Spotlight Interview … Fashion Photographer Marguerite Oelofse


Welcome Fashion Photographer Marguerite Oelofse to this segment of James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Marguerite for taking this time with us. Where do you call home?

Marguerite Oelofse: I was born and raised in South Africa, but my home is now in Berlin, Germany.

JRP: How did you get involved with photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?

Marguerite Oelofse: As a child artist, I attended The National School of Art in Johannesburg, South Africa and went on to complete my degree in Visual Communication. After graduating, and assisting various photographers, my career as Fashion Photographer truly began when I moved to Cape Town three years ago.

JRP: Name some of the photographers that have inspired and influenced your photography.


Marguerite Oelofse: Every photographer inspires me in a special way. I love the work of Diane Arbus. She is exceptional.

JRP: Do personal projects figure in the development of your vision and technique?

Marguerite Oelofse: Yes. The motivation for my work as a photographer is to shoot with a clear vision while telling other-worldly stories.

 JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects? If so what roles do they play?

Marguerite Oelofse: The team I work with is my assistants, Stylist, Make-up and Hair artists, and models. We are all artists collaborating together on one vision.

JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical assignment shoot?


Marguerite Oelofse: Color gels.

JRP: Which do you prefer … working with artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?

Marguerite Oelofse: I’m obsessed with artificial light. Put me in a studio or a light controlled environment and there I’m at my happiest.

JRP: When you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?


Marguerite Oelofse: The critical moment is when my story is being told. Every still, image represents the sequence of words, ideas and moments.

JRP: Name a shoot or project that opened your eyes to the distance you’ve come as an artist.


Marguerite Oelofse: That moment / project was when my Mother introduced me to painting at the age of 3.

JRP: In today’s economy how do you maintain your creative standards?

Marguerite Oelofse: I once read to never give up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle. This is also my philosophy in my work. Every artist has a unique signature. Being booked for your unique way of shooting is one of the biggest achievements a photographer can accomplish.

JRP: If not photography what would Marguerite Oelofse be doing with her time?

Marguerite Oelofse: Cooking and baking.

JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Marguerite Oelofse: Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.

JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?


Marguerite Oelofse: “The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.” ― Ayn Rand

JRP: Thank you Marguerite for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure and we wish you continued success.

Marguerite Oelofse: Thank you James!

JRP: To view more of Marguerite Oelofse’s photography please follow this link:


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