Steampunk and gradient backgrounds

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Ive shot with Rosies Art before. She has an amazing style design style. She makes: Steampunk Clothing and Accesories. Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy. For the large part its inspired by 19th century industrial steam powered machinery. Its setting is a alternative history of the 19th century british victorian era, “wild west” or post apocalyptic. Its hard to explain because a lot of people have a spin or version on their idea on how it should be. And no one is really wrong. Read more on Wikipedia if you like to know more. Ive always kept a close eye on what she produces and one day she posted an awesome collection of “Feathered Headdresses”

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Photography Soul Food. Conventions, trade shows. Why you should go!

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Udi Tirosh from DIYPhotography and Renee Robyn at Photokina 2014

I only recently got into the going to tradeshows / photo conventions. In 2014 I was invited by FotoFlits to do a demo on stage at Professional Imagine in Nijkerk. And this was the first time ive been to one of these “conventions”. ( wich is wierd because by this time i was a fulltime photographer for 4 years and had neverr gone too one. Because I never really knew what to do at a convention) Now i could continue to talk about and review the new Canon 7d mkSomething or the Nikon DSomthing or some fancy other new product… But there are other websites for that. What i want to share with you guys is the reason i go and you should too! That reason? Photographers Soul Food.

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Building a Photography Set || Holy Mary

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I met Viviane many years ago when we were added to a project together as photographer and stylist by a designer friend. The project never launched but we always kept in touch to see what each was doing. So at some point after we few years we both said: “Why don’t we ever shoot???” This started a 30 min brainstorm through Facebook chat. We both wanted something very stylized. She suggested something like a “holy mary”? Then I came in and suggest something darky holy mary. And the idea was born: “The Holy Sinister Mary”.

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Workshops for the Soul || “The Green Monster’s Workshop”

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One of my favorite things about being in the photography business: bringing (photography) friends over from all over the world to spread their knowledge and creativity with all of you!
Last week legend: Renee Robyn Photography paid a little visit to cold, rainy Holland to give a few workshops on compositing, texturing and high end beauty retouching and it was one for the books!

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Zoom.nl 100th Issue Cover Shoot

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Shooting the cover for the 100th issue of Zoom Magazine one of Hollands biggest Photography Magazines is freaking awesome! They contacted me because of my Fashion&Fine-Art background and thought I would know how to build a dress from 100th covers. They challenged me to build and shoot a dress made from all the past 100 issues, and it needed to be shot within a week. Who doesn’t like a challenge! So… Accepted! Phone rang:

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Unlocking Creativity – Learning from comedy improv

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Clothing Designer: Monsieur de Pompadour | MUAH: Irene Tjebbes | Model: Lotte van Noort

I’ve taught a few lectures and workshops. In these, I refer to the people I look up to and other cool friends who are making awesome things. And I’ve heard this over and over again: “But I’m not as creative as them”. I’m not always sure what that means. So let’s nip that excuse in the butt. You say you’re not creative? I’m going to ask you something. And you’re going to get 5 seconds to think about it.

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Building a Set in the Studio

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Model: Nikita | MUAH: Ria Kooijman | Set: Me

Originally Created for and Posted on: DIY Photography Blog
Like most projects, this one started with a very small and vague idea.
I thought it would be cool to build a set that would be kinda like its own ecosystem: something very moody/foresty/damp.

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Vintage Clown – How this was Shot, Lit and build!

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Model: Gwen | MUAH: Ria Kooijman | Set: Me

Gwen and I have done a few shoots together. We had some free time on a random thursday.
And thus we started throwing around ideas and images and came out with Vintage Clown.
Clowns are creepy and vintage once even more so.
Now that we had a clear idea on what we wanted the character to look like.

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The Procrastinating Bone Collector || Breakdown

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The Procrastinating Bone Collector

I thought it would be funny to create an old shady type interior in the garden shack.
With random bones hanging down and a shady cinematic lighting.
When I get an idea for an image, I usually make a quick sketch with whatever I can find laying around.

This is a good practice for a few reasons:
– It helps to get the idea out of your head right away and keeps the creative juices flowing.
– You start adding little elements to the scene or idea.
– You can start working out the lighting diagrams as you see them.
– It also helps you remember ideas if you can’t execute immediately. I wind up pinning them to my board

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