An Introduction

About me

DOING WHAT I LOVE WITH THE ONE I LOVE.

 My name is Hannes Roodt. In 2013, I married my best friend and soul mate, Petru-Marti, who also became my full-time assistant and business partner. Getting married was the best decision of my life. As you are reading this, you are most probably about to step into this new chapter of your life, too.

Shortly after our dream wedding, we moved to Dubai and travelled the world, jet-setting to over 47 countries and 70 different cities as Emirates crew members. Not only did we travel to amazing places where we met people with lovely stories, but we also managed to save up money to start our photography company. What started out as a hobby, truly turned into a career. The more we were exposed to new people and new experiences, the more we wanted to encapsulate people’s stories and share it with the world.

Our story got even better in 2016 when our little girl Nayomi was born – our biggest gift from God! Apart from ‘Mamma’ and ‘Pappa’, saying ‘cheese’ for the camera – was one of her first words.

We are absolute animal lovers. Before we got married we opened a doggy parlour – Ultimate Pet Care – that grew into a successful small business with four franchises. Our family is not complete without our two furry family members Ultimate and Fin – beautiful Afghan Hounds.
Furthermore, we have a massive weakness for good coffee and homemade food!

Most of all, we absolutely love photo-capturing the journey of life. Our inspiration comes from our passion for Jesus and the beautiful people He made.

In 2019,God added to our family once again with our little brother Johannes. The coolest most chilled little guy that we believe is going to grow to be a planet shaker.

We are doing our first two international weddings this year in Bali and Saltzburg. Even though weddings are still a big part of my photography portfolio, I have also been doing a lot of Corporate Work lately by generating high-quality content for big corporate companies like Vodacom and Nissan for their social Media Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About me

About My Style

I AM SO PASSIONATE WHEN I GET TO TAKE PHOTOS

Capturing that special experience is what makes me come alive. I have always been the photographer, from as early as I can remember. I am now able to fully live my dream after I acquired all the gear I need to make a memory last a lifetime.

I am a natural light photographer, who loves big white spaces and nature. To use the sun creatively (in the “golden hour”) really excites me.

I believe in “less is more” and when it comes to photos, my goal is to capture that confident smile or intimate moment, otherwise lost in time.

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only shoot weddings?
 We are in love with weddings, but not married to it. We also love life and shoot anything to do with it: couples, families, pregnancies, newborns, marketing, events and yes, even pets. 
How do I book?

 The process works a bit like getting engaged:

  • You catch my attention by completing this contact form that will get you in touch with me (yay!) and geared with information on my availability and pricing options.
  • We hastily respond to your enquiry – mostly within 24 hours. (We do not believe in playing hard-to-get.)
  • You choose the package that ticks all your boxes and notify us (of course sounding very excited!).
  • We propose with a booking contract and invoice.
  • You accept and sign. (Phew!)
  • Once you have paid a R5000.00 non-refunfable deposit , you send us your proof of payment. (Since love is priceless, but photos aren’t.)
  • We are hooked up!

Important: Your booking will only be confirmed once your payment is received

WHAT IS THE EARLIEST YOU CAN BE BOOKED?
We take bookings from one year prior to your much anticipated wedding date. 
How does payment work?
A R5000 non-refundable deposit will secure us for your wedding date. The outstanding amount is payable one week prior to your wedding, at the latest. 
How far do you travel?
 As far as needed. I am based in Pretoria, but willing to go the distance (literally!) for my clients. As a standard, my packages include an 80km round-trip. Beyond that, R3.50/km is charged. If your venue is more than 100 km from Kempton Park, accommodation on the wedding day is required for my assistant and I. Beyond 250 km, the night before is also to be included. For destination weddings, flights; accommodation and vehicle rental should be provided. 

Do you work with an assistant?
“No, for the past 2 years I have been shooting my Weddings and Corporate work on my
own, I feel more creative and love to zone out on my own unique style. If a client requests a second shooter, I use some of my industry friends
How long is the wedding shoot?
 This is more or less a picture of the ideal time schedule:

  • Venue and Décor: 25-35min
  • Good-looking groom: 40-50min
  • Beautiful bride: 60-90min
  • Frustrated family (who just wants those pre-drinks): 20-30min
  • Bridal Party: 15-20min
  • Bridal Couple: 45-55min

We will have a planning session to chat about the nitty-gritties.

ARE FORMAL TABLE SHOTS OF OUR GUESTS INCLUDED?
Your choice! If you would like, we will share a few ideas. We could set up a photo booth at an additional cost or alternatively recommend a few companies specialising in photo booths. 
Do you require food?
 We do eat, yes.  Please provide food for me and my assistant. However, we do not require wedding food and seating at a guest table – have us sit anywhere and feed us anything half decent. 
Do we have a meeting prior to the wedding?
Of course! And hopefully there will be coffee too. We cannot wait to meet our clients and we have work to do together in setting up an action plan for the Big Day. If you are too far away, Skype will have to do.
What about extra lighting?
 I am a natural light photographer. Per definition, I rarely use artificial lighting, apart from the occasional flash when required. Keep in mind: Having a bridal suite, groom’s room and chapel with enough white light is highly recommended! 
When will I have my photos?
 6-8 Weeks are normally needed for post-production. If you ordered a fine art album, patiently add some extra waiting time. Also, printing only happens after the final thumbs-up from the newlyweds. 

Will the photos be digitally manipulated?
 Yup. The post-production touch-ups account for a big part of the time and love that go into our final product. 
How do we get the best possible photos?
  • Plan well. The couple shoot is ideally done during the “golden hour” when nature offers her best lighting. This might entail hurrying up the minister…
  • Stressed faces do not make pretty pics, so make sure there is enough time for all the desired shots and that the bridal party and family are informed on when they should show up where to “say cheese”. Again: proper planning!
  • Organise a spacious room with ample white light.
  • Have attractive hangers for the bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Ensure you feel your prettiest by booking trial runs for your hair and make-up.
  • Be yourself, be in love and enjoy your special day – this creates the best and most authentic photos!

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