Sparkle the Flame

With Pride month coming up soon, I thought it was about time for a rainbow-themed photography project in honor of the beautiful queer community. The result, Sparkle the Flame, is a series of 9 photos (1 rainbow flag collage, and 8 portraits) celebrating queerness, and more specifically, the historical role that glitter has played in the community, and in queer emancipation.

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Minimalism & Jewelry: A collaboration with Pepita Barber

As I’m increasingly becoming more of a minimalist, I’m not really one for brand deals and things like that -urging others to consume generally goes against my principles. But when Pepita Barber, a lovely Spanish jewelry brand by two sisters, asked me to do a collaboration, I was happy to make an exception. Find out more about why about this post, and collect a discount code to get your own piece!

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Period Piece: Another collaboration with Lily

As part of the system that gives us LIFE, about half of our population goes through a monthly period of pain and bleeding, and we tell them to… push it away, out of sight, out of mind? How does that make sense? Shouldn’t we instead give them our love and support? To address the absolute absurdity of this taboo, I collaborated again with the beautiful Lily and together we created a series of in-your-face photos, aimed at confronting the viewer with reality, and then ask that same question again - why is this wrong?

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CONCRETE SPRING: Ode to Lunetten

Our neighborhood’s architecture, which for a big part constitutes grey brick blocks, doesn’t generally fit with my aesthetic, but lately, when it’s once again covered in endless floral curtain, I’m really starting to appreciate it’s urban beauty. Which is why I decided to take some pictures highlighting this contrast, and showcasing what a “concrete spring” looks like.

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Embracing Skin Disease: a Collaboration with Lily

Despite the media doing their best to convince us otherwise, the truth is that nobody has perfect skin - we all have the occasional pimple, dry patch, or other blemish to say the least. Some of us, however, have it a little (or much) worse than others, and because of this media-driven obsession with perfect skin, having skin problems can be a rough deal. Which is why I was over the moon when Lily, who has struggled with psoriasis for years, came to me with the idea for this photo shoot! In the spirit of acceptance and celebration, we have taken photos of her beautiful “star-sprinkled body”.

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Out of ideas? Copy others!

Every creative goes through them - creative blocks. Times where we want to create new work, but have no idea what that new work should actually look like. Then, the harder we try to force ourselves to come up with new ideas, the less inspired we become, which can leave us feeling frustrated and defeated. Sometimes, it can even make us put our camera (or other creative tool of choice) down for a while. We blame ourselves, and start doubting our abilities. This is such a shame! Insecurities and creative blocks are a necessary part of the creative process - for me, facing and breaking through them has in the past led to some of my best work. Over the years, I’ve acquired a few personal ways of doing this facing and breaking, and one of them is by copying others. Obviously, I’m not talking about blatantly copying the exact work of someone else and presenting it as your own -that would be theft-, but rather using the ideas of others to draw inspiration from for new work. Personally, I’ve used this a few times in the past half year, and I’ll go over some examples in this post.

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My Experience Photographing a 'Lying-down Concert'

A few weeks ago, I was asked to take photos during a ‘Lying-down Concert’ that was part of a yoga retreat in Zeeland. Although the term seems a little uninspired to me, it does clarify from the get-go what one can expect - at a Lying-down Concert, the audience, surprisingly enough, lies down. There is much more to it than that, however. In this post, I’ll talk more about lying-down concerts, share a bit about my experience photographing in such an intimate setting, and showcase some of the photos.

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Photographing Scars for Be You Magazine

Back in January, I took photos of the scars and stretch marks of 6 young women, for the Be You Magazine project by Karlijn van Mil. This was also the first official shoot I did in my new home studio! Check out the project and some of the photos in this post.

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My Perspective on Trigger Warnings

Over the years, I’ve encountered (and took part in) many discussions surrounding the topic of trigger warnings. Now, with my latest project on self-harm, I had to decide for myself how to go about this - and not everyone agreed. I think it’s an important discussion, and wanted to address it in a blog post.

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7 Tips for Shooting Fashion Photos on a Budget

You don’t need a studio, experienced model, or grand budget to shoot awesome pictures. As I’ll show in this post, all you really need is a camera (even a phone will suffice!), a fashionable friend, and ok-ish weather. With those ingredients in mind, here are 7 tips on how to shoot awesome fashion photos, right outside your door.

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Self harm: Behind the Scars

Photography project aimed at giving an inside look into self-harm. Although we as a society have made great strides when it comes to mental health awareness in general, there is still a long way to go when it comes to the topic of self-harm.

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Welcome to my blog!

This is the little corner of the internet where I share my photography work alongside personal thoughts and feelings about all kinds of things to do with life. Some examples of topics that frequently show up in my work are social justice, mental health, and personal & spiritual development. But the message underlying everything…

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Roots

Back in 2016, I created a photo series for UCU’s ROOTS festival, aimed at celebrating the international background of the college’s students. I asked around 60 students to pose in front of a picture that they considered to symbolize their “roots”.

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What 'Real' Men Cry Like

“Be a man!" / "Pussy!" / "Faggot!" — Why do we respond to men showing emotion the way we do? Why do we feel the need to dismiss boys’ and men’s emotions? What is so wrong, so taboo?

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What 'Real' Women Laugh Like

Duckfaces? Meh. High camera angels to hide those chins? Overdone. Emotionless expressions? Boring. Show me that big, beautiful, boisterous laugh of yours, woman! Let your happiness take up space - let it light up the world.

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