July 09, 2017
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I studied Art History at the University of Leiden. So when Maundy (one of our Fireball photographers) suggesting to take the Painter John Singer Sargent as an inspiration for our next project I was excited.

John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was an American artist, considered the “leading portrait painter of his generation”. His parents were American, but he was trained in Paris prior to moving to London. Sargent enjoyed international acclaim as a portrait painter, although not without controversy and some critical reservation; an early submission to the Paris Salon, his Portrait of Madame X, was intended to consolidate his position as a society painter, but it resulted in scandal instead. From the beginning his work was characterized by remarkable technical facility, particularly in his ability to draw with a brush, which in later years inspired admiration as well as criticism for a supposed superficiality.

The idea was to create 3 images. I used his Madame X painting as my main inspiration. And then I created 2 images inspired on his paintings in general. Take a look at www.firiballphotographers.com so see other fireballers work.

Singrid contacted me as she was in the process of updating her website. We talked about how the new website will look and what kind of images were needed for which pages. We talked about background colour, what to wear etc.

Singrid is a creative, kind, cheerful, energetic, lot’s of ideas business woman. So we wanted to show that in the images too. And as she designs all kind of things it would be nice if some were in the images (like the lamp). We had lot’s of fun during the shoot, bouncing off ideas, trying things out. And….tadaa they are on her website now.

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June 17, 2017
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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 13, 2017
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To all the Mothers out there….

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)

January 10, 2017
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For some reason I am not so good with keeping updated on my blog. I am even thinking of going back to a more static site. I feel more people look on Facebook for the quick satisfaction.

But…. anyway I still want to show some of my recent men images. So without further a do..,;-)

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October 28, 2016
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In the beginning of 2016 I went to Paris, France to study under Sue Bryce. This event challenged me and taught me so many things about myself, my heart, the reasons I do what I do and my life goals.

We have since created a network of professionals called to come together in support, nurturing, and creation within our craft as portrait artists. I am both humbled and proud to be a part of this group.

It is with great pride and honor that I give you an international network of portrait photographers that I am so proud to be a part of, drumroll….the Fireball Portrait Photographers.

This year’s project was to photograph a dress like no other. A dress that has traveled through countries and continents.
The purpose of the project was to showcase how we are not your average photographer (or group of) but, an enterprise of skilled and passionate professionals that are available to photograph you anywhere in the world. We are traveling in January of 2017 to London to again meet, shoot, and celebrate the new year with one another, with our clients in one of the most magical cities on the globe. I do hope you’ll join us.

We don’t believe in competition, we believe in loving others, helping them grow and going after your dreams, becoming better today than we were yesterday with certainty and conviction.

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