showcase amsterdam issue 385 Jan 2013Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
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 dedicated Photo and Film directories.
In this issue we feature professionals and providers working in Amsterdam: 711rent, Alek, C Productions, Geke Hendriks Styling, Mathijs Labadie, Michel Mulder, Peter Bak Photography, PPS/ Photographic Production Services, Soundsdutch, Stephan Raaijmakers, Steven Bemelman and Witman Kleipool.
Over cover image was shot by Wendelien Daan for Elle Netherlands.
- photo agents
Witman Kleipool Amsterdam Photographers' Agent, Photo & Film Production, Studio
Witman Kleipool is a renowned Amsterdam-based agency that represents photographers and directors including Bart Oomes, Janneke de Jong, Jouke Bos, Maarten Kools, Marc de Groot, Ruud Baan and Valentina Vos, as well as set designer Gloudy.
Additionally, Witman Kleipool offers casting, location, production and specialised services as well as two beautiful photo studios located in the centre of Amsterdam. The image-makers represented by the agency are a diverse group, from emerging artists to the most established, pre-eminent talents in their fields. Projects include editorial and advertising assignments of the highest level. Witman Kleipool's artists have helped define major Dutch and international fashion magazines and brands.
- photo production
PPS/ Photographic Production Services Amsterdam photo production
With over 30 years of experience, Amsterdam-based Guus Wensveen has a predominently international client base that includes an array of brands.
Guss' services include project research, casting, location scouting, shoot production and coördination for photographers, ad agencies and publishers around the world.
He has worked across Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and has shot in India, Vietnam, Thailand and China, around the USA and Canada, The Cariben, Middle and South America.
"But then there is always this beautiful city of Amsterdam, where I was born and raised.
This place I know like the inside of my pocket, and you are very welcome," he says.
C PRODUCTIONS Amsterdam photo production
C Productions - a friendly and creative full-service production company - stands for “Custom Made Productions.”
Based in Amsterdam, the company has a broad range of experience that doesn't think in terms of big or small productions: each project is custom made.
Every project is handled smoothly and with great attention to detail and sensitivity to clients' budgets. C Productions handles every aspect of a production, making the entire shoot a rewarding and stress-free experience.
Alek Amsterdam advertising photographers
Alek is a Dutch photographer based in Amsterdam. His work is known for its focus on light and direction of people, which often results in images with cinematic storytelling and glamorous character.
As a devoted and passionate photographer, Alek is always looking for ways to push the envelope and work out great challenges. He loves big sets and always finds creative solutions to honour a clients’ perspective. Working with a wide range of clients, both commercial and editorial, Alek has collaborated with many ad-agencies, fashion clients and magazines. He recently introduced film and video to his portfolio.
Clients include Heineken, Canon, WE-fashion, Converse, Nike, Philips, Bacardi, VW, Ford, Rexona, Bugaboo, Sixty, IKEA, Citroën, Hema, Grolsch, Mars, Twix, Sikkens, Esquire, l’Officiel, JFK, Marie Claire, Linda, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health.
Mathijs Labadie Amsterdam still life photographers
Mathijs Labadie loves the photographic process, which keeps constantly surprising him. Focusing on objects, nature, landscape and even people, he explores the border between the artificiality of studio photography and the natural appearance of the world outside.
Mathijs's clients range from artists to commercial brands.
Steven Bemelman Amsterdam art photographers
Steven Bemelman specialises in commercial photography and film for both products and people. With a penchant towards abstraction, he has worked for some major Dutch companies, producing photography and film for use on billboards, print and websites.
Owning a fully equipped 5000 sq. ft. studio in Noordwijkerhout, right between Amsterdam and The Hague, it's easy to see why people like working with Steven in a professional atmosphere. He has also worked on location in Holland and abroad.
Michel Mulder Amsterdam portrait photographers
Michel Mulder is a freelance portrait, celebrity and fashion photographer. Based in Holland, his signature is the multi-layered portrait that tells so much more of a story.
Even his fashion images resemble portraits. His post production is strong and well-chosen, and it is not unusual for those who pass in front of his camera to be national or international celebrities. Many agencies also look to use his pictures.
Michel works for a diverse range of clients and magazines such as FHM, Aktueel, HP/De Tijd, HzG, EDG, KvK/Amsterdam, Kennemer Theater, Textillia and MKB Nederland.
Peter Bak photography Amsterdam people & lifestyle photographers
To photographer Peter Bak, it is all about people. He loves to work in a documentary style, enabling him to get to know a person even better. Sometimes he is more moved by the experience than photography itself, but to capture these two in one image is the best of both worlds.
Photography to Peter is a way to access these moments, to travel, to meet. "Without these moments they are just pictures," he says.
Stephan Raaijmakers Amsterdam portrait photographers
Stephan Raaijmakers is an Amsterdam-based portrait photographer with a distinct pictorial style influenced by classical and modern painters. His portfolio contains a wide array of people, including writers, poets, businessmen, refugees and scientists.
A specialist in non-standard portraiture, he strives to bring out what lies beneath the surface of the face. His clients include various Dutch national magazines including Nieuwe Revu, de Groene Amsterdammer, and literary magazine De Gids, as well as international magazines such as The New Internationalist.
His main ambition is to propagate distinctive portraiture in commercial, editorial and advertising contexts.
- styling, hair, makeup
Geke Hendriks Styling Amsterdam fashion stylists
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 PME Legend, Vanguard, Cast Iron, State of Art, Livera, Wehkamp, De Bijenkorf, V&D, ING, Mora, Peijnenburg, Perry Sport, Seaons, Libelle, Cosmopolitan, Link and Donald.
- sound and music
Soundsdutch Amsterdam sound design/ scoring
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."
- equipment rent
711rent Hamburg Equipment Rental
711rent is a leading professional equipment rental company with branches in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris. All of its offices are conveniently found in city centre locations.
A 24/7 service from expert staff supports clients wherever they are in the world. The company also offers "ready to fly" packed equipment complete with customs papers that can be delivered to locations worldwide.
711rent carries well-maintained gear covering all major brands, including Profoto, Broncolor, Briese, Arri, Kino Flo, Hasselblad, Phase One, Canon, Apple and more. Recent additions include Profoto Pro Daylight with cinereflectors, Briese HMI, Focus2, 85 and 96 Umbrellas, Canon EOS 1DX, Canon C 300, Zeiss lenses with EF Mount, new Phase One lenses, Bron flash and HMI usable para reflectors 88, 177 and 222, Broncolor Move and Profoto B4 generators.
The 711rent network enables clients to order equipment and pick it up at any of the company's branches. Clients are always welcome to stop by and check out the newest equipment, or just have a cup of coffee and a chat. Be sure to visit the company's new and updated website for more information.