Coco Van Oppens

Coco Van Oppens embarked on her journey in the film industry more than three decades ago and has since become a highly-skilled and experienced unit stills photographer. She has an unwavering passion for capturing the very essence of film and TV productions through her iconic imagery. She holds a degree in Commercial Photography from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in California.

Meticulous attention to detail and an in-depth understanding of natural light and composition are the hallmarks of Coco’s work. She works closely with actors, directors and cinematographers to capture stunning behind-the-scenes moments, and her promotional images are captivating.

In recognition of her contribution to the field, Coco was accepted into the esteemed SMPSP (Society of Motion Picture Stills Photographers) in 2020. This international honorary organization is devoted to celebrating the art of motion picture stills photography. Coco’s membership holds special significance as she becomes the first member based in Africa.

Coco’s off-set work encompasses a diverse range of photography genres, including documentary, travel, portraits, with a particular affinity for children’s portraits. Her off-set portfolio showcases a balanced mix of these genres, all infused with a cinematic feel that is characteristic of her style.


Camera:           Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm X-T3, Fujifilm X-T4

Lens:               Fujinon XF 35mm F2, Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8, Fujinon XF 50mm-140mm F2.8

Film Stills

Raised By Wolves © 2023 Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Origin © LBP-TV2 Limited. 

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Posts by Coco Van Opens

A few of my favourite lenses: Coco Van Oppens

Fujifilm ambassador Coco Van Oppens takes us through the list of lenses that makes her life on set as a unit-stills photographer a lot easier. Let's start with your favourite prime - the Fujinon XF35mmF2. Why does this lens make your list? The Fujifilm XF35mmF2 is a popular prime lens known for its compact size, [...]

Shooting stills on Raised by Wolves: Season 2, a chat with Coco Van Oppens

We’ve previously covered the excellent work done by unit stills photographer Coco Van Oppens using Fujifilm on the HBO Max TV series Raised by Wolves. With Season 2 recently airing locally on Showmax, it was the perfect time to catch up with Coco about her experiences on set in the Mother City. Now knowing what [...]

Coco Van Oppens Photography

Coco Van Oppens has built a name for herself working internationally as an on-set photographer, also called a unit stills photographer. She tells us more about this unique genre, the importance of wearing an invisibility cloak while on set, and her favourite gear to take along