New work: I’m where you are

A couple of months ago a really good friend of mine came to visit the Netherlands together with his beautiful, and pregnant, wife. I had the pleasure of spending time with them and photographing them at his parents house. It’s been quite a few years since I did a pregnancy shoot and this was only the 4th ever.

copyrightKathalijnevanZutphenIt’s so cool to see a friend again after both of us lived abroad for a couple of years and to see him now as a married man and parent-to-be.

I did not realize it at the time of the shoot but things changed for me as well. The shoot brought me out of a photography funk and general career doubt. Less than two weeks later I started a new job; in a new line of work and in a new city. Change is apparently good as photography work has been flowing since as well:)

There was one thing in particular that stuck in my mind all through last year; somebody told me that trying to get somewhere in the photography business can feel like wading through heavy, sticky mud and you may get stuck for a while, but you’ll never reach the other side unless you continue. Well, that was pretty much my mantra for the entire year;)

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About a month later a beautiful baby girl was born. Good days, indeed:)

Listening to Shocking Blue, Black Hotels and Daryll-Ann

New work: Schrijf-Schrijf

I was asked by copy-writing agency Schrijf-Schrijf from Utrecht to photograph all employees for their website. The website has  a serious vibe and they wanted photographs to reflect that they were professional yet young and informal agency. I suggested taking i-phone pics during an typical office day as well as taking more official portraits. They could use the “social snaps” in an Instagram kind of way, to off set the more serious portraits.

Portraits of 4 out of 8 employees

Portraits of 4 out of 8 employees

The Social Snaps

The Social Snaps

The website

The website

Listening to some older Warpaint – “Undertow” and some new Jamie XX

Instagram

I’ve been posting a mix of old and new, commissioned or i-phone pics on Instagram for a while now. You can find me at kathalijnedotcom. Would love to see you there as well :)

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kathalijnedotcom

Ai, looking at that live shot of Elle Bandita sure makes me want to take her portrait as well. What a cool chick.

Listening to O.V. Wright and Mark Lanegan

New Work: FCB Magazines

I was asked by an agency (Schrijf-Schrijf) to take portraits for 3 different RuimBaan-magazines from FCB. FCB Magazines are aimed at either professionals working in Child Services or parents who are dealing with Child Services for various reasons.

All 3 magazines have a similar series called ‘BaanBrekend” wherein a (different) professional is interviewed about their ground-breaking work. I have to shoot 3 different images per person. It’s a really great job; the creative briefing allows for a lot of freedom plus I get to meet people who are doing something revolutionary in a very difficult field of work. Pretty cool :)

Levi van Dam, Claudia Doesburg, Veronika Nab

Examples of the 3 articles and the way the images are used

Examples of the 3 articles and the way the images are used

Listening to some old PJ Harvey and new Palace

Masterclass with Jimmy Katz

I was invited to attend a workshop by famed jazz photographer Jimmy Katz on July 7th. And I’m pretty darned pleased I had the opportunity to do so. I find it super inspiring to hear masters talk about their craft.

Jimmy Katz is pretty much the most important photographer working in jazz today. He has shot portraits of Sonny Rollins (one of my favorites), Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, BB King, the list goes on and on. Definitely worth doing a Google search :) There is great video on YouTube shot by the local TV station about the exhibition of his work at Kasteel Woerden, which also provided the opportunity to organize the masterclass.

All in all it was a pretty hectic day as I had to go to work in the morning and rushed to Woerden as soon as I was able to leave. There were quite a few other photographers already and I found it a little bit daunting when I walked in. Who are all these people? Will I look like a sucker when I show my work? Thank goodness I saw a few familiar faces as well and pretty much fit right in. Hearing Jimmy talk about his own work was pretty amazing.

We all had the opportunity to show our own work which is as exciting as it is scary. Fortunately, I received a good review :) Jimmy’s wife Dena was also present during the whole day and it’s cool to see just how in tune they are with each other, personally and professionally. They both seem to represent a different aspect of being great photographers, making them a very successful pair indeed. I actually really enjoyed talking to Dena, she has such a fantastic technical eye and pays great attention to detail. She showed me a few things that I could improve on in a very positive and constructive way. 

Jimmy Katz reviewing my work

Jimmy Katz reviewing my work

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Jimmy Katz reviewing work during the masterclass at Kasteel Woerden

Silver Award – London Photographic Association

I entered the London Photographic Association’s ‘Let’s Face It’ Portrait Award earlier this year and received some awesome news:) My portrait of a father and daughter (below) has been awarded Silver, and my portrait of young South African Tshepo Moche came in Highly Commended. 

You can read the short interview right here: Kathalijne van Zutphen. The full profile is right here.

Super excited!

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Updated

It’s been a while but finally after + 9 months a newly updated website www.kathalijne.com. New pics in Portrait, Music and Travel sections. Go see, leave a comment, tell your friends, hey tell the world! I’m ready to see the world:)

The photo featured below is of South African musician Meri Kenaz, you should check her out if you have the chance.

Happy discovering:)

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