About

An ex-journalist with Cosmo and other popular titles in my portfolio, at some point I found myself drawn to the camera more than I was to paper. At the same time, the urge for storytelling persisted. And what’s the perfect story to be told in pictures? Of course, the wedding day.

MY STORY

Anastasia Gaasenbeek

 

An ex-journalist with Cosmo and other popular titles in my portfolio, at some point I found myself drawn to the camera more than I was to paper. At the same time, the urge for storytelling persisted. And what’s the perfect story to be told in pictures? Of course, the wedding day.

I feel truly honoured to accompany a couple on that special and very intimate event to capture their own story with all its colours, details, laughs and tears. I prefer the natural flow of events when the two of you are simply being you and don’t specifically pose for pictures. Even better, if you forget about me and let yourself live in the moment.

That said, I’m also up for a good challenge. Considering jumping into the water or recreating Grace Kelly style wedding? Exciting, let’s talk! In 100% of the cases, I end up being friends with the couples I’ve worked for. They say one shouldn’t mix business with friendship, but it’s not a business as such – it’s your very intimate day and I’d like to be your friend on that day.

“Just be yourself, I’ll do the rest!”

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

  • What things do you do better than the others?

Reveal your individuality, give you the opportunity to be yourselves, while not forgetting the lighting, background, and the composition. I’m always looking for something new and do not mimic my previous work. I always pay a lot of attention to your story  and make the photos accordingly. My keywords are honest and genuine. It’s important to mirror your emotions, it shows your true self. Telling your own story, that isn’t alike anyone else’s, is crucial.

  • What makes you different from uncle Bob or another hobby-photographer?

I know where to be at what time, and when to press the button. When uncle Bob is going for the comfortable option on a chair, I am probably somewhere under the table or on a tree looking for the best shot. Yeah, you’ll find me in pretty strange poses sometimes. Caution: It may entertain your guests a little bit.

meet Photographer
Anastasia self-portrait
  • What is your work style?

I know your reaction to a photo before it’s shot. Beside the “Wow, that’s really nice!”, you’ll tell yourself: This  is us. This isn’t a strange copy of us that the photographer had in her head. These aren’t gorgeous strangers. This – is us, at our best, on the best day of our lives. I strive to make photos that are honest and genuine because only photos like that have any worth to me.

  • And how about posing?

There will be none. I promise. In about twenty or thirty years from now, you will remember the things that are definitely worth remembering. Your laughter, the subtle touching, the love you’re giving each other. And not the photographer commanding you to move your right foot left, left hand down and shoulder forward. You will never hear me say “Laugh!” or “Look into the camera!”.

But if you enjoy striking a pose, you’re welcome to do that, I will always play along!

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