my name is Ken, and I'm a full-time professional photographer; working with clients, models, and agencies from all over the World. I have an acute love for meeting new people, traveling, learning, and teaching.
I'm also the creator of “Pro Photo Café” and a bunch of tailored photography and business courses that help to educate photographers of all levels to not only improve on their work but also make the most of their time, be more productive, and turn their passions into profitable businesses that let them do more of what they love most.
When I first started working as a photographer, I was juggling my day-job with studying my MBA and trying to make ends meet. I was newly married and had a whole bunch of debt (including a big study loan) to pay off.
After a long absence from taking photographs almost every day (between 2005 and 2012 I had already taken 100's of 1000's of photographs) my photography “career” was re-launched from our tiny 1-bedroom apartment with nothing more than a laptop, an old camera borrowed from a friend, and working with a portfolio no bigger than a handful of photos taken on my recent honeymoon. Sadly, I lost all my other photos when my laptop was stolen in 2015 and my only back-up (a very old external hard-drive) had also crashed. So to say I had zero portfolio is not an understatement!
After that humble start, and a whole bunch of hurdles and hoops, I quickly and deliberately transitioned from being a part-time, to a full-time photographer. All while managing to find the time for working on my transition out of part-time, building a portfolio and my client base, and also a business I could call my own,.
My challenge (and goal) was to create a calendar that was flexible enough to let me do what I love most. Forging my own path and setting up my company has made spending more time with my wife possible, and it also means we both get to travel to places we always dreamed of visiting - like Swaziland, Chile's Patagonia, and Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.
A business with a steady income that amounted to more than my 9-5 salary, also meant I could pay off my student loans faster, manage all the bills, and do more of what makes me feel alive - spending time with people I enjoy and travelling to new and interesting destinations.
Like anybody who has done the same will tell you... making the transition was by no means easy, and I had to draw on a host of resources, information, and hard-earned grit to make it all work. Calling on past experience - as well as absorbing and processing knowledge from thousands of online sources, books, business experts, photographers, and online mentors - I have steadily grown my business one small step at a time, all while making mistakes, learning from my struggles and optimising what I have found had been worked best.
But the story has only just started, and I quickly realised there was still something missing. That “thing” was my love for teaching. It’s the major reason “Pro Photo Café” exists, and why my lessons are geared at fellow photography enthusiast and aspiring entrepreneurs. I'm now on a very serious mission to help people turn their passions into viable businesses, just like I did.
Right now, I live in Cape Town, South Africa, with my wonderful wife Andrea, where I continue to pursue my passion meeting new people who are like-minded and interesting to chat to, while enjoy all kinds of outdoor fun, traveling, and of course... photography.
ABOUT My Blogs & sites...
This site – KenTreloar.com – is the place where I get to show you some of my work, and also share some news with you about my travels, adventures, and photo-shoots. And "Pro Photo Café" is the platform on which I get to share all the valuable lessons and knowledge earned along the way to forming and maintaining my current business. And it's where I get to give back somehow and teach it all to others, like you.
I've also started a YouTube Channel, where I share travel videos, behind the scenes footage, and short tutorials. Also, my Instagram account, and Facebook page. You can get hold of me on any of those platforms, as well as by filling in my contact form if you need to.
If you have any questions, suggestions, feedback, or would simply like to meet for a coffee and a chat - please get in touch!
Thanks for being awesome,
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I have built both these site to be about teaching and inspiring enthusiasts, photographers, and entrepreneurs. From time to time I might link to other resources like books, courses, photography equipment, software and the like. Some of those links might be affiliate links. Of course, I'm not going to send you to a page if hI don't believe in the product, service, or the information on the other end of that link - I just wanted to let you know ;)