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AYDEN & LISA’S WEDDING

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 beautiful 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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BEHIND THE SCENES GNC WORLD SWIMSUIT SA FINALIST SHOOT

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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ONE BALCONY, FOUR BEAUTIFUL LOOKS

One of the great features of our photographic studios is that we are happy for you modify our studios to suit your shoot. Our buildings can even be used as locations whether you’re looking for modern styling on our daylight side, or the character filled spaces of our Church and Hall studios.

A great example of how versatile our spaces are is how Plascon transformed the balcony of our daylight building at 43 Roodebloem Road to create four unique and completely different looks. Photographed by on the balcony off our Kitchen Studio.

Photographed by Micky Hoyle and for more about the paint colours and the accessories used visit Visi Magazine

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A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

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Some behind the scenes courtesy of Ricardo Koopman from a recent music video production in our Hall Studio. Of interest is the crane they used. There was some concern about its weight on our wooden floors, but with boards under the tracks to spread the load it wasn’t a problem. The 8 metre high ceilings in our Hall studio also meant they could use the full range of the crane to get their shots.

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BACARDI LEGACY 2015 SA FINALS VIDEO

You’ve seen the photos (if you missed them, click here) and now here’s a video of the South African finals of the BACARDÍ LEGACY Cocktail Competition 2015. Denzel Heath took the night with his signature cocktail, ‘The Lennox’. Take a look at how they transformed our Drive-In photographic studio into a premium cocktail bar for the evening while guests and international judges watched the bartending mastery and got to taste the bespoke creations.

For more visit the Bacardi Legacy SA Facebook page.

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WORLD SWIMSUIT SA MODEL SEARCH 2015

This year over 550 hopefuls entered the World Swimsuit South Africa & GNC South Africa Model Search in the hope of becoming ‘The One’ and earning a coveted place amongst the legendary World Swimsuit models in the pages of this year’s swimsuit edition.

The field was trimmed down to the finalists who gathered in Cape Town at Roodebloem Studios in our Church photographic studio at the end of May to be put through their paces in a professional photo shoot with the team.

The photographs of the shoot have been scrutinized and the judges have arrived at their final decision. The winner of the World Swimsuit SA MODEL SEARCH 2015 is… Carly Lottering!

Congratulations to the gorgeous Carly on this awesome achievement and check out this hot behind-the-scenes video of Carly on set in our beautiful Church Studio.

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ELLE’S SISTERHOOD COVER

In their first locally shot cover for 2015, ELLE Magazine SA photographed the stunning Brazilian twins Suzane and Suzana Massena, wearing knitted twinsets from Maxhosa by Laduma. Labelled the #SisterhoodIssue they decided to shake things up a little and shoot the cover on home turf, which was our Church Studio in Woodstock.

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ELLE’s junior fashion editor Nicole Newman had this to say about the shoot:

Why did you choose to shoot Suzane and Suzana Massena for the cover?

We chose to shoot the Massena twins because this was our sisterhood issue, and we wanted to convey something of the emotion and bond between sisters and friends.

Hair and make-up?

We decided to embrace their natural hair and keep their Afros – stylist Kevin Epstein differentiated their hair slightly but the girls are identical, so it’s really difficult to tell! For the make-up, we wanted a vibrant and punchy look for the cover; make-up artist Algria Ferreira suggested a tangerine lip to add extra oomph.

What did the photographer bring to the cover?

Kristen-Lee Moolman shot the cover and she was as excited about it as we were and I think this comes through in the look, feel and energy of the cover shot.

Our Church photographic studio is 200m2 (18 x 11m) with a 5.5m x 6m x 7m high infinity curve as well as a dedicated make-up room making it perfect for a fashion shoot like this. Not to mention the sound system with iPod dock and free Wi-Fi so you can share those behind the scenes from your shoot.

Here is a behind-the-scenes video to see how the whole shoot came together in our Church Studio

To read more about this shoot and see the rest of the behind-the-scenes pictures be sure to visit the Elle blog.

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MEET THE FOSCHINI FASHION FRIENDS

These Fashion Friends are Foschini Brand Ambassadors, carefully selected for their love of life, community, fashion and beauty. They are motivated to make a difference. Their passion is to empower confidence and positivity to woman around us. Back in February they shot the Foschini Winter ’15 in-store campaign for several days in our Drive-In photographic studio in Woodstock, Cape town and as you will see in this behind the scenes video they had a lot of fun.

To find out more about these Fashion Friends and connect with your favourite visit Foschini Fashion Friends.

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ROODEBLOEM STUDIOS AS A WEDDING VENUE

Wedding setup in the Chruch at Roodebloem Studios

Once an old church this is naturally a first choice for many bridal couples in which to hold their ceremony. The beautiful high ceilings, tall windows and varnished wooden floors make this an impressive venue that can take 150 guests comfortably. Thick stone walls keep this space beautifully cool in summer. We will also organise chairs and any other décor you would like including a grand piano which we have on location. Don’t want to move, you can rearrange things and have your reception here as well.
Together with the Church you will get the Gallery and the Courtyard which are great as prep areas or for welcome drinks before your function begins. It also goes without saying that we can provide photography services too.

Here is a gallery of images from past weddings in our Church Studio to give you some ideas and inspiration of how others decorated this beautiful space for their special day.

And here is a video put together by Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema of Liz & Nigel’s special day featuring the ceremony which took place in our Church. As you can see in the video it has lost nothing of its character and beautiful light still streams in through the stained-glass windows.

To book or view our Church Studio for your wedding please contact our studio manager on +27 21 447 6326

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ELLE DECORATES OUR CHURCH STUDIO

For the latest Ideas Issue, on shelf now, Elle Decoration pulled out all the stops!

Elle decoration shoot

This decor inspiration shoot, photographed by Justin Patrick, was one of the biggest ones they’ve done in a long time and Georgina Warner filmed the whole shoot so you get to see what happens on a décor set.

The shoot was done in The Church, our largest photographic studio, and as you can see by the amount of furniture, they needed every inch of the 200 m2 (18 x 11m) space.

To find out more about the shoot, visit the Elle Decoration website.

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VIRGIN ACTIVE UK – THE GRID TEASER

We shared the behind-the-scenes from this shoot (click here if you missed it) and now you get to see the final product which we think is awesome. Black Media‘s project for Virgin Active UK was to create 4 short viral videos for the new “The Grid” classes.
Director, Kai Linder, scripted and designed the look and feel in conjunction with Tim Carter, from Virgin Active UK and Ceri Hannan, National product developer.They shot in our Drive-In Studio to have a clean background and in Black And White for the dark, grainy feel. For gear they used a Red Epic, along with Jib, Ronan and various sliders and a dolly.
In its first week this video had been viewed over 50000 times on the Virgin UK Facebook page.

For the other videos and more of their work check out Black Media’s website.

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BACARDI LEGACY SOUTH AFRICA FINALS

On 9 Feb 2015, our Drive-In photographic studio was taken over for shots of a different kind, when 10 of the best mixologists in the country descended for the prestigious event. Armed with their technical bar know-how and bespoke cocktail creations, these wizards of the wet bar entertained the crowd with bartending showmanship.

Bacardi Legacy South Africa Finals at Roodebloem Studios

Denzel Heath took the night with his signature cocktail, ‘The Lennox’; a premium shake-up of Bacardi Carta Oro Rum, Perdo Ximenez Sherry, banana infusion, and more. Competing against 40 bartenders from across the globe, Heath will now go on to represent South Africa in the BACARDÍ LEGACY Global Cocktail Competition 2015 World Finals in May. Held in Sydney, this will be the first time the finale will take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here is a gallery of the action on the night and you can see how they utilised our studio venue to its full potential to make for a dazzling event.

To see more of the action from the evening and to find out more about the competition visit the Bacardi Legacy SA Facebook page.

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365 DAYS IN INFRARED – THE EXHIBITION

Recently Cape Town based photographer Kate Davies exhibited the images from her #365daysininfrared project. Capturing an image every day for a year is a challenge in itself but to do this in infrared makes this project even more unique. And the circular format made Kate’s collection even more distinctive.

Kate Davies 365 A year in Infrared exhibition at Roodebloem Studios

All 365 printed images hanging around the perimeter of our Church Studio

The challenge was to come up with the best way to display 365 images giving each image its own space and not overloading the guests as well as not cluttering up the venue, our Church Studio. In the end two long steel cables were put around the entire perimeter of the studio and each photo hung individually but the end result, I think you’ll agree, was fantastic and all the guests enjoyed walking a year in the life of Kate Davies. The difficult part was trying to choose a favourite to purchase.

Were you at the exhibition? Tell us what you thought.

To see all the photos from the evening visit Kate Davies’ Photography Facebook page.

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