Today is Heatwave's 15th birthday. That's 5475 days of doing what I love for a living. Can you imagine that? That's a loooong time, yet it doesn't feel that long at all.
Gretchen Rubin said: "The days are long, but the years are short", and that's such an apt way to summarise what these 15 years have felt like. I am eternally grateful for the privilege to be doing what I love, and also for growth.
We've grown from only doing photography to offering a more holistic service. We create visual communications to help brands tell their story using photos, video productions and words. Read more about our story here: https://www.heatwavestoryagency.com/our-story
To celebrate our birthday, we decided to run a storytelling video giveaway. I really wanted to tell a human-interest story that we could sink our teeth into.
You might ask why we would do something like this, and it's a fair question.
Corporate work is amazing to do, but we don't often get the opportunity to do more creative work. I really felt like creating something beautiful. I wanted to get my hands dirty and push the team to create a video that's both stunning visually and that touches the heart.
Our winner is fine artist, Johan van Graan. Johan's story is one of courage and determination. He has overcome almost unbearable adversity to thriving as an artist and as a human being. Johan is a gentle soul and his students and those who come into contact with him can attest to that. Don't let that fool you though, he is exceptionally talented and devoted to his craft.
I hope you will love this video as much as we loved producing it.
It's not your average 2-minute clip, you can't tell someone's life story in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.
But I believe it's well worth the watch.
Until next time,