Behind the lens
What makes a photo really beautiful?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - so many of us have heard, but to behold the true beauty of something or someone in a photo requires more than that. You need a photographer that knows how to spot the intricacies of life, the beauty of an unguarded intimate look in a couple's eyes, you need someone who can capture the rapture and the slight glint of an eye.
Anyone can take a picture, you may be an expert at taking the perfect selfie, but you may have realized that the beauty of the moment you experience is just not there, or that all of your pictures start looking the same... the uniqueness of your life experience fades into a sea of more of the same. That is why I am there. As a photographer my mission is to uncover the beauty that lies embedded in the pages of your story - to go further than the cover that a fleeting Instagram-glance would show.
To me photography captures the natural beauty of the story, of your story - and makes it an unforgettable page-turner, a work of art.
So when is a photo truly beautiful, you ask?
When it tells a story that resonates with your soul - I want to tell your story because your beautiful memory lies embedded in the image through my lens - and we will show it to the world.
Get us to capture your event and we will give you those typical Instagram hits, but we will also give you something more - we will give you the true purpose of a photograph - a preserved memory, for we will be telling your story with our photojournalistic style garnished with a flair for fine art for your Insta-hits or your canvas displays.
A little bit about me:
Since you will not know me by my business name, introductions are in order: I am John van der Linde, a born and bred Namibian from Windhoek.
Next to Photography, people are my passion and that shows in the portraits I like to take, I focus on capturing emotions and expressions.
I always try to make my clients feel as relaxed as possible and encourage self-confidence and spontaneity - all the world may be a stage but all of life need not be staged.
I am intrigued by the finer details. I love the raw reality of everyday life, the fleeting beauty of those in-between moments, and I do my very best to take every picture with that in mind.
I appreciate the people I meet, the places I go, the hours I keep, and the spontaneity in every shoot.
Since 2017 I have partnered with my girlfriend, Annika Mouton, who not only brings the feminine side into the equation (something that would comfort many brides-to-be for those nervous getting-ready moments) but also contributes to my mission with her journalism background and natural artistic talent.
A little about her by herself:
It's a free country so I should probably say something about myself.
Since I can remember I loved taking photos - I chose a digital camera instead of getting my first cellphone, but it was not until I met John that I really started thinking about photography as something more than a personal fancy. I studied journalism and greatly enjoyed creating photo-stories and sharing the stories of people through my writing. However I never went into the field because I wanted to help people and that got me too personally involved.
That trait still exists and I bring it along with me when we cover weddings - I like to be prepared for anything a bride may need during those sometimes stressful crisis moments, whether it is double sided tape or stain remover, I've got it - I see it as part of my job to keep the worry lines off the brides face and contribute to her perfect day in more than one way.