About me... Chaznel Steenkamp
First of all I would just like to thank you so much for taking the time today to visit my portfolio and learn a little bit more about me!
As a photographer I believe that the images that I am able to capture are moments in time you can share with many generations to come! It's not just a photo, it's an heirloom.
My photography journey started when I was about 9 and I got my first disposable camera. I remember going on a school camp and on the way to camp I was so drawn to all of the beautiful scenery I could see out the bus window. In my heart I knew I wanted to snap a picture so I could show my family after camp!
Fast forward to my 12th birthday, I had finally saved enough of my pocket money to purchase my first digital Canon PowerShot camera. It went everywhere with me. Being in intermediate, I took it to school and snapped pictures of my technology class projects, my friends at lunch time, my scenery on the way home in the afternoons and on weekends my family were bombarded with photos from me!
In 2016 I then decided it was time to make the jump to a proper camera and bought my very first DSLR. Just like with the PowerShot, my new camera was attached at the hip, I never went anywhere without it. I took it on family holidays, beach trips, school trips, birthday parties, church camps, youth nights, you name it, I had it with me. I had a love of snapping the moments and looking back on it and remembering the fun, happy and beautiful moments between my friends, family and anyone who happened to have their photo taken by me.
It wasn't until 2019 when I lived in Hamilton that a friend of mine asked me to take some photos of her and her gorgeous family that I realised that I could share my talent and creative side with the people around me and in my community.
So when I moved to Amberley in 2020 I decided it was time to give photography a real go! I started off with a few family sessions here and there and just enjoying the journey... and then it happened; I got to photograph my first ever wedding! I absolutely loved it! I walked away feeling so in love with weddings I couldn't think of anything better to do for the rest of my life! I have now moved into my specialty of elopements in the recent months and this has been an exciting journey on it's own. I do love the occasional full weddings scattered through my calendar, but the intimate elopements are definitely my jam!
And here I am now in 2023 so blessed to still be doing what I love and so in love with all the stories I get to be a part of! Over the last three years I've worked with over 55 couples and with so many more couples on the books for the next wedding season, there literally is no place I'd rather be!
I'd so love to hear from you, and if you've read this and thought wow, I so want her as my photographer, then please feel free to fill in the form below and let's chat about your special day! I can't wait to hear all about your love story!!!
- Chaznel xx