- Sander Rijnders
- Sander Rijnders
Ok, ok, I admit… a bit of a cheesy opening line but hey, if you’re still reading this then at least I got your attention!
My name is Sander Rijnders, 39 years of age and I’m a photographer living in Venlo, a city in the southern part of the Netherlands.
Photography has always been more than just a hobby to me. It is a passion. In the time when cameras were switching from analog to digital, I bought my first Canon digital compact camera. I started taking photos of just about everything but never imagined becoming a photographer.
But you never know how someone’s life can change, and for me it changed about 4 years ago when I decided to buy myself one of those big fancy DSLR cameras: my Canon 450D. I started shooting like a madman (really, I did). And I just couldn’t figure out why my photos weren’t as I wanted them to be. Out of focus, always that nasty flash popping up in your face (hey, that green square on the dial button was the safe zone right?), and so much more. It was then when I realized there was a bit more to it. And I remember telling myself “dude, if you want to be a photographer then at least take some workshops so you understand your camera”. And that’s where things got nasty…
Why? Because workshops are cool. Very cool. You always learn new things with every workshop and those new things… well, they make you want to attend more workshops. And my god that’s addicting. I also realized that photography isn’t the cheapest hobby one can have. So wouldn’t it be great if I could earn some cash with it? And then it hit me. I decided I was going to be a kick-ass fashion photographer. Just like 3 million other people with a DSLR camera were thinking.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that earning money by being a model photographer was pretty much mission impossible. I mean, I had a camera but no off-camera flash, no studio, nothing. Just me with my DSLR camera. So what do you do? You still try to find a model (which is also more or less mission impossible if you don’t have a single photo in your non-existent portfolio) and you start shooting.
And back to square one it was, because I started shooting like a madman again. Only this time I knew how to operate my camera. But why didn’t my photos look like those fancy photos you see on the internet?
So yes, you could say I had a pretty steep learning curve. I dove into all the details about photography. Not only about the camera but also about lenses, settings, how to control light, using all different kinds of light modifiers, learning how to retouch using Lightroom and Photoshop, and so much more. I also started working on locations and that was pretty cool but things really started rolling when I opened my own studio 2 years ago. It literally felt like I was on this wild roller coaster ride and things were going fast, really fast. My quality was getting better… fast. My models were getting better… fast. Make-up artists are now part of 95% of my shoots. I started teaching workshops in both digital photography and the basics of studio photography. Next to the model photography, I’m also specializing in headshots, and my next goal is to start organizing shooting days in the first quarter of 2015. And in case you’re wondering if I’m still shooting with my Canon 450D… I traded that one in for a more professional camera with a nice set of pro lenses.
I’m also a blog writer for Zoom, Holland’s biggest photography magazine and now I’m also part of the blog crew here at Modelboard.com.
It’s not really rocket science to understand that my blog posts will be about photography. About stuff I’ve done, stuff I’m going to do, experiences I’ve had, sharing techniques and much more. I don’t have a “fixed” style when it comes down to model photography. I like to the glamour stuff but I also really (REALLY) like to do the not-so-standard type of shoots. I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to start things off!
Until then… take care!