Hi! I’m Karin

I’M A PASSIONATE PHOTOGRAPHER, A FREE-SPIRITED NOMAD, AND A HAPPY MOM.

 

BUT ABOVE ALL YOUR DEVOTED SHUTTER SISTER SUPPORTING YOU IN MAKING THE BEST PHOTOS OF YOUR LIFE AND TRAVELS.

Your Camera : : Your Rules : : Your Story

I believe the world needs more authentic and open-hearted photographers. Photographers who bring their whole self to the table and want to capture life as it unfolds in all its beauty and chaos.

YOU WISH THAT WAS YOU BUT:

  • Your camera is a mystery to you.
  • You panic when things unfold quickly in the moment.
  • You don’t know how to express yourself and your photos are a disappointment to you.
  • You feel overwhelmed by the technique-oriented tricks and gimmicks when you try to improve yourself.
  • You lack the skill and confidence to boldly capture the real moments of your life.

I GET IT!

Even though it’s more than 30 years ago when I graduated from my art school I can totally relate. I remember vividly how overwhelmed I felt trying to make sense of it all. And it hasn’t gotten any easier. The problem with a lot of the information you find online is that it’s very focused on the technical side of photography.

Promising you better photographs when you buy better gear, learn more tricks, understand the exposure triangle or use the rule of thirds in all your pics.

A couple of truth bombs!

A ‘better’ camera will not make you a better photographer. Becoming best friends with the camera you have right now will.

Learning a few tricks and gimmicks will not give you the confidence you need. In photography, everything is connected and it needs to fall into place in a split second. Gaining a deep understanding of all the elements at work in a photo will give you the confidence you need.

Learning the technique has no meaning in itself. It’s only purpose to serve and support you. It helps you to transform your experiences into the best photos you can make.

A holistic approach in becoming a better photographer is the best way because it integrates all the disconnected photographic bits and pieces from the beginning of your photography journey.

FEARLESS FRAMEWORK

Enter the Fearless FrameWork.

A holistic method of making photographs I developed that integrates all the domains at work in a photo from day one, including the technical stuff.

Fearless because it dares you to put yourself in the photos you make. 

An approach that encourages you to tap into your curiosity and to expand your creativity.

The framework empowers you to connect to the world through your camera enticing you to make the best photos of your life.

TESTIMONIALS

“Such a new and interesting approach. Besides the technical points, you are asking us to access the most important and powerful aspects of our mind and soul.”

-Bob

“Hi Karin, I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first but after watching the first workshop, I found it to be a very interesting approach and it made a lot of sense to me, I look forward to your next workshop.”

-Ade

“You’re going to the soul of what is photography…how it makes you connect & love the subject you want to portray….just great.”

-Marita

Want in on the next workshop and discover the Fearless Framework? Join the waitlist! I’ll send you the Travel Photography Playbook to keep you busy while you’re waiting.

PHOTOJOURNALISM ON THE ROAD & AT HOME

It will come as no surprise to you that I’m a photojournalist at heart. It’s what I’m most comfortable with. It feels natural and authentic to me. 

No posing, no smiling on command, no interference. Instead, I like to make heartfelt connections with the people and the places I photograph. Wherever I am. 

My superpowers are travel – and family documentaries and humanitarian photography. Since I graduated from my art school in the Netherlands I’ve worked with on- and offline magazines, artists, entrepreneurs, companies, and families. I’ve also volunteered for several charity causes.

You’ll feel perfectly at home here if:

You’re a fearless wanderluster with a burning desire to bring home the exceptional experiences you have on the road.

You’re ready to ditch the disappointing and flat images you keep on making. You want to put your heart and soul in your photos so they actually make you and the people you share them with feel something. Your desire is to create ‘wall worthy’ pics of your travels so you can wander back whenever you feel like it.

You want to hold on to the wonder you feel during your travels once you’re back home and discover the magic of everyday moments.

Making photos is not something you only wanna do while you’re traveling and you’d love to be able to create genuine pics of your family and friends. The kind of photos that document your unscripted life and the lives of those around you as it is. You want to create tangible memories that tell the story of your life.

You’re a blogger fired up by distinguishing yourself with remarkable pictures for your travel- or lifestyle blog and your social media.

You know great photos are a major component in an attractive blog but all you can come up with is another boring stock photo you see all over the internet. You want to make the kind of photos that are unapologetically you and not the perfect ‘Instagram worthy’ photos you feel are just as boring as stock pics. 

But

This is not the best place for you if you prefer to hide behind your camera and your first question is “Which F-stop should i choose?”. There are tons of other photography blogs out there that cater to the technique-oriented members of our photography family.

So, are you my shutter sister?

Cuddle up on the couch, pour yourself a nice glass of wine or a cup of tea and explore your new photography home.

Mi casa es tu casa!

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