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Wedding Photographer Amsterdam Anastasia Gaasenbeek (Fotosolo fotografie) shoots a wedding at A boat on the Amsterdam canals, The Netherlands

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Wedding Photographer : Anastasia Gaasenbeek (Fotosolo fotografie)  
Couple : Marieke + Martijn
Wedding Photographer Amsterdam
Ceremony Location : A boat on the Amsterdam canals
Reception : A boat on the Amsterdam canals
Wedding Date : 31st May 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

Former TV journalist and creative producer. Currently a full-time photographer, storyteller, mom of 2 very cool sons, happily married.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

Funny easy-going person.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The couple like Amsterdam a lot. The groom's hobby is sailing; he owns a boat. That's why they decided to make the ceremony on a boat which was floating on a canal in Amsterdam. The 'Yes, I do' moment was planned to happen passing the iconic 'Skinny Brige' (Magere Brug). Following the tradition, if you kiss your beloved under the bridge, your family life will be long and happy.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Converted my hobby into job 3 years ago.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

3 years since the 1st and the last wedding I've did for free.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

I'm not sure if I would consider myself a success yet. I'm in process. My whole life I have one recipe for success in any business: I do only what I like and it gives me power to work a lot more and harder than working for other people.

My biggest mistake so far was underestimation of my clients spending power. Now I see that they are happy with high-end Fine Art wedding books. They are comfortable with the expenses if it's worth it.


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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

Looking for: personal approach
Not looking for: discounts


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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

100% online: my own website; FB-page, popular web blogs and websites for brides- and grooms-to-be. I can control and compare it: how many clicks and visits I get from every source. That's why Ive never tried some printed stuff such as wedding magazines. Nobody knows what happens with your ads there.

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Why do you think people hire you?

They can't resist my X-factor and charisma! (LOL)

No idea, there are so many talented colleagues around me. Maybe they see that I treat them like my best friends from the 1st moment I meet them.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

4 per month – it's my own barrier to stay creative. The wedding season in The Netherland is mostly from April to November. So, it's about 24-28 weddings.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Bhutan. I've heard that the most happy people worldwide live in Bhutan. They even have a Ministery of Happiness! Would be nice to check it out.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

2 Nikon 700, lenses: 50mm, 35mm, 28-70mm, 70-200 mm. 2 speed-lights SB900. I also borrow different equipment for special occasions.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Speed. I mean, the wedding photographer should be physically fit. I jog 2-3 times a week just to be ready to survive during a long wedding day.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

To be at the right place in the right moment. I just keep moving, shooting and thinking like crazy. My approach is to switch on Turbo mode for 8-12 hours. It costs me every time 1-2 kg less; the best work-out ever.

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Who or what inspires you?

Mother-nature. Mostly simple things as sunsets and sunrises.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Investing my time in better SEO understanding, the best.Trying to make Twitter working for me, the worst. It seems that my audience don’t use it so much.


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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Travel Journalist.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

Still this one. It was in-between moments in a very small space between the entrance and the garage. The bride was leaving the house. Everybody expected me to stop shooting and to go to the car. But the light attracted me and I was continuing following the bride and pushing the button. Finally it has become the very favorite image for the bride. And for me as well.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

To travel worldwide for destination weddings.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

To find your own way to tell the story; to be not only a good professional, but also a cool remarkable person.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Two Mann Studios, Damon Pijlman.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

When I did a parachute jump from 800m height.

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