How I capture these three things in my photos
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How I capture these three things in my photos

Dear Photography Lovers,

When I fell in love with photography back in the year 2000 I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, had no previous knowledge of the history of photography and even of the photographers that one day would become my hero’s and heroine’s!

In the beginning I looked to other’s work for inspiration, to learn and to understand. I felt like I had sooooo much to learn and catch up on after all, I was late to the game.

It’s so easy in the beginning to be influenced by others and that can be a fun part of the game. It gives you a chance to experiment, try new techniques and learn of the possibilities there are with photography.

But one day I stopped looking. I put away the photographic books and magazines and stopped going to the exhibitions for a while. I  asked myself what I liked, what was I attracted to and what I wanted to say.

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Three things stuck from that day forward and are still present in my photography today.

Life

I love my photos to feel alive, full of life. When I look at the serenity of other photographer’s work I often think my photos feel chaotic but it’s the feeling of being alive I am so attracted to.

Tip – How I achieve it 

I go after life with a little chaos on purpose. This means getting involved in life. When working with groups (which is really tough), I take the shot I think they want and tell them it’s all over and then keep shooting what happens afterwards. Often, it’s authentic warm and has its own chaotic energy, for me these moments are far more authentic than the posed shot it started out as.

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Love

I wanted to capture the emotions of life that I saw daily and feel so deeply attached to. I wanted to express love, laughter and the intimate life stories between people.

Tip – How I achieve it

To get the three things, you have to give. I allow people to feel comfortable by showing my vulnerability, provoking them or doing something silly. When I look back at some of the photos, I remember the ‘energy’ or the sensation of falling in love even just for a few seconds  to make that photo!

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Laughter

Even today when my photographs are too static I start to sweat! I am happiest when I am moving, when my subjects are moving and doing something fun that’s when the laughter comes out. I love to show women that they are beautiful when they are happy, alive and laughing. I can capture this laughter often in between the moves!

Tip – How I achieve it

On some shoots I walk kilometers and kilometers in an attempt to encourage my subject to move, to walk, run, jump and let life shout out loudly. I try to trick them to do some simple or complicated movement and wait for their reaction. Often it’s the moment after the movement I am hoping for or the in-between moment when their guard is down and the laughter comes rolling out.

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What three things keeps coming up in your photos? What is it that you love to capture in your images?

Sending love and light

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