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GEAR, INFO AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

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Ask Me Anything


GEAR, INFO AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

A portrait from our own wedding, image by Sybrand Cillié

A portrait from our own wedding, image by Sybrand Cillié

RUAN WHO?

I’m Ruan Redelinghuys, married to a talented creative genius, dad to a little rock-star, Photographer and I’ve been waiting more than 20 years to see Pearl Jam live. 

My first experience with photography was as a photographer for the CPUT student newspaper in 2001 with a camera and a bunch of film spools, covering news and sport events in and around the Cape Town Campus. Since then it has evolved from sport events, corporate portfolios and product shoots until 2008 when I photographed my first wedding by chance and extremely nervous! That experience, with the help and insights from a local photographer changed my approach to shooting and created a shift towards photographing life & love.

Years later from picking up a camera for the first time I am a full-time professional photographer that loves the creativity and energy that exists on wedding day.

Wedding Couple Portraits on a Hotel Rooftop in Istanbul, Turkey.

Wedding Couple Portraits on a Hotel Rooftop in Istanbul, Turkey.

Do you travel for weddings?

Yes, I do and have completed a couple of destination weddings. I keep it to a maximum of 1 wedding outside of the Garden Route, South Africa per month. All weddings and portrait shoots outside the Garden Route are charged AA rates for traveling and If I need to stay over I will also require accommodation. International weddings are quoted on for each request, taking in mind the time of year, visa, travel and accommodation costs.

How long in advance should we book?

On average I receive bookings 9-12 months before the wedding date as the wedding industry most often works on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Important dates, specific holidays and long weekends should always be booked longer in advance as these dates fill up the fastest. I shoot an average of 25 Weddings each year in some of the most incredible locations.

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Should we book an engagement shoot?

It’s not necessary but definitely advised! Couple portraits and lifestyle sessions gives me as photographer and you as client the opportunity to get to know each other before your wedding day and more importantly, it builds trust. When your big day arrives you will be more relaxed when we spend the majority of your wedding with you, which is on average 90% of your big day! You also get to see my method and style of working and will have images to use on invites, save the dates and show off to family and friends. 

Family portraits and formals?

Yes! I advise taking all the group shots of close family directly after the ceremony or during reception. These are important and goes quickly if you can supply me with list of names before the wedding day to ensure all the close family are photographed.

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How long before I receive the images?

Weddings in peak season, 8 Weeks and Couple Portrait sessions in 3 Weeks.

Will you be shooting our wedding or someone else?

I am! I’m the main photographer and if required can quote on a second shooter to compliment the day. At times I might bring along an assistant to help carry bags and some of the equipment but mostly it will only be me.

How do we confirm and place a booking?

First contact me to check availability of your date. If your date is available, I will send you the booking form, contract and final quote on items that you would like to add or remove from the package. Once approved, I will require a 50% booking fee, booking form and contract to secure your booking and hire me as photographer for your big day! Note that I work strictly on a first come, first served basis for all bookings. No dates are secured until the booking form and booking fee are finalized.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Email, Phone or find me on any of the social media sites below and I’ll gladly answer any questions you might have.