This has been an amazing year for my business and I just wanted to recap what I am so thankful for in 2010! You gift will make room for you and I would never have guessed so much room…

The year started big with me receiving an email that 2 of my photos were chosen for the Junebug Weddings Best of the Best wedding photos for 2009! This is an international award and recognized in the wedding photography as one of “The-A-lists” to be on! I am the first African ever on this list! In Jan 2011 they will announce the winners for 2010. If you haven’t seen it -do yourself a favor and look at the amazing work on the list. Click here!
Here are the two winning shots

Talking about awards I also won gold in the local Sony Profoto awards for this photo:

This has also been the year where I have traveled the most. I started this year with a wedding in Ireland…

then later a wedding in Italy (with my brother Eric as second shooter)

…and back in Europe in July for a wedding in Munich Germany.

I also did photo shoots for a big German company in June & Aug in Germany. Traveled to PE,  Durban and JHB a few times.

Its also been the busiest year for Fine art books for clients and fine-art printing. I think I printed a few hundred meters of prints. My fine art books was also recognized by Hahnemühle in their international newsletter. see this post

This was the biggest book I have ever produced and I just wish I could keep it for myself! It was a new order for the wedding I photographed in Spain last year. The book is about 80 double sided pages making 160 pages!

I did my first workshop, Colour-Edit-Print and also was featured and interviewed on TV on Glitterati.

I think I grew as an artist, because I went through much artistic struggles this year and I am left with a new confidence about my work and approach to wedding photography. There was a stage where I thought I dont know to create something new as I have done so many different kinds of photographs but eventually a new world opened and now I see and feel there is so much more to explore…and that might be the most NB thing that happened to me this year! Wedding photography has become a business more than ever, but the artistic side has always been my aim and to grow as an ARTIST is my biggest reward…and that comes through much continual struggles and prayers I believe!

I want to give a huge thanks to my team for the amazing help in 2010! Ria on admin, Jacqueline who does my printing, album layouts and assists on weddings and Aurette who assist on my editing and recently also on printing. I love you guys and think you are the best! Also thanks to all the other photographers/assistants that assisted me at weddings this year.

On a personal note I celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary with my beautiful wife this year! Thanks Jeanfre for the amazing 6 years and for being my help and inspiration to do my work! Your sms’s always inspire me just when I need them!

Our family also had two weddings this year! Both my wife’s sisters got married.

Jeanmarie & Reggie

Charis & Thabo

Thankfulness is “think-fulness” and when you sit and think back on the year you realize how great it has been!I am very excited for 2011 and above all I thank God my maker!

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Claudia De Nobrega - Congratulations Jean-Pierre! :) May you go from strength to strength in the year 2011 and may God keep on Blessing you! :)
Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas! :)
Love from Claudia & Ricardo De Nobrega (6 March 2010 bride & groom)

Earl - You deserved every award, every compliment, every achievement and every cent. This year you didn’t just achieve alot for yourself but enabled many photographers to become better at what they do by sharing your knowledge(which you didn’t have to do). Taking all your experience and sharing it at the ‘Colour-Edit-Print’ workshop was very admirable.Job 8 vs 7 Your beginnings will seem humble so prosperous will your future be. I’ve learnt more from you this year than I could at any college, university or out of any text book. You unknowingly and unselfishly gave back in silence, expecting nothing in return, and for that you have been blessed.

Dominique Venter - That’s awesome Jean-Pierre!! We rejoice with you:)
May God continually reward you for your diligence and faithfulness.

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