Can I just get a CD ? This is a discussion clients always start. What are you doing with the images then ? Is my answer. Modern technical media allow us to share images in clouds and on social media. They help us conserve the images in a digital space that is immune to fire and thunderstorms. We have iPads and iPhones to look at the images and swipe through events and moments. I am a huge fan of this development but there is something about a print that makes it different from a swiping finger on a glossy screen. Read the full post
When I came to France for the first time I was a kid and opposing to my brother and the other children that were on the same campsite I tried to learn the language with a little yellow translation book. I went every morning to buy baguette and croissants for our family and was beyond proud that I could do all of that in French.
When I came to France the second time I stayed for the whole summer. I visited the cousin of my aunt who had my age. I spent some weeks with her in France and she spent some weeks with me in Germany to learn each other’s languages. Read the full post
Recently I get quite some emails asking how I became a photographer. If I studied it and how I started my own business and if I could give some tips to photographers just starting out.
So here is my little story about how it all began. Read the full post
I was looking back at the past 4 years since I started my business and I felt grateful for everything that I accomplished alone in that time. It has definitely been a crazy journey from my first wedding (which was longer ago than 4 years) through the moment when I decided to quit my day job and exchange a fixed salary to freedom to do what I love till the moment now. Read the full post
The year 2012 is already some weeks behind us but I just now find time to reflect everything that happened and all the beautiful weddings. We have moved the last weeks and a lot of things just distracted me from finally writing this post. We meet a lot of different people and enjoy so different beautiful days that are all special.When I look at the weddings now and think about the whole time I spent with each couple I become a bit melancholic that time flies so fast and that all their anticipations of the day became emotions and moments they will never forget. Scrolling through all those images I feel like a historian that tells the story of their love and of their day. Their children and grandchildren will look at those images and tell them the stories that I tell with my pictures. Stories about love because their story started with love. Read the full post
While we were moving I found this picture of my grandparents. It sits now in my dining room and they look at me and my life and though I cannot hear them I am sure they are happy for me and what I do. They sacrificed their youth to find love and become a family.
My great grandparents moved from the Eastern part of Europe to the Ruhr area of Germany. My great grandfather was a pitman and in the years around 1900 a lot of them found work in this area of Germany. When my great grandmother died my grandfather was just 11 years old and he had to move for the first time in his life. He moved to a farm where his older sister married the farmer as his father was already too sick to take care of him. When he was 14 his father died, very poor in a little room that he rented for himself in a big house where other pitman used to live. By the time his sister died he had to leave the farm – the farmer got married again and the presence of my grandfather was not welcome anymore. Farms needed many helpers back then and so he went to another farm to have a warm place to sleep and earn a little money. The war arrived in Germany and didn’t stop from recruiting young men to fight for the country. It didn’t stop before my grandfather either and so he went into war at the age of 17. He was never a person who would hold a weapon so he did his drivers license during that time and learned everything about repairing cars. That moment as a young man in the second world war his passion for bus driving was born. Read the full post
I am really lucky – not only can I do what I love but I can also share and learn from so many inspired people from all over the globe. Last week I spent two days with Justin and Mary Marantz and their Walk Through a Wedding workshop. We were packed with a group of photographers in the studio of Anouschka Rokebrand who organized the whole workshop and the Dutch Wedding Congress last week. Read the full post
Last year Conrad and me had been to Curacao again. One of our favorite placees we saw of this world so far. One morning we went to the national nature parc to go hiking. It was really early which we don’t like on vacations, it had rained all morning and we got stuck in the traffic jam because you always have to cross the capital Willemstad to get from one side of the island to the other. Read the full post
Some big changes are coming up at the end of this year and I want to share them with you.
After 9 years of living in four different countries we decided to move back. Back to the village. This decision has come from the heart and not from our heads like all other movements we did in the past years. Read the full post