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.

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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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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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Throw ALL the colorpowder!

Hi dolls!

I wanted to do this shoot a long time coming and thanks to one of my amazing students (Sharda! Much love!) I was able to! She score some holi powder for me and all I had to do was find a location and people to throw (it at).

Thanks to the amazing guys from the Elbeweg and the Maxima-kazerne we found a remote spot! (THANK YOU RON MASSIVE THANKS!).

So all that was left is get everyone there (quite the roadtrip) and throw some color around! WOOHOO!

By the by! These shots are either by me, OR by my dad! It’s up to you to guess ;) (nerd hint, he has the 70-200 mm)

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Respect for photography

Hi sweeties,

First off. I’m trying* to not make this a whiny post. Really.

The biggest part (make that 99.9%) of the people that I’ve made photos for are more than respectful towards my photos. It’s awesome and amazing to see what photos can come to mean for a family or any single person really. I’m blessed to be able to do this job and I get to work with such wonderful people.

On the other hand. There’s people out there who feel the need to change something about the photo I made. Usually this means cropping it in some way, but sometimes it also means altering it completely or adding things to it.

No doubt, I still love those people to bits. Hense the 99.9% of awesomeness**. DULY NOTED.

Now back to the cropping and crafting. Not going into the works of copyright and such. But just how it feels for me:
It’s a bit like ‘hey thanks for the pic, but it’s MUCH BETTER with just my face on it so I just cut the other stuff off’.

If you were a musician you could compare it to ‘great solo, I cut it out of the song though and made a happy hardcore remix cause I like that better YEAH m/’.

Not only does that leave me with a feeling of you actually not liking the pic, it leaves you with a non suitable image for web (or anything really, cause hey pixels don’t come out of thin air and now it looks like monkeypoop).

I am more than willing to talk to you about whether or not you’d like a different version of a photo, and if possible I’ll crop it for you personally. I want you to have something that you’re happy with. Which is why I usually take photos of not only your face but also you as a whole person and MANY MORE things. ALL the things ;) So you can have all the things =)

So really, please don’t edit my photos yourself***. Unless you’re my lifelong best friend and know EXACTLY how I feel about what you’re doing.****

*I’m sure you’ll let me know if I failed right =)
*** Sugar on top. Cherries optional.
**** You know who you are. If you don’t: don’t edit the picture or monkeypoop follows.