Category Archives: Portrait Photography

Camera Time

I am into the themed posts lately and hope you like it. Today’s post is inspired by an old home video my mother re-discovered recently. It’s made by my granddad and makes me very nostalgic. At one point I had to laugh and say: that must have been the moment I was holding the camera for the first time! I will share that photo at the end of the post (and comment on the camera model too). But first let me share a couple of favorite photos on this topic from my client’s photo shoots.

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Rotterdam portrait photo session: Marjan

When you put together a profile on a dating website, you want it to show who you are right away to connect with similar-minded people. Photographs – if you chose them right – can introduce you in seconds.

photo of an elegant smiling lady in a park

Marjan was looking for new portraits to use for her dating site profile. She is a beautiful 60-year old lady, stylish, intellectual, outgoing and full of energy. Marjan found it important that the photos should be natural and reflect her personality.

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Business portrait in Rotterdam

Els needed a new business portrait for her work and LinkedIn profile and contacted me to arrange a session at her home in Rotterdam. She was looking for classic simple backgrounds and a natural setting. One’s own space is often a good location for such photo shoot, and the portraits we made with Els are a prefect example. Here are a few favourites.

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Janine’s photo session in Rotterdam

Janine is a young business woman. She was looking for professional headshots for her website but had also thought of some nice new portraits for herself and her family.

I often combine business and portrait photography in one photo session and always find out in advance what it is you want to express and what mood to achieve. Janine is an active and energetic person who preferred an outdoor photoshoot with relaxed atmosphere and elements of nature around. We had chosen the Euromast park in Rotterdam as our location, as it suited our plans very well.

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Women Portraiture in Antwerp

In the previous post I told you about a wonderful friendship photo session in Antwerp. My models were two beautiful and elegant ladies, and of course we combined photos together with solo portraits. The ladies prepared a couple of outfits to wear in the garden and indoors. This variation of place and colors added up to the overall fun we had with this photoshoot. A real girls’ time together.

Take a look at some of the photos. These ladies are awesome. They are not only beautiful but also confident and have their own style.

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Jeannette’s winter photoshoot in Maastricht: part 2

Today I want to share more photos from Jeannette’s photo session in Maastricht.

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Jeannette: Winter photoshoot in Maastricht

Jeannette wanted to give herself a special birthday present: an artistic photo session. Being an adventurous spirit inspired by nature, Jeannette thought of an outdoor location. She grew up and lives in Maastricht and enjoys the beautiful nature of South Limburg. That made our choice of location easy: Pietersplas, a nature resort on the Maas next to the Maastricht Marina.

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Photo session with a Glass Artist

Ria is a glass artist based in Hoenderloo in Gelderland. She was looking for portraits of herself together with her artworks to use for media coverage about her. I always enjoy working with creative professionals and love glass art, so I was immediately excited about this photo session.

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Marc: Business Portrait in Rotterdam

Today I’d like to share some photos from a business portrait photoshoot I had in Rotterdam last summer.

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Most professionals require good portraits to be used online, on their business or corporate websites as well as on various social media profiles, such as LinkedIn. A photo is an essential part of your professional presentation and wider personal branding. Authenticity is an important part of it, and more business people are currently choosing less formal portraits to express their personality in a more natural way.

Marc approached me to make some portraits. He is an entrepreneur and was looking for new photos for both his website and social media, ideally, a variety of images ranging from more relaxed to more businesslike. Marc preferred a natural feel for the whole series and chose an outdoor setting.

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Anya: Portraits of an Artist

The portrait series I want to share today is not from a regular photo shoot. I had some upgrades on my equipment and had to make some test shots. So when we went out with my old friend Anya Saxby I took some photos of her.

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At the time I was mainly busy with the technical performance of my new lens. However, when looking back at these photos I noticed more. Anya is a talented photographer and artist, and I view the series of her portraits as a little study of an artist’s character. I see a person who has a special, poetic outlook at the outside world and is always in a discovering mode. Experiencing the reality through the filters of her mind, mood and poetry to return that vision through her creations. Add a touch of “Russian soul” here: one’s cultural identity often serves as one of “artistic filters”. Expressive and original, Anya is an inspiring person and artist.

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Natural and Poetic Portrait Photoshoot in Rotterdam

Today is a special day to feature the photo session of the beautiful Nicole.

Nicole came to Rotterdam from China to study at the RSM Erasmus University. Now she is graduating from the research master programme and will soon leave the Netherlands.

Nicole told me she was first searching for a good professional portrait to use for the career and social media purposes, when she came across my website and realized she could also do something special: a more romantic photo session to mark her master graduation and the end of her student years in Rotterdam. I was excited to hear Nicole was thinking of a whole album filled with beautiful portraits to commemorate that time and place.

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Take a look at the portraits we made on a summer morning at the Arboretum Trompenburg park not far from the Erasmus University. Nicole is not only intelligent and a natural flawless beauty. She moves so gracefully and radiates inner beauty and serenity at every step. You would hardly believe this was Nicole’s first professional photo shoot, so natural and calm she was.

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On Books and Inspiration: Portrait Reportage in Leiden

Alex Alsemgeest is a book scientist working on historic-bibliographic projects at the Royal Library in The Hague. Not surprisingly, he has a passion for books and wanted his portrait session to incorporate them as an important part of his life and identity. To Alex books mean not only a source of inspiration and an object of research but also adventure. In the summer he travels through Scandinavia hunting for special books and this hunt brings him to all kinds of exciting places. I love books myself and was immediately inspired by this story!

Alex had just published a book (you can see and order it here, it’s really beautiful) and was presenting it at Naturalis museum in Leiden. He thought Leiden was a great location for such special reportage and I couldn’t agree more. And it was really exciting that we were allowed to photograph in Bibliotheca Thysiana! It is a pearl of an old library: built in the middle of the 17th century specifically to host a library based on a rich private collection by Johannes Thysius. Still practically unchanged.

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Sytske: Rotterdam Business Photo session

Sytske was looking for both business photos for her website as well as for more personal portraits of herself. As mediator Sytske helps people with sensitive talks and negotiations and establishes good communication. It is essential that her professional photos would reflect her personality, professional attitude and energy. Sytske also wanted a wall portrait: an image that captures her character. That could be the same image: it is first and foremost about one’s personality, about being yourself. Sytske did not want a formal studio portrait. She prefers some dynamic in an image and found a natural setting to be an inspiring element for a photo session.
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Antwerp Senior Portraits

Today I continue the story of a recent photo session just outside Antwerp. We had a combined photo shoot with two portrait sessions in one: of the mother and the son.

The son is not yet twenty, a great period in life to save forever in timeless portraits. We started the photo session in the cozy garden. The rich autumn colours offer great backgrounds and atmosphere for portraits. I have also made some portraits with the car and behind the steer wheel. I have noticed that men are really happy when they are around their cars. Besides, classic automobiles are photogenic and bringing out cinematic associations. In this case I had to think of the old Hollywood road movies. And of course I could not miss making some portraits of the mother and son together.

Thank you for the beautiful photo session!

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Antwerp Portrait Photography

My client for this photo shoot is a coach. She was looking for a new profile photo for her website. A photo that would reflect her warm personality and friendly approach. Here is a mix of professional and personal portraits we made in a lovely garden in the surrounding of Antwerp. A natural beauty with a piece of beautiful nature around: isn’t it perfect? Photographing this lovely lady was a pleasure: she is not only a gorgeous woman but a lovely person as well. I hope the images show that.

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Business portrait from the top of Rotterdam

Carla is a UX designer and was looking for new profile and cover images to update her own website. As a creative professional she needed photos that would reflect her personality, energy and style. We talked about Carla’s ideas and decided to hold our photo session on the top of the Groothandelsgebouw, where Carla also has an office. The building that dates from 1953 is already a monument. It also has a lively view at the city life of Rotterdam. It’s inspirational and dynamic, perfectly matching Carla’s Rotterdam work approach!

Business portrait of a charismatic young business lady in an urban setting

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Back to Childhood: A Fairytale Picnic

Childhood is more than a beautiful age to photograph. After we grow up we still carry its memories, lessons and experiences with us. The link to your younger “self” through the time fascinates me. So recently I have started a photo project on memories and emotions that our old toys (or some material objects from the past) awaken.

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Liesbeth: a Birthday Portrait Session

Giving a photo shoot as a gift to your wife or girl-friend is a wonderful idea. Most ladies like the idea of being a star for a day and getting beautiful portraits of themselves. Your present consists of two parts, both of them unique: the fun non-everyday experience and professional portraits that will remain.

Lovely Liesbeth got a portrait session as a birthday present from her husband Berend. Both Liesbeth and Berend prefer clean black and white portraits and wanted a large print on the wall. We held the photo session at Leisbeth’s house on her birthday. It was fun to play with different outfits. And all looks fitted Liesbeth’s natural beauty: fresh, classic, elegant.

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Business Portraits for a Professor

Han Smit is a professor of Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Han was looking for new profile portrait to use for his new book at the Princeton University Press press, and to update his LinkedIn profile and other professional pages. A business portrait that wouldn’t be too formal, boring or stiff but would capture one’s personality and radiate freedom and energy.

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It was a nice surprise for me when Han called. It’s a small world, we actually knew each other from a time ago! In those days I had my first career in academic research under my maiden name, so Han did not know whom he was calling now. Naturally, I was really happy to make a series of business portraits for Han!

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November Dreams: Romantic Portraits in Rotterdam

My recent post featuring a portrait session was about sunny moments in November. Today I wanted to show more autumn images from that session.

It was a lot of fun to create different stories with our photos while walking through a charming little nature resort at the edge of Rotterdam. We made nostalgic, dreamy and fashion inspired portraits all in one day.

So here is part two: autumn dreams in the wood and on a small beach at the Maas river bank.

Nostalgic black and white portrait of an Asian girl in an autumn park

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