Q: Where does your interest in photographing horses come from, and what inspires you?
I grew up with my Shetland pony Jessy. Three years ago, I started my career as an equestrian photographer using my father’s camera. Gradually this has become a hobby that got out of hand, so to speak.
I get a lot of Inspiration from Instagram. I really enjoy seeing how photographers develop their own style. When I see a great concept passing by on Instagram, I always like to try something like that by myself.
I love to photograph together with friends. Sometimes we capture the same moment. It looks like the same picture, but after editing you can see three totally different photos because of our own editing style. This gives me a better picture of things that I like to do differently next time or things that I am happy with. By looking at other photographs you learn to develop your own style that you fully support.
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Q: Do you have any favorite pictures? And what makes them stand out to you?
Because I regularly have great shoots at new locations and other models, my favorite pictures also change regularly. However, I do have certain photos that have a value behind them. For example, I recently made two amazing photo trips to Poland and Sweden together with some other photographers. The stories behind these photos make them more valuable to me. I could not have dreamed of anything else than becoming an equestrian photographer.
Q: What is it like to photograph animals? Any special experiences or situations you have been in that you want to highlight?
The nice thing about photography is the diversity of locations, models and exposure. When you work with animals every animal has his own character and as a photographer, I always consider it a challenge to actually bring out this character of the animal in a photo.
A highlight I am proud of is a picture of one of my own horses in the Dutch magazine “Zoomnl”. Beside animals I am an all-round photographer so I have also done shooting the Première of Jim Bakkum’s theater tour, a well-known Dutch artist.
Q: What is your advice for the amateur photographers out there?
In the past I dreamed of meeting other well-known equestrian photographers, travel to other countries for a photo trip or featuring in a magazine. These dreams have all come true much faster than I could have hoped for. Keep chasing your dreams and never give up! A quote that always floats through my head sounds: “Follow your dreams, and do what makes you happy”. If you keep this in mind you will get there!