I grew up in Plettenberg Bay, which is a beautiful beach town in South Africa. Wanting to follow my brother’s footsteps, I went to boarding school in Grahamstown, which is technically a city, but besides the 47 churches, wasn’t that much bigger than Plett! After matriculating I continued my education in Grahamstown by attending Rhodes University.

After a wonderful 9 years in Grahamstown, I decided to spread my wings and headed off to San Francisco, California to work as an au pair. What a crazy and (mostly) wonderful experience. I made lifelong friends, saw amazing sights, went to some awesome concerts, learnt how to ski, went hot air ballooning, drove on the other side of the road, sung in Karaoke bars and partied with drag queens!

On returning to SA, I read about a training programme to become a Cruise Ship Photographer. Alas, my brain bullied my travel happy heart and I moved to Johannesburg to get some “proper” work experience. After 3 years of working in Advertising I decided it was time to move on and I started looking into different work possibilities that involved a bit of travel and adventure. I was considering moving to South Korea to become an English teacher when guess what happened? I stumbled across the Cruise Photography programme again. That was it. Sold!

For 3 years I have travelled the world working as a Photographer on several Royal Caribbean Cruise ships. I have travelled to 70 countries, seen so much and learnt so much – about myself, photography and the world. How come my bucket list never gets smaller?

Photography is a passion that challenges my creativity, search for adventure, sense of originality and a balance between spontaneity and a meticulous eye for detail.

I have experience in wedding, portrait, pet, food and nature photography. Should you wish to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.


dandilion fun


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Helen, It was wonderful meeting you on the Vision. Enjoying your blog and will rerun to read some more. Have fun sailing the seven seas and may you always have smooth sailings. Take care.

  2. Hi Helen, I hope that you well.I first came upon your blog when you began the course as I was looking for info on the photog course. I have religiously kept up to date with your always entertaining blog. I am finishing my 2 year au pair contract this year and I am considering doing the photography program when I go back to SA. I would really appreciate it if you could help me with questions I might have.

    Thanks and take care

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