In April 2015, Nicola mustered all of her courage to depart from the corporate world and embark on a creative adventure with photography. Her passion for photography started at the age of ten with her tiny bright pink Kodak film camera, something one wouldn’t even find inside a Christmas stocking today.
Nicola – also sometimes known as: Noodles, Noods, Loops, Pickle, Plum, Nicolette, Nickeroo, Honey Badger and a few other unmentionables… Actually, I dislike referring to myself in the third person so I shall stop and carry on in the ‘correct’ (quotation marks used because I am certain some would find the use of such words debatable in this context) first person as this website is mine. I am BeanOn Photography…
For the past five and a half years, I have been developing the brand, BeanOn Photography, and now specialise in professional Architectural & Portrait Photography within the real estate and dentistry sectors, in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Images scream louder than words, and exceptional quality images generate revenue!
Such images entice a potential buyer and sell the home in a buyer’s mind even before he or she has set foot on to the property.
Not all agents are professional photographers. I am one, and produce the highest quality photographs for both estate agents and for private sellers.
I use the Nikkor Tilt/Shift (Perspective Control) 24mm lens for all my architectural photography to ensure that all edges are square and that the curving of vertical lines and the “keystoning” effect of tall buildings are both eliminated. As this is all accomplished by tilting or shifting the lens and not by moving the camera, all perspective corrections are done in real time. This minimises post-production editing, as it avoids the need to manually correct the distortion of buildings and rooms that occurs with standard lens, and which in any case never gives a satisfactory result.
By getting up close and personal, I seek out the characteristics and indulgences of a home and also produce imagery that a larger picture tends to hide. An ornate feature of a fireplace, a decorative light fitting, a vista from an inside window overlooking a well-manicured garden, as examples.
Please view my online property portfolio, covering real estate across the United Kingdom, South Africa and Israel here.
Stand out from the crowd and attract new patients with photography that focuses on the feeling of luxury and comfort that are naturally inviting. Move away from displaying sharp tools and boring technology that scare off patients. Let prospective patients feel, “I’ve come to the right place”, before even stepping a foot inside the practice.
Customer service is visually represented by people that appear professional and friendly. Reveal the personality of a happy and approachable team donning great smiles. After all, aren’t you the experts providing the best level of customer service?
I am more than happy to provide tips on how to make a practice photo-ready, by de-cluttering of the surgeries, and both the reception and waiting rooms can be dressed beautifully by adding something as simple as a vase of flowers, as examples.
Please view the photographs taken of my latest Dental Portrait and Practice assignments here.
If you desire unique, artistic photography that captures you (as well as your loved ones) at your best, out in the fresh air, then we shall make a brilliant team; your investment will be worth every penny.
I aspire to capture those spontaneous moments for a lifestyle portrait shoot that are special and exclusive to you. Your pictures will reveal the story of you and your chosen lifestyle: a true reflection of you.
While guiding you through the shoot, I will always urge my clients to be themselves and to relish every moment with each other. By using natural light, and when necessary a flashgun, and unique locations, we make pictures that could never be captured within a photographic studio.
Please view samples of my Lifestyle Portrait images here.
When exploring I use all of my senses; a pure sensory experience that begs to be revelled in, observed in its finer detail.
The sound of a wave crashing; the many shades of blue and green of the sea, the sky; the smells of an ocean; a wave’s force and foam’s caress on bare flesh; the taste of the salt from my fingers; different textures of beach sand, the accidental crunch of sand between my teeth, the golden, red, white colours of the sand; a child laughing.
A stillness only found in the African bushveld; the crunching of vegetation beneath hiking boots; a wild animal’s roar, buffalo horns crashing together in battle; the colours of the earth, of the bush, the yellow of the fever trees, the feel of its powdered bark in the palm of my hand, the prick of a thorn; a setting ball of fire over the silhouetted scrubland, the sun rising and feel its warmth on my face; the smells of leaves and flowers, a crackling bush fire, the pungent smell of sugarcane burning yet accompanied with a feeling of comfort, the sweet nectar of raw liquid sugar; the aroma of freshly chopped mangoes, coconut, passion fruit; the colours of the fruit each bursting with a different flavour. It is all-consuming, and I permit the currents of life to move within me, inhabit the discovery as a whole; to mingle mind and senses and absorb the beauty of the living into being within me.
Most of my projects are self-assigned – images that ignite a flame within, and a compulsion to capture the essence of each moment with the deepest passion. Not only have I travelled Africa embracing the moments desiring to be forever recollected, my passion has transported me to photographic explorations of undiscovered worlds around the globe.
An eleven-year stint in 15 different, some squalor-like, places throughout the United Kingdom afforded me dual citizenship and a gold embossed maroon passport, to live anywhere in Europe coupled with permission to travel to most places outside of Europe without having to queue for visas.
Your Majesty, I thank you deeply for this treasure. With such good fortune at my disposal, I am free to come and go as I please. I am what most observers would call an ‘extensive’ traveller. Did you know that gypsies make difficult friends for those whom society terms normal? And I had always been something of a gypsy. Now, I simply prefer the idea of an explorer who lives, dreams and discovers with eyes wider than the Indian Ocean’s surface.
Trust me to take you on a journey through my eyes and to relate my feelings. NB: feelings not thoughts. Uneasy for some; natural for me. What better way to keep these memories that can only but leave a warm print on your soul (“The central or integral part; the vital core”)?
Please view samples of my Personal Projects here.
Camera body: Nikon D810 (and Nikon D600)
Lenses: Nikkor Tilt-Shift (Perspective Control) 24mm, Nikkor 24–70mm, Nikkor 50mm, Sigma 10–20mm (and Nikkor 70–200mm and 2 x Converter)
Should you wish to know more about me at BeanOn Photography or to discuss your photography requirements in greater detail, please do not hesitate to reach me directly by telephone, email or the Contact Form here.
I have always loved photography and have never met a scene I didn’t want to capture with a camera.