“Riekert shot our wedding on the 22nd at Montpellier de Tulbagh in Tulbagh. Upon meeting Riekert for the first time, it felt as if I was meeting up with an old time friend! Riekert is very easy going and approachable! He has this calming effect that I can’t explain!
On the wedding day itself, he is very professional but also a lot of fun!
Just another bonus is that his wedding packages are priced very well…especially when you see the quality and amount of photos he gives you!
Riekert was definitely the best man for the job!!!! 110% to you Riekert!!!”
“Riekert is Superb!! We had the most wonderful time on our wedding day…and the proof is in the gorgeous photos!
From the first email enquiry through to the last photograph. Riekert had been extremely professional, going above and beyond! Even when a slight hiccup with times lured for the day, I emailed Riekert and he instantly put me at ease..reassuring me that it would all work out!
My husband could not stop singing Riekert’s praises. The couple shoot especially was relaxed, fun and at no stage did we feel it was forced. Tons of laughs.The natural,relaxed atmosphere truly came across in the photos!We will definitely recommend Riekert. Best investment!”
“Andrew and I have been blessed to have found Riekert as our photographer for our special day. Not only is he such an amazing person on the inside, he is a brilliant photographer. The photos far exceeded our expectations and we are grateful for every memory he has captured in his unique way. Riekert clearly knew what he wanted to achieve in capturing all the special moments and emotions of the day but was very unobtrusive and we couldn’t have asked for more from him. We also have Iza to thank for the beautiful makeup and calming influence she had on the morning as nerves were increasing! We can’t thank you both enough.”
“We got married in Pretoria, South Africa on at Imperfect Perfection. We knew ever before we got engaged that we will use Riekert as our wedding photographer one day. I have seen some of his work a few years before and he was the photographer at two of my friend’s weddings. There was no doubt in our minds that he must take our wedding photos. Luckily for us everything planned out, he was available for the day and we are so thankful for that!
We had so much fun during the shoots – it was a bit difficult to be more serious for some of the close up shots as we were just having a ball! Riekert is an amazing photographer and person to work with – from communicating via e-mail to meeting him in person before the wedding he made us feel that our day is just as important to him as it is to us. As my husband described it – The shoot was comfortable, easy going, fun, entertaining and very enjoyable!!
The communication between us and Riekert was great! We felt so comfortable and we felt that we knew what to do with every shot. Communication from Riekert prior to and after the wedding was excellent! He was always there to give advice if we needed some regarding planning our schedule for the big day. We received excellent service after our wedding day. Our photos were ready in a few weeks and we loved the fact that there were some teasers on Facebook a few days after the wedding while we were still on honeymoon.
Our photos are AMAZING and even four months after our big day we still find ourselves looking through every photo at least once a week, appreciating that he was able to capture EVERY moment of our special day. Thank you, Riekert for making our memories last forever!”
“Our experience with Riekert was excellent. We corresponded for a while before we met at the wedding, and even by then I had decided that I liked him. Fully professional, great work ethics and really good time management and interpersonal skills. From the start he made us feel like we were all that mattered and constantly went the extra mile, even regarding things that were outside the contract. For example, his work time was over, but he still called us for night pictures that he thought would make our album beautiful. He worked with such good energy, clearly knowing what needed to be done, and always with a smile on his face. Thank you so so much, you really helped to make us, and our day special.
Riekert could not have been more professional, nor more relaxed with us. He put us at ease straight away, and was absolutely brilliant, and it is very easy to see within 30 seconds of meeting him what a perfect gentleman he is. He clearly has a very good grasp of photography and I could not recommend him enough to anyone who is looking for a photographer. First class and worth every cent.”
“Riekert captured all the magical moments of our day in a special way. His unintrusive way of shooting made it so easy and we never felt uncomfortable.
The quality of his shots are superb and I love the light he uses at sunset. He was well prepared as he insisted we met well in advance to discuss our needs.
We did our shoot after the day’s event and we were very tired. Riekert however, quickly changed that and made it one of the favourite parts of our day…chilling and relaxing in each other’s arms while he captured all the special moments.”
Que and Nadia, Durbanville
“Riekert Cloete is really an amazing photographer. My husband and I decided to first do a test run and thus, asked him to do our engagement shoot. He did such an amazing job with our engagement photos and my husband felt so comfortable, which is always a struggle as men tend to feel uncomfortable in these situations, however after the shoot we both agreed that we wanted Riekert to be our wedding photographer.
His work is really his passion and when someone is passionate about what they do, they do it extremely well and that is something you will find with Riekert’s photography.
The quality and packaging of the photos are of the highest quality. His friendly personality makes you immediately feel comfortable and at ease- which was great for me on our wedding day, as regardless of how hard you try, you still will be stressing.”
“The first time I saw my Wedding “teaser” photo’s, I burst into tears!
In my wildest dreams I couldn’t image that someone could capture how I felt on the day as perfect as Riekert did.
Before the wedding we went to meet up with him, at first, it was a handshake, but by the time we left it was hugs all round. It is always important to feel comfortable and at ease with your photographer. I was a bit nervous at first when the camera was pointing my direction, but Riekert made me feel confident and completely at ease.
The day is about making a lifetime commitment to your Love, in front of a community of you nearest and dearest family and friends, and celebrating it with them.
The last thing you want is a photographer that’s in your face the whole time.
Not once did We feel that he was in our space or that he tried to get our attention for a quick photo. Riekert is brilliant at capturing the whole day, but you never feel that he’s in your space. He’s very focused on when to give you a moment and when to take charge to take a great group shot. Photo’s take time to edit, but as promised we received our pics within 3 weeks from our wedding.
We got married in the Cederberg – Sanddrif, it’s not really a wedding venue, but we saw the Magic in the venue. Beautiful, raw and unspoiled. We believe Riekert captured this for us and we are now and will forever be truly grateful.”
“The first time we saw some of Riekert’s work, we loved the Quality of his work! We then contacted him, and we easily made an appointment to meet with him in person. Riekert is the most comfortable guy you will meet! From our first encounter for coffee, he was just so easy to talk to. He helped us to figure out a timeline for our day, considering the time of sunset etc. Riekert really felt like an old friend! Easy to talk to, and easy to make suggestions and get advice from. On our day, he made us feel so relaxed!
Riekert definitely worked very hard on our wedding day, there was a time between the ceremony and going to the reception , where we wondered where he was…… that question was answered when we received the photos! He took photos of the décor, the food, Everything! Not missing a thing! I would highly recommend him for being part of your special day and capturing all your special moments! He has a wonderful personality which is so important when choosing your photographer!”
Beau and Ulrike, Cape Town
“Riekert is one of the most professional people (not just a photographer) that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I am very camera-shy, but Riekert has a way of making you feel comfortable while seamlessly blending into the background capturing phenomenal photographs in the process. We were blessed to have Riekert as our photographer, as well as being involved in several other weddings where he was the photographer, I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for the best…but you better move quick – this man is going to be booked out well in advance!”
“Sooo blessed and lucky to have had Riekert as our photographer, we felt very comfortable with him being such a nice guy and the photoshoot very natural!! Awesome experience!! Thanks so much for our beautiful pictures&album ❤️it!!!”
” I saw one of Riekert’s photos posted on the website of my wedding venue. I just knew I had to have whoever took that photo as my wedding photographer!Luckily his name also appeared on the photo so I was able to track him down and book him straight away!!
I can honestly say that it was a great experience right from our engagement shoot until our wedding, 10 months later. I always thought I would feel quite awkward in front of the camera, but he made us feel so relaxed and every shoot was so much fun!!
We were totally amazed by the quality and uniqueness of the photos that he took and he captured every moment of our special day just perfectly.
His fun personality and expertise was an added bonus!!
Thank you, Riekert for giving us photos that we love to look at over and over and that we can treasure forever!!”
“One of our best decisions was to ask Riekert Cloete to be our wedding photographer! His communication with us before, during and after our wedding was excellent! The timeline he worked out was perfect and one of the big reasons for us having a perfect and carefree wedding day! Riekert is easy going and people get along with him easily. This is wonderful because he dealt with family members, guests, caterers, venue staff etc. He made us, as a couple, feel at ease during the couple shoot and therefore our pictures came out stunning and very ‘natural’! Thank you Riekert!”
“Working with Riekert Cloete was nothing but pleasant – from the initial meeting through to the delivery of the photographs!
When I contacted Riekert for the first time, he was extremely professional and efficient in communicating. He really is a pleasure to work with and this is very important on your wedding day because he is the person that is with you ALL THE TIME!
He is very creative when it comes to choosing shots. He makes great use of natural light and I would assume that a lot of his photographs don’t even need editing. His style is sophisticated and classic, yet has that edge that makes the photographs unique.
The after-wedding service is fantastic and I had my photographs within 4-6 weeks! I would recommend Riekert Cloete Photography if photographs are a priority for you as a couple. It should be because you relive every memory through the photographs!”
“5 stars from my husband and I. We booked Riekert’s services for our wedding. We booked him over a year in advance to make sure we did not miss out! We came to know of Riekert’s work as he was the photographer at a friend’s wedding. The pictures spoke for themselves.
Both our engagement shoot pictures and our wedding day pictures far exceeded our expectations. Riekert has the ability to capture the emotion of the day. The photos are a balance between posed and natural. He captures the moments you miss. His pictures tell your story reflecting the various emotions throughout the day.
We got married in August in Robertson and the weather was not ideal – windy and super cold, however, Riekert made the pictures work – he remained calm, which meant the Bride remained calm. My husband, who is not a camera person, felt at ease with Riekert, and we have some amazing portraits! I was running behind time in my preparations, but Riekert made sure a moment was not missed in the rush.
The quality of the pictures are perfect, and the turn around time quick. We never once felt there was a camera stuck in our face. We used a few of our engagement pictures for décor and our guests loved it.
Riekert is very easy going yet professional. He was quick in replying to our emails, and my numerous queries. Our engagement shoot and wedding day were filled with entertaining laughs and sharing of stories (We were lucky enough to have Riekert’s wife as a second photographer so was great fun and they make an excellent team). I still remember our car trip back to the reception from taking the couple pictures – Riekert and his wife made sure we savoured the moment.
It is without reservation, that I recommend Riekert for any special occasion.”
“When my husband and I were looking for wedding photographers, we were referred by another great photographer to Riekert. When we saw Riekert’s work we instantly knew that we liked his style, and when we met him we knew that we made the right decision choosing him to shoot our wedding. Riekert was so warm, humble, friendly and welcoming. He even helped us to plan the schedule for our wedding, and he gave us very useful tips.
Riekert was very punctual and reliable, and we felt comfortable during the shoot. We were amazed and impressed with our wedding pictures. The problem now is deciding on which photos are our favourite.
Although we have already received our pictures, we still occasionally communicate with Riekert. We were able to build a nice relationship with Riekert, and we will definitely use him in the future. I have already referred him to people, because I am impressed with his work, and I trust him.”
Jaco and Henriette – Paarl
“Riekert did our engagement and wedding photography. From the very start, we thought we get professional service and quality work. This proved to be spot on!
He made us feel comfortable during the shoots and his experience helped us to come up with fun ideas. The quality of his photography is outstanding and we got our photos and the hard cover wedding album in time. Our friends and family all agree that they have never seen a wedding album of this calibre! We gave a copy as a gift to our parents and they cannot stop talking and showing!!
The service we got from planning the day, shooting the group photos and communication in-between was professional and helped us a lot! The way he handled us was professional, comfortable and accommodating. He played a big role on our wedding day and through his planning and professionalism we were able to arrive with the guests at the venue, enjoy pre-drinks and snacks with them and did the group photo’s before anyone was bored. I would recommend his service any day!”
Ed and Jennifer, Port Elizabeth
“Riekert Cloete is one of the most amazingly talented photographers anyone could look for. He did our wedding in Port Elizabeth in February 2012 and to this day I firmly believed he was the best photographer for the job. He is very experienced and offers great advice on weddings! Our photos were breathtaking and arrived shortly after our honeymoon in the most elegant packaging. The quality of photos was amazing! What’s more is that to Riekert we were not just another couple he was photographing, it felt more like he was a lifelong friend sharing in the experience with us.”
Sasha and Steve – Cape Town
“Riekert was recommended by 2 of the best wedding photographers in South Africa (they were personal friends of ours so we wanted them as guests and not to work).
So we met with Riekert and most important were that my husband was comfortable with him immediately (guys don’t love the camera) and I just loved his portfolio and the fact that he could get the photos to us so soon after the wedding (BIG PLUS!!!).
On the day it felt like Riekert wasn’t ever in our face – he was always at a distance and all I remember is that I laughed so much through our photo shoot on the day. He allowed us to have our day without interrupting it! And out of that came the BEST photos we could have wished for.
One problem you will have with Riekert – you won’t know how not to choose 300 photos to put in your home afterwards. We have our wedding photos all over our house cause they are not just special but complete artworks on their own! You can’t go wrong with choosing Riekert as your wedding photographer!!!!”
Corne and Anneke – Durbanville
“Wow wat n uitstekende fotograaf!!!In my oe is hy die beste in SA! Hy is spontaan,georganiseerd en net n wonderlike mens. Hy het my en my man so gemaklik laat voel voor die lens. Ek raai hom 1000 aan en sal hom vir enige ander fotos ook weer gebruik.”