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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Next week Thursday, Kate Davies will be exhibiting all the images from her #365daysininfrared project in our Church Studio for one night only.

Kate Davies 365 Infrared photography Exhibition at Roodebloem Studios

Kate started her 365 project on 4 January 2014. A friend told her about the official 365 challenge, which is a worldwide phenomenon, but Kate is one of the few photographers to shoot in infrared and her circular format makes her collection even more distinctive.

First of all, she can’t see through her viewfinder while shooting in infrared, so a lot of guesswork is involved and the circular crop requires completely different composition to a camera’s rectangle or Instagram’s square format.
In terms of subject matter, the project is a window into Kate’s life and her images include Continue reading

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In December, Black Media turned our Drive-In Studio into a gym for three days to film a #grid shoot for Virgin Active UK. Kai Linder shared these pics on instagram of the setup showing the dolly track and Red camera being used for the shoot and the Grid pattern that they taped out on the floor of the studio.

Getting ready for our big #grid shoot over the next 3 days for @virginactiveuk #blackandwhite #red

A photo posted by Kai (@captainkaisworld) on

With all the gear in place it was time to bring in the models and start the workout. By the looks of these behind the scenes pics everyone behind and in-front of the camera worked pretty hard on the shoot and we can’t wait to see the final edit which we’ll share as soon as it’s out.

In the meantime you can see more on Black Media’s Facebook page.


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In their December issue, ELLE Fashion Belle Nicole Newman brings a new take on summer style and talks about the shoot that was photographed in our Drive-In Studio.

Elle magazine SA uptown girl photoshoot at roodebloem photographic studios

Why Uptown Girl?

We called the shoot Uptown Girl, because the title encapsulates the styling and feel of the shoot. This girl is the embodiment of sophistication and knows how to dress up any outfit whether it’s for day or night – she always steps out looking her best. As our December issue is all about getting festive, we also wanted to suggest a ‘party’ atmosphere, which this shoot does.

Who was the photographer?

We shot with Ricardo Simal for the first time – we had wanted to shoot with him for a while but were waiting for the perfect opportunity! This was definitely it, as his lighting is always impeccable and we wanted fresh crisp lighting. I’ll let you in on a secret – the entire shoot was shot using daylight…

Our Drive-In photographic studio has a 55m2 glass roof for all the daylight you want (or it can be blacked out) and there is an adjustable silk above the infinity curve that you can raise and lower as required. This studio also has a dedicated make-up room where Kevin Epstein (hair) and Shahnaz Cola-Wrensch (make-up) from Supernova CM can be seen prepping the model Gara (Max Models) for the shoot.

Here is a quick behind the scenes video to see how the different looks were created in front of the camera in our Drive-In Studio.

To read more about this shoot be sure to visit the Elle blog.

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Wildernessking in the Chruch Studio at Roodebloem StudioLast month Wildernessking spent a Saturday morning and afternoon recording a new song entitled Soundless Longing, in our Church Studio, an old church that was converted into a photographic studio.

Check out this great behind-the-scenes video by Dirk Steenkamp to see what to expect in the future.

Michael Clarke – Recording, mixing and mastering
Matthew Schnetler – Photography
Dirk Steenkamp – Filming and editing

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Old Khaki fashion showcase event at Roodebloem Studios

A while ago, Old Khaki hosted their roadshow event in our Drive-In Studio. This time they rented our “breathtaking” Church Studio. One of the reasons they love our studios as a venue is because of the versatility of the different spaces. Customers were invited to preview their summer range but instead of presenting their range in typical fashion show style, the did something a little different by Continue reading

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ELLE’s beauty and fashion assistant Maybe Corpaci played with fashion and beauty in a mix of colour and prints perfectly on-trend for the summer season in a recent shoot at our studios in Woodstock. “Fearless shades and flamboyant fashion, the season’s new mood comes to life in colour” says Maybe.
Thanks to ELLE style reporter Niquita Bento we get to see what went on behind the scenes during this photographic shoot in our Drive-In Studio.

Elle fashion photography studio shoot at Roodebloem Studios

ELLE’s Maybe Corpaci explains a little more about the shoot.

What was the inspiration for the shoot?

The idea behind the shoot Continue reading

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Behind the scenes with Narrative Truth filming at Roodebloem Studios

Earlier this year Narrative Truth were commissioned by 140 BBDO CT to produce a series of videos Med-Lemon. These comedy minutes were filmed in our studios for a day and included some of SA’s best up and coming talented comedians such as Mum-z (see video below). The spots were shown on Taxi TV as well as used as online content for the brand.

Be sure to follow Narrative Truth on Facebook and to see the rest of the comedy minutes visit the Med-Lemon YouTube Channel.

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In October’s ELLE, The New Pretty shoot explores the graceful power of womanhood with tactile textures, dainty delicates and skin-skimming linen. We all love to see what happens behind the scenes so let’s go backstage with these photos courtesy of ELLE style reporter Niquita Bento plus a video of the action in our Drive-In Studio.

Elle Magazine studio photoshoot at Roodebloem StudiosELLE’s Tarryn Oppel explains a little more about the shoot.

Who is your model?

We shot with Mariska Engelbrecht from Fanjam. She is one of their freshest faces. This was also her very first editorial, so it was really exciting to take a risk and give her that breakthrough.

Elle Magazine studio photoshoot at Roodebloem Studios What was the inspiration for the shoot?

The shoot was inspired by the new femininity movement in fashion.  It’s not to say that we shouldn’t be open to dressing in a completely feminine way, but Continue reading

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