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For the third time this school year we (Ramona and me) started with the Kids Crea workshops and also this time we did a workshop on trick photography. And for the third time we had wonderful results and a lot of enthusiastic reactions.

Again six kids from the two highest groups were selected to participate in our workshop. As we did before we started with the floatation pictures and  it is fun to see how some subjects keep coming back in every workshop. For the boys it is all about soccer and for the girls it all start with dancing but 9 out of 10 times end in something else.
For me it is not about the subject but it is all about the path to the end result. The way they explore their creativity. And what is a better way than to do this with trick photography.

Orsi, Merit, Perline, Rob, Martin and Kay had the first afternoon to come with an idea and they had to figure out how to do it. So we started with drawing the setup and discuss the ideas. Not all ideas were possible, and not all the kids had enough inspiration to come with a good idea straight away, but at the end of the afternoon they all were ready for the next week.
So next week we brought the folding stools and tripods and started shooting as usual. Not all shoots went as planned and not all results were as expected. but that wouldn’t matter because we would always have the next two weeks to come up with a better shot.
And so we did. For the second part of the workshops I introduced a new technique (next to the floatation and ‘fun with a frame” tricks we did the last two

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We started with  new workshop sessions for the Crea-workshops – Trick Photos. A new group of six kids exploring their creativity by being challenged to create a trick photo. We started with the same concepts as I did last time. A floating photo where the kids were challenged to come up with an idea to make a photo in which they were floating, flying or in any way not supported by the ground. And again they came with pretty cool ideas. For the next session we introduced a picture frame. So basically we use the same technique, but of course with a different outcome.
Luckily I had support this time form Ramona, she helped me with the kids and also while we were shooting. So some of the photos you see in the gallery were made by her.
The Agenda:
The workshop consists of four afternoons, so this is the agenda we used

  • first afternoon: Show presentation on what we are about to do, and start thinking of ideas and put them on paper
  • second afternoon: Create the photo that they came up with the week before
  • third afternoon: Start working on the next idea for the following week
  • fourth afternoon: Create the second photo
  • (afterwards: we started to edit the photos and the kids were asked to pick their favorite and we ordered the prints)

 

So we are not teaching them how to photograph nor how to edit the photos, but it’s all about being creative and using your brain to come up with ideas. And again I was surprised by the outcome, same as last time the kids were holding back in the beginning not knowing what to expect, but after the first results we noticed a huge leap forward in their way of thinking. So for

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Below a few shots made during the last two shoots at Dharam’s place, some pics I couldn’t place in any other gallery but I thought they were worth showing here i guess. In this gallery you will find Mart, Nicki, Mick, Joël, Delano, Noah and Guilia.

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Mick (Rob and Carolien’s son) has a toy motorbike and he loves it. When they came over for a studio shoot he had brought it. So I took the opportunity to use this in the shoot and of course he had to do a shoot together with our daughter Nickita. The bike gave me a rough road movie feeling so I tried to get that emphasised in the edited versions, see below for the result.

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More and more women get their baby bump painted. This is becoming a real hype and you can find plenty of examples when you search the internet.

Most of them also do a photo shoot with the painted belly so they can use the photo for the baby cards when the baby is born. A lot of women complain about the fact it takes too long to sit thru the painting session and also do (the same day) a photo shoot.
I think we found a solution. Tattooed baby bumps…. Not a real tattoo of course, but a photoshopped one. The fun part is that you only have to do the photo shoot and the rest can be done afterwards by editing the photo on the computer. And as an additional bonus we can even integrate the correct date as soon as the baby is born, something which is not possible with a pre-painted belly.
(the examples shown here are just examples, so if someone recognises one of these beautiful women, I used fake names and dates on one of them and the other one is in the past)
Are you interested? Contact us and we can discuss the options.

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My best mate Rob and His wife Carolien are expecting a baby and I was very happy when they said yes to my proposal for a photo shoot. The real reason for this shoot will follow later, but for now a few photos for first impressions. Below a shot with Mick, their son.

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Today I finally added new commissioned work to my website. I did a wonderful shoot with one of my daughters best friend and her older sister and younger brother. Cassandra, Larissa, and Youri came to the studio for a family portrait (a x-mas gift) and it was so much fun to do. Especially because I know Larissa and it is fun to see how the chemistry between her and Nicki (my daughter) is.

Again Dharam lend me his office space as studio and this time I had all the room for my self. A wonderful place to work with so many different walls and corners to set up your studio, without the need of a studio background.
Youri, the youngest gave me a hard time, He decided to follow his own plan for the day, but at the end I can say that I am satisfied with the result, and so was Monique (their mother).
Want to see the other photos in the gallery, click here