I love photography.
I love capturing moments, making lasting memories, creating images that stand out, working with light and shadow and working with people.
The love of photography started when I had developed my first roll of Tri-X film, put it in the enlarger, exposed the paper, put the paper in the developing fluid and saw the image slowly come up and get clearer and clearer. It was like magic! I was 14.
Photography in those days was all about patience… you never knew right away if you exposed correctly; the results came in a few days later, after the film or the Kodachrome 64 slides were developed. By then you were too late to change the exposure or improve the composition. The result was final.
As a photographer you had to develop a skill to get the exposure settings correct on the first attempt… especially during weddings… there was no second chance.
Plus a roll of 35 mm film had 36 exposures on them, so you could not just click away to try and get it right by trial and error; that was way to expensive!
Not only the exposure had to be correct. There was no way to check the picture you just took, so while pressing the shutter button and knowing the exposure and composition were correct, you had to check for peoples’ expressions and poses. You had to know that eyes were open (portraits, group pictures), nobody was talking, looking away at their kids…
The skills I developed during the analog period benefit me greatly in this digital era. When I press the shutter button I know if I “have the shot” or not, without checking the replay of the picture on the back screen of the camera.
That saves time and I can stay focused on the subject, often a bridal couple or a model.
Yes, of course I shoot digital now and have done ever since affordable digital cameras with decent quality images came out.
Digital images are overall easier to work with, send to clients, upload to websites and so forth. And everyone knows how to work with them (or at least they think they do…).
Looking back I am thankful I had a chance to start with film and learn about proper exposure, color correcting, pushing and pulling, developing, printing, composition and framing.
In the analog era I’ve worked with some great and patient people, I’ve put them at ease, gained their trust and assured them that the outcome would be great (whenever that outcome will come in, usually after a week or so).
Nowadays you can show the model what the picture will look like by showing the screen on the back of the camera and in that way gain their trust instantly.
Above all, photographing people, their expressions, shapes, poses or emotions, is what I love to do the most. Capturing the true person that’s in front of the camera is a very rewarding experience.
As for digital editing… I don’t like to alter the original image much, because, as I mentioned above, if you take the shot correctly, the initial picture will be almost perfect and reflects reality the most.
However, if in some cases the client’s demand can only be met by editing the picture, I will gladly do so.
I am a free-lance professional photographer, based in the Netherlands.
My work includes assignments for (fashion) designers and brands, shows, magazines, events and the private sector, like models portfolio's and bridal shoots.
I photograph for corporations, companies and small businesses, for marketing material, products, head shots, and so on. (certified for safety as an operational supervisor (VCA-VOL)).
My fully equipped studio is near Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with free and ample parking and very close to public transportation.
Visual inspections of ships and areal photography (and movies) by drone is something I am broadening my skillset with.
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways” - Robert Greene
A few things to describe myself:
professional photography since 2003, but photographing since childhood
great people skills
Result driven, but fun; professional but laid back.
Creating images that are different from the main stream photography
All the help you need in posing for your own portfolio as a (experienced or upcoming) model
Whatever the assignment, getting the job done to the full satisfaction of the client is what I aim for.