about me

I'm Jaap, or Jape for international purposes.
I'm a freelance photographer based in Enschede with a love for people and portrait photography. 
Besides my photography, I am slowly but steadily finishing my master's in chemical engineering. Confused yet?
Well, some time ago, while spending hours deriving the convolution integral of an over-dampening system, I realized something:
I really don't care enough about this stuff.​​​​​​​

photo by jonathan juursema

To me, practicing science feels like I'm hiding from the real world in an academic bubble. And it's a bubble that's not always very rich in empathy or positive reinforcement. Meanwhile, I find myself caring much more about the people I work with and their personal stories than about the science they're doing. 
Hearing about their life philosophies, goals, and struggles is something I enjoy so much more than the untold stories of nanofiltration. 
Besides that, I really enjoy getting to know people outside of the bubble.
​​​​​​​So 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 acknowledge 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!
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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. Contrary to my scientific alter-ego (let's call him Clark Kent), 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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