Once again I had the pleasure of joining the Nolands team at their year end function. We had a lovely stay at the Fire and Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch where I was treated to an array of fresh faces. A buffet of beautiful personalities where features were clearly the order of the day as well as some interesting connections and insightful speeches.
Geist is an innovative advertising agency with a unique approach to strategizing, producing and distributing brand messages across multi-media platforms. Based in the upmarket business district of Bree Street, I was approached by their production manager to assist in taking professional portraits for the launch of their new website.
The team arrived at my studio early one Monday morning with freshly pressed shirts and the right attitude taking my direction extremely well. A particular favorite of mine was the gorgeous young Princess Kebaya, the team’s only female and creative manager who also happens to be the brain child behind my new corporate identity package! Thank you Geist!
For more information about Geist and the work that they do, please visit www.geist.co.za
Bridget and Claudia from Asentiv SA needed some individual portrait shots as well new team portraits to promote this power team. I have photographed Bridget before and love working with her, even though she’s a tough cookie to crack. I think she’s such a natural beauty and her lovely personality shines through every smile. And when I was capturing the two together I could immediately see the close connection and respect.
Claudia was an absolute natural with giggles throughout the shoot. Had some fun playing around with light and backgrounds in their office boardroom which is situated at the Woodstock Exchange.
The PLWC Cancer Buddies is a unique and uplifting organization designed to assist and support individuals affected by cancer. The project carefully matches and pairs newly diagnosed individuals touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer thus becoming a “Cancer Buddy”. These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the cancer experience.
The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage or level, at any age, living anywhere in South Africa. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, go to www.cancerbuddies.org.za
Louw Barnard, Director of Outsourced CFO in Cape Town contacted me to capture his dynamic team for their new website. He also needed some group photographs and asked to break away from the normal boring group portrait. I accepted the challenge with great delight. As OCFO has quite a large team we decided to break them apart into smaller groups and capture each team individually, brining it all together in one relaxed image.
Outsourced CFO is a financial management boutique that renders a technical and visionary financial function service to ambitious SMEs.
I was commissioned to photograph the team of Pearson South Africa at their end of year function in Claremont. It was a mix of excitement and dread as the team stepped into the conference room, now converted into a little studio. The team was full of jokes and smile and was even treated to a little fashion show!
Pearson South Africa is the world's leading learning company. They're education business combines 150 years of experience in publishing. To find out more have a look at their website: Pearson SA
The Paint Boys
I met Hilton and his team at sunrise at a beautiful concrete wall in the CBD. They were armed with paint and brushes, wearing smiles and uniforms. They trusted me to capture them for their new website. There was a couple of nervous laughs when I started applying white acrylic to their smiling faces, but no complaints when they saw the results.
Was a pleasure to work with this dynamic team of painters. Have a look at their website: The Paint Boys
The Window is an IT consulting company that believes in expert infrastructure that will keep your company's computers secure.
They have established partnerships with industry-leading technologies to help apply customised business solutions for their customers.
If you're looking for a reliable IT team to back you up, have a look at their website.
Samantha Bernardi is a casting agent based in Cape Town, representing some of South Africa's top acting talent for television, film, theatre and voice work. They are a boutique agency that are able to give their actors and clients the personal and professional commitment they deserve at all times.
BBP Law remains a niche legal practice with a foundation of over 25 years' experience in the oil and gas industry but is now able to provide an expanded range of legal services to our clients.
The Wellington team from Sanlam Bluestar, Duxfin asked me to take headshots of their financial advisors.
Bluestar is a division of Sanlam and aims to provide investors with professional financial advice as well as personalised solutions via a team of accredited, local financial planners.
The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of domestic abuse. Our vision is the creation of a safe and secure society centered around a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.
BNI Mother City
BNI Mother City is my networking group and indirectly my sales team. On my first presentation about my work I decided to show the group what I can do. As my work is very visual and personal it is difficult to explain in words what makes me unique. So I showed them in pictures and interactions…
It was such a pleasure to take the headshots of the Nolands SA team which is where I found out that they're just 'Not your ordinary Auditors'
Nolands SA is an auditing firm that concentrates on the relationship rather than facts and figures. Their approach is to develop an understanding of their client’s business which doesn't always reflect on the balance sheets.
The lovely team from Graphiti approached me to do the corporate portraits of the team from Kheth'Impilo
This organisation aims to support the South African Goverment to improve the quality of basic services in managing HIV/AIDS
"Kheth'Impilo specialises in solution development and implementation for health and community systems and services strengthening in marginalised communities. The comprehensive Health care solutions include treatment, care and support for people infected and affected with HIV and TB as well as a range of innovative community based models of care that include community adherence, ECD, school health and accredited training."
"Marike was referred to us for a corporate staff photo shoot for one of our NFP clients. With the minimum of fuss and stress, she arrived early, setup inconspicuously and was ready to go long before the staff had got themselves together. She assisted in calming ruffled feathers, organizing a system of processing, soothing the prima donnas, ensuring that everyone was happy with their final result and generally generating a friendly, efficient and professional experience for all involved. The best images were then selected, treated and transferred to us, resulting in the minimum of work having to be done by our designers for the final publication. We thoroughly recommend Marike for an easy, relaxed but efficient and professional shoot and look forward to using her again in the future!"- Jenni Kerswill
The skilled team from Gym Wizards asked me to take the headshots of their coaching team.
'Our Gym Wizards Coaches, is the heart and soul of our business.'
Gym Wizards is dedicated to giving all children the confidence for life by accelerating their physical, emotional, social and cognitive development through our Scientific Six Step Educational Gymnastics System.
Sanlam Bluestar Gladiator
The lovely team from Sanlam Bluestar Gladiator asked me to take the corporate portraits of their sales team.
Bluestar is a division of Sanlam and aims to provide investors with professional, financial advice as well as personalised solutions through a team of accredited, local financial planners.
'BETTER THAN YESTERDAY'
The lovely team from Tagg Crossfit asked me to take the headshots of their coaching team.
What makes Tagg different from any other crossfit box is the coaches. The aim is not to be super athletes but to be the best you can be. They concentrate on personal development and technique. Rather quality than quantity.
"Marike has an uncanny grasp of light and its interplay with her subject. She also has a way about her that makes you feel instantly at ease and in safe capable hands"- Greg McDonald