Onderwaterportret van Hans Engelbrecht.

Hovenier van Het nieuwe Instituut

Naast mijn persoonlijke fotografie projecten werk ik in opdracht voor mooie magazines en leuke bedrijven. En soms, is in opdracht werken zó leuk dat het als vrijwerk voelt. Voor de Rotterdam UitAgenda fotografeerde ik twee jaar lang mensen die achter de schermen of buiten de spotlight iets bijdragen aan de kunst en cultuur scene van Rotterdam. 

Hans Engelbrecht is de Hovenier van Het nieuwe Instituut. Waarbij hij ook de vijver onderhoud. In de vijver leeft van alles: voorns, baarsjes, slakken en ja…alg. Die alg moest er uit want het nam al het licht weg waardoor al het andere leven geen ruimte meer kreeg.

Met een onderwaterbehuizing om mij camera heen, een wetsuit aan ging ik op een koude april ochtend de vijver in om het portret van hem te maken. Verstijfd, vermoeid en razend enthousiast kwam ik een uur later het water uit.

Wil je ook zo’n unieke portretfoto? Neem dan contact op met mij op.

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Women Connected

Thousand women in a theaterplay

Last week I portrayed power women who participate in the play Stille Heldinnen Disco XL. Where certainly a thousand (but preferably even more) women participate! The Rotterdam neighborhood theater makes theater performances with, by and for people from social groups who do not naturally come into contact with theater.

One of the projects is: Women Connected. Women from different countries, but living in Rotterdam, tell their story in theater performances.
On International Women’s Day 2019, the Stille Heldinnen Disco XL is the result. A wonderful initiative in which more than a thousand women will play!

Actress during the Silent Heroines disco heroines theater play.
Actress during the Silent Heroines disco theater play.


As a female portrait photographer I participate in my own way. This week I photograph the portraits used for the campaign.

Really enjoying being able to get these women, sometimes with some hesitation, in front of my lens. Encouraged by their fellow players, they steal the show and then my heart. Through traditional dances, beautiful clothing, and cultural traditions, each portrait is unique and each person tells her own story

If you also want a spontaneous portrait photo for your company, please  contact me!

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Portrait Ari Deelder

Last week I made a Portrait of Ari Deelder. Ari is the daughter of poet Jules Deelder. She has a montly film evening “CineBizari”. This film screening takes place  in the new Rotterdam Cinema Kino. I portrayed her for the column: UitRdam, in the Rotterdam UitAgenda. Arie Deelder - Portrait Ari Deelder

Portrait of the Organ tuner

The Rotterdam UitAgenda of December is published. I create a monthly column where I portray a co-facilitator of the art and culture scene. This  edition I took a portrait of  the soundchecker of the Organ.

On an early saturday morning I grabbed my gear and biked to the Laurens Church. There I met Johan. Johan was a bit surly and didn’t tell much about what he was going to do. He putted down a ladder, climed up to the pipes and went on working. Leaving me a bit lost behind.

Moments later he needed some help and asked me to take a seat behind the organ. He asked me to press certain pedals and keys. Although this was quite an experience, I still hadn’t taken a single photo. After I had helped him, I was given 10 seconds to take a picture of him. It really became 1 click, 1 photo.

This made the shoot quite a challenge and a good laugh later on. But hey, the result is no less.

You can read the full article over here on page 20 & 21 of the Rotterdam UitAgenda.

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Coverphoto IDFA Daily

Last month I worked for IDFA (Internationaal Documentaire Film Festival) in Amsterdam. During the festival I photographed Esther Utjiua Muinjangue die de hoofdrol speelde in Skulls, of my people.

The photo became the cover of the IDFA Newspaper!

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My contribution photo for De Kracht van Rotterdam

Incredible massive extremely big! There he is, my contribution for the photography competition De Kracht van Rotterdam. This is where I work for: Rule the world with awsome portrait photo’s! #proud.

Next few months you can see my selected image in real life at the Becramming 90, in Rotterdam Overschie. If this is not enough you can also see it at the subway hall at the Wilhelminaplein and also at the Willemsplein next to the Spido.


Portrait photo of the toiletlady.

Every month I photograph a co-facilitator in the art and culture scene. This month I portraited the toiletlady of the nightclub Annabel. Conny likes to take care of the audience by offering candy and deodorant.

The toilets are located in the basement of the club so there was no daylight. Because of this I had to improvise with creating a beautiful light to be able to take a portrait photo of her. To stay in the atmosphere of the club, I opted for a fairly hard and tough light source.

You can read the full article on page 25 of the Rotterdam UitAgenda.


Portrait of Jos Maessen – Goverment Amsterdam

Portrait of Jos Maessen for the cityhall in Amsterdam. Commissioned by NVVB. Amsterdam is working really hard to make gender neutral forms. The NVVB is writing this article so other city’s could follow the example of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam, 20 September 2016. Portret van Jos Maassens voor gemeentehuis Amsterdam in opdracht voor NVVB. photographer: Joke Schut

Behind the scenes for the competition: De Kracht van Rotterdam.

Making off of the images for De Kracht van Rotterdam. In 2016 I’m one of the 12 professional photographers nominated. Every photographer is assigned to a neighborhood. My neighborhood is IJsselmonde / Beverwaard which is in the south of Rotterdam.

The assignment is: Take photographs in your assigned neighborhood in four time blocks. My times are: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM and 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM

Dogs and their owners be warned I’m coming!

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Zomer Carnaval

Behind the scenes portraitshoot

Behind the scenes van de shoot voor de nieuwe Rotterdam Uit Agenda! Het zomercarnaval komt er aan. De medemogelijk maker van komende maand: De kostuummaakster. De diva in mij kon de jurken niet weerstaan..