Couple sets up home after fleeing South Africa

PUBLISHED: 12:02 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

A SURGEON and his wife have set up home and launched a business in Portishead after fleeing the escalating violence in South Africa.

A SURGEON and his wife have set up home and launched a business in Portishead after fleeing the escalating violence in South Africa.

Abigail Klopper moved from Bristol to South Africa with her parents when she was four years old.

She became a professional photographer, running her own studio in Johannesburg where she met her husband Juan, a general surgeon.

As turmoil and unrest spread across the country, Juan saw first hand, the trauma that came through the A&E doors.

The couple married in 2009 and discussed getting away from the unrest and as Abigail had family in the UK, including an aunt and uncle in Portishead, they decided to move to the area and re-establish Abigail's photography business here.

Abigail said Juan has no desire to move back into medicine at this moment in time and is working with her.

The 30-year-old said: "We really like Portishead and are looking for studio space to rebuild the business Photogra4."

They are currently 'on-location' based while they look for their ideal studio and they are also considering joining forces with a hair salon.

Abigail added: "If a salon rented space to us for a studio, they could offer their clients a photo shoot in addition to hair styling."

Photogra4 specialises in wedding photography but also offers portraits, family events and corporate services.

The couple are also looking to network with other wedding vendors in the area.

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