About Coco

Coco Van Oppens, is a South African born international photographer. She graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography (California, USA) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990.

Her work has involved a lot of globe trotting and taken her to far-flung places like Siberia and Central America, where she worked as an adventure-travel photographer. It was in Costa Rica, where she was living 1992, that she worked on her first feature film '1492' Conquest of Paradise with Director Ridley Scott. She consequently moved to Europe and worked in the film industry in Spain and the UK. 

Coco is now based in Cape Town South Africa and specializes in On-Set photography, shooting both Unit and Gallery stills for local and international film clients. She also works as a videographer shooting Makings Of's and documentary videos. 

Her Off-set commissioned work includes everything from Corporate, Travel and NGO photography as well as family portraits.


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I am Picture Publicist for the BBC and have recently had the pleasure of working with Coco Van Oppens on a drama filmed on location in South Africa.  I'm delighted to say that without exception, any day Coco was on set she delivered an astonishing amount of beautifully composed and considered photography, both unit and 'portraiture'.  Adept at flitting between the two mediums, Coco can capture the action beautifully as it happens, but can seek out opportunities without prompting to produce carefully thought-out singles and group shots which tell the story perfectly.  

On our production, most of the time Coco worked alone but for a couple of the bigger shots she and I collaborated on ideas and direction on set.  Not only was Coco easy to work with, she completely got what ever I was trying to convey in my head.  Her personable skills with the talent were strong, engaging with them only when necessary to get the best result, and talking them through any thought process to the shot when it felt required.  Coco also processes all her material and grades the imagery in keeping with the tone of the film.

I feel with absolute confidence Coco would make a valuable asset to any film.  I look forward to an opportunity to work with her again.

Kate Lawson
Picture Campaign Executive
BBC Pictures - M&A Creative

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