Update post! – May 2018

May 15, 2018

I’ve been horrible at adulting in general these last few weeks. With a huge takeover in effect, work life got the best (in fact, almost all) of me. When I hit home afterwards, the only thing I wanted to do was go full on vegetable. If it wasn’t accommodated by guilt, I probably would’ve been at it still. Luckily that little voice tore me away from a new found PUBG Mobile addiction. (BTW…add me – mavo187)

In the hopes of getting rid of a few cob webs on the blog, I thought I’d do an update post.

Firstly, I’m excited to have added 2 more things to my gear list. A Godox TT685N speedlight and XT1-n trigger. Check out the unboxing here. Formerly, my ability shoot poorly lit (indoor) events was stifled by my lack of a flash. In turn, my availability to do such a shoot would depend on whether I could secure one for that date or not. So, needless to say, I’m happy with the purchase. Saved about 2k by purchasing it abroad via Aramex Global Shopper again. (I know I sound like a fan boy… I am one) Bonus!!

Secondly, I did two portrait shoots recently. It was really a need for a creative outlet and it paid off.

For the first one, I wanted to test out the flash so I asked a buddy of mine. We visited two locations but unfortunately, with a total of 30mins shooting time and 2 security guard struggles, we didn’t get much out of our efforts. They weren’t having it. Lesson : research your location FIRST. What we did get to create was dope, though.

For the 2nd one, I threw a blanket request on my Instagram story the day before the shoot because I was reluctant to ask someone on such short notice. Luckily, Kelly from basicallykelly.co.za, whom I’ve worked with before, was super keen. This one was fun because 1 – no security guards and 2 – because of the spontaneity of it all. All but a few ideas were unplanned.
With one dope outfit, props, 4 locations in the same vicinity and golden hour (GOSH! That sun light was amazing), we made magic. Here’s some of my favourite shots:
Lastly, I mananged to make time to record 2 vlogs. They’re different and it might be the start of a slightly new direction for Life After 8-5, so look out for those on my YoutTube page.
That concludes this short update. There’s much more going on but I’m editing out the boring, work related parts. This is life AFTER 8-5.
Now that the cob webs are gone, the next time you’ll hear from me is much sooner. Promise. Stay tuned!


  • Melissa Javan May 15, 2018

    These photos look great. Well done

  • Deenah May 17, 2018

    Yassss! And we’re back

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