Photoshoot with Shae

Photoshoot with Shae

The studio is nearly ready for opening. In the mean time we have also been staying busy and have done several portrait sessions over the last week.

While the Studio is still taking shape, 95% is now done, and the studio is already fully functional and the bookings are coming in even before the opening. Continue reading

Vlog shoot and Studio photos for Tiziana

We had a fantastic session today in the studio.

We first recorded footage for a video for Tiziana Burtone for her YouTube Channel. Once she has uploaded it and it is live, I will share it with the visitors to this page. Videos do take a bit of time to shoot and edit but in some ways it is more satisfying than taking a photo. This is especially if you are doing a Vlog-type shoot. You have to give much more attention to certain aspects because editing is much more time-consuming that a photoshoot. It is much quicker and easier to do work on a photo in post production.

A Headshot for Tiziana.

As a photographer it is very important for me to get the photo right because as a commercial photographer, all the time I spend on editing, is income lost. The same is applicable to videography. The factors influencing the final product are compounded because where with a photo, you have one frame, you have 25 frames per second of footage that you are creating. You also have sound. Sound can make or break a production – that is one of the reasons I don’t particularly like doing videos of wedding. Too many wild-cards and too many things that can and will go wrong on the day.

Then we also did a quick photoshoot for her profile and blog. As the video footage we have shot is for casual, informal Vlog, the look in the photos are also casual. We wanted to present a bit of a playful side, and Tiziana was dressed casually. We also tried to represent that side with her hair taken back – no fancy hairdos or makeup, but active Tiziana doing exercises and representing that in the photos accompanying the video.

First test shot from studio

I am really quite happy. There are still some wiring and other work that has to be done in the studio, but i did a few test shots today with my son, Dante, and am quite happy with the result.

First test shot in the Studio is good. We rigged the Octabox up and took a single light shot . Nice.

Studio Progress – 11 September 2017

The Studio is making Progress. We have a white vinyl backdrop mounted on a portable stand at the moment for us to do some test shoots over the next few days and to debug the lighting till the backdrop wall mounts are installed.

Test setup with a White vinyl Backdrop.


We also have the antique and teak wooden furniture in place that will be used in our reception area and boardroom.

Reception area – yes it still looks a bit unstructured. Be patient.




Kempton Park Studio progress

Kempton Park Studio progress

The new studio is showing some progress.

The initial layout will be reasonably straight-forward with a large open space for the dtudio of around 60 sq meters in the front of the studio and an equipment room and a makeup/changeroom with a wc in the back.

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Location for new studio confirmed

We can confirm the lication for the new Studio as Shop 5, Palm Springs Centre, 30 Christoffel Street, Van Riebeeck Park, Kempton Park.

Van Zyl Studios primary focus will be in-studio photography, whereas wil focus on media content delivery and generation for customers such as Still Images, Video and VIrtual Reality and Virtual Tour Content.


One of the specialities of Van Zyl Studio will be Headshots for people developing or maintaining their virtual identity and Image.

Top-quality images of individuals has become a critical component of their inage for Businessmen, Actors, Musicians, Politicians, Real Estate Agents and virtually every person making use of Social Media today.

Studio photos have become an important part of the presentation of Public Personalities (Photo by Gideon van Zyl – Van Zyl Studios)

Expressing your personality and building your image has become a key component to success.

Van Zyl Studios produces exceptionally high quality images without fail.

You can book your headshot in advance now by sending an email with your contact details to now or contacting Gideon at 0711775571.

Van Zyl Studios to open new studio in Kempton Park

Van Zyl Studios to open new studio in Kempton Park

Exciting news is that Van Zyl Studios, is planning on opening a new Photography studio in Van Riebeeck Park in kempton Park on the 1st of October 2017.

The establishment of a Commercial Photography and Video studio has been in the pipeline for many years as the time taken to set up field studios has become expensive and ineffective. This means that Van Zyl Studios will become more accessible to a wider clientele.

The lease has not been signed yet, so we cannot announce the address yet, but the space we are looking at will be around 100 Square Meters and will have a reception area, makeup/cloakroom area for outfit changes and makeup, a technical area for editing and large studio space that can accommodate most scenarios.

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Event Shoot – Multi-Party March 12 April 2017

Event Shoot – Multi-Party March 12 April 2017

March to he Union Building

On the 12th of April I attended the mass rally in Tshwane – marching with the crowd from Prince’s Park in the West of Pretoria City Centre to the Union Building sin the East of the Pretoria City Centre.

It was an exciting march with all opposition political parties from South Africa present and presented.

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Time Flies

Time Flies

This page used to be my innovation page for a long time, but in the mean time, life and technology has caught up with me. i hope to still be innovative on this page, but since the last time I posted here, many, many things have happened to me. Photography has taken on considerable significance for me, and where I used to be a hobbyist, I guess that somewhere along the line, Photography has moved into the bread and butter space for me.

This also means that i have to consider this site more seriously. So while I am considering how to from here, this site will be seeing some changes as I adapt to my changed focus.

So just to get things going – here are some recent photographs.

Abu Dhabi Photos

Abu Dhabi Photos

Here are some of the photos of Abu Dhabi that I made from the roof of the Dusit Thani hotel and in the hotel.

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