You are launching a new business and require a fun, interesting way to promote it – make a video!
You have an exciting project that you need to explain and seek funding for – let’s create a vodcast!
You have an upcoming event or conference and need to capture it on video – let’s do it!
You need to pre-record sessions for a conference – we’re happy to help!
You need to explain processes for training purposes to save money and time – let’s animate it and make a video that staff can watch as many times as they want.
Whatever the need is, we have a solution. Kaimara has extensive experience in corporate video production and can assist with whatever is required – from live streaming to vodcasts to animation.
Often times we receive emails such as “May I please have a quote for a video?”. That’s it. While we realise that for the average Joe the video world is uncharted territory, we do need quite a bit of information before we can send an accurate quotation for a video production.
Let us guide you in what we need to know;
• Where will filming take place? We need to know whether to add travelling and accommodation fees and if the filming is going to take place outside of Pretoria we need to keep travel time and time spent out of the office in mind.
• When will video filming take place? We need to check our availability and possibly pencil book a date for your project.
• How many hours of filming will you need? This one can be tricky if you really don’t know how long it will take, but we can help you figure it out. It depends on what you need to be covered, whether there will be interviews, b-roll etc.
• Do you need the video to be edited or do you only need the raw, unedited, video footage? There have been many times where the client has an in-house video editor, or they only need to have an event filmed to keep a record of the event, so an edited video is not required. In this case, we can copy all of the raw video and sound onto an external hard drive and deliver it to the client.
• Do you have a script? With any video production, this is actually the starting point. You do not need to have a formal, professionally written script, but the script guides the whole video production and lets us know what is necessary to film and how it should be done. Videos are all about telling stories, even corporate videos tell stories and you need to have a clear vision of what needs to be told and shown. If you do need a professionally written script, we can arrange that for you.
• Do you need a professional voice over artist to record the script? Many corporate videos do need a professional voice over recording to read the script. The voice-over keeps playing in the background while b-roll, animation or interviews tell the story visually.
• Will there be interviews? Often, an interview will replace a voice over. The b-roll will support whatever it is that the person is talking about. This is very common in vodcasts and corporate videos. • Animation? When it comes to systems and processes and other kinds of training videos, most people opt for an animated video with a professional voice over recording. It is the most interesting and effective way of communicating the message.
These are most of the questions we would have in order to know what you are looking for. No matter how simple or complicated the task, we’re always up to it. Telling stories is what we love to do, and creating art while telling the story is even better! Let us help you create an extraordinary video and reach your goals!Read More
Many people believe that being a photographer is a glamorous job and that we, as corporate photographers, take photos of fancy events and famous people and surround ourselves with all sorts of prettiness. Although we do take photos at fancy events occasionally attended by famous people, we wouldn’t really describe a photographer’s job as a glamorous one. Being a corporate photographer or wedding photographer takes a lot of hard work, more patience than one would think, creativity and sometimes even a bit of magic to get the perfect shot.
We are in the business of making others look good, whether it is a person having their professional portrait taken or a product making its debut in the virtual world – we need to make it look even better than it already is. Corporate photograph poses many interesting challenges, and we love a good challenge!
Recently we were commissioned to take photos for SEDA’s Annual Report showcasing their Success Stories. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) provides SMMEs with business support and training to grow their business, and every year a select few of those businesses are picked to be featured in SEDA’s Annual Report. We were asked to travel to all nine provinces of South Africa to take photos of the selected businesses. The other part of the project was to take corporate portraits of the management team and executives using a mobile photography studio which we set up at their head office in Pretoria. Our mobile photography studio comes in handy when we need to photograph people using professional studio lighting instead of natural light because it is super convenient for the busy business person to pop into the boardroom next door between meetings instead of having to drive to a photography studio off-site. We have various paper backdrops so we can accommodate any mood – light and bright or dark and dramatic.
We travelled far and wide, from a small town in the Northern Cape to the depths of Thohoyandou and beyond, we got to take the road less travelled to reach many of our destinations within South Africa. This is probably one of the best things about our job – travelling. We see people and places that the average person will never get to see. When travelling to remote destinations away from any big city, you need to be ultra prepared. There is no Plan B if your camera suddenly decides to freeze or if your CF card acts up. Your photography kit needs to be well prepared for anything and you need to be able to take a really good photo in midday sun if need be. We employ our trusty Canon 5D IV and Canon 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses, as well as a reflector to capture portraits and product photos using only natural light.
Through our photography journeys, we meet wonderful people with fascinating stories, and with this SEDA project, we saw how you can build yourself a thriving business through very hard work and a lot of determination. It is always humbling and encouraging to see how people have created something from nothing ensuring a bright future for themselves and the generations to come. The best part is listening to their story, seeing them glow with pride and of course capturing the smile that says it all.
We are happy to share some of the photos we took on this corporate photography project with you.Read More
With social distancing being at the order of the day our perception of normal is slowly changing. Large gatherings will not be permitted for quite some time, and yet the world must go on. Thankfully, technology is our friend. Professional live video streaming services have various benefits and has become a crucial part of work- and personal life for many people around the world. Before downloading a free application to DIY video streaming, consider the advantages of hiring a team of professionals to handle it for you.
Live streaming for Conferences
Whether used by individuals or corporate companies, live streaming a conference, meeting or social event allows you to reach and interact with more people across the globe. One of the greatest benefits of professional live streaming is that you have the option to create an interactive experience where participants can join in the conversation, pose questions, add comments and engage with the speakers as well as their peers. You can add a live feed from a social media platform of your choice which just makes the experience that much more interesting for all involved. Receiving and answering questions in real-time via Twitter, for example, not only makes the meeting or conference more appealing but also much more effective. Speakers can speak directly to the audience’s needs and questions without delay, due to the live feed of comments and questions at their disposal. You will most probably also have a wider audience engagement as people are more prone to raise questions via social media than in front of a live audience.
The quality of professional live streaming is incomparable to the quality of a Zoom meeting. We are a team of professionals who use high-quality camera- and audio equipment. In essence, it is still a video production and quality is key. All the recordings from the conference or event will be saved and it is possible to create a highlights clip of the most important parts of the day, or even deliver all the video footage for the client to use at a later stage. If streamed through Facebook or YouTube the video will remain there as a post, which users will be able to share.
Video live streaming services can be effective and impactful in a wide variety of contexts, including product and services promotions, live announcements, online classes and even organised gatherings. Physical events are usually limited to the space available at a given venue. With live streaming, however, you can invite as many people as you like to attend the event.
Live Streaming for Weddings
The wedding industry has been greatly affected by the limitations set by the lockdown and our hearts go out to all the suppliers, venues and especially couples who have been affected by this. However, the human race is very adaptable and we need to stay positive and make the best out of the circumstances we face.
Couples will still get married, but the number of wedding guests will probably be limited for a long time to come. As sad as it is not to have all of your loved ones close by to witness your wedding day, live streaming the wedding will bring you closer.
If you hire a professional team to stream your wedding you will still get to share the day with all your loved ones. With various camera angles and camera operators, your wedding will be covered from all sides. It is treated as a proper video production with professional cameramen using only the best equipment to make sure the quality of your video is top-notch.
You get to stream the video to your guests at home, and you will receive an edited highlights video encapsulating the best moments of your wedding day. Two in one!
Considering that you will have fewer guests at the wedding, your venue, decor and catering bills may be significantly lower, which opens up some funds for a wedding video, which you may not have considered before. The bonus of having streaming services is that it doubles as a wedding video, which may actually save you money in the end.
We realise that times are tough and many things are still uncertain, but South Africans are nothing if not resilient. Keeping a positive mindset and adapting to the new standards will not only get us through this but make us stronger. Let us help you make the most of your conference, social event or wedding – we promise it will be worth it!Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, and more specifically – large gatherings. Wedding photographers and the rest of the wedding industry has been hit hard by the lockdown and looming restrictions as a result of the pandemic. Non-essential or large events, like weddings, are prohibited and might be for a while. As wedding photographers, we are staying safe at home contemplating the uncertainty of the wedding industry’s future. Our beloved brides and grooms are having to face incredibly difficult decisions too – they need to postpone their dream day while considering the fact that the future of weddings may not be as they’ve imagined. Besides the fact that restrictions will probably be in place for quite some time, many couples may need to downscale the wedding due to financial constraints as a result of the pandemic. Some people have turned to virtual weddings, and I can only imagine that “DIY weddings” will be trending very soon.
Wedding culture is usually sold as “your perfect day”, but in these trying times we are taught the true value of people, of human connection and we are reminded of what our priorities should be. Perhaps extravagant weddings with luxurious floral arrangements are not what weddings are about? Does everything really have to be “perfect”? Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful venue with carefully curated wedding decor looks great! As wedding photographers we are visually inclined, so we appreciate every small detail that goes into creating the look and feel of the wedding, but that does not make a wedding, not by a long shot.
What is the most important thing at a wedding really is love. The most beautiful wedding photos are photos of people, not things. Those are the photos you will put up on your walls, not the flowers or the fancy shoes.
If nothing else, this time of social separation makes our hearts long even more for the ones we love. This time reminds us of our own humanity, humility and the importance of human connection. As wedding photographers, we have the privilege of witnessing moments of pure, unscripted emotion. We get to see true love between partners, the bond shared between father and daughter, mother and son. Wedding photographers see moments of melancholy, anticipation and elation, and we see the tender balance between love and loss when a parent gives their son or daughter away, and suddenly realises how time is never enough. We see the pride in grandparents’ eyes and the innocence in little kids playing tag without a care in the world. A wedding really is so much more than just two people tying the knot. It is the coming together of generations of stories, of families joining and a couple sending out a message of hope.
As sad as we are to be missing out on weddings in this time, we are confident that once the fairy lights are back on and the music plays, we will all have a renewed appreciation of getting to spend time together and celebrate! May we never take each other for granted.
Dr Seuss really says it best; “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”Read More
Whether you are a business executive, an administrative assistant or a designer, having quality corporate portraits taken is essential to promoting your professional and personal brand. It allows you to show you in a way you would like prospective clients to see you.
Social media plays a vital role in promoting our professional abilities so it is more important than ever to invest in high-quality corporate portraits.
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your photography session.
Look the part
Think about what you want to communicate with your corporate portrait and dress accordingly. Whether you suit up and look slick and fancy, or whether you take a more casual approach to your photography session, remember that clothing communicates too.
Keep it simple
Steer clear from clothes that have busy patterns and thin lines – these don’t always photograph well. Solid colours tend to work best with corporate portraits. You can bring in a fun colour or two by layering your clothes if it is in line with your vision for your portrait.
Although we do want you to look your best, it is important that you feel your best and that you are comfortable. If you are going to tug on your dress or if you have to fix a part of your shirt all the time you will feel uncomfortable and your discomfort will show in the photos. Dress your best, but make sure you can move freely in your clothes without having to worry about anything coming loose or fitting too tight.
For a polished look, we do advise that you wear make-up. And yes, we are talking to the men too. Many corporate portraits are taken using studio lighting, which allows the photographer to manipulate the light to bring out the best in you. The only downside to studio lighting is that it can make your skin appear sweaty or greasy. Enter the marvel of make-up! By applying powder to your face you will look fresh and shine-free on your photos without the photographer having to spend extra time editing your photo. For ladies who like to wear make-up and can apply it well, we say go for it! Take time applying your make-up perfectly and do a touch up just before the shoot. Just make sure you still look like the person your colleagues see every day – keep it natural.
Look in the mirror
If circumstances allow, have a quick look in the mirror before you go to have your corporate portrait taken. You know what you normally look like and what you want to look like, the photographer probably does not. Do a final check to ensure that everything is in its place, as you would like it to be.
We see it so often; people make jokes and laugh while waiting to have their photo taken, and the second they are in front of the lens they freeze. We know that this is where our job comes in to make people laugh and to create moments in which they smile naturally. If you have trouble with this though, think about something or someone that makes you laugh or a funny meme you saw on the way. People can show us as many teeth as they want, but if the smile doesn’t show in your eyes it is not a real smile. Don’t feel self-conscious if you laugh – many people apologize and cover their faces once they start laughing. That makes the best photos! Just go with it and trust us to capture you at your best.
Last but not least; choose your corporate photographer well. You have to make sure that the photographer’s style is in line with yours before you book your photography session. At Kaimara we have extensive experience in taking corporate portraits for CEOs, ministers as well as countless staff members. In the end, a face is a face no matter how famous and we would love the opportunity to show the world your best side.Read More
Hiring one company to do the wedding photos and wedding video as a one stop shop
You got engaged–hurray!
All the butterflies flutter-flutter in your tummy and you are actually already in the honeymoon phase. You start dreaming of your perfect wedding day and get lost in thoughts of celebration and beauty. Then it hits you: the decisions.
When planning a wedding you need to make thousands of decisions while trying your best to accommodate everyone involved. This can be quite a daunting task. It is daunting and it is exhausting!
One thing you can do to avoid a little bit of extra stress is to hire one company to do the wedding photos and wedding video –a one-stop shop to capture the most precious moments on your wedding day. You will have less admin to worry about which will save you some precious planning time. After all is said and done all you have left of your wedding day are the wedding photos and wedding video, so you need to make sure that you are in excellent hands. Finding one reputable company will just set your mind to rest knowing that that important “to-do” has been ticked off.
Another great benefit of doing this is that the company you have hired to photograph and film your wedding will most likely have a team working on your wedding that has worked together before and who know each other well. As a photographer, you intuitively know how the others in the team work, move and think. You will know when to get out of the way and when you can quickly go in to grab a shot. There is also no competition between photographer and videographer to get better shots or to get more time with the couple.
Unfortunately, when you hire different companies it is possible that the photography team and the video team don’t completely click work-wise which can cause some frustration. Not to worry though, we’re all proper professionals so the bride and groom shouldn’t even catch on to any conflict.;)