Welcome to the our new issue of Showcase Amsterdam, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the local visual media industry, with more information available in our Photo and Film directories for Amsterdam.
Witman Kleipool is a photography and production agency located in the heart of Amsterdam, with access to its own studios. The company has over 22 years of experience within production and represents a select group of photographers and directors: Bart Oomes, Jouke Bos, Maarten Kools, Marc De Groot and Valentina Vos.
As a full service production company, Witman Kleipool has the ability to offer all aspects of production. Its international network helps the company to shoot and finish projects anywhere in the world. Whether brought in by clients at the concept stage or by providing a photographer, director or studio, Witman Kleipool seeks to deliver the highest level of quality at the most cost effective price.
Unit c.m.a is a broad-based agency for photography, illustration, art-direction, styling and production.
Located directly in the heart of Amsterdam, the company represents over 40 local and international creatives working for a wide range of ad-agencies, editorial and fashion clients. Unit c.m.a also offers production to independent (inter)national photographers and directors.
"With a group of devoted image addicts, we hope to stimulate quality, insight and specialism within the world of visual perception."
Jochgem Taken is a photo retoucher with more than 12 years of experience with Photoshop. He started in 2001 working on Jo van den Assem's fashion photographs and from there moved on to a range of different and versatile projects, from food packaging and magazines to automotive photography. Besides Photoshop skills he also knows what photographers and art directors really want and can visualise their words.
Jochgem is currently working for GStar RAW on webshop, look-books and worldwide campaigns.
Arno Bosma graduated in 1994 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He worked for several years as an assistant to photographers and filmmakers before starting his own studio in Amsterdam.
Craftsmanship is an integral part of his photographs and he is dedicated to the arts. Besides beauty and technical perfection, Arno also wants his viewers to be touched emotionally by his work. Over the last couple of years he has combined photography with the making of short films.
His work has been rewarded at prestigious festivals around the world such as D&AD, Cannes Lions, EuroBest, Epica, ADCN and New York Festivals.
Thomas van Schaik was born in the east of Holland. After 18 years he moved to London where he first got hold of a camera. Latee, when he returned to the Netherlands he studied at the Royal College of Arts in The Hague. He now specialises in studio work and attends to his subjects with a lot of patience and a strong eye for detail.
Whether he is shooting abstract objects, food, gadgets or boxes, Thomas believes they all deserve the same level of commitment. Besides spending a lot of time in the studio, every so often he also likes to create outdoor images. He is currently working on two on-going projects for Doel Belgium and Fiat 500. Clients include Philips, Hema, C&A, and Mentos.
At the turn of the Millennium, Mark Groen set a new direction in life to pursue his passion for photography. Having successfully completed the Photo Academy, within a few years he has managed to hone his skills to become a popular, all-round photographer.
With a devotion to still photography and advertising, his portfolio has grown to include regular clients such as Sanoma Media, Avant Garde,TMG and Rituals. Working together with advertisers and advertising agencies including DDB, Van de Jong and Pubmarket, Mark has also worked directly with CentraalBeheerAchmea, T-Mobile, and Staatsloterij.
Mark operates his own fully equipped studio facilities in Amsterdam.
Femke Groot is an all-round producer for fashion shows, films, editorials, advertising campaigns and events. She has a special passion for kids photography.
She has a good eye for the bigger picture as well as great attention for the smallest detail. As a former traffic manager and art-buyer with a hands-on mentality, she knows how to contribute to a creative and successful product. She has a very good understanding (also financially) of both concept development processes and how to execute them.
Having the talent to give every client personal attention during a photo shoot she is able to create a relaxed and professional atmosphere. Being extremely efficient she delivers within budget but without loss of quality.
Ever since high school, Tim Mintiens has been very incapable of taking pictures of scantily clad woman trying to look sexy. Creative, quirky, authentic and spiced up with a bit of humour, the images usually turn out pretty ok nonetheless. Since high school wasn't long ago he is still young, eager and pretty unknown.
Being fascinated with people, working harder for your money, and thinking about pictures are three of his favourite pastimes. From working on a fully drawn, defined and approved concept, to coworking with creatives to flesh a brainstorm out, Tim always tries to make an idea work better.
'Taking the picture is just part of the process!' is one of his favourite party punchlines. He also loves animals, and is a fun guy to work with.
Dennis Veldman has focused his keen eye and versatile control of analogue and digital for a decade on the rising fashion, beauty, advertising, commercial and event photography of Amsterdam's surroundings.
As the resident photographer at Escape Amsterdam for eight years, the popular night scene has afforded him opportunity to photograph music industry personalities including Peaches, Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, and more.
His agency collaborations include Max Models, deBoekers, Tony Jones Model Management, ID-ModelManagement, Skin Model Management and Euromodel.
Dennis has been chosen as 1 of 100 photographers who is featured in the 'NEW Dutch Photography Talent 2013' book.
It is Hessel Waalewijn’s belief that although film and photography require different specific skills, their boundaries are fading due to different types of new media and technical development. Being both photographer and filmmaker was sometimes confusing for clients 15 years ago; now they see the benefits and how one eye for both disciplines can enhance each other.
Hessel's eye is used by clients including Heineken, AkzoNobel, EA Sports, Disney, Spyker Cars, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Puma, AsicsTiger, Ralph Vaessen, Van Gils, Vanguard, PME Legend and artists like Ap Verheggen and Lucy McRae.
The Westerpark Studio has built an excellent reputation in Amsterdam for commercial photo shoots, car shoots, webcasting and video clips. It is located in a trendy area of Amsterdam near the cultural centre Westergas Complex.
The large 360° limbo in the studio makes it highly versatile for all types of film and photographic productions.
Additionally, the studio offers a laid-back and creative environment for a wide range of different needs. It also provides many extra services such as crews, lighting and set building and is not afraid to go out of its way to make a production just that extra bit special.
Woodwork excels in films, graphics and production. The team works hard, with dedication, love, drive and great people, everyday, except for Wood Day, which is not an official holiday. Yet.
Woodwork was carved out of the idea that digital and analog design can work together harmoniously. Originally founded by Marvin Koppejan and Balster van Duijn, with a passion for animation, visual effects and live action. Woodwork maintains a design-led, hands on approach to everything they do.
Geke Hendriks Styling is a concept and styling company. Geke began her career as a fashion editor with a number of fashion magazines, and in 1989 she started her own fashion styling company. Over the past 25 years she has welcomed a wide variety of clients and completed numerous jobs.
Geke's work has taken her all over the world and given her a lot of experience in producing and styling for fashion shoots. She also designs concepts, mood boards, and styles commercials.
Clients include PMELegend, Vanguard, Cast Iron, State of Art, Livera, Wehkamp, DeBijenkorf, V&D, ING, Mora, Peijnenburg, PerrySport, Seaons, Libelle, Cosmopolitan, Link and Donald.
SoundsDutch is a team of award-winning composers who create music and sound design for production companies requiring their own musical identity. Specialised in producing custom made music without copyright or royalty issues, SoundsDutch will "make your sound work for you."