Today we chat to brilliant photograher Christiaan Hattingh!
Who is Christiaan, what do you do and where are you based?
Without having gone to study photography at an educational institute, I knew what it is I’m good at and have so much potential to accomplish becoming an exceptional photographer. Although I still have an extensive amount to learn, I am confident in my ability to be flexible and always changing, which I feel the photography industry is all about. Photography is a fashion which enhances all fashions, and fashion is ever changing. I started out working for a small studio, and have since been freelancing under my own name, CHATTphotography. Based in Gauteng, corporate portraits, portfolios, fashion, lifestyle, events and weddings have been keeping me busy, as photographing people is my passion.
How would you define your creative style?
My eye always tends to look for simplicity, clean fresh lines and combinations of color.
Which photographer inspires you?
As I’ve mentioned, photography is always evolving, thus its important to be observant of who and what is happening in the industry, and to experiment with different styles and techniques. One of my closest friends, photographer Clarisse Pieterson, is the one who always inspires and motivates me as a photographer in every aspect of being a freelancer.
What are you currently working on and whats in the future?
I have just come back from a 10 day trip with the annual motorcycle tour of an organization named Cancer.vive. Cancer.vive is mainly sponsored by Revlon and Caltex, which is aimed at creating cancer awareness and educating people about early prevention of shy cancers.
Next for me – I will be giving more attention to marketing CHATTphotography to the corporate industry and try to brake away from the wedding industry a little.
What advice would you give to young South Africans looking to do what you do?
Media is a very tough industry to be in because it is so competitive and flooded with photographers. There will always be someone who’s better or different than you, but if you stay humble, always willing to learn, experiment, and be willing to do a lot of free work especially in the beginning to get your name out there, you will accomplish your dreams. It takes time, a lot of hard work and perseverance, but the pure passion for photography makes it all worth it every time you capture that perfect moment. Be passionate.