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Website Designer and Photographer | Durban South Africa
Welcome. I am a Durban based freelance website designer and photographer, specialising in small to medium size business websites and e-commerce websites. I have been a graphic / web designer and photographer since 2006 once I figured out what I was going to do with my life. I started playing around on design software at home, then decided to do courses and immerse myself in it completely. I got a job at a printing company running the wide format printer and designing, then I worked at an advertising agency as senior graphic designer. In 2011 I decided to take the plunge and start consulting instead of working for a company, and I've steadily grown my business since.
I offer a professional photo shoot with every website I build, to ensure that the overall look and feel is nothing short of exceptional.
Established 2006. That's 12 years experience and counting...
I designed the original Mustard Seed Productions website back in 2009 using a combination of hand coded HTML, Flash and Dreamweaver. It was time for an update so I got to work on installing WordPress and redesigning the website. I added images which I’d taken at an event that I had worked at together with Mustard…Read More
Nokukhanya originally booked me for just an engagement photo shoot, so I met them on the beach at Umhlanga as arranged and we did the photos. They were happy and smiley and it all went well. At the end of the shoot Nokukhanya asked me about doing a wedding website for them. This is the…Read More
The Pop It On website is an e-commerce website designed purely for online sales, therefore there are no additional content pages. I built it in WordPress and used the Woocommerce plug-in for the online shop. I incorporated the Zapper, Payfast and EFT payment gateways. I also did the photography for some of the online shop…Read More
I inherited the Highway College website from the previous designer, when I opened up the backend admin area I found that there was a lot of outdated plug-ins and software. I cleaned up the site and gave it a fresher design and additional functionality. I still need to do the photo shoot, watch this space.Read More
This is the website for my and my fiancé Ruth’s creative agency which we run together. We serve a high end clientele so the emphasis was on great design and the portfolio of work had to be front and centre. It incorporates a blog, image galleries, Instagram feed, embedded videos and a contact form.Read More
My website portfolio wouldn’t be complete without including my wedding photography website, it is the one that I’m closest to because it contains a large part of the work I’ve done over the last eight years or so. The functionality includes a blog, image galleries, e-commerce shop, social media integration, advanced booking forms and custom…Read More
Small Business Sites, Online Portfolios, E-commerce Stores
Latest Photo Shoots
This was one of the quickest shoots I’ve ever done. I arrived at the FWJK offices in Umhlanga just before 9am, set up my lighting in the boardroom and in came the first staff member for their company photo. A total of four staff members rushed in on their way to and from meetings, I…Read More
I was commissioned to do the company photos for Regal Meats. My job was to do portraits of the staff, some general photos in the factory and a group photo outside with the trucks. It all went well. I captured all the smiling staff for their company photos and did a few group shots, then…Read More
Doing packshots is never as easy as it seems. All these products were very reflective and I had to be very careful, I used a closed lightbox with just the end of my camera lens sticking through an opening. Even still I got reflections which I had to remove afterwards in Photoshop. The other trick…Read More
I recently spent two full days doing fashion photography in my home studio for a jewellery brand named Del Coursy. The first day was doing the packshots for roughly 150 items and the second day was the models shoot. Because I don’t have a permanent studio, I set up my backdrop and lighting in my…Read More
I was commissioned by an electronics company called Autotronix to shoot photos and video at their Lower Tugela Water Works site. I had a shot list which I was given and a site foreman who took me around, and off we went for the day in hardhats and reflective vests. The main aspect of the…Read More
I was asked to do photos for the Riverside Day Spa to be used in their brochures, website and other advertising. I felt like I had been transported to another planet when I walked in there, because as a man it isn’t an environment I’m used to being in. They really have thought of everything,…Read More
It feels like forever since I’ve had the time to update my blog, in fact I’m going to have to do some posts and backdate them because I’ve had a ridiculously chaotic past few months. Today’s shoot however is of a budding actress and model named Tara who is on her way to the USA…Read More
I was on my way to another shoot when I got a call from one of my old clients, he told me one of their warehouses was empty and they needed professional photos to advertise it to potential tenants. The brief was quite simple, to show off the space and scale of the warehouse and…Read More
I often get called into businesses to take professional photos of the staff, premises and machinery. The photos get used on websites, in annual reports, brochures and other marketing material. Action Coach is one such company. I like to capture the staff in their work environment, it gives the photos an honest and real element…Read More
Phone (+27) 31 765 2097 / Cell (+27) 79 716 1281 / Email colin at colinbrowneweb dot com / Skype Colinbrownecreative