It’s been some time since I last posted a written update on my projects – time for some fresh work! In this digest you’ll find some work I shot for PSV Eindhoven and a product launch for the US brand Jaybird where I shot alongside my buddy Maurice. In addition, of course I shot some climbing and you’ll find some personal work where I shot a running athlete and portraits of some friends.
So these digests were supposed to be a monthly thing. I figured this frequency would be just right so I could show a ton of work and not have to write a minor update every week. Of course, as these things always go, I tend to miss a few instalments and then have to catch up again. Truth is I’ve been rather preoccupied with some interesting shoots recently, which I’ll save for a future edition of this series. Without further ado now, let’s get down to business.
Documentary series and Zinchenko portrait for PSV Eindhoven
Clients: PSV Eindhoven
As I’ve detailed in a previous blog post, I’ve been working on an ongoing series with PSV Eindhoven – one of my favourite clients. For every issue of the club’s magazine, we show a different aspect of the club’s youth academy. In previous issues we’ve highlighted what an away game looks like for these youngsters and how the club helps them combine their school with practice sessions. For the most recent issue, I spent some time with a kid, Jesse, who was staying with a host family. Traveling from his own house, Jesse would spend most of his day on public transport. By enabling him to stay close to the club’s training grounds a few days a week, he can focus on school and football. It was quite interesting to hear about this youngster’s life and see how hard he works to combine his passion with a teenager’s normal obligations.
In addition to this series, the club asked me to shoot some portraits of Oleksandr Zinchenko, a talented young Ukrainian player on loan from Manchester City. I’ll probably dedicate a future blog post to this shoot, which presented some interesting challenges due to Oleksandr’s limited knowledge of English and having to work with a translator.
Personal series in collaboration with The Climbing Works.
Location: The Climbing Works, Sheffield, United Kingdom
CWIF has got to be my favourite climbing competition of the year. Taking place in the legendary Climbing Works in Sheffield, this competition brings the best climbers in the world into a local and intimate setting to battle it out. Access for photographers at this event is extremely limited, but a couple of guys are given quite a bit of freedom to shit from the best angles. It’s amazing to be able to get up close with these superstars and capture intimate action shots and portraits. My goal here was to shoot a nice and dramatic series that I could add to my portfolio. As you can see, I’ve been experimenting with an even more cinematic aspect ratio for these photos.
Jaybird product launch
Client: Jaybird, in collaboration with fellow photographer Maurice van der Meijs
Location: the Belgian Ardennes
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. A fellow photographer I’d worked with before asked me to help him out with his shoot for the US wireless ear buds brand Jaybird. The brand was launching a new product in The Netherlands and had invited a number of journalists and influencers to a nice and fancy cabin in the Belgian Ardennes. The goal this day was to give those present a chance to run or cycle while wearing the ear buds, so they could report on their experiences to their respective audiences. The number of locations and pace of the action meant two photographers would be required to capture enough content so all those present would be able to share some photos of themselves wearing the product.
Neeltje, running athlete training
Location: Eindhoven city center
I first noticed the gorgeous light in this location in the city center in Eindhoven a couple of months ago, but our busy schedules had kept Neeltje and myself from scheduling the shoot. From an earlier shoot with her, I was surprised by the great energy and elegance Neeltje – who’s a fanatic but non professional runner – demonstrates while running. I figured I could shoot some great urban and clean images with her at this great location. We just had to pick the exact right day and time so the shadows and light would be just right. This is a series I’ve since added to my portfolio and I hope will resonate with sports brands and athletes alike.
Location: Eindhoven city center
As always, I’ve shot a number of portraits of some of my friends, experimenting with the light and post-processing. These shoots are amazingly helpful to develop my technique and try new things with no consequences in case of failure. For both of these shoots, I looked for some dramatic light with the sun low in the sky. It’s great to be able to offer to shoot a classy portrait in addition to capturing the action and lifestyle images I normally shoot.