My name is Leah Hawker, I’m a South African professional image maker working both in commercial and non-commercial photography. I enjoy photographing a wide range of content, however, working alongside women, or, investigating women’s issues through the visual medium, is my main interest and makes up most of my current portfolio.
I work independently on commercial assignments and private commissions as well as the production of my own art based projects. My passion for image making evolved from a fascination with gender treatment in society, photography is the medium through which I can best expresses my ideas.
Working in a distinctive style, you will find my images are bold and assured. I generally do all my own pre-production, including styling and prop sourcing as well as all my own retouching and post-production. I enjoy building close and long lasting relationships with clients and find producing quality work to be incredibly satisfying.
When I’m not working on location you’ll find me in my light filled studio and meeting space which is based in the old textile district of Woodstock overlooking Table Mountain and Devils Peak. You can find more of my work on Instagram, Facebook and at The Softer Sex blog which is a personal inventory aimed to catalogue all my experiences, knowledge and the paraphernalia, articles and conceptual ideas that I have collected over the last years. www.thesoftersex.co.za
My commercial clients include Destiny Connect, DestinyMAN, Jacana Media, Formani Holland, Bodytec, The Biovac Institute, The Gardener Magazine, Design Indaba, Medsport, Night Nation Run, Gosvenor Tours, Sawubona Magazine, Home/Tuis Magazine, Playboy magazine, Lammershoek, Garden & Home, Ndalo Media, One Small Seed, Auryx Gold, Tshipi eNtle, Vivid Luxury, ABSA Cape Epic, Eutelsat, Mini Makers Faire, IFED, Soil For Life, Acceleration Media, Robinson Sinclair.
Featured in: Design Indaba magazine, Playboy South Africa, One Small Seed, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Style Report for ETV, The Sunday Times, Home Birth South Africa, Getaway, Drum, The Vivid Luxury blog, Pretoria News, SA Garden, Glambition, 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702, the Cape Town Month of Photography, the Sanlam Vuleka Awards, Sasol New Signatures, Exposure Gallery, Cultivaria with Erdmann Contemporary and at the Association for Visual Arts Cape Town.