Umganu Lodge is an idyllic retreat for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful Lodge is open to the Kruger National Park and provides uninterrupted vistas of the magnificent Sabie River which is known for attracting an abundance of wildlife. Due to Umganu being a family destination, it has a perimeter fence which is electrified to ensure that the animals do not roam into the lodge.
As Lodge Photographers in Nelspruit – Which means we are quite close to Kruger National Park and it’s surrounding reserves, we were assigned to portray Umganu as a family holiday destination. A lodge that is child friendly where a whole family can come and enjoy the beauty of the Wild African bush. Nothing is more special than spending quality time with Loved ones in this magnificent setting and this is exactly what Kevin Pietersen owner of Umganu wanted to share with all his guests. Our Goal was to give the images a real lifestyle and natural feel. Going about this we ensured that everyone was casual during the shoot, otherwise everything would look too staged. We had multiple setups that needed to be portrayed and captured during the shoot. From having lunch as a family, right through to cooling down in the pool and looking for lions on a game drive.
Before the shoot we looked at Umganu’s website and we noticed that they already had good looking imagery of the lodge, and we tried to shoot in a way that would compliment the existing look and feel they already had. By making use of our Mobile light, we were able to fill in some shadows where needed and created a bit of atmosphere in some of the images.
Spending a whole afternoon at Umganu was such an unique experience as the relaxing atmosphere played it’s part to really make for a pleasant shooting experience. Judging by the final look of the images and great feedback from our clients, we can honestly say we are really happy with how everything turned out.