Cape Town born Gisela Calitz is a retoucher renowned for her work both behind and in front of the camera. Having many years of work in the industry under her belt, she has extensive knowledge of her trade. Working on celebrity portraits with the likes of Ian McKellen, Sienna Miller, Solange Knowles, Arnold Vosloo, Nelson Mandela and Kate Moss, Gisela continues to strive for excellence in all that she touches. Her unique approach to understanding a client's vision, embodies a creation that is produced to that of an unparalleled standard. Her belief in growing a client’s brand is second to none, with a relationship built upon continual growth, she strives to create ever-strengthening symbiotic relationships. Always prepared to go the extra mile just to make that final touch count, her dedication is key to her clients standing out from their competition. Gisela's work has been featured in many well-known publications including Sports Illustrated, Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour. "I believe why you do what you do will always be what sets you apart, as an artist it is essential to find balance between the "normal" and abstract parts of our brains functioning in order to deliver fantastic results."Locked Pro Plan feature
Worked with world renowned photographers & directors to help them achieve the best quality and high end retouching results. Contributed to some of the worlds top fashion publications namely Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan UK, Rolling Stone Magazine, GQ magazine, Glamour, ELLE, Sports Illustrated, and brands including Gucci and DKNY. Celebrity Portraits include Yelle, Howard Marks, Ian McKellen, Sienna Miller, Nelson Mandela, Solange Knowles, Johan Renck, Kate Moss, Elsa Hosk, Mad Mikkelson & Eva Green. I also freelanced for agencies in New York namely Rare Digital, Impact Digital & Carrie Beene. • Retouch high end fashion advertising and editorial work • Ensure quality work meets the highest standard • Continuously organize and archive files as they are created • Ensure products are accurately color corrected or color matched • Work in a high pressure environment with tight deadlines • Constant improvement of workflow • Maintain eager to work attitude
Worked with a strong team of creatives behind the scenes Retouching images and getting them ready for output. My responsibility’s included the following: • Lead & liaison closely with the creative team during production • Made sure all tasks were done on schedule and on time • Quality control and final retouching of all campaign images on final selection • Retouching, color matching, color balancing and color correction
Worked on the Nayomi Campaign for North South Productions. This was a high pressure tight deadline job where I was responsible for retouching and management of the entire campaign and retouching production. • Multi-tasking and project management • Re-sizing, compositing, layouts and graphic design features • Quality control, color matching & balancing using color cards • File organization, file uploads & work flow control • Account management & finance
I worked as a graphic designer at a packaging design and product development company in New York city. Supporting a team of graphic designers my responsibility’s included the following: • Setting up files for print and approval • Conceptualizing new ideas for packaging designs • Ensuring file structure was always correct • Working and reporting to the creative director
After graduating from AAA School of Advertising I joined the team of creatives at Room 13 where I was put in charge of Art directing as well as putting together a team and conceptualizing a shoot for the relaunch of their website. I was also en charge of retouching the images to ensure the best creative & visual results were achieved on completion of the project.