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Studio Portrait of Photographer Bridget Corke

Bridget is one of only two accredited portrait master photographers in Africa as recognised by The Portrait Masters.

Having photographed more than 10 000 people since 2005, Bridget has honed and mastered her craft.

In 1989 Bridget obtained a BA in social science from Wits University, Johannesburg, majoring in industrial psychology and sociology.


I lost my mom when I was 30. That doesn't make me unique, but it did change my outlook. Not a 10th of October passes without remembering my mother's final words: "Life is short. Look at me. I am 62 and about to die. Bid, you are not the corporate type. Follow your creative passion. Do something with yours before it's over!" At that time, I was working in the corporate jungle of Johannesburg. Eight years later, dad died on mom's birthday, with his children at his side. The moment he took his final breath, I drew, with all its sadness, a deep strength.

I left the corporate world, got divorced, had a beautiful son, then picked up a camera and went to work, quickly learning no one owes you anything. I've photographed both happiness and sadness, the lens revealing both sides. Maya Angelou so beautifully put: "People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel."

Let me tell your authentic story, where you look at your pictures and they back at you—steadying you—holding you.


My first portrait study. My dad. He died 11 months later. I would have loved one of my mum and me. Having captured him means the world to me.

JOHANNESBURG: Talented Child Portrait Photographer

When I took this photo of my son in 2003, I knew he would have a priceless treasure. I wanted to make a career out of capturing similar fleeting, fragile moments for others, which I've been doing since 2005.

Bridget Corke with Her Sebastian Captured in Studio in 2010

Getting a photo of us together means asking the strangest people - my client's 10-year-old daughter captured this one of Sebastian and me.

Bridget Corke and Her Sebastian with Blossom Bulldog Family Photograph

I grew up with English bulldogs. Conceived around the same time Blossom was born, I love this photo of me introducing her to Sebastian in 2002.

Early Morning Pet Photograph of Bridget Corke's Bulldog Blossom in Delta Park Blairgowrie
I stole this one of Blossom weeks before she died in my arms following a driveway high-jacking. I believe the trauma was too much for her. Both experiences live in my bones.

Bridget Corke Personal Family Photograph of Her Bulldog Venus on Couch with Nguni Cow Pet Photography

Don't be fooled by those looks. Venus had a heart of gold and was eternally loyal. She passed away in 2018, the day before her birthday, having spent most of her days sleeping at my feet.

Family Photograph of Venus the Bulldog in Summer 2016 Johannesburg

Venus, captured by Sebastian, is cooled down from Johannesburg's 2016 heatwave with his three-year-old beach towel. This photo was one of the last memories we have of her.

Princess Leia Bulldog Taken For Family Collection in Studio in Black and White Pet Photography

iPhone Family Photograph Taken By Bridget Corke Of Her Bulldog Princess Leia in Johannesburg

Princess Leia crept into our lives seamlessly after Blossom died. The clown of the pack and has since ascended to top-dog status. She flaunts both roles with no invitation.

I love the whole thing about my boy in the following two photos taken three years apart and fleeting moments. He never gives me enough time, so I, too, live with some smartphone snaps. I often love them more because I have them.

Personal Photograph of Bridget Corke Sebastian at Home in 2010

Personal Photograph of Bridget Corke Sebastian at Home in 2016

I'm blessed to live in a country of such diversity, privileged that the Big Five game animals are 300km away from me. Sadly I'm not into wildlife photography.

The lens is either too long or too short. By the time you work out which lens to use, the moment is gone. I do like mine, if only for their sense of humour.

Zebras Captured in Kruger Park 2010

Tail End of Elephant Captured in Kruger National Park South AFrica

Black and White Photograph Hippo in Elephants River Kruger Park South Africa

These hippos remind me of my hounds.

Cream Of Tomatoe Soup Taken by Bridget Corke For her Personal Family Collection with iPhone 5c

Sebastian and I have clean palates that love home-cooked food. There is nothing wrong with a blob of cream in the tomato soup with our ever-present clown-in-waiting.

Food Photograph Taken at Die OuPastorie Near Hartebeespoort Dam South Africa

Strawberries with "blue" fillet - a birthday treat!

Nelson Mandela with Bridget Corke's Son Taken During Private Family Portrait Photographic Session With Graca Machel and Her Children and Grandchildren

Many people have asked me whether I captured the photo of Nelson Mandela on my website? Yes. Every single one besides the ones of him and me. Six-year-old Sebastian and I spent over four hours at his home. I love the twinkly highlights of Mandela's shoes against my boy's bony feet. As Sebastian gets older, the significance of this moment will dawn on him in all its fullness.

Nelson Mandela with Bridget Corke as Part of a Private Portrait Commission by Graca Machel with Her Family in Houghton 2008

My Madiba moment. I was giving instruction mid-stream to the photographer. Typical photographer.

Aerial Photography Taken in Maropeng West of Johannesburg

Sebastian captured this aerial shot of us on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

This is my simple, privileged life I don't take for granted.

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