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Adobe Photoshop Challenge

CreativeMeetUpOn July 1st 2015 I was invited to join other Adobe Creative professionals at the Adobe Creative Meet Up at Pakhuis de Zijger in Amsterdam.
We got an inside look at the latest features of CS6 and the new apps such as Adobe Shape.
They also displayed a large gallery of work from Behance artists printed in high quality and framed.





Everyone had a chance to win their favorite piece of artwork from the gallery.
All you had to do was take a creative photo of the artwork and tweet why you wanted to win it.
I loved all the artwork in the gallery but 1 piece caught my eye that simply intrigued me….
The artwork was positioned beside a table which I noticed had some colourful flowers on top.
1 of the flowers was exactly the same colour as the lips of the woman in the artwork.
So I pushed the table more towards the painting, (people were looking at me funny but I really didn’t care, I wanted to create an art piece!) I placed the flowers underneath and looked for an interesting angle to take the photo.

This was the result, and I entered the competition with a tweet;

SdeBoer_WinningAfter a long day of learning they announced the winners, I felt pretty good about my attempt so I was super happy when I found out i’d actually won.

My price was the actual artpiece from the gallery.
When I went on stage to collect my price they told me that my choice was a very interesting one….
I’ve been a massive Photoshop addict since I was 15 years old. I’ve worked with Photoshop for over 13 years and it turned out…
Out of all the artworks in the gallery….(about 35 pieces) I had chosen the new Photoshop CS6 (25 year anniversary) splash screen!
I was ecstatic!! When I went home and updated to CS6 it was wonderful to see that the artwork that was hanging up on my wall, was indeed the new Photoshop CS splash screen.







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Back at ING!

I love working at ING as a freelance Visual Designer.
I work with some wonderful people and they always make me feel appreciated.
After spending 6 months freelancing fulltime at ING I was invited back in August 2014 to work on a new project.
It was a wonderful 3 week journey and to my surprise I was told each day how much they appreciate my work and high-end Photoshop skills.

The Dutch are quite sober people and they don’t often tell others how much they appreciate them.
So it was a very warm experience to hear such lovely words each and every day.
It was something i’d only experienced before when working in London.
It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ^_^

Thank you for the wonderful teamwork guys and see you soon!
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“VI IV VII V” – New SMO album!

Well have I got news for you!
The Swinging Mood Orchestra (SMO in short) is a music & art’s collective which I am a proud member of.
SMO is currently working hard on the new album and i’m working hard to create wonderful videos leading up to the release.
Yesterday on 6-4-14′, we released the very first teaser.
And I must say…. it really is a right ol’ tease!

I can’t say too much about it yet but why don’t you have a look for yourself?
The video was made by me and the music was created by Norman Kapoyos, the founder of  The Swinging Mood Orchestra.
Every single sound you hear was made on his guitar! Isn’t that cool?
Who knew guitars could sound like that?! Well I didn’t….
Whatever you’re feeling or whatever thoughts come up when watching this…. that is EXACTLY what we wanted to achieve with this!
Ok, that’s all I can say for now…



Shooting in Paris

On June 30th I jetted off to Paris for Lifestyle & Jetset online magazine to accompany journalist Stephanie Scholte as a photographer.
We were there for 3 days to shoot a couple of fashion shows during Paris Fashion Week.
Besides shooting ‘Mode à Paris’, we also had to do a couple of restaurant reviews and make a report about the city itself.

Shooting Paris Fashion Week

Shooting Paris Fashion Week Winter 2013/2014
This was my first time in the photographers pit at a fashion show, luckily I did my research so I knew exactly what to expect and what to do to claim a good spot so I felt confident.
The experience was a lot more satisfying than I thought it would be.
Despite the fact that every photographer is in fact a rival there was still a sense of ‘togetherness’.
When waiting to enter the shows I hear photographers talk about their experiences in the pit, some were quite nasty I might say…..a couple of photographers from America were talking about how they got beat up by a fellow photographer in the pit and how they were bleeding when they left the pit.
I guess being a woman in the pit has it’s advantages, the men in the pit were quite helpful actually.
One British photographer was nice enough to shine a light on my photography case so I could see my code lock.
If they weren’t helping me out they’d leave me alone.
The pit is a bit of a ‘man’s world’ but they’d rather hit each other than hurt a woman. Lucky me.
So all in all it was a good experience and i’m happy with the results.

Stephane Rolland PWF winter collection ’13/14

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Ciel de Paris – restaurant on the 56th floor
On the first day of our stay in Paris we went to a luxurious restaurant on the 56th floor of a building in the midst of Paris.
It’s definitely a restaurant people visit for the views so I had a great time taking pictures! Besides that, the staff was pleasant, the food was great and the views were to die for!

Read the full report written by Stephanie Scholte. (Dutch)


The Swinging Mood Orchestra recording session

Norman Kapoyos & The Swinging Mood Orchestra are currently working on their second studio album so on Monday 25th March I went to the Wisseloord Studio’s in Hilversum to capture the mood with my trusty camera.

It’s such a privilege to have these amazingly talented people in front of my camera and to hear what they do best…. make brilliant music!
All I can say is that this album is gonna be gold!
Check my portfolio for some of these lovely black & white images.