Karabo Matlala, is a 22 year old Fashion Design Graduate from the prestigious fashion school LISOF situated in Hatfield, Pretoria. Having obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design this past May, in her final year in 2011 she chose to take on an extra subject amongst the many she already had. This subject was Photography, and as Karabo likes to put it “the love of her life”.
Karabo has always loved photography since a very young age, she says “I always wanted to be the one taking the photos at family functions, school events, etc. It was in Grade 10, when I was 16 when I had truly fallen in love with photography. I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
Residing in Bronkhorstspruit, nothing during her years growing up and even whilst studying could stop Karabo from gaining the experience to become the best photographer she is today. As a passionate sports lover, that is one thing Karabo wants to conquer in her journey forward – becoming a sports photographer and what a better way to combine two things she loves: Soccer and Photography.
In the past 3 – 4 years, Karabo has photographed some of the country’s greatest events, like her favourite local soccer team ‘Kaizer Chiefs’ playing against Mamelodi Sundowns, and feeding her fashion soul by assisting some of the fashion industries well-renowned photographers at SA Fashion Week and African Fashion Week, respectively. Events like these have taught her to be confident, to trust her instinct and to capture the moments when they are presented, she has also learnt precision and how to be in the best angle for an unforgettable shot.
Karabo says, “Photography is exciting and entails a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, to be able to see the final product of what I have done is an amazing feeling, which is why love doing it.”
Today, Karabo ranges from doing events like weddings and birthday parties to fashion shows and location shoots. As a photographer, her goal is to always make the person she’s photographing feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible, she believes that is when you truly get great images.
As an individual, Karabo treats every experience like a lesson. She firmly trusts the fact that there is always room for improvement, and always wants to better her work. She hopes to be one of the South Africa’s top photgraphers in the near future, and I think with the magnificent photos Karabo takes and her beautiful attitude and nature, she’s not far off from that dream.
Do you have an event that you’d like Karabo to photograph?
For more info on how to book Karabo, contact:
Cell: 072 190 2529
Online Portfolio: http://saphotography.ning.com/profile/KaraboMatlala