Hochstadter - Photographer - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Michelle Hochstadter

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


abandon the search for truth ... settle for a good fantasy ;-)

I am a 40 year old female from South Africa. I live in Johannesburg but have had the opportunity to study and work in Durban and Cape Town. I have also traveled to the United States of America, Israel, Amsterdam, London, Dubai and Mauritius.

My chosen career is a Photographer, Designer, Web Designer and Multimedia Artist. I have recently been dabbling with mixing music, and who knows maybe someday I will soar.



Work History

Head of Digital Design

Global Mouse

From January 2013

A results driven, self- motivated and resourceful on screen creative director with an ability to successfully translate desired moods, messages, concepts, and underdeveloped ideas into imagery.

Experience of working in and contributing to a creative environment alongside photographers, designers, copywriters, content strategists, user experience specialists and interactive developers. Possessing an ability to see the big picture and continually develop new and inspiring approaches to a brief.

Creative Director | Studio Manager


Up to December 2012

I previously worked for VentureWeb, a marketing agency, who offer a global online digital marketing support service to Accenture. They fall under the umbrella of The Talentcorp Group of Companies: Saidwot, TalentSmith and Virtuosa.

I was responsible for developing and executing creative concepts for leading-edge marketing and web solutions. I regularly liaised with technology teams in the Johannesburg, India and Canada offices to ensure the best creative solutions are imagined, conceptualised, developed and implemented.

Job responsibilities:

Developing excellence through innovative & creative concepts across all media.

Ability to work with other project managers and teams of creative designers.

Develop and frame creative concepts according to creative brief requirements.

Communicating design visions and rationale clearly to clients and design teams.

Conceptualize, visualize and design user experiences.

Involved in developing the clients’ culture and quality standards.

Attending conferences, software releases, exhibitions and expos.

Mentoring junior staff in project development and performance management.

Organising, initiating and leading brainstorming sessions.

Project, creative and technical team management

New Media Studio Manager

Hot Tomato Communications

I am qualified in several areas of New Media Design, such as: Photography, CD Rom Presentation as well as Print and Web design.

After working as a lonesome freelance photographer and New Media artist in both Cape Town and Amsterdam, I sought a position where I could integrate more into a team environment to share knowledge in New Media Design, a fast growing profession where new software is developed frequently to express creativity. To work with a new programme and to use the latest technique for a client is always a wonderful learning challenge for me. I am an accredited Adobe and Macromedia software lecturer, so I find it most satisfying to conquer a new design tool.

It was when I joined Hot Tomato Communications as a New Media artist that I soon progressed into the New Media Manager role where I undertook client liaison, co-ordination and project planning, as well as compiling quotations. I am very experienced in time management and consistently meet required deadlines.

New Media Artist | Photographer

Freelance - Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa; Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Job responsibilities:

Establishing and maintaining clients

Financial administration - quotes, statements, invoices, receipts etc - Software packages used: Microsoft Word and Excel

PowerPoint Presentations (especially for animating schematic diagrams)

Desktop Publishing - Software packages used: Pagemaker, Quark, InDesign, Freehand, Illustrator and Photoshop

Website Designer - Software packages used: Dreamweaver, HTML, Basic Javascript, Fireworks and Flash (including Action Script)

CD Rom Designer - Software packages used: Director (including Lingo), Premiere, After Effects, Sound Edit and Cool Edit

Computer Software Lecturer

Mediatek, Concept Interactive New Media Institution and the Red & Yellow School of Design

Job responsibilities:

Training and testing students in Adobe and Macromedia Software

Promoting courses for Concept Interactive, as well as sale of software packages at National and International Exhibitions (Design Indaba)

Sharing knowledge on: shooting, developing and printing of photographs

Freelance Photojournalist whilst studying Photography

Natal Newspapers (Young Daily News), Natal, South Africa

Job responsibilities:

Taking photographs of important events in the Natal region

Apprentice Photographer whilst studying Photography

Sally Chance Photographic Studios, Natal, South Africa

Job responsibilities:

Composing subject matter and working with flash packs and studio lights

Shooting on 35mm, 6X7 and large format cameras, development and printing

Photographer of Model Portfolios

Characters Casting Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa

Job responsibilities:

Lighting and shooting models to build portfolios for casting agents books for television commercial use in 35mm - black and white, as well as colour format

Qualifications & Certifications

Masters in Photography

Technikon Natal


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