It is always awkward to talk about oneself. But here you should be abe to find all the information you need from your soon to be photographer.



Paging through my numerous photo albums (from the days of printing film), it is easy to see that I always have had a documentary approach, capturing shared moments rather than posed group photos. I absolutely love documenting a day, whether it is in writing or by clicking away, my eyes and ears are on the ground to find that one special moment. And I love what I do – now that I am in this boat full-time, I would not have it any other way.


I guess I have always been creative in one way or another. As a child I used to write a fair bit but photography has always been part of my life. My dad had a simple point-and-shoot camera that totally fascinated me. (It had these small box-like flash-units that one bought separately and screwed on). When he upgraded to a proper SLR Olympus, the little camera was handed down to me. My hobby cost a fortune and soon all my pocket-money was spent on film and development. On my 13th birthday I received quite a bit of cash and was able to buy my very own Olympus. I have been broke ever since, upgrading whenever I could scrap enough together for something a bit bigger and better.


After finishing my degree, I started out as a teacher. I cannot tell you how many times there were moments in my classroom where I rather wanted to capture it all than be the teacher. I knew all along that I wanted to document, but did not quite know how to get to it. It was only when I moved to London, UK, for a few months that I finally got the means to buy my first Canon DSLR. Returning to Namibia, my camera hardly ever left my side and incidentally drowned in the Fish River while on a hike that would shape the rest of my life.


Shortly after the hike, my then (amazingly creative and talented) boyfriend and I got engaged and married a few months later. We were privileged to have an extraordinary photographer on our big day and I learned so much from him on the day. (I still browse my own wedding pics for inspiration!) But it was only after the birth of our boy, that it really kicked in – this uncontrollable desire to document our days; not cheesy family shots, but real moments to look back to. I saw a gap and I jumped. Some days it feels like I’m still jumping without a rope, but I crave the adrenaline rush, the incredible satisfaction to see the final product. If I could do this for the rest of my life, well damn, I would be one happy snapper!


Today, the three of us (and our small zoo!) live in our quaint little house in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. When time allows we go walk the dogs, go mountain biking or just relax on our stoep (porch) with a glass of exotic South African wine. Oh, and in between edits and just about every other moment of the day, I steal cuddles from the cutest little boy this side of the equator. And when life has been really good, we go traveling – a love that brought us together in the first place.


Have a look around the many hours of coffee-drinking-and-chocolate-eating-editing, and if you think, you see yourself in my photos, please feel free to drop me a line at mariette@emdtphotography.com


My Style

Some people call it a docu-style with a slice of creativity thrown in and I’ll go with that.  Authentic, real and relaxed. 

Zero fixed grins, negative cheese. 

People being people, being themselves. 

People are wonderfully unique. 

Personalities are wonderfully unique. 

Loud, quiet, wild, shy, adventurous, reserved. 

It’s all good food for the camera.  If you get the chance, please take a look through my featured work to get a good feel for my photography and how I shoot.

Fun Facts


I’m an addict of all things caffeine.


Henrico is my friend and husband of 7 years. And we are parents to one very handsome little boy, 3 dogs, 1 cat (she’s more like a dog though!), 2 parrots and several gold fish in a pond.


In a previous life I tried to teach kids something about life.


I’m actually doing my dream profession.  I love photography. I cannot see myself doing anything else.


If I could be young again, I would give it my best shot to be a Tour de France winner. The first female. Yeah, I like cycling.


Music. Music to edit with. Music to cycle with. Music is life.


Sport. Give me any sport channel any day. And Roger Federer. (Whoops! Did I say that out loud?!)


Nicolas Evans. Jodi Picoult. Paulo Coelho. Marita van der Vyver. Vikram Seth. If you know these guys, you know my other silent passion.


I wear for comfort, not for style. To the total annoyance of my Mom and sister.


I totally love horses. And elephants. And blue whales. Amazon Parrots. OK! OK! I love animals!


So that’s the photographer you want to book. Hope you will still book?!



A Selection of my Best

I will update this gallery as I work my way through the year.

What People say

«Baie dankie vir die fotos Mariette - is pragtig. Die shadow foto is so kosbaar... trane! Dankie vir jou moeite en menswees. Dankie vir jou hart. Seën vir jou en jou gesin asook jou besigheid.»

«Wow! Dit is besonders Mariette! Jy's voorwaar geseen met 'n talent! Baie baie dankie, bitter mooi.»

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