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Photographer Betina Du Toit of Infidels Creative Representation shot this lovely series for Elle Fashionwear India‘s AW15 in our Drive-in Studio.

Creative Director Rexina Devraj and Art Director Joann Joseph from LOWE, Bangalore worked with local Makeup Artist Amori Birch (Infidels) and Hair Stylist Mary Gouveia to create this Autumn feel.

Models : Anna D,Catherine Lewis,Emma Brown
Wardrobe Stylist + Prop/Set Designer : Mallikah Hajee
MUA : Amori Birch
Hair : Mary Gouveia
Associate Producer : Marc Beresford Cool Banana Production Company

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On the 20th of January Slow Jack hosted their band launch and first ever live performance in our Church Studio. It was a rather exclusive event mostly attended by invited industry and media personal and 20 lucky members of the public.

Their set-up transformed the Church into the perfect venue for this live music event and with the stage set-up on the curve, the extra lighting equipment and bar in the corner one wouldn’t have noticed it was essentially a photographic space.

Pre-launch Photos: Tatyana Levana
Launch Photos: Andy Reeves

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Photographer Damon Fourie and a wonderful team of creatives used the Jett studio in our daylight building to shoot the cover of 2016’s first issue featuring Jessica Buchanan in her debut COSMO cover.

“And it’s out, my first @CosmopolitanSA cover!! Thank you to everyone involved!! I had so much fun shooting this cover!! Shot by @damonfourie || H&M by @algriax and @alethairmakeup #cosmopolitan #southafrica #januaryissue”



Behind the Scenes images by Tatyana Levana


‘And that’s a wrap for @cosmopolitansa shooting with the legendary @damonfourie #cosmopolitan’

Watch this Behind The Scenes video to get a feel for the shoot, the team involved and the atmosphere in our studio during the course of the day.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Damon Fourie // Supernova Creative Management
MODEL: Jessica Buchanan // Ice Models Cape Town // Instagram: @jessleebuchanan
HAIR: Alet Viljoen // Supernova Creative Management // Instagram: @alethairmakeup
MAKEUP: Algria Ferreira // Instagram: @algriax
STYLING: Bev Nates // Supernova Creative Management // Instagram: @bevnates

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Thank you Card 2015

Another year has flown by and its time to bid 2015 farewell.
Its been a wonderful year and we at Roodebloem Studios would like to say a big thank you to all the people that have made 2015 such a good one.
We wish you a fantastic year ahead and hope to see you all in 2016.
Happy Holidays!

All the best for the festive season,

Warm regards,

Jan Verboom and the Roodebloem Studios team

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Here is the debut music video from The Fizz Pops for their first single “Alright” filmed in our Church Studio by Barry de Villiers of Roundabout Films.

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The second round of judging for this year’s ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with MRP took place in our Church Studio last month and here is a look at what went on from the judges table to the model preparation in our Gallery during presentations of each of the eight finalists’ collections.

Elle Rising Star backstage at Roodebloem Photographic Studios Cape Town

For more information on this competition and the finalists visit the ELLE Rising Star website.

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Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™ is the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition and was hosted in South Africa during August & September 2015. Alongside the competition was WORLD CLASS™ House, a pop‐up consumer facing event and venue, was open to the public to showcase experiences from World Class Spirits through a series of boutique cocktail bars, cantinas and a series of intimate and engaging master class experiences.

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For three weeks our studios were completely taken over and renovated to create this WORLD CLASS™ House. After each studio had been transformed by a team of set builders even we had a hard time recognising our studios. It was absolutely incredible what they created in each of our different spaces.

Experiences included intimate tastings of premium whiskies such as Bulleit and exclusive digital mentoring from Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Seven brands were represented in the house and each had its own space and experiential activity to entertain guests.

Guests started their experience in our Church Studio, passing through the double doors on Roodebloem Road and starting at the WORLD CLASS™  Bar, a stylish cocktail bar showcasing the best that the Reserve Brand has to offer.

From here they could make their way through a doorway to meet the maker Tom Bulleit in a modern-day twist of his home, a Kentucky Hunting Lodge.

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘Symphony In Blue’ lounge was set up in our Gallery space. Here visitors were taken through an intimately personal mentored tasting of the 6 main flavours of this amazing whisky with led by Johnnie Walker Global Brand Ambassador, Tom Jones. Using an innovative combination of theatre and cutting edge digital technology, the lounge allowed visitors the unique opportunity to step inside the extraordinary rare world of Johnnie Walker Blue Label through a rich blend of animation and live action film.

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Between the Church and Hall studios is the courtyard which was covered with a canvas tarpaulin to create a cosy food court serviced by the Jack Rabbit mobile kitchen.

In one of the most striking changes, Tanqueray transformed our Hall Studio reliving the glamour and excitement of the roaring 1920s. Their resident barkeep Tom Aske was crafting martinis from the world’s best gin, Tanqueray No. TEN, while the mesmerising Tanqueray Imperial Shaker added a twist to visitors Gin Fizz.

A pop­‐up Cantina inspired by the region of Jalisco, the home of Tequila Don Julio, was erected in our parking lot and outside curve area. An authentic and luxurious experience pairing TDJ cocktails with Mexican street food served from the El Burro food truck.

For the Zacapa Room, our daylight Drive-In Studio was completely blacked-out to create a multi-sensory experience designed to bring to life the iconic home of the brand in Guatemala. Hosted by Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez and Global Brand Ambassador Rebecca Quinonez, guests will explore first-hand the sights, sounds and tastes of the place where Zacapa is aged and blended, 2,300 metres above sea level.

Upstairs in our Jett Studio was the of Ketel One Vodka experience – a journey through the Bloody Mary. Visitors got to come and explore this classic cocktail, exploring its key ingredients and flavour components. Having been walked through the building blocks of this iconic  serve, guests got the chance to use their senses, defying the norm and created their very own bespoke Bloody Mary cocktail.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to visit the WORLD CLASS House and want to see what it was like then take a look at this video put together by News24 on the opening night.

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Recently our Drive-In Studio was recently transformed into a nail bar for part of Vodacom’s Slaap Tiger TV commercial.

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Rather than using the infinity curve they modified the kitchen area to resemble a retail environment and covered up the cupboards and door to complete the effect.

Watch the TV commercial Continue reading

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We shared the shoot video last week (click here to see it) and now here are some great behind-the-scenes images, captured by Elle’s creative assistant Niquita Bento, of Elle’s August #AfricaIssue cover that was shot in our Church Studio and features the beautiful Pearl Thusi.

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Click to enlarge and enjoy.

See the rest of the images from this shoot on the Elle blog.


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For their August #AfricaIssue Elle photographed the gorgeous Pearl Thusi for the cover. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video that follows Pearl on shoot day from our dedicated make-up room to the infinity curve in our spacious Church photographic studio, a definite favourite for fashion photographers in Cape Town.

Video by Roice Nel @ Kickass Media Productions and more info on the Elle blog.


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Watch what Women’s Month is all about for Foschini in this short behind-the-scenes video filmed in our Drive-In photographic studio.


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In the heart of trendy Woodstock is our Church building, which we converted into a photographic studio, but it is still available to hire as a wedding venue. With its varnished wooden floors, high ceilings and stained glass windows it still has all the grandeur and atmosphere of a church and can seat 150 guests comfortably.

Ayden & Lisa wedding at Roodebloem Studios Knit Together photography 4

Back in March this year Ayden & Lisa had their wedding ceremony here and Knit Together captured it all beautifully in these photographs. Click to enlarge

To see the rest of the stunning photos of the ceremony and the reception afterwards, visit Knit Together’s website.


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A couple of months ago the GNC World Swimsuit South Africa Model Search Finalist shoot took place in our Church photographic studio. It may have been a cold Cape Town winters day outside but the heat was on in studio and I’m not talking about the gas heaters.

Take a look at this behind the scenes video to see what we are talking about…

Models: Carly Lottering, Shane van Der Westhuizen, Dante Roets, Babalwa Mabona, Danielle Greyling, Robyn Lesley Jones, Pia Jane, Kaymin Ormerod, Katelyn Barkhuizen, Madaleen Swanepoel, Aisha Dramat, Sune Serfontein

Photographer: Anton Robert

Cameraman: Paul Charles & Richard Hughes

Editor: Richard Hughes

Studio: The Church, Roodebloem Studios


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