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Interview: Photographer Rein Reezigt (Netherlands)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am a photographer with a passion for portrait photography. After a wandering of all kinds of photography styles, it is the soul of the human being that I want to capture with my camera. You can fake behavior. Not a photo. That is why I attach great importance to the interaction with the model. Going through the creative process together gives a lot of energy. Every shoot is a feast to do.

I use my photography for the STILL foundation ( This is a group of photographers who selflessly take pictures for parents who lost their child early. Very emotional but also so beautiful to be able to do.

How and when did you get into photography?

Because my wife wanted to take pictures and ask me all kinds of questions, I started to delve into photography. From that moment on (about 20 years ago) it has really become a passion of mine.

What does photography mean to you?

It is difficult to put it into words, but being creative and doing this together with a model gives me a happy feeling. Photography is for me a passion.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

The feedback I often get from models is that they themselves influence the shoot. in addition, they often indicate that I give good instructions regarding what I expect from them. Outdoor shoots and black and white photo’s are my favorite.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Sometimes I just have an idea in my head which I then work out. I also get inspiration from photos from other photographers. I then inspire my own ideas on these photos.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

Yes, of course. that's the most fun. what I said. sometimes I get ideas and then I look for how I can realize them

Studio, on location or both?

I do both. Although. I have to say that corona has ensured that I started shooting more on location.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Neither. I am an accomplished photographer but don't have to make a living from this. I have a full time job that pays more than what I could earn with photography. I am a professional hobby photographer

What has been your most memorable session and why?

That's hard to say. Every shoot is different and every time you learn something new. If not in the technical side of photography, it is the collaboration with the model. In addition, the assignments I do for the STILL foundation are always a challenge to do it as beautifully as possible for the parents.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I shoot with a Pentax K1. This is a good camera for an acceptable price. The lens I use most is a 24-70mm Pentax lens

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Enjoy taking pictures in any form. Know that you learn from every photo. Keep going, even if you have the feeling that it doesn't work for a while. Realize that the perfect picture does not exist.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I like that this magazine offers a platform for starting models and photographers. And that in such a beautifully designed magazine.

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