Case study: Event photography at CES Unveiled

Capturing the essence of the most influential tech event in the world

CES Unveiled is a series of events produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ®, the main event is held annually in Las Vegas. But the key players in the tech field were also able to benefit from a European gathering, the last editions of CES Unveiled having also made a stop in Amsterdam, at the Beurs van Berlage and in Paris at Palais Brongniart.

These annual events provide a platform where the key players in the technology industry, from start-ups to the world’s biggest brands as well as media and governmental representatives, can discuss the latest technological trends, a platform where they can shape the future, present their innovations, do business, meet new partners and where the most industrious and passionate innovators hit the stage.

For the organizers as well as the partners, it is therefore essential to have dynamic visuals to share with the media, for their social media or marketing communication but also for their future events. Professional Event photography is the best way to answer that need in the most efficient way.

1- The setup

Those photos taken before guests arrive, without any or many visitors yet,  may seem empty and unnecessary, however, they are actually frequently needed as a base for the organization of future events but also as banners or illustrations for brochures.

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corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

2- The general atmosphere, generic photos of the venue

Those images can be very useful for generic illustration, for example as a banner for an article, as well as for marketing communication.

CES Unveiled Paris corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Paris corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

3- Zoom on details

Same as the general atmosphere images, those visuals can be ideal either as a general preview, on a brochure for example, or for a specific illustration of a feature in particular or branded merchandise.

CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

4- Official presentations, roundtables, and panel discussions

Those images are one of the most important of course, as illustrations on different supports, so that the different presentations, keynote speakers, the atmosphere is well represented. An even balance between larger views and zoom on the speaker or panel group as well as views from and of the audience is always recommended!

CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

5- Official group photos

During an event, important speakers, visitors, or officials are attending the different presentations and discussions. It offers a perfect occasion to capture official group photos for press releases and for posterity!

CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

6- Interactions between attendees, doing business

An event photographer must have eyes on everything! Some important and valuable visuals are captions of interactions between attendees, happy guests, and passionate professionals to showcase the success of the event and attract more partners and visitors.

CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

7 – Zoom on the technologies and the innovations

CES unveiled is THE leading event for tech trends and proving ground for breakthrough innovations. Images to showcase innovative creations are key!

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CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam
CES Unveiled Amsterdam corporate event photography conference photographer amsterdam

Photos are a versatile asset and the best durable method to get exposed, share an experience and build your image; in the long run, it is an investment that will allow you to save time and avoid hassles. Hiring a professional event photographer will have many benefits, such as profiting from his/her experience, skills, equipment and dedication.

 

I would be very happy to help you capture the essence of your event with memorable, creative and thoughtful photos, contact me to discuss your project and your needs!

The reason why it is a great timing to treat yourself to an outdoor photoshoot!

Why is it a perfect timing to plan an outdoor photo session?

In these times of pandemic, with the anti-Covid measures we need to respect, there are fewer ways than usual to have fun, to escape, and to spend quality time with people we love. While the world is upside down, Mother nature continues with her natural routine. The first rays of sunshine announced the arrival of spring and in times like this everybody needs some positivity. Therefore, we would like to share a great insider tip on how to have some fun and as a bonus, create and preserve unique memories in uncertain times like this. And there is actually one perfectly secure way to do so: an outdoor photo session!

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Capture your adventures with an outdoor photoshoot.

Nowadays, one of the preferred ways to get out of our daily routine is to walk around, not necessarily far away from our house, meet some friends in the park, discover an unknown neighborhood or get some fresh air in nature.

We have developed new ways to travel right from our doorstep, why not turn that little adventure into a memorable fun day?

Whether it is with the family, a romantic escape with your partner, just for fun or a special occasion, to have fun with friends, for a hybrid bachelorette day out, a proposal, a wedding or elopement, a photo session is an ideal and corona-proof way to indulge yourself or a great present to offer, for Easter for example.

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on location family photoshoot Familie fotosessie Amsterdam

What are the best places to plan an outdoor photo session?

The outside world is our playground, the session can take place anywhere in the city, at the beach or in the countryside!

In The City

The city centers are currently quiet, an ideal time for wandering around in usually bustling areas, particularly in touristic cities like Amsterdam, and take advantage of the beauty of the city we live in!

Dutch city centers are also very photogenic with many wonderful backgrounds, but currently empty of the usual crowd.

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on location family photoshoot Familie fotosessie Amsterdam

I have listed a few of my favorite Amsterdam locations here!

In The Countryside

There are many wonderful locations in small villages or in nature to walk around and enjoy a photo session.

Think about Muiderslot, Monnickendam, Marken, Zaans Schans or on the beach… so many bucolic escapes at our door steps!

A photo session is an ideal activity to combine with a day out!

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on location family photoshoot in Amsterdam Familie fotosessie Family and children Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
on location family photoshoot Familie fotosessie Amsterdam

The advantages of a spring alfresco photoshoot. 

It is a delight to get out in the sun again after long winter months, the leaves are coming back in the trees and the flowers are blooming.

Colors are gently exploding, and whether in nature or in the city, not only does it make a walk outside very pleasant, but it also adds a colorful and fresh touch to your pictures.

The light is also changing, the sun is more generous, the days are getting longer, and warmer, we can finally go out without our fluffy parka!

It is not too cold, not too warm and it can be the opportunity for a little break seating on the grass, for a glass of wine or a picnic after the shooting!

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Tips on what to wear for your outdoor photos.

An alfresco photo session is an ideal activity to combine with a day out! You can make it extra outstanding and fun wearing some nice clothes or following a particular theme.

Here are a few useful tips to help you pick an outfit that will enhance your pictures.

 

  • Be comfortable

The most important is that you be yourself and feel comfortable!

Do you have a certain color that you really love to wear? Wear it!

Do you love dresses? Wear one!

Find something that makes you feel beautiful! If you are comfortable with what you are wearing, it will be visible in your photos.

Being comfortable and confident in what we’re wearing can make a huge difference in how we feel and how relaxed we are in front of the camera.

 

  • Coordinate your outfits

The key to successful photos is to coordinate your clothes and accessories, rather than everyone wearing the same outfit.

Play with color tones, with materials and with patterns (flowers, special print, text for a special occasion, for a birthday, a bachelor or bachelorette day out for example).

Choose colors that look nice together, but don’t fall into the trap that you all need to be wearing the exact same clothes. Your photos will be far more interesting with some variation!

Determine a color scheme; by choosing tones that complement each other, the images will indeed have a more harmonious and natural look.

To do so you can select two main colors and then add softer tones to accentuate and complete your color palette. Each family member can then choose cloth items that include these color tones.

Also avoid too vivid/flashy colors as well as entirely white clothes items, as they often do not give a nice render.

To reach a cohesive look, it is recommended to have at least three colors in your palette. Adding in a couple of patterns looks nice too, for example, add in a solid shirt for one person, maybe some stripes, or a flower pattern for another which can be repeated on a piece of accessory.

 

  • Take the session location into consideration

Another helpful point to consider when choosing your outfits is the location of your photoshoot.

Will it be in a park with a lot of shades of green, in the old city center of Amsterdam with a lot of brown and orange tones, in an urban modern neighborhood with a lot of vibrant graffiti’s, on the beach where there are plenty of neutral tones?

Pick a color scheme that will complement the background and not be discordant with the surrounding colors, but be careful not to fade in.

But most importantly, already have some fun styling your outfit and let your personality shine!

 

  • Pick out accessories to finish off your look and add style and texture to your pictures

Adding accessories to your individual outfits, will bring variety to your shots but also strengthen the united and harmonious aspect of the images. This can really make your photos “YOU” and looks fantastic in photos! Consider accessories such as a scarf, a vest, a belt, a jacket, a hat, suspenders, a headband, etc.

Accessories are the perfect way to give a finishing touch to your look, and they can really set your photos apart. For example, if a person is wearing a blue and white tartan shirt, adding a scarf with the same pattern to another family member’s outfit will create a more cohesive feeling!

 

You will also find further useful tips about the preparation of your family photoshoot here or your couple photo session there!

on location couple portrait photoshoot Loveshoot fotosessie Amsterdam
on location family photoshoot

Are you thinking of planning a photo session in Amsterdam or around?

Don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your wishes and plans for an outdoor portrait session!

How to capture the best party pictures?

Parties are an ideal time when your family and/or your friends are all gathered and having fun but also if you are a company, a privileged moment where your employees, partners and clients are spending a good time, a moment and an atmosphere that are therefore important to capture with attractive and creative photos.

Here are some simple tips to help you take memorable photos for you to share and watch again for many years to come!

1- Prepare yourself and your shooting

If you are not organizing the party yourself, make sure to discuss the details of the party with the organizer. Make sure you get a copy of the schedule with the time of the events so that you do not miss any particular key moment.

If possible visit the venue before the party to scout the location and prepare your required equipment. Also, come in earlier the day of the party when the setup and decorations are already in place. Not only this will allow you to get ready without extra stress, but it will also allow you to check the location before the guests arrive and make some last important checks. Indeed, appearances can be misleading and getting images that look natural and spontaneous cannot be improvised. Before the party, have a look around and check the possible interesting angles and the lighting, look for spots where you can benefit from a particular perspective or unique lighting effect.

2- Set the atmosphere

Another advantage of coming earlier is to be able to photograph the location, the setting, the decorations, particularly if there is a dinner so that you can photograph the table setting, still unspoiled before the guests walk in.

If this is a private celebration, a wedding party or a birthday, it is always great to have a picture of that amazing cake before it is gone. If this is a professional party, it may be wise to capture the setting for the record and possible further events as well as any branding for your marketing communication and for your possible partners.

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3- Zoom in and out

Alternate larger shots to capture pictures of the atmosphere and the party as a whole, and closer framed shots to snap expressions and emotions. At parties, small groups of people often break out, so it is frequent to get a lot of photos with a small group of people, but also do not hesitate to zoom in and take some isolated portraits. Either posed, some people are often happy when the atmosphere is good and they are well-dressed to stand for the lens, but also spontaneous and candid. I’ll discuss the angles and emotions in the following paragraphs!

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private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam

4- Be candid and focus on the emotions

Also remember to shoot tight! If it is also necessary to take a few wider shots to set the scene, a candid narrow shot with a narrow depth of field will enlighten the expressions and emotions of the participants whilst they are having fun. A good idea is to use a zoom lens to give you additional possibilities, particularly if you are not able to move from one spot to another quickly.

You may say that it is not easy. Well yes, you are right, particularly using a flash, people are aware that there is someone taking pictures, which can modify the way they behave. The secret here is to be patient, let people get used to you being here taking pictures, move around, dive in the crowd, smile, be part of the party and be ready to pull the trigger.

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private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam

5- Move around and shoot from different angles

Don’t hesitate to vary your position and shoot from different angles. This allows you to get a wider set of eventful images with different perspectives. Use higher angles, go up on a chair or stairs for example, or move up to a possible spot where you can shoot from above. Try to take pictures from a lower point of view, at children’s eye level, or create an interesting perspective with a canted angle to give extra dynamism to your image.

private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam
private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam

When taking group pictures, you can also shift a bit and take the photo from the side instead of shooting from the usual middle angle or step up on a chair for example to make the pictures more interesting. This is a fast-paced environment,  that can be noisy and or lack of space and it is not always easy to direct your group and place them as you wish, so be the one to move around!

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private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam

6- Feel the moment and be creative

Stay bold and creative! If preparation is key to avoid missing any key moments, shooting a party cannot be planned entirely like when shooting in a studio. There will be a time when a guest starts a short but impressive magic trick somewhere at the other end of the venue, someone triggers a confetti popper at an unexpected time, people cheering, or there is a sudden admiring glimpse in the eye of a little girl in the audience looking at the bride… You will need to quickly adapt and embrace the unexpected, live the emotions and make them yours. Be spontaneous and creative! And most importantly don’t forget to have fun!

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private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam
private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam
Wedding photography on location couple portrait photoshoot Loveshoot fotosessie Amsterdam wedding bruiloft private and corporate party event photography; party photographer Amsterdam

7 – Hire a professional photographer

Hiring someone may seem expensive and it is tempting to save money on such costs but the best way to receive high-quality images and highlight your event is to trust a professional. An event photographer will capture pictures of you and your guests, freeze emotions in time and highlight the spirit of the event.

Photos are a versatile asset and the best durable method to get exposed, share an experience and build your image; in the long run, it is an investment that will allow you to save time and avoid hassles. Hiring a professional event photographer will have many benefits, such as profiting from his/her experience, skills, equipment and dedication.

 

I would be very happy to help you capture the essence of your festive event with memorable, creative and thoughtful photos, contact me to discuss your project and your needs!

8 tips to capture creative and powerful photos of your live artistic, dance or theater performance

Photos of a live artistic performance must be as elegant, energetic and dramatic as the act and the artists who are bringing this performance to life. Dance or theatre photography is both a visual feast and a study of movement, body language and facial expressions.

Here are a few tips to obtain a thoughtful and creative caption of your performance.

1- Prepare yourself, get to know the performance

To choose the right equipment, catch the crucial moments and transcribe the dramaturgy and essence of a performance, you need to anticipate by studying the show, familiarizing yourself with the pace of the theater play or with the dance style. You also need to know if the shooting will take place during a rehearsal when you will be able to move around and even ask the artists to replay a scene or will it be a live public show when you need to stand in a particular spot not to disturb the audience. This makes a significant difference and you will have to take different technical decisions depending on the context.

In any case, if you can make sure beforehand why and when the action will take place, this will allow you to make the right choices and snap all decisive moments.

Either you can ensure you view the performance before your shooting or a rehearsal or you can discuss with the crew and the artists, the dancers, the performers, the director, ask them questions about the pace of the choreography, the message to convey, any key moments to focus on and particularly dramatic or impactful moments.

You can also ask the director if there is a video of the performance that you could view to prepare your shooting.

Make up a shot list ahead of time to help prepare your photoshoot and decide which equipment you need to use.

Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu

2- The lighting, part of the performance

This is also part of your preparation. The story, the message, when the action and key moments will occur is important to know, you also need to study the lighting so that you know what to expect, where to stand and which artistic choices to choose and settings to adopt.

Lighting is an integral part of the artistic production and allows to convey a message and emotions as much as the artists can do when performing, it is, therefore, wise to talk to the lighting technicians before the show.

Dance theater photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu

3- Embrace contrast, don’t be scared by dark areas

A natural reaction when shooting theater or dance performances is to attempt to capture the entire scene with the correct exposure so that everything is correctly lighted, the artists but also their surroundings, the decor etc.

However, this is mostly impossible because the stage spotlights will strongly enlighten the artist while the stage will be quite dark. Don’t be afraid to manually set your exposure on the brightly lit performers to expose them correctly. This means that some part on the stage and anyone or anything in the unlighted background will be very dark. This is not an issue, on the contrary, this contrast will highlight the artist, his/her movements and expressions. Particularly because this will allow you to decrease your ISO and/or shoot at a faster shutter speed so that you have neater and sharper photos.

Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu

4- Play with depth of field

Make your photos stand out even more, create depth. To avoid flat and static photos, playing with depth and perspective will give a dynamic dimension to your photos and will enhance the dramaturgy, the movements and the emotions. Depending on how far away from the performers you can stand and the lens you are using, try if possible to play with the foreground elements, your focus point and the background element. Use a wide aperture that will allow you to have a narrow DoF, a faster shutter speed so sharper photos and to enlighten your subject.

Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu

5- Zoom on the emotions

Shoot tight! If it is also necessary to take a few wider shots to set the scene, give the preference to narrow shots to highlight the emotions and the dramaturgy. In line with the previous tip, a zoomed-in image with a narrow depth of field will enlighten the expressions and emotions of the performers.

Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu

6- Move around

Don’t hesitate to vary your position and shoot from different angles. This will allow you to get a wider set of eventful images with different perspectives.

Depending on the message and the rendering you have to produce (for example, great shots for a magazine, close-up portraits for a performer’s portfolio, wider shots rendering the success of the show with the crowd for a marketing purpose..) and if it is technically possible for you, move around to shoot from higher angles, from a lower point of view, from the audience, from the stage etc.

Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu
Dance theater artistic performance photographer Amsterdam Melanie lemahieu

7- Feel the moment and be creative

Stay bold and creative! If preparation is key to avoid missing any key moments, shooting a live performance like shooting an event cannot be planned entirely like shooting in a studio. You will need to quickly adapt and embrace the unexpected, live the emotions and make them yours. Be spontaneous and creative! And most importantly don’t forget to have fun!

8 – Hire a professional photographer

Hiring someone may seem expensive and it is tempting to save money on such costs but the best way to receive high-quality images of your show and highlight your production is to trust a professional. A live performance photographer will capture pictures of dancers and comedians in mid-motion, freeze powerful expressions in time and highlight the skills of the artists and the spirit of the performance.

Photos are a versatile asset and the best durable method to get exposed, share an experience and build your image; in the long run, it is an investment that will allow you to save time and avoid hassles. Hiring a professional event photographer will have many benefits, such as profiting from his/her experience, equipment and dedication.

If you need any help or advice to organize the photoshoot of your dance or theater performance, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Interview with Melanie Lemahieu

  • How did you start your business in photography in the first place?

 

My father was an amateur photographer, I have learned analog photography on the fly, helping my father to process photos in the darkroom. When digital photography started to be accessible, I decided to go to a photography school in order to learn digital photography, Photoshop techniques and to become an “official” photographer. After a few years taking assignments on the side next to my office job as a customer service specialist and after graduating from the Dutch photography school Fotovakschool in Amsterdam, I did everything in my power to turn my passion for photography into a full-time occupation.

 

 

  • What makes Melanie Lemahieu different from other professional photographers?

 

I’m a passionate and enthusiastic photographer, I think every person is photogenic, capturing feelings, small moments and interactions between people quickly became a passion and I also always had an insatiable creative itch. I truly love helping people and capturing their emotions and the connections between them. I know how to capture the memorable essence of each event and to offer imagery with a vibrant twist to my clients, imagery that has real heart & soul.

With a background in marketing and customer service, I truly love helping people and have the mission to provide my clients with a great experience, I am dedicated and work as a fly on the wall!

 

  • What kind of camera gear do you use?

 

I am using 2 Canon 5D Mark IV bodies together with different prime lenses.

 

 

  • What is your favorite lens and why?

 

It is difficult to say, I love all my lenses, depending on the situation and the requirements I need different lenses, but if I have to pick one, I would choose my zoom lens 24-70 mm 2.8 L II USM.

 

 

  • What’s your favorite tool/software to edit your pictures?

 

Lightroom!

 

 

  • When you go on travel, what are the essentials you take with you in your bag?

 

My Canon 5D Mark IV with my 24-70 mm lens for landscape as well as my 70-200 mm lens for close-ups when I cannot approach the subject, for street or wildlife photography.

 

 

  • How do you keep improving your photo skills? / How do you educate yourself?

 

I am part of many professional photographers groups where many new techniques and ideas are discussed, I am reading the professional press and follow different tutorials online.

 

 

  • What picture that you have taken, you are the most passionate/proud about and why?

 

Tough question! A lot of photos I have captured have a special meaning for me! If I have to pick one, I would choose a shot I took from a small Cessna plane without any door flying over the Island of Ameland. Without passion and love for discovery, I would not even have stepped into that scary little plane! I took that photo before I actually dared to “jump in the void without a parachute” to become a full-time freelance photographer. When in doubt or in a difficult time, it reminds me of how turning a passion into my work is a blessing and even if sometimes things are challenging, it is essential to persevere.

aerial view of the mudflat coastline at low tide with water wind
  • Who is your ‘mentor’? / Who is someone your look up to (photography-wise)? 

 

There are so many great photographers who inspire me as Martha Holmes, Linda McCartney, Mary Ellen Mark, Vivian Maier, Reza Deghati, but not only, also painters and filmmakers as Rembrandt or Truffaut. 

 

 

  •  What is your favorite location in Amsterdam to shoot?

 

NDSM, Amsterdam Noord, my favorite playground, so many possibilities to create!

Family and children Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
  •  What is the one thing that takes a picture a good picture, in your opinion? 

 

There are different ingredients for a good picture. It is like cooking, 100 g of technics, 100g of attention to details, 100g of patience, 100g of composition, 100g of luck being at the right time at the right place with that perfect light, 100g of courage to approach a subject or guide your model, 100g of talent but overall, as much as you need of passion!

 

 

  •  What tip would you like to give to people who just started in photography?

 

Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away, keep your camera with you when going around and keep on shooting!

 

 

  • Since everybody nowadays has a camera in their pocket, what makes a professional photographer different from people who just take photos for a hobby?

 

It is true that nowadays cameras are able to produce very fine quality images. A professional photographer is well aware of this. This is why, even if a professional photographer very likely uses the best possible professional equipment, he/she advertises the images he/she took, not the gear he/she uses. It is also very true that what even the best camera on the market doesn’t feature are experience and knowledge.

Experience and expertise are primordial and there is no shortcut to it. Not only a professional photographer has followed proper training, thoroughly learning photography techniques and concepts, building up skills and expertise, he/she has also spent many hours taking pictures in various environments, exposed to many settings, lighting conditions and subjects and has been able to cope with many different situations.  He/she is able to adapt and act on-the-fly, ready to capture that unique moment.

He/she knows posing techniques, is able to guide large groups, and a crucial requirement in photography, he/she is able to master lighting techniques.

 

 

  • What is your favorite discipline within your photography skills? For instance; do you like wedding photography more than event photography? Why?

 

My favorite area is to photograph events whether it is corporate events, private events such as weddings, or concerts and festivals. I really blossom when I have the chance to meet people from all walks of life and cultures, but most of all because I truly love looking for, sharing and capturing unexpected moments, portraits emotions and the connections between people, like a fly on the wall.

 

 

  • What are your goals as a photographer in the not too distant future? What is the first step you would take to achieve this goal?

 

Well in this particular period with coronavirus, I would say that expectations and goals have shifted a bit, I would love to be able to work and live again as before, to capture a big event with a lot of smiling people!

 

 

  • At what event would you like to take pictures as a professional photographer? / What is the number one event (as in a big concert for instance) you would like to take pictures of as a professional photographer?

 

Unfortunately many artists I really wanted to photograph passed away before I had a chance to get there or even before I was born! But I would love to take pictures of a concert of Iggy Pop or Bruce Springsteen, and not from the sound tower 100 m away! From the pit or even better the stage! (Dreaming is allowed right?!)

I would also dream to be an official photographer at the Cannes festival!

 

15 posing tips to get the most of your bachelorette photoshoot!

Amsterdam is a great location to plan your bachelor or bachelorette party, with plenty of great spots to have fun!

One of the many fun activities you have to make sure you plan during your bachelorette weekend in Amsterdam is a photo session.

It is one of the best ways to spend quality time with your friends, have fun in a beautiful city and bring priceless memories back home!

But what does a photo session look like and above all, what pose to take?

 

Here are 15 posing ideas for a successful and fun bachelorette photoshoot in Amsterdam!

1. Point at the camera

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2. Everybody jump!

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3. Everyone in one line with legs crossed

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4. Throw the bouquet

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5. Inline, back to the camera, except the bride who turns around

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6. Grab some balloons

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7. Lift the bride-to-be

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8. Bride-to-be in front

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9. From above

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10. Dance!

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11. Hug

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

12. Throw confetti’s or leaves

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

13. On a bridge

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14. Grab a bike

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

15. Feet only

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you will also find a few tips to help you organize your stag or hen  party photo session here

 

And if you would like me to help you capture your bachelor / bachelorette party, you can reach out to me to discuss the possible options!

What are the best ways to capture my bachelorette party on camera?

A photoshoot is a perfect way to have fun with your friends and capture unforgettable memories!

Here are 5 tips for a successful and fun bachelorette photoshoot.

1- Coordinate your outfits

 

The key to successful photos is to coordinate your outfits and accessories.

Play with color tones, with materials (leather, self, lace, tulle) and with patterns (flowers, special print/text for the occasion).

Determine a color scheme; by choosing tones that complement each other, the images will indeed have a more harmonious and natural look. 

To do so you can select two main colors and then add softer tones to accentuate and complete your color palette. 

Useful tip: avoid vivid/flashy colors as well as entirely white clothes items, as they often do not give a nice render.

If you have to make a choice, pastel colors, neutral toning, earthly tones can never go wrong! 

A great source of inspiration and help to coordinate colors can be found on Pinterest, you can also use this tool.

 

Think about a particular theme (casual in jeans, glamorous with long dresses, fun with tutus) and make sure to match your shoes think of matching your shoes (Spartans, ballerinas, heels, sneakers).

Good to know: even in black and white images, well-matched colors and pattern match will give a harmonious render to your photos!

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Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

2. Enhance the bride

 

Make the bride stand out with different clothing and accessories, customize her outfit, which will place her in the center of the group.

Accessories such as colored sunglasses, a (different) tutu, a bouquet of flowers, balloons, a (different ) hat, a sign made for the occasion can help to make the bride stand out.

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

3. Detail to the end of your nails

 

A nice make-up is always great for any photo session, to accentuate your eyes with mascara, a little eye shadow or camouflaging dark circles will make a huge difference for your photos.

But for this professional bachelorette photoshoot, do not hesitate to play a bit more with your make-up, it can be a little more intense than normal for a nice result. Flashy lipsticks look great on photos as well as colored nail polish!

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

4.  Accessories

Be creative!

Bring matching accessories to play with, such as confetti’s, bubbles, glitters or balloons.

This will give a personal and harmonious touch to the images, which is always fun!

Colorful accessories will also give a colorful and vibrant boost to your photo in case of a gray day!

And in case of light rain, bring transparent or colorful umbrellas to match your outfit!

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

5. Bags and jackets

 

It can be cold when shooting a bachelorette in Amsterdam. Even if it is a little chilly outside, the best is to either wear matching comfortable coats, jumpers or insulated undergarments, so you are free to move around. Indeed big fluffy coats are not very handy and not so charming on pictures.

Another very fun and photogenic way to fight the cold: moving around and hugging each other!

Bring small bags to carry your personal belongings around. We can safely put them down next to us when we are taking the pictures.

You can also get coordinated bags as an accessory to enhance your shots!

Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF
Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, LAUGHTER AND FUN!

All of these tips should not make you forget that the best ingredient for a successful bachelorette photo session is to have fun.

During the session everything is allowed: running, jumping, dancing, throwing confetti, using smoke bombs, kissing friends, etc. In short, just let yourself go. This will improve the result!

If the result is a little crazy, it means that it is a success!

Here are also a few posing ideas to make your bachelorette photo session a success!

And if you would like me to help you capture your stag or hen party, you can reach out to me to discuss the possible options!

How to get the successful business portrait you deserve!

Having modern and professional corporate portraits on your website or your online social media profile as LinkedIn is one of the best ways to get noticed and find the success you’re looking for. Investing in corporate headshots will help you to strengthen your brand and online presence, impress your clients and grow your business.

 

But I know, like many people when it comes to standing in front of the camera, and I am part of this group, the first thoughts that probably come to your mind are: “I look awful on pictures”, “I don’t like having my photograph taken”, “I find it awkward”

But take a deep breath and relax, here are a few tips to help you get the most of your professional portrait.

1- Your clothes

What you are going to wear is important, it needs to reflect your personality. For the best result, it is recommended to avoid busy patterns or thin stripes. Also, avoid clothing with large logos or text as is also distracting.

Bear in mind that for close-up headshots, inscription or logo may be cut off appearing only partially leading to a strange render.

If you have to make a choice, also prefer plain clothes with colors that enlighten your skin tone, go with soft color tones and avoid either all white or very flashy colors as they tend to not turn nice on photos.

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business corporate professional portrait headshot of a woman

Also take the background into consideration and adapt the color tones of your outfit accordingly. Will it be a plain white wall? then avoid a white shirt so that you will blend in, will it be outside with green trees in the background? Accessories (a tie, earrings, a necklace, a scarf, etc.) with a touch of green can then give a harmonious render!

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2- Your hair

Professional headshots are often taken on location in the middle of your busy day, maybe rushing over to the photographer through the wind from outside. It is less concerning with people with shorter hair, but longer hair can look messy.

And the first thing that can be noticed on a portrait is a bad hair day!

Make sure it is well brushed and neat around the edges, photoshopping away all the little hair that goes in all directions is a very long and difficult job that most of the time is not included in the photographer fee.

A quick trip to the bathroom for one last check is recommended and you can also bring a brush with you to the shoot.

For people with long hair, the hair also has to be “posed” the hair. Do you prefer your hair up or loose behind your shoulder?

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3- Shiny skin

The photographer who comes to your workplace will most likely set up a studio with flashes to ensure to obtain constant lighting and result and flattering images. However, artificial lighting, like direct sun, can produce a shiny effect on the skin, on the front head, or on the chin for example. This is something you don’t want.

Particularly when it is a nice warm summer day. For the ladies, a bit of concealer is recommended, but men can also use some for the portrait session like a presenter on a TV set or a comedian would use. Otherwise, as you may be going to the bathroom to check your hair, while you’re there, you can also take the opportunity to freshen up.

4- Make-up

For a professional result, the use of too much make-up is not recommended. A natural look always appears better. Your corporate headshot has to reflect your personality. If you normally do not wear make-up at all, I would suggest keeping it that way, except for a bit of natural concealer to avoid the skin to shine.

And the same thing applies if every day you are wearing make-up, for example, a strong lipstick, it is also fine. In the end, the result we want to obtain is a faithful professional representation of yourself.

5- Glasses

The same applies here, if you are wearing glasses on a regular basis and they are part of you, people are used to seeing you with them, then wear them.

If you are using your glasses randomly, for example, to read or work on the computer, decide before the shoot whether you prefer to wear them or not. If you choose not to wear your glasses, then take away enough time before the shoot so you do not have marks on the side of your nose.

If you are going to wear your glasses, here are a couple of tips that lead to way better results.

Make sure they are spotless, clean your glasses carefully before your portrait is taken, dirty lenses do not look flattering on photos. Particularly as dirt or fingerprints can be enhanced by the artificial light of the flashes.

Another tip is to position your glasses properly on your nose, you do not want them to be right in front of your eyes. Eyes are very important if not the most important part of a portrait. Make sure your glasses did not slip down your nose, push them back as much as possible.

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on location corporate portrait

6- Pose

The last thing you want is to get a portrait that you like those standard passport photos. Here you can smile, you can take the pose, no need to look straight on to the lens.

To feel more relaxed and dynamic, a good posture to adopt is one leg in the front and one leg in the back. When resting on your back leg, you are placing your body weight on your back leg. Then turn your shoulder a bit to give some dynamism to the image.

Also make sure you lift your shoulder a bit, either by placing your hands on your hips, pocket or crossing your arm on your chest. In that way, your hands are also occupied, and it will prevent you from feeling uncomfortable and awkward not knowing what to do with your hands.

Last but not least: bring your chin (or your ears) forward. When we are standing in a normal relaxed position, no matter how skinny we are, we always have a bit of flab under our chin, this posture will prevent this.

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on location corporate portrait
On-location business corporate professional portrait headshot of a woman outside

7- Posture, smile and best side

First of all, the question of the “best side”. Some people already know how they look at pictures, how they like to look at the camera and what side of their face they prefer.

But some people do not know.  A useful thing to do before your session is to take a few pictures positioning your face in different ways, looking both to the left and to the right, and see what you prefer. You can also ask family and friends what they think!

And on the day of the session, ask your photographer, let her or him know that you are not sure so he or she can take a couple of test photos and check together with you what suits you the best.

Likewise, for the smile, some people prefer lips shut, some lips open and some people do not know. Same as for the best side, test photos before the session and at the start of the session with your photographer is a good way to determine what the best looks.

But either with full teeth or your lips closed, smiling is important, not as much with your mouth than with your eyes.

As a photographer, I prefer not to force a smile that would look fake.

I do not ask people to smile and if it does not come naturally, I always ask the person to think of a pleasant and funny moment or a hilarious joke told by your most funny friend that makes her or him laugh. So if you have difficulty smiling in front of the camera, apply that trick, it will look much more natural and spontaneous.

In any case, if there is a feature or a part of your face you do not like, you do not like to smile showing your teeth, let your photographer know. Your photographer is here to listen and to help you have an enjoyable time and a nice portrait, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about!

8- Be creative!

Depending on the type of photo and style you would like to achieve, if you are looking for a bit less formal portraits, you do not necessarily have to be photographed in front of a plain white background and to take a formal pose.

You can also use your professional surrounding as a background or be photographed whilst you are performing your job.

It is a great way to highlight your brand and field of activity and stand out!

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on location corporate portrait
corporate portrait branding photoshoot lifestyle website and PR photography

If you need any help or advice to organize your business portrait session, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Your guide to the best photos in Amsterdam!

Whether it is for a family session, a vacation photo session, a solo, or a romantic couple photoshoot, you probably want to profit from the most photogenic spots. Whether it is to bring some nice memories back home, celebrate a special occasion, a bachelorette party, there are many beautiful and photogenic locations in Amsterdam!

However, some may be quite crowded and therefore not very comfortable and easy to use for a portrait session. The last thing you want is a crowd around and particularly in the background.

But using the right locations at the right time will offer the opportunity to have a nice and fun family shoot or a romantic couple session.

1- The best time frame

 

With regards to the timing. Choose preferably a time frame in the early morning after sunrise or evening/late afternoon before sunset.

There are indeed two important useful pieces of advice to keep in mind for the best experience: the light and the frequentation. Particularly during the summer, the city tends to be quite crowded during the day.

If the weather is sunny, the light is really too harsh and unflattering. This leads to a strong shadow and shiny skin, which is something you don’t want.

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on location couple portrait photoshoot Loveshoot fotosessie Amsterdam wedding bruiloft
Wedding photography on location couple portrait photoshoot Loveshoot fotosessie Amsterdam wedding bruiloft

The best tip for a successful photoshoot in Amsterdam is to choose the right timing. In the event it is a nice sunny day, it is recommended to start shooting in the morning when the sun is coming up, or in the afternoon, a bit before the golden hour. This will give your photo a nice soft natural light.

Hard sunlight is amplified by its reflection on the water of the canals and the numerous windows of the surrounding buildings, which is something you don’t want when doing a photoshoot in Amsterdam.

These tips can be followed when capturing portraits but also when shooting landscapes, in Amsterdam but also everywhere else in the world!

Of course, if the sky is cloudy, this would not apply. However outside rush hours are always better to avoid the crowd!

2 – The best spots

 

Here are a few very nice and cozy locations:

 

 

The Brouwersgracht is an Amsterdam canal that connects the Singel with the Singelgracht. The canal marks the northwestern boundary of the ring of canals.

Not only Brouwersgracht is a beautiful area to wander around, but it also offers a lot of different photogenic spots and backgrounds.

n location couple portrait photoshoot Loveshoot fotosessie Amsterdam wedding bruiloft
n location couple portrait photoshoot Loveshoot fotosessie Amsterdam wedding bruiloft
on location family photoshoot Familie fotosessie Amsterdam

 

From Papiermolensluis you can continue on Prinsengracht, one of the most well-known canals in Amsterdam, the third and outermost of the three main canals of Amsterdam.

Prinsensluis and Leliessluis are typical bridges offering a picturesque background with typical Dutch gable houses and the Westerkerk tower.

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loveshoot couple photoshoot portrait spots amsterdam

Prinsengracht also offers many hidden gems.

To find them, make small detours and pay a visit to the little side streets and perpendicular canals aside.

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on location family photoshoot Familie fotosessie Amsterdam

 

The Reguliersgracht, literally the “regular Canal”, is a charming and bucolic canal bordered by trees and punctuated by lovely bridges which offers a great perspective in the background

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NDSM Wharf is a former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord. This spot is the perfect playground for a creative and urban family photoshoot or a solo session, but also a romantic couple or wedding photoshoot!

It also offers trendy cafes and terraces for a small briefing with your professional photographer before your photoshoot or a nice break after your session.

Family and children Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
Family and children Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
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solo portrait Photoshoot in Amsterdam

3 – The best season

 

There is not any preferred season to shoot beautiful portraits or landscape photos, each season has its special light and atmosphere.

And Amsterdam is also beautiful when the sun is not shining! For example with an overcast sky and even under the rain you can have a beautiful photoshoot in Amsterdam. Particularly in the autumn and the winter!

Romantic or dreamy winter light will also lead, to an outstanding result. Sometimes as beautiful, if not more, than photos shot during spring or summer. Fog is also very photogenic!

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Bachelorette party photoshoot Amsterdam session photo EVJF

Are you thinking of planning a portrait photo session in Amsterdam or around?

Don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your wishes and ideas!

3 useful tips for a successful onsite food & lifestyle restaurant photoshoot

The demand for quality food photography has exploded in recent years. Restaurant culture is booming and visual platforms like Instagram are an essential part of the dining experience.

Commercial food photoshoots were traditionally performed in a studio using high-tech facilities, food stylists, high-end product pack shots. This is moving to a more spontaneous and genuine trend and, with the rise of social media platforms, on-location food shooting became much more common.

Here are a few tips for a successful on-location shooting.

 

1- Preparation of a food photoshoot

 

Think of the look and render you would like to give to your photos and what message you would like to convey, natural, sustainable, healthy, graphical, trendy, comforting, with colors matching your branding (colored background, decoration elements, crockery…), etc.

Make a mood board: gather images that correspond to the content or style you are looking to create.

You can find inspiration on the internet, for example on GooglePinterest or stock photos webpages as Shutterstock.

Also think about the tones and color palette that can be associated with your brand and that, together with the composition and style of the images, will convey the right feeling and mood. For example, a calm feeling with soft and pastel tones or a playful dynamic look with bright and sharp images etc.

It is always a good idea to play and match color tones, here is a great tool to explore trendy color schemes and play with complementary tones.

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on location food photography with vegan sweet cake and desserts on pink and green background, Vegan Sushi Bar Amsterdam

Think of future social media communication, for example, add a Christmas touch even if the shooting is taking place in the summer so you have available material when you need it.

Make a list of the dishes you wish to showcase and prepare the day of the shoot.

That way you will be able to plan the logistics, brief your staff and have all the necessary ingredients and props ready.

For food shots, it is highly recommended to plan the session when your restaurant is quiet but the staff required to prepare the dishes is available.

 

Make sure that:

-A table can be set by the window and that there is enough space to spread out and play around as much as needed.

-The chef can focus on making lovely and appetizing dishes while the restaurant is not yet open or very quiet.

-There are not customers who could interfere in the shots.

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2- Preparation of atmosphere and lifestyle images

 

Even if the aim is to shoots event-like spontaneous shots, the session needs to be prepared and the shots may have to be pre-staged depending if the customer is fine with being photographed and to appear on social media or on your website.

It is always advised to appoint customers who are happy to participate, in this case, the photoshoot will have to be planned at a busier moment. Alternatively, you may ask staff members and/or friends or family members to help you. Either way, do not forget to have them sign a release where they authorize you to use their image (It’s important to always obtain a signed model release form prior to shooting, regardless of whether the model is paid or unpaid).

If you need both food and atmosphere photos, it is primordial to plan the shooting in 2 distinct stages, for example, the food shooting when the restaurant is very quiet and then or closed and the lifestyle shot when the restaurant is a bit busier or when your “models” are available.

Same as with the food, before the shoot you may want to think of future communication, message to convey, branding and color codes.

This is primordial to determine to plan the logistics so that the models wear suitable matching outfits, for example matching tones with your interior, or have the required props available.

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restaurant horeca interior branding marketing lifestyle corporate photography business photoshoot On location photo of a chef cooking in the restaurant kitchen, zoom on the pan with flambée dish
on location food and restaurant photography restaurant horeca website lifestyle photoshoot
on location food and restaurant photography restaurant horeca website lifestyle photoshoot

3- Styling and presentation is capital

 

A big part of food photography is styling and presentation, you may not have the budget for a food stylist but with a neat presentation, fresh products, a well-prepared session and with the help, the eye and experience of your photographer, the shot will be eye-catching and mouthwatering as in a magazine!

Make sure that you have the required ingredients, fresh and in sufficient quantity so raw products can also be added and taken away to produce different images. Also make sure that the necessary crockery and props are available, for a particular image you may need items that you do not necessarily have on a daily basis in your restaurant. Be careful with your dishes and plates that they look nice and new, for example, you may want to use a new plank rather than one that was used a lot and which has a lot of stains and marks.

If you do not have a suitable table to place the food, we know how small the table can be in Amsterdam sometimes, an option is also to use the ground or use a backdrop.

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on location food photography with fresh soup and rd and green hot chili pepper

For behind the scene photos, for example of the chef busy with the preparation of a dish, make sure everything is clean and tidy and the chef wears a proper neat work outfit.

 

 

If you are thinking of organizing a branding lifestyle food photoshoot and need some advice or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!