Tell our readers about yourself.
About a year ago I decided to take my photography more serious and switched jobs to make more room in my agenda. Until then, I was held back by the overwhelming amount of good photographers out there and thought, why make a website no one will ever visit. Realising how much I enjoy making images and the only thing holding me back from showing them was me, I made a portfolio website and now dedicate one day a week to editorial photography.
Since then I have been working on several concepts and shooting every week, and regularly putting work on my website. Letting go of the idea that lots of followers and likes equals being a good photographer, and just doing what I like, made everything much more enjoyable.
What aspects of being a photographer make you happy and why?
I really enjoy the whole creative process from coming up with a concept, contacting a model, looking for the right location and of course the shoot it self. I love working with people so most of my work is portrait and lifestyle related. For me the fun starts prior to the shoot, coming up with an idea, and making a moodboard.
I really enjoy the planning and the pre-production part of a shoot, looking for a good location, what gear to pack what type of lights to use etc. On the day of the shoot I make sure I bring plenty of food and drinks and try to make everything as pleasant as possible.
Letting go of the idea that lots of followers and likes equals being a good photographer, and just doing what I like, made everything much more enjoyable.
What problems are you facing as a photographer right now?
The problem I’m facing at the moment is that as a starting photographer I have to do most of the work myself.
It’s hard to do everything at once during the day of the shoot, so I would love to work in a team. Having a team to help with wardrobe, hair, makeup and lighting would definitely benefit the outcome of the shoots.
What are your goals for this year, and how are you going to achieve them?
My goal for this year is to collaborate more with other creative people. I would love to find a creative team to work on projects with and be one of the people in that team, rather than the one man band. So lately I have been reaching out to make-up artists, stylists and other creative people to work together, so we can all be at are best. Of course this means more expenses, but I’m convinced it wil payoff eventually.