Sunday, June 2, 2013

Networking -Yes please

When you are starting out with your business you feel very much alone and it is all on you if this is going to change or not. Especially for people who rather hide than shout their name out this is kind of a problem.
I am a shy person and even though my camera connects me to people it is also like a wall behind which I can hide. Nevertheless, you read a lot about networking, how essential it is to bring your business forward. Make connections - you never know where they will lead you. But where do you start?

While I was working on a series I got in touch with a nice lady who eventually introduced me to a networking group on facebook. I joined and of course had in mind that I would meet people who would bring my business forward. I went to the first meeting - in - person and was rather discouraged than motivated. I didn't find it easy to walk up to strangers and just start a conversation. After four hours I went home, having talked to many people. It was a lot to take in! I continued following the group but didn't make it to the next events.

Eventually I forced myself to show up again at the next meeting and wow, something had happened. Continuously people joined the meeting and greeted each other like good friends. Lots of laughter and chatter. I talked to many nice people and realized: I am not alone! we all have the same fears and the same pressure. No more stiff "what do you do" but warm and honest talks about life! It felt great to be part of this group. Networking is not only about meeting the right people but about meeting people you connect to, making new friends and exchange experiences!

ASBN - the networking group for small businesses! A BIG THANK YOU for your efforts!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/amsterdam.smallbusinessnetwork/?hc_location=stream
http://www.020sbn.nl/


Monday, April 29, 2013

Inspiration: Natalia Wiernik

The winners of the Sony World Photography Awards have been announced! I have also participated in this competition and one of my photographs was chosen into the people category as a commended photographer. I was very surprised and felt really happy that I have been among the first 50 people chosen considering the amount of people who have taken part!
At the beginning of the year I flipped through the shortlisted artists and my eye fell on Natalia Wiernik's photographs. I was intrigued by the simplicity of each photograph. Everything centers around patterns and blending-in. Sometimes you have to look twice to figure out what elements are in the images!
Truly an inspiration for me! Congratulations on winning the Sony World Photography Award 2013 in the category Student Focus Photographer of the Year!

(© Natalia Wiernik/2013 Sony World Photography Awards)


(© Natalia Wiernik/2013 Sony World Photography Awards)
An interview with her can be seen here:
http://worldphoto.org/student-focus/meet-the-2013-student-finalists/student-focus-natalia-wiernik/

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Photographer- You and the Photographer Other

When I started with photography I never thought about becoming a professional. I purely photographed for my own sake. I went out with my camera and tried new things not bothering about any other photographer in the world. All ideas I had came purely out of my own head.
When I started school we were asked to look at other people's work to look for inspiration and to find a style that we find attractive and as a goal to develop. Sometimes that resulted in a lot of frustration because seeing that there have been so many people before you can leave you with a lot of anger, sometimes it can even block you instead of inspire. A lot of times I found myself lost in the visual world not able to climb out of the hole I had digged myself. For weeks and sometimes months I couldn't produce and kept staring at other people's work which left me with even more frustration about my own situation. My photographs looked like I wanted but couldn't.

During my internship I saw a lot of processes in a big studio and I felt that I have to make a choice. This choice was supposed to lead to myself and the creation of my own style. After I eliminated different fields of photography which I liked but not favored doing myself, I could also limit my view to examples of other photographers who came close to my own idea. On some days I spent hours staring at the screen and taking in examples of other photographers. I read stories of how they started and how they join communities, how they meet in person with fellow photographers and create even better images.

In the end photography seems to be a very competitive area with people who are outstanding and people who barely make it. Nevertheless, I think it is wrong to see only the competition in the profession because actually all visual impulses can lead to a new idea. Apart from that it is very interesting to see how other photographers develop. They start out with one style and eventually end up with something completely different. But in the end everything is a journey and we develop while we are traveling.

So getting intimidated by other people's work is not a good way to go. Take in what you can, learn from them, take pieces of ideas to create your own but keep in mind: don't copy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Transition phase

When we are growing up we have a lot to deal with and the phase when we are no child but also not an adult yet is the most exiting but also most frightening in that part of our life. I wanted to take pictures of youths that are on the verge of turning into an adult, their beauty but also their fear. The outcome is a beautiful series that can be seen on my website. But there are some pictures that I have left out but that are still worth being seen because they also reflect the transition phase!





Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New/ Old pictures Babiekinsmagazine Winter Issue 2012/2013

Last year I shot an editorial for Babiekins Magazine Winter Issue. Unfortunately a lot of really nice pictures stayed unused hence I would like to place them since they are worth it!

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver
Styling : Cynthia Schrijver


Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver



Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver

Styling : Cynthia Schrijver