I’d really love to shoot your destination wedding or elopement as I’m addicted to travel but I love traveling to photograph awesome couples at all kinds of places in the world even more. I mean a nice mountain landscape in Austria, the Amalfi coast or a beautiful castle in England is all swell and stuff but it’s not half as good as placing a loving and fun-loving couple within that frame. If this sounds like a plan to you, let me know!
I’m the kind of wedding photographer that believes that the most important thing of a wedding is that you enjoy yourselves and have the most epic day possible. I wouldn’t dream of bothering you with posing while you’re cutting the cake and stuffing a piece of cake into each others mouths.
For me the photo session part of a wedding is a moment where you two can have a bit of down time and I’ll do my best to create memories. This means I might give you a little assignment like doing a little dance or whisper something in each others ear, but I’m not interested in creating a forced smile and an uncomfortable pose.
● I live next to the dunes and beach in Scheveningen (in The Hague) with my boyfriend, Erik. I also often stay at the bank of the Danube in Novi Sad and close to the bank of the Thames in London.
● I’m a major musical theatre geek (Yay to Stephen Sondheim, nay to anything with the dept of a soup plate. That’s probably a Dutch expression but I’m guessing you’ll sorta know what I mean) and I used to work as a dramaturg in musical theatre.
● I like silly card games like Cards against Humanity and Ultimate Werewolf (in Dutch “Weerwolven van Wakkerdam”).
● I try to leave The Netherlands at least once a month, but I always bring my own pillow with me.
● Storytelling is in my veins; As a child I drew a storybook, filled with the adventures of two little bears. I “read” the stories to my mother before I went to sleep. Later in life I studied Photographic Studies, Theatre Studies and Musicology as well as Singing (Jazz and Musical Theatre at Bath Spa Uni in England) and Language & Cultural Studies (Utrecht University).
● I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 9. I’m not really a big animal lover though, I just feel uncomfortable with eating other living creatures.
● My favorite drink is Twinings English Breakfast tea (with (almond)milk of course), although I do love a Pimm’s with Lemonade or a glass of Prosecco too.
● I’m an Anglophile. If it wasn’t for my boyfriend I would move to Bath, Cornwall or Kent in a heartbeat (in fact I have actually lived in Bath, when I studied musical theatre singing at Bath Spa about a decade ago).
● The Sound of Music has been my favorite movie for as long as I or even my mum and dad can remember, I love it for completely different reasons nowadays but honestly people that movie has got everything! (a good story, legendary and pretty inventive music, a second world war storyline, a happy ending, breathtaking scenery and one of the worlds best singers ever (yes, I mean Julie Andrews as Christopher Plummer was actually dubbed for the singing parts).
● I can watch Friends, How I met your mother, Harry Potter and Castle over and over and over again.
● Last October an English couple currently living in France asked me (each of them on a separate occasion) from which part in the US I came from. Although I find it hard to believe anyone would think of me as a native English speaker, it might have been the greatest compliment I ever received.
● My favorite things in the world: my boyfriend, my dad, my two best friends, traveling, musicals, period dramas, detectives (if they’re not too scary, I love Scandal, Sherlock and Castle), destination weddings, fresh artichokes, victorian greenhouses, art nouveau, anemones, protea and ranunculus, Agatha Christie, misty mountains, really good macarons (like from Ladurée), Noa Noa, live music, any song by Postmodern Jukebox, swing jazz, Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”, watermelon, sunsets, vegetarian food, libertarianism, honesty, kindness and Harry Potter.
I rarely participate in contests, even so I do have a bit of fame to my name: I was nominated for the VIVA400 award 2016 in the ‘Creatives’ category and a year earlier I was shortlisted and landed 3rd place for the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award.
In 2018 I landed in the top 100 of wedding photographers in the world and a photo I took in Iceland landed me the 53rd place out of 6600+ photos in that same competition. In 2017 international wedding website Zankyou Weddings named me 1 of the 25 best wedding photographers.
Besides weddings, I also photograph events and theatre performances.
Some of the highlights of the events I shot include: events and workshops for COC Nederland (the oldest existing LGBTQ rights organisation) and the opening of the Bastogne War Museum in the Belgian Ardennes.
I captured performances and opening nights in intimate settings like Theaterfestival 'De Parade' as well as in big venues like the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam, big musicals like The Sound of Music and Billy Elliot and the world-famous Follies Berger in Paris.
When I was 21 I moved from Holland to Bath (in the UK, my favourite city in my favourite country in the world!) to study Musical Theatre but I'm currently based between The Hague, London and Belgrade. I've shot weddings, couple shoots and editorials all over Europe from Iceland to Greece and from Europe's highest mountain plateau (the Hardangervidda) in Norway to the Ourika Valley in Morocco.
After several requests I now teach other photographers, to educate them about everything involved with destination weddings.
Before I became a wedding photographer I worked in musical theatre. When I switched careers from theatre to photography, I naturally also rolled into shooting theatre related events. Besides Dutch celebs like DJ Ruud de Wild, Chantal Janzen & Marco Borsato, I also photographed American actor Ted Neeley, country singer Ilse de Lange, several West-End stars, Broadway star Willemijn Verkaik and many more celebs at the opening nights of musicals and exhibitions. I do a little happy dance whenever I get to shoot an event in which the theater and wedding world are combined. I love shooting weddings most, but I love being back in the theater world now and again.
A.o. my work has been featured on/in Rock My Wedding, Zankyou Weddings, Dutch bridal magazine Bruid Magazine, Wedding Chicks, Fly Away Bride, B.loved, Festival Brides, publications by COC Nederland, the cover of Engaged’s Little Black Book, travel website Verkeersbureaus, MSN.com, a billboard next to a highway between Den Bosch and Tilburg, Holland’s biggest wedding website ThePerfectWedding.nl, Norwegian Wedding Magazine, SBS6 Shownieuws (Dutch national television), Libelle Magazine, Bajan Wed, Dusty Blue, Girls of Honour and Beau Monde Glamour Magazine.
Oct. '18: US + Canada
Nov. '18: Cape Town, SA
Feb. '19: Hythe, UK
March '19: Tyrol, Austria
May '19: Guernsey + France
June '19: France + Greece
Sept. '19: Italy + Spain
August '20: Spain
Wedding destination wish list:
Hvar | Venice | Texel | Vienna
Contact me if you're planning a wedding or couple shoot in any of these locations.
how I work
FULL DAY COVERAGE
With all the stress that comes with organising a wedding, the last thing you need is to worry about cramping your day into 8 hours of wedding photography. Your wedding is the only wedding I’ll shoot that weekend. As a matter of fact I’ll be with you the entire day. I don't care if your wedding is 6 hours or 16 hours, actually I prefer capturing the whole story of your day. For me the real work starts after the wedding day, when I start editing you images.
YOU GET EVERY PHOTO
Unlike other photographers, you can print your photos wherever you want. You receive all your photos fully edited and in high-resolution, so you can do with them whatever you want. You can even print your own wall-art and albums (of course I can also arrange those for you if you prefer) and you can keep all your digital files safe wherever you want, without any extra costs.
I traveled all over the world, photographed in all types of weather circumstances and shot weddings as big as 250 guests and as intimate as an elopement with just the couple. With my experience you don’t have to worry about a thing. Shooting in the snow in Austria/with lots of bright light in Italy/in a dark castle in Scotland/while being sandblasted in Iceland? I’ve done it! Plus my pricing includes travel costs within Western Europe, I speak English (and Dutch) at near-native level, we can meet in London or Holland beforehand and I am familiar with all the English, Dutch and American wedding customs and traditions.
‘WOW, they are AMAZING!!!!!! We’re in love with them!! Sooooooo glad we chose you as our photographer! You’re not just good at your job but you’re also great company to have around on your wedding day/weekend!’
'WOW they are beautiful! it's so lovely to see the other side of what was happening while I was being dragged this way and that to have hair and make up done lol! Thank you Renate!'
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