What was your first camera, and how’d you get started in photography?
I bought my first camera 12 years ago when I was just 14 years old. It was a Super Zoom camera with 6 megapixels. Soon I noticed I wanted to do more with photography and I bought my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 400D. I started with photography as a young girl because I wanted to capture good images of our puppy.
I loved shooting animals and nature, but the moment I saw beautiful fashion editorials in magazines, I knew this was what I wanted. So, I captured my sister and friends and I learned a lot about fashion and portrait photography. At the age of 17, I got accepted at the Art Academy and I graduated 5 years ago. I love working as a freelance fashion photographer for brands, (web)shops and designers.
Why did you want to become a photographer?
I loved the fact that you can create an image that may not exist in real life. Sometimes it feels like an escape from the real world. Creating fashion images on amazing locations with beautiful clothes and makeup is like a dream for me. As a photographer, you are a director as well and I’m happy to be able to edit the images after the shoot so I can finish them the way I had in mind during the shoot.
What’s your most memorable shot or shoot, be it challenging to capture or interesting subject?
My most memorable shoot is the campaign shoot I did for MONKI (part of H&M). The team came all the way from Sweden to Amsterdam to work with our Dutch team to capture a lot of fashion shots that got published in their stores in Europe and Asia, and of course on their website. I’m also happy with my work for a Dutch shoe store because I love to see my work printed in the stores. I also created images for them in Norway together with my boyfriend (and also photographer). We were not only the photographers for this campaign, but also the models, stylists and location scouts etc. This is what I like the most and I hope to do this even more in the feature!
My dream gig would be…
A fashion editorial captured on different locations in another country. Somewhere in the USA or Iceland for example. It’s very important that the team is talented as well. So, I would also like to meet even more creatives to capture new stories with.
My favorite piece of gear is…
The Sigma ART 85mm lens.
Do you shoot tethered?
I shoot tethered during all my shoots where my clients are on set as well. Or during my studio shoots. Both the clients and team members are very happy when they can see the results immediately on my laptop!
What’s on your photography gear shopping list?
I worked with the Fujifilm GFX50s a few times and it would be great to own a medium format camera.
The best advice I can offer a fellow photographer would be…
Go out and shoot! I learned a lot from all the shoots I did in the past years. And it’s not easy to work as a photographer, but I believe that if you really want to go for it and follow your dreams, it will happen. I’m sharing my photography tips and behind the scenes stories on my blog: www.thefashioncamera.com.
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