July 2, 2014

Riekert Cloete – Photographer


Brides Essence caught up with another one of Cape Town’s Top wedding photographers Riekert Cloete.


Riekert please tell us about yourself.

A: I am a 36 year old kid who can’t believe that he’s living his dream! I love my awesome wife Iza, my boy Wilhelm, my family, sports, music and I will try anything new. I am curious  about EVERYTHING.

I have an obsession with photography. I can talk about it 15 hours non-stop. I love people. I love weddings, I also love Cape town, the Western Cape, my country and I am proud to be a South African.


Where did you grow up?

A:The bushveld and later in the Eastern Cape.


Where are you based and what geographical area do you cover?

A: Durbanville. Most Weddings are in the Western Cape , but I have shot in all 9 provinces of the RSA as well as abroad.


What made you choose photography as a profession?

A: The fact that it is such a creative outlet.


Did you study photography?

A: No, but I have spent my whole life being a student of the craft.


When did your passion for photography first begin and what do you enjoy most about it?

A: It began at the age of 13 when my parents bought me my first camera.  I was really bad at it in the beginning. I love the fact that I can tell stories.


How long have you been a wedding photographer?

A:10 years


How many weddings do you photograph per year?

A: over the last 10 years I have averaged over 40 per year.


What sets you apart from other photographers?

A: My lighting skills as well as my
love of sunsets.


Are you planning on doing something different in this years wedding season?

A: Not really. I plan to keep refining my craft with every wedding. Small changes that hone my skills and not big changes.


What are the latest photographic trends and have you implemented any of them?

A: I’m not sure if it’s a trend but I am moving in the direction of editing less and less. I try to keep the images as close to “out of camera” as possible. I believe “less is more” and that will make my images more timeless.

What do you offer in your bridal packages?

A: CD Only and Coffee table books.


Do you take pre-wedding photographs?

A: I do offer engagement shoots as an optional extra


Do you have any advice for Brides on how to choose the right photographer?

A: Ask for availability and price first. Once you know the person is available for your date and within your price range then decide on Style and personality. 


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Published in Brides Essence Issue 13