Rudi Gremels is a professional portrait, lifestyle and adventure photographer who has gained his 10 years of experience in over 15 countries. He has a bachelors degree in cinematography from City Varsity in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, he graduated at the top of his class as “Filmmaker of the Year” and “Cinematographer of the Year”. Rudi specialises in photography involving people and nature, often combined, and aims to make sure his clients enjoy the process and are happy with the results. He ensures to understand his clients’ needs and has a knack of eliciting the respective emotion, setting and mood that best serves the project. Having executed jobs for retail brands, extreme adventure companies and solopreneurs (life coaches, pyschologists, yogis, etc), Rudi can be counted on to deliver the best of service for a myriad of genres and needs.
I love that photography is an engaging medium that can tell stories, drive change and both convey and elicit emotion. An amazing aspect of photography is that the shoot experience can positively impact the model/client and the photographer. The same-space collaboration required is unique in the modern world and is one that creates community, be it only for a couple of hours. Photography is also an incredible outlet for creativity and has always been a therapeutic and positive activity for me. But being able to freeze beautiful and meaningful moments in people’s lives is the most rewarding part of the job for me. To see my clients and friends glowing with happiness at what we were able to create together is remarkable and beyond fulfilling.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done many portrait and product-related shots, often based in nature. Having photographed nature and people for close to 10 years now, I know how to make both look aesthetically pleasing through lighting and composition. Spending time in nature is an obvious bonus for everyone at the shoot, as it gives us a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Still, cities have often provided me with stellar settings and backdrops and I enjoy shooting in them, too. Shooting portraits and products in a studio or a room is also fun for me, because I highly enjoy the art of lighting and being in controlled environments.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Best Cinematographer of my class at university (2014/2015/2016).
A fun fact about this photographer
I started riding motorbikes at the age of 5 (with training wheels!) and love adventuring in the bike saddle.