CitySessies

Jaa, sinds vandaag ben ik officieel ook een CitySessies fotograaf! Dit is een soort collectief van meerdere portretfotografen waar je mij dus nu ook kunt boeken voor een fotosessie. Het idee is, boek een shoot, maak een afspraak en heb 24 uur na de fotoshoot je foto’s binnen. Handig he?
Ik ben heel benieuwd wat voor nieuwe dingen dit mij op mijn pad brengt, in ieder geval heb ik er al heel veel leuke collegafotografen door leren kennen.

Kijk HIER voor mijn profiel bij CitySessies en om een voorbeeld shoot te zien!

Naast mijn opdrachten via CitySessies kun je mij natuurlijk ook nog gewoon boeken voor bruiloften en/of fotosessies. Kijk daarvoor even op mijn website of neem via het contactformulier contact met mij op :)

Some little changes

There will be a few little changes on this blog.. First of all, I will write in Dutch from now on. This is because most of the people who read my blog are Dutch, and almost all of my photography clients are Dutch. For my international followers, don’t worry, often I will write a little English summary at the end of a blogpost and as you know me, I actually don’t write that much but post mostly images. ;)

Also, I am looking for some topics to write about. What would you like to see on this blog? Do you have any questions you’d like to see answered?

xoxo

P.S. It’s my birthday! Having a huge party together with Treesje.

Getting inspired

As a photographer or anyone working in the creative industries, inspiration is essential. Inspiration can come in many forms, like beautiful music, nature or just something great somebody said one time. I often get inspired by looking at other pictures, so I spend hours a week on the internet just looking at pictures.

Already for quite a while I have a profile on Pinterest, where I create many different boards and pin all beautiful and inspirational images for upcoming shoots. This is pretty much fun, although i print most of those images and put them in my ‘inspiration book’. This is a scrapbook with images found on the internet or in magazines that inspire me and giving me some ideas i would like to develop later.


Yesterday i did a love shoot at the beach, with a great stylist and a cute couple. These were the pictures i’ve used for inspiration:

And here’s a little preview of the pictures i took:

Where do you find inspiration?
And do you have certain ways to keep yourself inspired?

5 Tips for not getting lost in comparison

Last weeks i’ve been thinking a lot about comparison. As a photographer, i often look at the work of other photographers, which gives me a lot of inspiration and ideas. Also, it makes me look more critical at my own work and therefore gives me some motivation to improve my own skills. Only, the tricky thing is that i often compare myself with people who are in the business with many more years of experience than me, or i forget that they are just different than me. By reading blogs by, or talking with other photographers i realized that many photographers or bloggers are struggling with this same issue. This post is therefore a quick reminder of not comparing yourself too much with others.

Here are a few tips that helped me for not getting lost in comparison:

1. Be yourself.
Often when i just do my own thing and i am not aware about what others might think of my photographs or my business, i create my best work. Everybody has has a different taste in style and a different way of achieving something. Make sure your work is you, and don’t make things just for others to like it. If you are happy with the result it is ok.

2. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses.
You don’t have to be the best in every type of field. Everybody has got different talents, and their own strengths and weaknesses. It is ok to be better in certain things and less good in others.

3. Internet is not real life.
Every photographer posts their best work on the internet, every lifestyle blogger posts their nicest writing. Everybody knows this. But this is also something we often forget. Everybody has a bad day sometime, and everybody fails some time, but of course they don’t advertise with that on the internet. Don’t focus too much on getting a ‘like’ on facebook, a comment on your blog and don’t watch your competitors too closely.

4. See things in perspective.
It is not fair to compare yourself with others who are working many more years in your field of interest than you do. And realize that they probably went through the same things and struggles you are going through.

5. Accept.
There will always be people who you envy and whose work you look up to. But the more you grow in your own creativity and work, the more people will see you as someone they look up to. There will just always be people who are better than you in the field of interest you are specialized in, but also a lot people worse. So why compare? Just accept that that’s the way it is, and try to grow and improve your work for yourself.

So in short, healthy comparison is good, just to see if your work meets certain standards and to get more inspiration for your new work. But don’t get lost in comparison, cause it will only bring you down and block your own creative process. To have a reminder of this, i have framed this quote and put it on my desk.

P.S. this quote is a free printable at how joyful.
P.P.S.S. How are you dealing with comparison?