Interview with Glenn Mostert

Could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Glenn Mostert a freelance commercial portrait photographer/videographer from ‘s-Gravenzande in The Netherlands. I have a wife and two daughters of the age of three and one year old. When I am not working I like to spent time making music, gaming, cooking, CrossFit, drinking a good glass of whiskey or beer and of course having fun with my girls is the best thing in the world.

How did your interest in photography begin?
I was actually educated as a graphic designer. During my internship at Hans Textiel I was working on marketing material and helped photographing the products in their studio. Sometimes with models, but most of the time just the product on white. Photography really caught me during this time and I decided to make this a hobby. I bought a Canon EOS 350D with the kit lens. I started photographing friends and family for school projects and tried different styles and disciplines in photography. Buying magazines and following online courses taught me everything I needed to know to get to a more professional level.

When did you decide to become a professional photographer?
In my work as a graphic designer I always had the privilege of combining photography into my work. Thanks to this I was able to get better and make a lot of hours doing what I loved the most. I was still living with my parents at that time. That gave me the time and freedom to watch tutorials every day. Which I actually did, every single day, before sleep. Phlearn was my favorite platform back then. After working for publishers and ad companies for a decade, photography became a bigger part of my job more and more. March 2016 I registered myself with the Chamber of Commerce. And at the end of 2019 I decided to quit my job and go freelance full-time.

Do you prefer natural or studio light (and why)?
I have a big preference for flash. Being able to have control over the light and create a certain mood is a huge tool and advantage in my job. I also like shooting in low ISO. But in my editorial work I combine the natural light with a strobe which forces me to use a higher ISO.

What do you prefer, shooting in a studio or outdoor?
Both! Every assignment or project has its own location. Using flash kind of turns every location in a studio, right?

Can you tell us about the camera(system) and lenses you use?
I currently use the Canon R5 with a 24-70mm F2.8 and the 70-200mm 2.8. This gives me a wide range to handle almost every situation. The 45 megapixel camera blows my mind. It’s super sharp and fast. Previous cameras were the Sony A7 III, Canon EOS 5D MK3 and the MK2. Video becomes more important because of the demand of my clients. I haven’t experienced any overheating problems jet, luckily. Haha. The strobes I use are the Profoto B1X combined with speed lites.

What software do you use to process your images?
Because of my background in graphic design I have always worked with Adobe software. Using Lightroom and Photoshop became second nature almost over the years. And there is a lot of people teaching new stuff in these programs on YouTube. That makes it easier to further develop your skills.

What’s your favorite lens and why?

90 percent of the time I use the 24-70mm. It’s the range I work in the most. But I would really love to try fixed focal length lenses in the future to get that extra crispiness in the images. A 85 or 50mm for instance.

What makes a good day for you?
A day with a well organized commercial shoot. I love to work with a team of professional people. When everybody works together well, the best ideas and quality can be achieved.

When it comes to working with people, can you share any tips to our readers?
When working together with other professionals, try to work with people that give you energy and inspiration. People that cost energy will not get you great results. When it comes to working with people in front of the camera, try to make them feel special. Remember your clients/models name and show interest. Staying nice and being a little clumsy can help making a connection.

When it comes to your career, what was your highest high and your lowest low?
My highest high is working out an idea that totally came from me. To see something you thought of come to real is magical. My lowest low is when technology is not on my side. I go crazy when things are not working properly. I would never show the client I’m panicking though!

Thank you so much Glenn, what’s your experience with the Unlike Portrait Awards?
I like Unlike because of the consistency of the posts. There is a lot of enthusiasm coming from the channel. And all the extras participants can download are great! The contest brings photographers together. I hope we can meet in a live event in the future. I haven’t been able to follow the webinars, but I think this is a great thing aswel. Keep it going and thank you!