Date Archives August 2015

A test shoot and some more..

Last week I photographed Beau, her name already says it…she’s beautiful! It was a shoot to test some of my new make-up items and I’m very happy with the results!
First we shot some ‘pure’ well mostly about fresh make-up shots and after that I did put the accent at her lips. For this shoot the base, colors and highlights were very important.

A thing I normally don’t do inside with sunny daylight is using my GOLD reflecting shield! I always take the sun away by closing my white curtain on one side (as a kind of diffuser for the sun) I’m always afraid that my pictures will get an ugly yellow glue (or way too hard light) and that it won’t fit the environment. Well this time I choose to try using my gold shield.. because I wanted my highlights to show of a bit better and a warm bronze color for my model did also fit very nicely. I think I’m going to do this more often! You can see the huge difference between the upper and lower pictures, it gives a whole different atmosphere. A day in summer.. versus a day in winter! As make-up artist it’s important you can apply techniques like highlighting/shading, but it’s also important as photographer to know how make-up effects will be shown the best. And even if a make-up artist didn’t highlight/shade it’s important you can do it as photographer.. (yeeh to photoshop – dodge/burn!)


Of course I was busy with my graduation again as well. I’m so inspired by some old writers(poets), philosophers and techniques behind classic and modern rhetoric. I hopped in at a poem of Garmt Stuiveling (sorry it’s in Dutch, I’ve tried to translate it somehow properly below!):

“Geloof niet wat de praters dwaas vertelden;
geloof niet wat de schrijvers wijs vermelden;
geloof noch woord, noch boek, noch sterrentaal
– geloof alleen u-zelf, en dan nog zélden.
(Garmt Stuiveling, Wordend kristal) “

“Do not believe what the talkers tell foolishly;
do not believe what the writers mention wisely;
faith nor word, neither book nor stars language
– Believe only your choosing, and even then rarely.
(Garmt Stuiveling Becoming crystal) ”

Oh and I found so much more awesome stuff and theories. Another story I want to recommend to read is “the medium is the message”of philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
It’s funny because my graduation time is starting to mean so much more for me as just graduating. It’s a whole way of life, a road in which I explore who I really am and want to be. I became so much more self-conscious already. Just by thinking, thinking and even more thinking! I’ve also made some plans with a good friend to set up a second company.. something that comes from deep inside, something we love! Something in which we combine art, political subjects and a sense of pureness. But some more information about that subject will follow up later… first my graduation.

Travel, inspire and create!

After a very impressive trip through Indonesia I got lots of new inspiration for my graduation project and photography.
In July we started our trip, we travelled from Jakarta -> -> Bogor -> Bandung -> Jogjakarta -> Malang -> Kalibaru -> Bali. We were at Java most of the time and ended our trip at Bali, for a few days of relaxing (and ofcourse another sightseeing trip!) I was pretty happy we spent most of our time in Java, because it’s not that touristic and has many, many treasures! We’ve experienced the muslim culture in a whole different way, everywhere around us people were doing ramadan at Java. Fasting teaches man to restrain themselves and learns features such as discipline, stamina and above all self-control. It also teaches respect towards others and Allah. Every day that one fixed, one can live like this as a victory. It teaches people to be in control of appetites and passions. Above all, it makes people obedient to Allah. I respect how deeply these people believe. I think mostly I understand it much more as I did before. We were driving around and at all the big roads where huge traffic jams. This was because of the sugar celebrations and Idul Fitri, all the muslim people in Java where visiting their family. They where all coming together to celebrate the end of the ramadan, such an awesome sign of appreciation. Bali however also was quite impressive… going by boat from Java to Bali felt like going to another country. That’s when you notice how much impact believe has at culture. At Bali most of the people are Hindustani. People do all have their own offering places, they make many offers and above all they believe in reincarnation. When we arrived at Bali a woman came at the boat with some flowers and incense to make an offer and from that moment on, we saw people offering everywhere! 

We also saw many impressive places, I just show ‘a few’ of my pictures because otherise I will put hundreds of them here. Well sorry those are a lot already! 

Well that was enough about the travelling.. As I told I got some inspiration from the cultural part and art in indonesia.. It’s been so long since I’ve been painting the last time and you know what, I started painting again! Painting to get new sights in to my creative live, but also painting to put my feelings in there…

I did also test some new make-up with beauty Beau Veldkamp and my sister and I did finally made the pictures we promised our parents a long time ago.

Soon I will post more updates with new work.