CREATE DESIGN™ boasts two degree-trained photographers, Colin Stephenson and Raquel de Castro Maia with a combined total of 30 years of commercial photographic experience. Formal training followed by apprenticeships with top national photographers has laid a strong foundation for our work. We are continually pushing the boundaries in terms of our personal skill set and technical prowess. In 2003 The couple setup a Photographic and Design studio in the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. The professional photographic studio provides both a day light and studio flash lighting options for editorial portraits, products or food. CREATE DESIGN™ also spend a lot of time on location working with a combination of natural light, flash and portable flash lighting to capture editorial, architectural, interior and travel Photography.

Both Colin Stephenson and Raquel De Castro Maia are members of the Professional Photographers of South Africa as well as members of Nikon’s Professional Photography technical support program. Producing personal portfolios of landscape and botanical photography has seen their work included in the Cape Town month of photography, and the photographers have been involved in many group exhibitions as well as a joint solo exhibit in the well know Cape Gallery in Cape Town.

Although we are always open to new photographic projects and experiences, CREATE DESIGN ™ focuses particularly on Architecture, Interiors, Editorial, Environment, Travel, Food and Product photography.

CREATE DESIGN ™  welcome International Assignments as we are flexible in terms of travel and have experience photographing abroad. More than anything we love taking pictures, and enjoy the challenge and the research involved in documenting a new place! Whether for, portrait or lifestyle, corporate, advertising, in-depth editorial, or travel documentaries, we can coordinate your commission – from start to final creative. CREATE DESIGN ™  are experienced in conceptualising a photographic commission and translating it into marketing or documentary materials such as brochures, websites and travel books.

Photography Services

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CREATE DESIGN ™ offers a full range of photographic services in various disciplines. Our work carries the mark of years of experience and we pride ourselves in producing high quality images both on location and in the studio.

The CREATE DESIGN ™ photographic studio is a full service daylight studio with facilities in place to shoot both portraits and products.

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In a nutshell

Our Commercial Photographic Services:
Corporate Photography and Editorial Photography
Portrait Photography
Product Photography
Advertising Photography
Travel Photography
Landscape Photography
Botanical Photography


Our Photographic Products Include
Marketing Materials
Photo Documentary Materials
Photographic Travel Books
Photographic documentary of destinations, hotels and lodges
Printed Canvases and Photographic Artworks

Editorial and Portrait Photography
Editorial and Portrait Photography
Lodges and Hotel Photography
Lodges and Hotel Photography
Architectural Photography
Architectural Photography
Product and Food Photography
Product and Food Photography
Nature and Travel Photography
Nature and Travel Photography