts, crafts, dancing, animals, flowers, counselling.

5. What makes you really angry?

Injustice towards people and animals who are not able to defend themselves.

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?

That she donates the money to Hospice or Animal Welfare.

7. What subject matter do you love shooting?

People and Nature in all forms.

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?

My 55mm – 200mm because for me it is the one I feel most comfortable shooting with in most circumstances and I am never without it.

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

God’s beautiful creations in all its forms.

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

Not being able to get the bride walking down the aisle because the venue was too dark and I didn’t want to upset the ambiance by using flash as their was a videographer skyping the ceremony. I realised in a few minutes that they would have had no photographs of the ceremony if I didn’t use the flash and so promptly corrected the problem.

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

I don’t need music but if there is music playing I prefer soft gentle music like Eva Cassidy or instrumental music.

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

I am confident in shooting in natural light and least confident in shooting indoors.

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”.

Going with the flow

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

To Europe again as the first time in 1988, I was very restricted and the photographs that my ex took didn’t come out because there was something wrong with the camera which we only discovered once we were back home.

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

It was the latest wedding I did and I enjoyed it so much because they had so much confidence in me as a photographer (as they loved my engagement pics I did of them) and we all had so much fun because it was extremely relaxed.