I'm Jaap, or Jape for international purposes.​​​​​​​
I'm a freelance photographer based in Enschede with a love for people and portrait photography.
photo by jonathan juursema
I love storytelling, art, romance and people. At weddings, they all come together.  
When personal circumstances forced me to take a break from studying, I quickly bought my first "real" camera and used it as an excuse to meet all sorts of people. I decided to finally respect my sensitive and creative side, and spend many waking hours developing it. 
​​​​​​​As an engineer, mastering the technical aspects was quick. Next up, I wanted lots of practical experience, which I found mainly in event and portrait photography. And in the past few years, my behind-the-screens focus has been mainly on artistic development. Hidden from the public eye, I spend hours and hours every week studying compositions, storytelling, colour science etc. to improve my own work.

Since then, my passion for photography has only increased, with an ever-growing love for wedding photography. It's where my love for people, romance, life questions and artistic photography come together!
My joy comes from making you look your best. Through my artistic lens, I try to show you how beautiful you look as a person, a couple, a family etc. My photography is all about people, empathy, story-telling, positivity, intuition, and creativity. I get into a focused flow where I'm constantly looking for meaningful moments, photogenic angles and beautiful lighting.
PS. I'm the designated photographer for solidfocus.nl.
I often team up with them for hybrid coverage (photo & video). 
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