Q&A

-Did you always want to be a professional photographer?

No, it was a wonderful hobby for a long time. When I was 15, I got my first SLR. Everything had to been set manually on this camera, no autofocus, no automatic exposure programs – but with this camera I got a very good understanding of how photography really works.

I haven a Degree in Academic Company Organisation Consultant and worked in a leading position in sales for many years. But one day I came to a point when I realised that I had to make my hobby my profession.

-What words best describe your style of photography?

Dreamy fine art with, sometimes a little avant-garde elements.

-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?

Most of the time I use a grey backdrop and only one flash with a big Octabox. I like to shoot with a 85 mm lens on my Canon and with the 56 mm on my Fuji. My favourite Aperture is 4.0.

-Do you have a philosophy behind how you shoot portraiture?

For my kind of fine art portrait photography, preparation is very important. I spend a lot of time in searching for props like hair flowers and unusual clothes that fit for my pictures. In most cases, I have a quite exact plan in advance of how the final picture should look. For the shooting itself “keep it simple“ is my leading aspect; most of the time I only use one light and focus on the expression of the subject.

-What is your approach to posing your subjects? How do you make a connection with them?

I don’ t want my subject to look over posed but I put strong attention on details like well-posed hands and a nice geometry. On set I prefer a relaxed atmosphere but I communicate exactly what I want – this can happen with words and also with gestures and mirrored poses.

-What is your post-production workflow like?

RAW development in Lightroom and then retouching in Photoshop. After this, I integrate one or more textures in the background. After flattening the image to one layer, I often lay a subtle texture over the whole image. In most cases the final look is made with Alien Skin Exposure.

-What is your dream project?

A series of pictures with women in pompous outfits in front of an endless landscape shot on location.

-How would you advise someone just starting out in portrait photography?

In my workshops, I recommend my participants to spend more attention on the subject than on the technical aspect.

Always a very good hint is to look at portraits made by great photographers an try to figure out how they have done it. That helps a lot in finding you own style.

-What is your top technical tip?

Keep it simple, especially the lighting. Most of the best portraits are made with only one flash or even with natural light.

-What was the best career advice you were ever given?

To trust my intuition, to follow my heart and not my head.