Meet photographer Michaela Verity

Michaela Verity is a freelance photographer and owner of Black Dog Photographic Studios in Observatory. She also works for the Big Issue and some of her covers include Ryan O’Conner and The Dirty Skirts.

In my first question I flex some journalistic muscle and show off my deep knowledge of photography by asking her whether she owns any pets.

I live in Rosebank, Cape Town, which is a bittersweet deal as everyone who lives in Rosebank seems to have at least 50 dogs and puppies. They all congregate in the park after work and I am eternally jealous of these dog owners. So no, I don’t have pets. And yes, that’s a sore point. My dog, George, lives in Brakpan. I visit him as much as I can.

At the moment I am working hard at spreading word of Black Dog Studios. I started this business at the beginning  of the year with a fellow photographer Sally Mellish. We offer studio and community darkroom hire at VERY affordable prices. Working on the studio takes up most of my time. Building something sustainable is my goal at the moment, that and keeping myself fed. I love to show the space to new clients, it brings me so much joy. We’re at  86 Station Road, Observatory.

My photographs are all just an extension of a larger idea. I don’t like to single any out and I hate to talk about what I enjoy about photographing.   Although I am hardly technical in my approach I do love handling large analogue cameras and I find nothing more satisfying than printing my own photographs in the darkroom.

Have a look at Michaela’s website for more.

Black dog Studios and Photographic Resource Centre offers a black studio, Cove Wall and colorama back drops.  Great selection of lighting for additional hire, amazing natural light.  Full dressing room facility.  Darkroom printing.

– Use it so we can make sure she stays fed!

You can email her at

Thanks Michaela!


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