She was just 12 years old when her grandma gave her an old camera. The rest is history.
“It didn’t work! That old thing sat in my room for years; I had no purpose for it; I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with it. In the 9th grade I took Visual Arts as a subject in High School. I had always been good at sketching, so I figured why not. Visual Arts taught me a lot about photograph so I decided to try it out. I got my first canon when I was 17 years old; a birthday gift from my mother,” she says on her website.
However, just like most of us take time to fully adopt a newly acquired position in life, she only came to consider herself as a photographer at the age of 18.
It wasn’t until I was 18 that I considered myself to be a photographer. I started working for Thats Why Magazine: which was an online magazine. During that time, I got to work with a few famous faces, such as George Avakian. However, branching out on my own is the best thing I ever did for myself,” she adds.
So far, Bizz – as she is popularly known – is the senior photographer at BizzWaxx Photography, her own company which she co-founded with a truly talented friend. She has also worked as a Junior Photographer for That’s Why, an online Youth Magazine in South Africa. She’s worked behind the scenes for Where Is The Beef, which now airs on Gau TV every Wednesday; and has had the privilege of working behind the scenes of a George Avakian music video. Before we had Bizzwaxx Photography, they had E.Seku Photography.
“I don’t want to just be Bizz, an individual. I wanna be a brand. Registered. Have other photographers that I work with; work with some major artists. I want a billboard. That’s what I’m trying to build up. Basically, I don’t want to be working in an office anymore. The response from the public has been good so far,” she says fondly.
The South African photography and entertainment industry is mature. There are major automobile brands selling there; from Rolls Royce to Lamborghini. Fashion brands like H&M and Forever 21 have stores there. There are globally acclaimed celebrities like Bonang Matheba and Cassper Nyovest are there. Magazines like GQ, Marie Claire, Elle and Glamour are in circulation. So, it’s a nice choice she made. We wish her all the best in what she does.
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Interview conducted by @harunmomanyi. Harun is an accredited lifestyle and entertainment journalist, known for working with the likes of Yemi Alade, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol, Eddy Kenzo, K.O and other big celebrities. You can check out more of his work at www.momanyiharun.com.