Portrait – South Africa Squash Woman No.1 Siyoli Waters and brother Luvuyiso Lusaseni Lions Rugby Union

Portrait – South Africa’s Woman Rank No. 1 Siyoli Waters and brother Luvuyiso Lusaseni Lions Rugby Union

South Africa’s women squash champion Siyoli Waters and her younger brother Luvuyiso Lusaseni, professional rugby player with the Lions Rugby Union in Johannesburg. We challenged the two for a brother versus sister competition in the squash court. Needless to say Siyoli won quite easily. I nearly got hit twice during the match.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – The Wanderers Club, Johannesburg with Siyoli Waters and Luvuyiso Lusaseni
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine November Issue

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Portrait – Maybin Mudenda, African Grey Insurance

Portrait – Maybin Mudenda, African Grey Insurance

Maybin Mudenda is on the list of young Africans making a name for themselves across the continent. This canny Zambian is part of a new generation of confident, cool and savvy Africans making millions on the continent. He vowed to be the cover article of Forbes Africa Magazine in 2019 when I met him in his offices in Lusaka. I guess time will tell.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – African Grey Insurance offices Lusaka with Maybin Mudenda
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine September Issue

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Portrait – Tariq Yusuf, Solar Power

Portrait – Tariq Yusuf, Solar Power

Yusuf is the man behind the Intratrek 260-hectare, 100MW solar power plant under construction in Zimbabwe; one of the first solar projects of its kind in the county. Yusuf is also linked with the Tara KLamp, a controversial medical tool used for circumcisions in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – An abandoned field in Johannesburg with Tariq Yusuf
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine August Issue

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Portrait – Hanson Sindowe, Copper Belt Energy

Portrait – Hanson Sindowe, Copper Belt Energy

Hanson Sindowe is the last person you would expect to be one of Zambia’s richest; he grew up the son of a policeman in a family of farmers in the village of Kalomo, 120 kilometers north of Livingstone. Sindowe is the engineer, who wanted to be a pilot, but ended up buying Zambia’s copper belt power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) in 2006 for $120 million.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – Lusaka Offices with Hanson Sindowe
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine August Issue

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Cover Shoot – Nicky Oppenheimer for Forbes Africa Magazine

My first cover for the year turns out to be one of the biggest names in African business – Nicky Oppenheimer, for Forbes Africa Magazine.

Nicky Oppenheimer and his family – worth $6.8 billion according to FORBES – are looking to blaze a trail across Africa – its out with diamonds and in with investment in Africa’s entrepreneurs.  The Oppenheimer wealth makes them the third richest in Africa.

“The Oppenheimer family ended its 85-year reign atop diamond giant De Beers in 2012 when Nicky sold his 40% stake to mining conglomerate Anglo American for $5.1 billion in cash. Anglo American, which Nicky’s grandfather founded, now controls 85% of De Beers; the government of Botswana owns the remaining 15%. 

Nicky Oppenheimer served on Anglo American’s board for 37 years through 2011, and he retains an estimated 1.8% stake in the company. Now he’s turning to private equity through his E. Oppenheimer & Son, which controls investment arms Stockdale Street Capital and Tana Africa Capital, a joint venture with Singapore government-owned investment firm Temasek. Tana holds minority interests in African food manufacturers Promasidor and Regina Co.”

— (FORBES.com)

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I didn’t quite know what to expect when meeting Mr Oppenheimer. He is known to be very media shy. He turned out to be quite relaxed as we chatted about cricket and Pangolins during the shoot. Time with businessmen is a rare thing, and with Mr Oppenheimer we had about half an hour to shoot.

Things to do to make the most of your half an hour shoot:

1. Pre-scout

With limited time and with us shooting on location it’s always advised that you try and arrange a pre-scout of the space. Also try go at the same time as the shoot to gauge the lighting.

2. Have a backup.

When we did Mr Oppenheimer’s pre-scout, I immediately noticed the office space was too busy for our cover shot. There was too much going on. So we brainstormed other solutions and came up with a low key shoot with a black backdrop.

3. A mock set-up

When renting kit, you could always practice on someone the day before, at another similar location, so that you have an idea where to put your equipment and the settings.

4. Don’t mess around

You and your client are not there to mess around. Work efficiently. Know the body positions you want to work with. Have everything set up (arrive an hour before the client if you have to) before the client arrives. Then make minor adjustments to your lighting. The last thing you want to have is technical issues before you have even started.

5. Have a spare flash to shoot ‘off the grid’

Nothing ever goes according to plan. An interview may run late. Your subject may need to leave on an emergency. Have a portable flash set up and be ready to go if you have to abandon the studio. Follow the client until they have to leave…and then follow them to their car. Snap along the way if you have to make sure you have got a variety of shots.

Shoot

This gives you a better idea of how we set up the photo.

This gives you a better idea of how we set up the photo. I removed the softbox on the right of the figure, and lowered the power to 1/16 for the head shot.