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Let’s face it… in 2017 everyone is visible online. With facebook/Instagram/Snapchat etc. there is not escape… well, almost not escape. If you add a job (& LinkedIn) to that, and you need to have online presence.

And there personal branding/Headshots steps in. How do you want to be visible online? Especially if you have your own company. We will talk about what are your colours. What background colour would work best? Light colour or dark? How does your website look? What mood? What combines it all?

Jorinde is a coach. She is in the early stages of making her website. We talked about how she wanted to come across. What will attract clients to book with her. We looked at some images together to determine the look she wants. We studied some websites to see what her colleagues have and what she liked and do not like.

These are some of the images of our session she chose.

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Hair & Make-up: Hilde van der Sterren 

 

April 12, 2017
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It was so cold in this old beautiful mansion. Picture, a group of international photographers friends working on a collaboration. It was magical. Creativity beats the cold. Meet Wendy. She is the girl with super power. She has a very successful studio in Belgium. A creative soul. Wendy is very enthusiastic and knows how to make you feel special. She has a very supportive husband and three lovely children. Oh and don’t forget Miss Diva….eehhh Stella 😉

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As some of you might know I studied Art History at the university of Leiden.

And the cool thing is that my friend Maundy, who is a fireball photographer like me, chose him for our next project. I cannot spill all the beans yet…. but have look ->

When I was in Londen with my fellow fireball photographers,

I had my photo taken. Not once, but six times by six different photographers. It was part of the game. And when these images  were shared on social media my Dutch past*

*Don’t brag, don’t show off, don’t display too much personality, don’t publicly show emotions, follow all the rules and regulations, don’t act like you’re better or better off than anyone else. (source transparant.com)

came creeping in around the corner. How do I feel, now these images are shared? Well, I was a bit like…oh what will everyone think seeing these images? Will they think I am vain? Is it vain to have your portrait taken? It was not the reason to have them taken in the first place…. If I post images of a client, it is ME posting those images. And this time I shared it on my own. One reason was to showcase and thank my fellow photographer who took the image. But is that strange, sharing these images on my timeline? What will people think, even the thought of (being brave here) thinking, will someone unfollow me for this? And how critically did I look at them (very critically, I must say ;-))

Another part of me was, I am very happy that I have these images now. I showed them to my kids and my husband. They liked them. It also made me feel, I somehow stopped time. There is a memory of me. These images are here to stay, even when I am gone or even tomorrow when I am one day older than today. Isn’t it the same reason why we love to take pictures of our babies/children? We want to document time, and change. Well, change does not stop when you grow up. Every day is another day. And I am worth it, like the commercials say.

So I took time to think about it. And after spending time with this subject I feel like it is so important to DO it, to have these images. We (the client and me) take time to create these images, we talk about it on fore hand. The same, as we did in London. I knew what to wear. I had my hair and makeup done. I wore false eyelashes (TMI LOL). It is not just an image, quickly taken. We carefully planned & prepared it.

You can say, sure you do because you ARE a photographer. It is your bread and butter. True but I also LOVE photography for other reasons. I love it because of the technical aspect. I love it because it is a way to meet wonderful people. I love posing. I love pushing myself to the next great image. It is the artist in me. And quite frankly that part does not always have something to do with you, the client. You, in front of my lens, make that happen. I need you to play. That is one part. The other (coming from my scrapbooking background) is wanting you to cultivate life, to give you beautiful images of yourself. Just because this second is not the second when you started to read this. Celebrate life.

Being vain is NOT the reason for these images. I will spend some more time with this subject in the near future.

(Images 1 & 2 by Chanon deValois photography, image 3 & 4 by Lauren Gregory photography , image 4 & 5 by Vikoria Kuti photography, image 6 by Christina Baldwin of Anthologie Portrait)

Let’s start here. Let’s talk. I would love to talk with you to discuss how you would like to be photographed, what styling you would like,  from hair & make-up to what outfits will enhance your features.  Contact me to schedule your complimentary consultation to discuss how you have always dreamed of being photographed. No strings attached. Because let’s be honest, it is a bit scary to be photographed. As soon as a camera gets pointed at you, something happens on the inside… I know it happens to me too. So let’s talk.

Here is an image of Isa with her beautiful girls. I love the dresses they wear, the styling etc. It suits them. We talked…

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Behind the scenes I worked hard to finish my new info magazine. It gives you information on what to expect when you book a photoshoot wth me.

Here you can get it or email me so I can send you your copy.  Can’t wait to photograph you.

info magazine Hilde van der Sterren Photography

May 27, 2016
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It was such a pleasure to meet Ann. When she enquired about the shoot I always ask a bit of information about themselves. And Ann told me she loves the color red. So immediately we knew we had to incorporate this color. During the shoot we played the song Rood/red from Marco Borsato. I LOVE that song. So powerful.

She explained that she wanted to have ‘fier’ portraits of herself. I am such an advocate for that. She said that it looks like a “light” is switch on in the women that I photograph. And we will print some of these portraits quite big. To celebrate life, to celebrate the now.

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May 19, 2016
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We often meet in church. She usually sits behind us or in front of us. Sometimes she wears these beautiful african colourful clothes. Which reminds me of my KLM days. I was a flight attendant for seven years, in what sometimes feels, a previous life. After the first service she usually helps with the children’s group. One day I had the courage to tell her that I would love to photograph her. I asked her to think about it. And I was very happy that she app-ed me that she would love to do it.

Loise told me she is from Kenya. With KLM I have visited Nairobi in Kenya a few times. I love the golden light that they get there. We spoke about having 12 siblings. What brought her to Dubai and what her dreams are. She wants to open a beauty business one day. And I am sure that day will come.

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May 04, 2016
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Domique is a wife and a mom to two lovely girls. She moved to Dubai last summer. Her mom had her own flower shop and she enjoys working with flowers herself. Do can chat 100 miles per hour and I love that about her. She has a positive spirit.

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April 16, 2016
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Daria came to visit us with her husband. She saw the images in my house and the idea was born to do a photo session. Daria is Russian and we have lived in Moscow prior to Dubai, so we had a nice connection. Her husband travels quite frequently so now he can take some images of his beautiful wife with him. I loved it that when I brought her her photo’s, she stared at them for awhile and said…. I did not know I look like this. I love looking at them.

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