B rides 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.