eX-Base Freelance Network

Photography, Travel and Web Design


We are Xander & Mariaan, a husband and wife team photographing the beauty of South African nature and reviewing the South African hospitality industry.

We initially started out as eX-Base Photography, operated solely by me, but soon after Mariaan joined in with Purple Hat Photography and shortly after that Nomads Nature and Travel was formed.

When we decided to travel more frequently and see more of our beautiful country, we found that areas of the hospitality sector were not on par in the way that their information was made available, mostly during the planning phase of our travels. Our initial aim was to try and assist these establishments by providing a photography and review service to them, at an affordable tariff or in exchange for a complimentary weekend stay.

Recently, we decided to extend our service even more - to the design, development and support of websites, to afford establishments the opportunity to showcase their offerings.

As a result, we now operate with these portfolios:

  1. Photography
  2. Travel
  3. Website Designs

Our niche market remains the Hospitality Sector, with these segments:

  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Travel

We promote nature conservation by doing fundraising, by creating awareness, by running campaigns, by requesting donations, by education and by drafting of petitions.

Internet presence

Nomads Nature & Travel

Nomads Website Designs

eX-Base Photography

Purple Hat Photography (Website under construction)

Clients & Partners


Achievements & Awards

Our achievements and awards can be seen on the respective portfolio websites.

Our Team

Xander & Mariaan Buys

Xander & Mariaan Buys

Position Director/Owner

Responsibilities Photographer Web Designer Marketing