Posts By Megin

7.5 years of Tall Tales Acrobatics

Once upon a time there were two acrobats. They were exceptional storytellers, using circus as their a tool. They asked me to make photos for their show called ‘Weg’ and I was hooked. Ever since we’ve been working together on creating images for their stories.

These two. The work ethic, the talent, the drive, the creativity, the endless practice, the constant growth. But also their kindness, their postcards, their open door, their positivity, their insights, their birthday songs. Proud to call these talented people my friends.

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TK Circus, or: Tarek and Kami-Lynne

I feel so much love, writing about these two artists. Love for getting to work with them because they are ridiculously talented and driven. But also for their friendship and blessed to have them be a part of my life.

I was graduating art school. I needed a topic to photograph, and Soesja told me about Tarek, who apparently needed photos too. He invited me to come see his training. I did. Clueless about modern circus, I had NO idea what I was in for. Boy was I about to have my mind blown.

Tarek is an aerial acrobat. He’s also an amazing dancer.

SIDENOTE: my memory is terrible, there shall be mistakes in time, places or both. Also 9 years of shoots. In just one blogpost. Let’s just say I did my best to choose a good representation. Read More

The Hef up close and personal

At this point I’ve been to a lot of really epic places with these men. De Hef now being one of them. The old railroad bridge is closed off for the public (for obvious reasons, falling off is really easy and really not good for you).

This structure is photogenic from every angle really, just on its own it would have been great. But combined with the drill the height rescuers were carrying out: amazing.

The scenario: mechanic fell and got stranded on ‘de val’. This is the moving part of the bridge. Just moving the bridge down is not an option ;)

There were a lot of steps to get up there I can tell you. I’m going to say half of the times you want to get a photo of this crew it involves a LOT of steps. Blessed be the elevators. BUT. This shot <3

And this view!

Can we talk about the second guy from the left? Because hanging over that fence just by itself isn’t enough right. I love this photo though. It’s such a big part of their job, to plan and communicate well.

They have special headsets too, because it would be sorta inconvenient to have to use one hand to hold your portable radio.

Somehow the moment when one of them lets GO of the ledge is the moment with the most tension in it for me. I obviously know they will be fine, they check, and get checked, and have a safety line as well as a main line. But just the human nature of letting go on such a height is impressive.

This is their team captain. You can spot him like this a LOT. Literally the eyes in the sky.

Here we go! The bridge is so cool to have all these different levels. There’s little stairs to little balconies all over the thing. For this shot I’m sitting down on the floor (well, grate) of one.

Mechanic Dummy has been saved. Imagine being in there though. Luckily the victim doesn’t descend on his own.

The bridge is such a cool feat of engineering, stemming from 1878. And here we are on top of it. Ok well, halfway down.

I was waiting for the prior shown captain to come down and get this shot. And I got this almost New York-ish photo from it.

In all honesty, this was a tough one for me. As long as I’m taking photos, all is well. I have something to literally focus on. But the grates, my brain just couldn’t wrap itself around them. I might have gone straight to sleep after this. Just shows how much training has gone into this job, before it becomes something not only normal for this team, but also to be able to rescue another human being while doing so.

UP UP UP WITH ASCENT

Ascent is probably one of the coolest companies to ever do anything at all with. Specially when you’re me. Ascent Safety are specialized in height safety, rescue and medical first aid. When they need photos this means it is NEVER boring.

A whole day of shooting in the Electriciteitsfabriek with my models Rob, Corné, Dennis and Michel was epic. I am still not over how relaxed, professional and together these people all were.

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Erasmusbrug vs Height Rescue Team

Did you know you’re not actually allowed to publish photos of the Erasmusbrug? Well, now you do. It’s architecture, and you can’t just go around duplicating that. Luckily we went INSIDE the bridge. There’s a ton of space to move around actually, and even two sets of elevators. Curious yet?

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Kami-Lynne and Tarek Duo (also Kami solo ha!)

Yippee!

Two of my favorite circus people have finally started creating their duo act. And I got to photograph it! Woo! Also we did a shoot with just Kami in the same week. More woo!

I got it in my head we should take Kami and her hoop outside. Thus beautiful weather and opportunity arose and we went for it. This sounds easier than it was really. It took some tree scouting (great job Kami and Tarek) and some tree climbing and then some picking bits of tree and moss out of hair, but it was totally worth it.

ALSO since Tarek was in Holland anyway, we set a date for the duo pics. These two are amazing together. Just as I figured they would be. I love it. I can’t wait to see the whole thing. For now just the pics =)

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More girls: Britte, Simone & Nathalie

Yay!

Finally! I’m so happy about the progress of this series. I also was quite sad when I got sick (you know, cause being on the couch is only fun for so long a time), because I couldn’t finish it. ARGH. Not that it’s finished. But still.

For me the series is more about space, than it is about girls. I think I’ll follow up with guys when I’m ‘done’ with the girl part. The white background is relentless in how it forces the subject to be a certain shape. And I love to play with that (I think black backdrops are much more forgiving).

First off! Lovely Britte! No stranger to me nor my camera. I loved her visit (I mean she brought pudding, come on) and I love making photos of her. She. Is. So. Gorgeous.

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Britte is the queen of arms. If there is such a queen. Also the queen of great hair. Oh well lets make her queen of everything.

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It’s SO hard to get hands right. Or at least I feel that that’s a hard thing for a model to do. Either it gets very forced or they seem like they’re fake. Not with Britte though. THAT HAND. Oh and the rest of the pic :)

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THAT HAIR. That will be all.

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For me this is ‘Britte’. As I know and love her. I like capturing moments like these.

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Yay Simoon was there too! Or here. Really. I shot all of these in my room ;) (I got some questions to whether or not I have a studio, I eh, kinda do :P).

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I just realized I’ve been photographing Simone since before she was allowed to drink alcohol ;) It makes for very easy shoots and with very happy girls when we’re done. We shot a little pic for her band as well. It’s called Bixby and you can check out her facebook page here (click)!

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Confession: She is the sole reason I EVER dare to wear red lipstick! Does she rock it or what?

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Oh and I had her bring her hat. I love hats. More people should have hats. And I also love this of her with her hat!

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If Britte is the queen of hair then Nathalie is the queen of the messy bun. OH and of the killer straight on shot! WOW.

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Oh and also. SO gorgeous. That profile. In the arm. The contrast with the black. LOVE it.

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Somehow I think of a ballet dancer with this shot. Maybe I should photograph a ballet dancer as well and see what happens. I love it though. Super classic but also a bit of modern.

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Nathalie wanted a bit more edgy shots. Which is what this series is for a great deal. So SCORE. I cant say I love it anymore cause I do that with every shot. But well, they’re all my favorites so..

I’m still not quite done with this series. So expect some more, and perhaps boys as well =)

Much love and thanks for reading all the way ;)

Brandweerkalender Roparun

You might know about the Roparun. It’s a team-run from Paris to Rotterdam, raising money for cancer treatment. A cause that really hits home with us.

We (being my father and me) were asked to make a calendar for one of the Roparun Teams (Safety4U). Obviously we said yes. Esther, member of Safety4U got together 12 guys for me who were about to start their modelling careers ;)

You can buy the calender here: http://debrandweerkalender.nl/

ALL money goes directly to the Roparun cause.

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These two (Maurice and Dennis) are the cover of the calendar. But before I just post the entire thing, here are some cool behind the scenes shots amazing Jasper Plukhooij made (click here for more of his stuff). (yeah I realize there will be a ton of photos in this post, as per usual).

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This super mysterious guy is Anton. We shot two days and he assisted us the first one. Once he got the hang of what was in my head (props for him on that one) he was A HERO.

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This is Rudy! Without him and his awesome colleagues nothing would have happened. As you can imagine I don’t have stuff to put on fire at hand. But the guys at Falck (click! So fun!) do. And we were allowed to use their amazing location (and had them help us out ALL DAY for TWO days and not be annoyed by us and wow. just wow).

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Just a little teaser ;) When I asked Anton or Rudy: what’s possible? They kept answering with ‘everything’. THEY WERE NOT KIDDING. NO KIDDING, TOOK PLACE.

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I’m sorry for the lack of order. There is none. This is me awkwardly high fiving Dave who just finished his photo! The guys all rocked!

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As the fire was very loud (fire is not quiet: lesson learned) I quickly came up with a set of gestures to guide the men through. I so rock at hints.

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“I can make snow”. He said. It was SO TRUE.

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My dad being at work like the total awesome badass he is! (yeah he has a fireman outfit, being one himself).

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Lovely Manon was with us doing her makeup magic!

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I love this shot. That’s why you’re looking at it. and yeah helmets were obligatory. I lost mine a gazillion times.

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Manon at work! I didn’t see her much sadly as we worked in shifts. I’d be picking locations or making photos and she’d be prepping the next ‘victim’.

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OH YEAH.

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Also everyone was taller than me. By far. There’s tons of pictures of that ;)

Ok! Trying to keep it short cause 12 more shots need to be in this post! Of the actual guys! Here we go!

In respective order of the calendar!

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This is Dave! Safe to say they all did a fabulous job. So I won’t say it with every photo ;) This one was made by my dad!

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So. Things got hot ;) This is Dennis! Do you see what I mean with ‘anything is possible’. Why not set a train on fire? Good times.

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Stefan was actually the first photo we took. So he had to bear through us getting everything just right. He didn’t seem to mind at all and we ended up with this awesome portrait!

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Eric! Another shot by my dad. So we figured, we might need a firetruck at some point. And Rudy just drove one into the scene. BAM. Truck. No problemo.

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Koos! Do we need to mention how LUCKY we were with the weather?

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This tough looking guy is Emerson. He plays rugby. I’d be TERRIFIED. He is super friendly though so no worries ;) Also this pic is made by my dad!

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Wilfred! I know you can SEE the fire, but we realllyy felt it. Specially the guys with no coats. So props to them for bearing with it :)

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This was by far the warmest picture (I can’t keep saying hot, you’ll stop believing me). I asked Anton to ‘light everything’. And boy did he. I was a good 7 meters away. It was burning my face. Edwin is still alive by the way..

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I didn’t want to use FIRE for everything. Thus you can see Jan surrounded by smoke. I say this as if it were very easy. It wasn’t. There were many times in which we had no sight of Jan AT ALL. He just kept doing his awesome thing anyway!

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Yeahhh water! Which leads to even more fire actually. Maurice was in the middle of all this. You can recognize the cover location here :)

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By my awesome dad as well! This was a hard one as the stuff that’s burning is wood. And is not very predictable. Also we all smelled like a BBQ after this one. Luigi rocked it nevertheless.!

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Last but certainly not least! Roger in the snow! OH no. Not snow. It’s foam actually. Cause Anton said he could make snow. And he totally could!

I couldn’t be happier with the results. I think all the guys did awesome. And so did our team! If you’re wondering who did the amazing layout  and graphic design that would be Jornt van Dijk.

Thank you. Everyone. I already thanked you all in person or other ways. So. Again, but online ;)There’s still calenders available. Again you can buy them here: http://debrandweerkalender.nl/

Or stalk me about one, I have some at hand as well :)

* No firemen were hurt (much) in the making of this calendar.

Girls! This time: Rachael & Lara

Yay!

I had to buy this white backdrop for a job and then it was just HANGING there. You know. Tempting me. So. I buckled (this went rather smootly, no bruises) and decided to have fun and drink tea. Oh and make some photos.

Also I decided on the spot I wanted MOAR so this week I’m shooting two more ladies. But I want to do even more. Guys are ok too! It helps if you have some modelling experience and are not terrified of me with a camera (I can be scary ROAR). Cause then it’s not longer fun and tea ;)

EITHER WAY: PICTURES

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Meet Rachael :) I’ve worked with her once before, and it was nice to have some more time to play around. In love with this portrait. Most of you have seen it on fb already!

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Should I warn for nudity..? Ehrm. SKIN ALERT.
She had a brand new tat that needed to be on a photo, so here we are :) I love how amazingly versatile she is. She can just pop 30 different things a minute at you.

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Also she had a brand new hairdo! Love it! Oh and versatile ;)

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And love this shot too! I’m very much into black and white for this ‘series’ so far. Not sure where it’s going yet but lets call it a series :)

And meet Lara! She is a talented singer/musician/songwriter and happens to be a model too (yay!). You can find her on facebook here (click).

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Lara posted this on fb and called it ‘royal’. I totally agree!

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She is so cute! Really though.

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I love this edgy feel. It’s really where I want to go with this. I think ;) And also tea. Ofc.

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And love this too! It’s so great to just bounce between you and the person in front of your camera. And when that works, great things happens. Or at least that’s how I feel =)

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Not just cute, fierce too! Booyah!

I had a blast shooting these two ladies!

So again! Three more ladies coming up of which two in the coming week. If you have any ideas on this whole thing or want in: let me know. I’m afraid I can’t say yes to everything/everyone cause well. That just doesn’t work. There’s a certain picture in my head which I can’t really define yet. But that doesn’t mean I’m not open for suggestions or input! Lets go!