St Willebrord, The Netherlands
Canon 5D Mk 4.
Annie Leiboviz, Sue Bryce, Lara Jade.
Avocado, goat cheese.
Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam.
Master your mindset, Michael Pilarczyk.
Miranda Koevoets is a portrait photographer. After years of working in the financial world and part time in her portrait studio LIGHTCATCH est. 2012, she decided to go full time into photography.
It took several years to discover what she liked the most about photography. She always knew that she loved photographing people.
In 2015, she followed several online courses from photographers on CreativeLive and in 2016 she met Sue Bryce in person during a workshop in Paris. This was magical; a beautiful venue, models, mentors and great energy. That year she went back to Paris to shoot at Trocadero and the Tuileries.
Now at this stage of her photography adventure, she wants to empower women and young girls to feel beautiful inside and outside. She photographs everyday people and wants them to feel like a model for a day with photographs that will last more than a lifetime.
-How did you first become interested in photography?
When I was a little girl I loved polaroids and it grew from there.
-What words best describe your style of photography?
Romantic details, soft lighting, portraits of real people, no models.
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
I would say there is almost always a romantic touch with flowers and pastels. I love to set up the whole picture in a scene, to play with the light and environment. When I have free time, to make my own projects. When I design a portrait session for my client, we talk about the look and feel they are looking for.
-How do you market your business and attract new clients?
Networking and referrals.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
Upload, editing in Bridge, retouch in Photoshop and often I use AlienSkin.
-What is your dream project?
To make more destination-dreamshoots for my clients, like the one I did in Paris. It was fabulous and so much fun to do. I also want to improve my skills with lighting, the type of lighting that is used for high fashion.
-How do you build trust between you and your clients?
I’m a very easy going and relaxed person, before planning the photo session we have a consultation. So we get to know each other and talk about the session and their wishes, we connect in a relaxed environment and I make mood boards to talk about the look and feel of their session. The moment my client walks in the door, I’m ready for them.
-How would you advise someone just starting out in portrait photography?
Shoot, learn and work hard. Learn from the best, follow master classes in person and online. Try to find out what you like the most. Ask many people to photograph them and don’t forget to enjoy and build your portfolio. There are so many types of lighting, find out what you like and follow your own path. But I also think that you don’t have to worry about the technique too much, because you are an artist. You decide what you like and everybody likes something different. You can’t make people like something, because you like it.
-How do you approach posing or directing your subject?
When I discovered Sue Bryce in 2015 I learned a lot about posing and directing my clients. I talk to them and with my hands I guide them in the right position. I also use mood boards as a referral.
-Do you have a go-to lighting setup?
When I started my studio, I only used studio lighting. Then I discovered natural lighting inside my studio and now I use both. It depends which mood I’m looking for, bouncing the light with v-flats or using one flashlight with a big umbrella and a soft diffuser.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Love what you do and it never feels like working.