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2013 and why I stopped blogging

Hello to my three favorite followers! and Happy happy new years! SO I wrote this whole long post about my experiences last year and the reasons that led me to discontinue blogging. Yes that’s right you read correctly, I decided to stop blogging and there are various reasons for my decision but it has been one of the best decisions of my life.  I went into excruciating detail in my previously written post which was scheduled to be posted in Jan of 2014 but those reasons are actually for myself and for no one else. I know some people will be upset about this but I really could not care, my life has changed drastically and I started having one for the first time in 8 years (since I started blogging) and it felt great to be a little bit normal for a change.

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So there isn’t much about 2013 in this post at all, that is ok, it was a very tough year and I made it, better and stronger and ready for new challenges. One of them is to work more abroad and travel more. I just got caught up so much in this rat race of being the popular kid on the web and having more traffic than other sites that I didn’t realize how much I was missing out on in just living. Getting back to the roots and the essence of being, none of this internet mogul crap. Plus it was literally driving me insane and causing all sorts of problems!

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In short, what most people don’t realize is the massive amount of time and effort that goes into blogging regularly, especially with pictures. Just going through thousands of images from say a wedding and selecting 80 photos to be blogged can easily take 4 days or more. If you blog around 10 posts a year you are spending almost an entire month just blogging, then comes the worry at night as to why you blog is not getting featured or why it is not on google’s first page in search queries. It almost became a strange obsession/addiction. Google analytics, Search engine optimization, page views, web traffic stats etc.

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Above is a great moment between father and daughter, Regardt van de Bergh and Lika Berning, shot them for Finesse magazine. Below is another portrait I did on the side while shooting a story for Finesse, this time of the amazing Martelize Brink, paralyzed from the waist down, she is a popular radio DJ on RSG. If you meet her you will quickly realize that you are one that is actually paralyzed. She has such a zest a strong love for life and people that leaves you feeling helpless:)

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So I stopped and decided to rather have a life, get out of the office and enjoy nature. As a result, I started exercising a lot more, I play golf again and I am at my healthiest and fittest I have been in over 10 years. I actually look 10 years younger, people don’t believe me when they find out how old I am.

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So I have just added a few quick pics and you will see that they don’t even all match up in length as I couldn’t be bothered by it.

So unfortunately you won’t be seeing a lot of me on here anymore and I am fine with that, I still get booked regularly, my work is still going strong and I have many happy clients and I am shooting better work than ever, so that makes me happy. Oh, I also started acting again on the side and this from a commercial I did in 2012. Enjoy it:)

 

 

February 11, 2014 - 23:56

Eric - Yeah thanks, it came by accident but turned into the best thing ever, I feel so much happier and have time to do my own things again, its great!

February 5, 2014 - 20:34

Christilene - Absoluut mooi! XC

February 5, 2014 - 13:32

Tim Wecke - great post Eric. couldn’t agree more… everything u speak about are the same reasons ive avoided or delayed getting into blogging… live life man and enjoy the absence…

Emma + Gerard = Married! part ONE

What a magical wedding! There were so many amazing photos I just could not limit myself to a few images. It was truly hard to make these selections hence why I havn’t posted anything in a while. As always I’ll leave it to the experts and let the images to the talking:)

Venue: Vrede en Lust in Stellenbosch

July 12, 2013 - 08:41

Kat de Sarigny - Stunning work as always!! Love!!!

Julia + DK = Hitched

Julia and DK (the artist formerly known as De Klerk) had great weather on their wedding day in March. I just came back from Las Vegas and I was feeling a bit under the weather but it was such a great event and everyone was is such a happy mood it lifted my spirits and soon I forgot about my woes and I really enjoyed the laughs and the small intimate wedding which was held at her family house. The dance floor was literally held up with a boards and nails right over a swimming pool! Alas the carpentry held up very well and I did not get to capture and splish splashing:)Please enjoy!

(It was very difficult to pick a few random photos for the post as there were so many great moments) Makeup by Sanmarie Botha

April 17, 2013 - 01:09

Eric - Thanks Shireen

April 17, 2013 - 01:08

Eric - Dankie Giz! altyd lekker om samet julle te kuier :)

April 17, 2013 - 01:08

Eric - Thank you Julia, everyone was great, it made my job so easy and enjoyable and that translates into way better awesome photography. Now to take over the world!

April 16, 2013 - 18:57

Giz - One of the best weddings I’ve been to!

Love your photography Eric! You make it so easy to relive the memories!!!

Gorgeous! Amazing! Beautiful!

April 16, 2013 - 18:44

Jean-Pierre Uys - So much life and emotion captured!

April 16, 2013 - 17:20

Cape Town Wedding Photographer - Love dit!! Well done

April 16, 2013 - 17:12

Julia - Eric, I absolutely love these. They capture the evening so beautifully and are an absolute joy to look at.

Thank you so much for immortalising our wedding, and being a part of it.
(Which other photographer ends the night with running man on the dance floor?!)

Jeannine + Rene = Married!

Jeannine and Rene got married at Langverwacht Estate next to Zevenwacht in March this year. He is the man from Amsterdam and she is from Cape Town. Ok maybe not really Amsterdam but it sounded cool, enjoy the photos! It also needs to be mentioned that it was one hell of a hot day, probably close to 35 degrees Celcius at some stage in the shade. The flowers, sadly did not make it, RIP.

VIVA Las Vegas!

Yes that’s right! Las Vegas! So I had the pleasure of visiting the States a couple of weeks ago and on my very first trip ended up in Las Vegas of all places. I know, can you believe it?! Am I crazy or what? Not entirely:)

See there was a convention there called the WPPI. The largest of it’s kind, an International Wedding and Portrait Photographer Expo and Convention. There were close to 16,000 attendees this year, held at the magnificient MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. My facebook page has lots of pics from the expo itself, I will be putting up more of my own personal snaps I took while walking around (and did I walk! Probably close to 6km’s a day, which is way over my daily walkable budget)

It was an incredible experience in a massive place. One truly feels small and a good pair of comfortable shoes is essential, forget about being too snazzy, your feet will die. There was another reason I went to Vegas and that was to support my brother, Jean-Pierre, he had been nominated by the Framed Awards as one of the top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World, what an honor! I met the most awesome people while I was there, Kristi Sutton Elias, Corinne Alavekios, Jerry Ghionis, Jose Villa, Jonas Peterson, Benjamin Von Wong, Gregory Georges, Elizabeth Messina, Christy Weber, Blair DeLaubenfels and an artist from San Diego Kathryn Williams to name a few. So great to meet you all!

You can see some more from the WPPI here. You can see more of the Framed awards here.

The glorious MGM Grand Hotel.
Yes, there another lady in Vegas holding up the flame of liberty
A view of the good ol strip.
Yes we stayed at the castle, its big.
If I remember correctly this was shot in the bus, just came out great:)
Yes that is a Chewbacca standing in the streets of Vegas.
Oh right, it was also Nascar week in Vegas! The place was packed with people. Just 300 000 people came down for Nascar.
Sad to have missed the water works show at the Bellagio
There be pirates, arrrrh!
I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THOSE BOOTS DAMMIT!
An bike from OCC
This was at The Luxor, (the pyramid shaped hotel) and the girls dance inbetween the poker and black jack tables, for tips. Or so I hear.
Yep that’s me and my brother:)

Brand new website

I have been busy working a new website and here it is – ericuysphotography.com – please go have a look as it is basically just a showcase of some of my best work or at least some of the work, I have had time to edit and select. It is such a labour intensive task and such a difficult but neccessary task that all photographer have to go through, I find it very difficult to cull my images so this process takes me ages!

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