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Album Company

Category: Photography

I am trying out album companies to see which fit me best. I have created an album with Profoto Net. The work with a limited number of sizes and looks (linnen, leather, cover photo) further they have their own album design software Design Pro which is very user friendly. Unfortunately it is not possible to deliver an album design other than via this software. The number of features it a little less than e.g. Photojunction.

Within 5 days the album was in my mailbox and I am very happy with the quality of the photographs. The paper is nice and thick, the look glossy, the color is nice and saturated. So very happy with the result.

Studio Light vs Ambient Light a Challenge

Category: Photography

A couple of weeks ago I shared my thoughts on studio light. I concluded that studio light is not better or worse than available light just different. I could have left it at that, keep on working with available light and forget about whatever other light is there but I like a challenge. Because there are a lot of situation imaginable that does not have enough light to stil make a acceptable image let along a great image.

So here is my challenge: Use studio light with the ambient light but make certain you can not see that studio light is used.

And that is what I did. I used one softbox (60x90) and a 300W strobe. My aperture was set to F2.8 and my shutter speed set to 1/125 sec. All in manual mode off course. Fortunately my sweet Ronald was willing to be my usual suspect and appeared as my model (always a good reason to get him in front of the camera). So what is your opinion? Did I succeed my challenge? Leave your thoughts.

Family: Susy, Erik, Anna & Max

Category: Family

Here is  the complete selection of last weeks family shoot. As I projected it was quite a task to select the images for this blog post. I think I could have selected double the mount of images and still have good ones left. I hardly had to do any color corrections which is the best way. Get the images straight out of the camera. Well have fun with this selection.

Be honest these kids are naturals! They had so much fun running around the back yard, jumping up and down and bubble blowing. These days are the best.

The Story is in the Details

Category: Photography | Wedding

I look at the white clouds that pass along my window. The trees have leafs on them, the garden is in bloom and the warmth is tickling my skin. My eyes adjust to the bright light and look around me. The newspaper that is waiting to be read. Email that undoubtley needs my attention. I see the roses that are in bloom and look so pretty. We are in the middle of the story of 2010. With photography I do not have this film of life but a single image I capture every single time. The power of a single photograph should have enough impact to tell a story in just one single frame.

I love to capture details, the dress, shoes, accessories, flowers. It is the foundation of every wedding story. As a photographer it is a special experience to be part of it without being in it. Especially with the bride. To capture in the best way possible all the choice she has made these past months to look ther prettiest on her special day.

I see a lot of weddings that do not start at the beginning and that is okay. But just like with every story, a wedding day has a beginning, a middle and an end. If I can recommend anything I would say start your day at the beginning, start with the details. The big ones and the small and let it tell the complete picture.

Getting serious: Admiron Photography


I have been looking at business cards for a while now. One of the easiest ways to hand out information about myself is via a business cards. Further I wanted to find DVD sleeves to package it properly when I deliver the DVD to my clients. The road in finding the right printing company was long because I could not find a company within the Netherlands that printed DVD sleeve. By accident I came across Artega. They not only produce DVD sleeves and business card for a very reasonable price but they have great customer service. I delivered my design but after printing the business cards they informed me that the header text was to light and asked me to deliver an adjusted design so they could print it again free of charge!

So I was looking at the mailbox this week and when they were finally delivered I was really happy with the result. My very own business cards and DVD sleeves. Don't you just want to get one of those!

Family Preview: Susy, Erik, Anna & Max

Category: Photography | Family

It was a nice summer day yesterday with the sun shining through the leaves of the apple tree. My very good friend Susy asked me last year if I could take some nice shots of the kids as she wants to have a nice portrait of them for an empty wall. Well yesterday we had our family session and with this great weather we had to go outside into the garden with amazing light. We had a great time with the kids running around the garden, climbing the apple tree and jumping up and down. Anna and Max are so photogenic and hardly needed direction.

When Susy told me that they do not have a family portrait with all four of them on them, we waited for Erik and shot a nice selection of family portraits. I had a quick peek and this is one super session I will show a nice selection this week (it will be difficult which one to choose!). But I really love this portrait of the whole family.


Category: Personal

He prepared for weeks now a regular run in the evening, timing his progress religiously. He entered for this running meet a couple of weeks ago and yesterday was the day. The temperature was nothing like June (12.5 C) , there was wind and a slight drizzle. No the best of circumstances but I was there at the finish line (wearing a coat and scarf!) to sheer him on and he ran the time of his life. Okay he did not finish first but he managed to run the 8 kilometres in 43:13 minutes.

I am so proud that he crushed his time with more than 5 minutes. I was just in time to capture him on his way to the finish line.

Home Improvement: Somewhere in the middle

Category: Personal

A small update on our home improvement project. The floor is done and the gas and electricity has found a new spot in the hall. The ceiling is done and the new wall to the hall way is set up. Tomorrow and Friday the walls wil be done something I am really looking forward to because it means we are then across the half way point. Then it all needs to dry before the kitchen and floor can be installed. I am hoping we will be able to sit down stairs again before the World Cup final (fingers crossed).

So this is what it looks like now.

World Cup fever Orange

Category: Personal

The streets are empty, every desk deserted, if no television is available the radio is on. About 4 million people gathered somewhere in front of a tv screen. Never has life come to a stand still on a Monday like this afternoon. What is going on? The World Cup soccer is whats going on, it has started this weekend. The first upsets are there. I am a big soccer fan and try to see as much as possible. I have not watched the first match of Holland on television but listened to the radio (which is even more exciting).

All the streets in Holland have turned orange, the national color of the Netherlands. Everybody is excited, because it has been a long time since we have such a talented group of players who can win a prize. The first game was very difficult and with some luck (we all need it) we managed to win this game 2-0 from the Danes. I was not negative about this team but confident we would win and we did. At the moment the only thing that matters is winnng. Ugly or pretty the only thing that counts in winning and we really want to win this cup. I got Ronalds cap out that we have for more than 18 years. It should bring luck (I am sure it wlll).

Book Review: Damien Lovegrove

I checked the mailpost with great anticipation this last week. I bought a number of books from (great online bookseller) and waited in anticipation for them to be delivered. I was especially looking forward to this book from Damien Lovegrove Wedding photographer (what is in a name). When it was finally delivered I jumped right in and I must say I am not disappointed.

It looks like a coffee table book. The styling of the book is beautiful, the great images off course and it includes a lot of advise. The only remark that I have is that the lay out is not very intuitive. This is caused by all the caption that is added to the images. When you open the book and start reading they distract you from the text in the chapters.

But besides this it is a good book that is a great read.