Tell our readers about yourself
I am Zoë and i am a professional boudoir photographer. The reason I do this, is because I am convinced that every woman is beautiful, regardless of the generally accepted beauty standards. The guiding theme in my work is self love and confidence, which you can find in the powerful portraits I make. It is my mission to spread confidence, joy, courage and spontaneity amongst women. All women. Because I live with a brain injury, I want to show other people who are ‘marked’ as disabled in any way, that you can achieve your goals, keep believing in yourself and work in a way that fits you and not anyone else. My goal by showing my work and my company online is that it ís possible, don’t think in limitations but in opportunities. ‘Disabled’ sounds really bad to me, I rather call it ‘shifted abilities’. Remember you are not alone.
What aspects of being a photographer make you happy and why?
To capture everything i see and think is beautiful, and then being able to show it to others! Whether it’s a flower, a sunset or the look in some one’s eyes, I love details. They really stand out to me. When I come across a situation or a person that catches my attention, I like to find out what it is that makes them interesting. That is what I want to show. The freckles on a face, the cheeky look they give me, the arching of some one’s back, all these things together in a photo collection make a complete story for me and make the result very personal for the model. She recognizes her abundant laugh and the sparkle in her eyes. When I show the results and my clients light up, that is why I am a photographer. They go home super happy and will enjoy these photos for many year’ss, and I have made that possible, that makes me proud.
I live with a brain injury, I want to show other people who are ‘marked’ as disabled in any way, that you can achieve your goals, keep believing in yourself and work in a way that fits you and not anyone else.
Do you worry about what others think about your work?
I do worry what others think of my work, especially if it is technically good enough. Taste is subjective, but I want my photos to be as technically good as I can make them. Every shoot I need myself to be on top of my game. The people whose opinion I value especially are my mentor’s, Arno de Bruijn, and other very established portrait photographers. Because I can be so hard on myself, I sometimes need to calm myself down and remember that I also need to have fun while creating an image. If I do that, I feel butterflies in my stomach and I free my creativity. Woohoo! When people talk to me about my work they are very excited, so that is reassuring. Since boudoir is a very specific type of photography, I know some people might not like it very much, but that is okay. As long as my images are strong and my clients are happy, I am happy.
What would you like to be remembered for as a photographer?
When people think of me as a photographer, I would like them to remember me as a skilled professional. But also with a big heart who made them feel comfortable and brought joy or maybe even inspiration in their lives.
Hopefully there are people watching me and my portfolio or my business and think, ‘I can dot this too! I am worth it!’. Not only about doing a photoshoot, but maybe also about being brave in their ordinary lives. I just like to make people feel good about themself. That is why I became a photographer and I hope that is what I will be remembered for.