Working with Seasky Villas

15/02/2020
Hamish Niven

[vc_row color_scheme="white"][vc_column][vc_column_text]I have worked with Esta the owner of Seasky Villas for the the past 10 years.

All of Esta’s properties have different feels to them. From the ultra modern Camps Bay properties, to the Clifton Beach bungalows and the older houses that are found in Cape Town.
Each shoot demands a different approach to the photography, sometimes they are deceptively easy and other times, so much attention to detail is needed that a whole day is over and I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface.
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Heatherfield

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La Thallo

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Claybrook

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Ulusaba

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Becoming friends

We have formed a great friendship over the years, and coffees and lunches on quiet days have turned the conversation to different ideas and styles for shoots as well as the best cafes and restaurants she can recommend to her guests. Working together has also created an understanding in terms of what she expects for her marketing photography.

Styling is essential for all her shoots, creating a look and feel specific for each property that she rents out to her international clients.

Each brief has slightly different requirements; sometimes the styling is formal meals laid out, other times it would be fresh bread, with a salad and some juice informally placed on a side table or in the kitchen.
Sometimes a shoot would take just a few formal images to show a refurbished room or some new artwork and some new detail images for the quick email and social media campaign.

A new property to photograph

Esta always excitedly tells me “I’ve another wonderful place for you to shoot Hamish” and she tells me all about the property and how her team have done this or that and the owners are delighted with what she does for them.
These larger shoots are where I can take some time and show off the beauty of these places. Additional lighting is often used her in properties, and this allows me to subtly highlight parts of the room, from artwork to a beautiful piece of furniture or to brighten some cushions on a sofa. This additional lighting is always done sympathetically, so the guests will still experience what I show them in my photographs.

Interior photography

Interior photography is not simple; many property owners seem to think that anyone can take a photograph of a room, and many properties look just like that. Esta has kept me working for her, and she advises all her clients that hamishNIVEN Photography is essential for her marketing, and he will be shooting their properties.

We must be doing something right, because her clients love what they see even before they arrive at her properties, so I have done my part.

Esta and her team provide such a wonderful experience for her guests. When the guest return home having had the most wonderful holiday, they recommend Seasky to their friends and family. It has been Esta's experience that many guests return the following years.

[rev_slider alias="seasky-portfolio"][/rev_slider][/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]You can see her villas on her website and you can follow Seasky on Instagram @SeaskyVillas  and Facebook SeaSky Villas.
Here is a link to some [ps2id url='https://www.hamishniven.com/about-me/#testimonials' offset='' class='']testimonials[/ps2id] including one by Esta from Seasky Villas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row color_scheme="white" css=".vc_custom_1600266307284{background-color: #7a7a7a !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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