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Hi, I am Charl Smith. Firstly, I want to thank you for browsing my blog. If you recently got engaged, congratulations!!! Now the FUN starts for you and your fiance. 

Something about myself:
I am passionate about people, about God and I love photography. I just love working with people and capture their most important day in their lives for them, to freeze the moment forever.
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As a photographer / cinematographer I want to connect with my clients, I want to bring out beautiful emotion, give you a great experience and capture true beauty.  These 4 things is what really makes the difference.

I also started with cinematography 3 years ago, and man o man... I just love filming weddings, love the way I can not just capture a freeze frame of emotion (photo), but with video and can capture a sequence of emotion...beautiful, priceless...
 
The last 12 years I have been a full time wedding and lifestyle photographer and had the privilege of photographing more than 400 weddings, 1000's of lifestyle and studio shoots. .
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Every day I thank God for the opportunities He brings along my path, I thank Him for the talent and creativity so that I can take photos that really speaks to the heart.  He is after all The Creative One.





Charl Smith
Owner & Photographer 

I also won The Cape Weddings Photographer of the Year in 2009, Bronze in the SONY Wedding Photography 2010 competition, my work was also featured in local and international websites / blogs (like Top Billing, South Bound Bride, Limelight Occasions, Confetti Daydreams, Mooi Troues, ect)   and magazines like (YOU, Huisgenoot, Your Wedding Day, Sarie) and I had the honor of photographing some of our local celebrities (Duane Vermeulen, Dieter Voigt, Milan Murray, Neil Powell, Gio Aplon, Demi-Lee Moore, Rudy Paige, Tiaan Liebenberg).  To get acknowledgement like this is great, BUT, the best and most important thing for me is that every client is happy and amazed by their wedding photos week after week.  That is the best prize ever!!!

About my photography style, philosophy and approach: 

Couples normally choose me as their wedding photographer because they love the way I manage to incorporate intimate, romantic poses with the natural beauty of the landscape. 

I believe that couples choose a venue because they love the place; love the landscape, the mountain, vineyards, trees, mountains and architecture.  This is why I try to capture you in that environment and try to show the beauty in your heart and the location.  I try to mix this up with some intimate close-up photos to show the love, electricity and passion between two people in love.  

Within this approach I try to stay true to who the couple is, to their personalities and even their suggestions.  I love it when my couples have FUN during the shoot and I try to capture those fun and spontaneous moments.  At the end of everything - I love to see the reactions on my clients’ faces when they page through their albums and relive all the special moments of their great day.

Agape Studio on Pasgetroud - VIA TV from Agapé Studio Productions on Vimeo.



To view my CORPORATE / COMMERCIAL photography & video. Please visit my 
MAGMA MEDIA website.  MAGMA MEDIA is my corporate identity and website.


http://www.magmamedia.co.za/





Well, you know what they say.  Behind every successful man there is a supportive woman.  

This is also true in the Agapé Studio family.  My wife, Tiana, is the backbone to this business.  Tiana does all my admin and make sure my clients get all the necessary information and answers all my emails to keep everyone calm before the very stressful wedding day.  This allow me to focus more on the editing and the other business aspects.

She is also a very talented photographer.  She is the owner and photographer of BeLOVEd Photography.  


Tiana Smith 
ADMIN

Email:  tiana@agape-studio.co.za


MEANING OF AGAPé

A lot of people ask me what does Agapé mean. Agapé is the GREEK word that describes God's Love.  The love of God or Christ for mankind.  This is why I choose this for my company name, because, as a christian I believe that a man and woman can only truly love one another because God loved us first.
AGAPé STUDIO
I would love to show you my portfolio at Agapé Studio, a nice, warm and cosy atmosphere.  I don’t want to meet my clients at a coffee shop, it is to impersonal and uncomfortable. 
At Agapé Studio I have a lot of albums to view, so, please make an appointment to visit me at the studio.
Please CONTACT me for an appointment.

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday to Thursday:  9:00 - 17:00
Please contact me to make appointment.

Monday and Thursday evenings:
17:00 - 21:00
I have Monday and Thursday evenings available to see clients, please make an appointment to view my portfolio.


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