The final touches have been made and the new ‘Galenia’ is now open and ready to welcome guests- but of course it has to be photographed for our website and media publications. Who better to do this than one of the finest photographers we know – who coincidentally is based in Johannesburg and has done the ‘photoshoots’ of our East African properties for the past twelve years – the delightful Merwelene van der Merwe.
A photoshoot with Merwelene is a ‘big production’ needing a mountain of equipment, cameras, lenses, flashes, reflectors, battery packs and of course an assistant to work alongside her shooting at different speeds and exposures. On this shoot it was the colourful and zany Nicole Louw working alongside the ‘master’.
For four days we explored the estate – looking for ‘angles’, the correct composition and the special ‘light’ to portray the property and its surroundings to the best advantage. Nature was assisting by sending a heatwave with temperatures up to 38 degrees, nice blue skies and fantastic views of the Langebergs and the Klein Karoo.
Now we are in the ‘post production’ phase and we expect the new images next week. This will allow us to complete the new Galenia website and to give you a preview of the renovations and allow you to see what we have been doing for the past four months.