Born and raised in the deserts of The Karoo, South Africa, it was here Marais was brought up on a family farm. Despite it’s removed isolation, from a young age Marais was inquisitive about exploring art.
It was at the age of 7 when he first heard the ‘click’ of a cameras shutter and crack of the lights, he realised he wanted to be a photographer. He later moved to London to study photography, where upon graduating, he began his photographic career.
It is Marais’ relaxed attitude that is at the core of his approach to work, and what he draws upon in his creation of the set’s environment. This staple attitude has allowed him to create environments he believes produces the best results that permeate on through to the photographs. It is this outlook and approach that has had him work with commercial, editorial fashion and advertising clients for over 10 years.
Selected advertising clients include Austin Reed, Brooksfield, Cesare Attolini, DHC, FiftyFour, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer and Somatoline.
Marais has also shot commissioned editorials for Vogue, L’Officiel, Marie Clare, Elle, Grazia, GQ, Men’s Health, The Sunday Times, Seventh Man, The Rake and The Week.
Marais is based in London, working worldwide.