My first camera was a gift from my parents when I was 10

Photography has never been a career choice, rather a natural metamorphosis from childhood games to my everyday passion. I love to treat photography as art, to shoot in a way that creates a concept.

My mission is to emphasize the love and the passion I have for photography by seeing and  revealing it in a way that will inspire and seek attention by extremes.

In my first job I worked for four years as an assistant for a well-known photographer, Merwelene van der Merwe. I was hungry to learn even more and so travelled to the Netherlands in 2005 to enhance my studies in photography and graduated at the Foto Academie, Amsterdam in Fashion Advertising.

I stayed on and worked as a freelance photographer untill I returned  to South Africa in 2009. I am currently based in Johannesburg with Red Hot Ops and am happily triggering away.

Marijke wins Audi’s ‘Next Big Photographer’ competition
‘Find the ‘A’ in South Africa, and photograph it in a visually arresting and impacting way that reflects the richness and diversity that make up South Africa’ ...

Marijke features in Dutch fashion article in “Visagie Blad”
Marijke and her makeup & hair stylist sister, Renate are exclusively  interviewed on how they team up to create exquisite fashion images ...

Amsterdam Fashion Week Exhibition
Marijke exhibits some of her more extreme work alongside other international photographers  ...

You-Tube Video of FOUR.Beauty Shoot
Marijke, shoots in downtown Josi, South Africa for FOUR.Beauty Amsterdam.