What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love that I can make women and men feel special. Especially women that have warped ideas of their own body image. They feel pampered, loved and treated with respect and worthiness in my studio and sometimes burst into tears, as they have never felt so beautiful.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? When you can accept yourself and all your imperfections and not chase after money but more how you can make a difference to others.
What is my greatest fear? To not be able to do photography anymore as it is my passion.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My stubbornness, I have to find out things for myself.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire people like Sue Bryce whose heart is in the right place giving all her knowledge so freely to others and holding nothing back. Her 27 years of experience she eagerly shares with the world and I love that about her. Photographers can be very reluctant to share their expertise and knowledge.
What is my greatest extravagance? Flying yearly to my son and grandchildren in London.
On what occasion would I lie?I do not believe in lying, I shoot straight from the hip, I do not talk about you to someone else, I prefer to take it up with you directly. You might not like me for it but you will always know where you stand with me.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Clearing up the mess afterwards. I do sets for my clients and try to give them something unique that fits their personality, so every shoot is something different and a different set up in my studio.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I love photography and I worked and owned my own property company for 30 years that I also enjoyed but photography is my passion and it would be an empty feeling the day I cannot shoot anymore.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Nothing that I would change about myself – but maybe if it’s possible, make myself younger again.
What is my greatest achievement in work? The greatest achievement in my work is seeing my clients light up when they come for their review and sometimes cry, as they have never seen themselves looking so beautiful. That gives me great pleasure and a sense of achievement.
Where would I most like to live? I am content where I am but would not mind a bigger studio to do more in. I have never been someone wanting more and more. Material things are just that – material things and it will not bring you happiness, as happiness is something that you experience when you are happy within yourself!
What is my most treasured possession? A little owl my Dad gave me when I turned 21 years of age, saying he will always watch over me. He is sadly not with us anymore. Other than that I love my family, two children and grandchildren, my husband/life partner and my two doggies (Chihuahuas). Although, they are not possessions.
What is my most marked characteristic? I make people feel welcome and special.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Table Mountain, it is a breathtakingly beautiful view from there.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? At home, I love to cook my own meals.
What books influenced my life and how? I am not a reader and would rather investigate something if I want to know more about the subject in question. My husband is a writer and has written his first book “The Universal Mind” I do not have to read books to have knowledge, I have lived life and so far I have always made the right choices.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Classical music
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I am a very NOW person and do not believe in fiction although I sometimes like to do very Fairy like images that comes from ideas that I get and want to bring them to life.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My Dad and my 94-year-old mom. Definitely, my partner in so many ways as well.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Dr Zhivago – It is a great love story.
What role plays art in my life and work? I take my work as art and it plays a big role in how I prepare for a client. If possible I have an exhibition once a year to address awareness of those things that society brushes under the carpet. Like my last exhibition was about same gender love, interracial love, anorexia and rape. I would love my next one to be about transgenders, cross dressers and prostitution. It is not work that I do daily and a challenge for me to address these things – they are alive and real in our community.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband supports me in everything I do so I would say him, we are not married but we call one another husband and wife.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would love to train an assistant and promoter for my business. I like to work alone as I find the industry very “cliquey”.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I would LOVE to meet Sue Bryce. She inspires me and I see so much of myself in her.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? My exhibition.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I live in Sunset Beach, Milnerton, Cape Town South Africa. I have a website that must be updated and two Facebook business pages one for ordinary images Glamour, Maternity, New-Borns, Family and Boudoir for my other page. I separated the two for young mothers searching online with kids on their lap.
My website link is: http://www.fredaroetjensphotography.com
My Facebook page Freda Roetjens Photography
And my Feminine Boudoir Photography by Freda:
– Feminine Boudoir Photography by Freda
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? For me it means I can do my photography till I am 100 years old and never get tired of it, if I live to get that old.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I would say my husband; He is a musician, and writer of his own music and songs, a singer and an author. He has a vast amount of knowledge through reading a lot plus he is also a counselor helping those affected by addiction and trauma, depression amongst other things. I have a great respect for his creativity and giving nature.
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