Riek­ert Cloete

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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.

Pho­to­graphs © Riek­ert Cloete

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