High End Photography, behind the scenes

Pirelli Calendar 2020 : https://pirellicalendar.pirelli.com/en/behind-the-scenes

A costly production of a famous calendar.

Few Facts and Figures.
“From 1964 to 2019, a total of 46 Pirelli Calendars have been realized in a span of over fifty years by 36 photographers. Among them, 9 produced 2 editions: Harri Peccinotti (1968 and 1969), Brian Duffy (1965 and 1973), Francis Giacobetti (1970 and 1971), Clive Arrowsmith (1991 and 1992), Herb Ritts (1994 and 1999), Richard Avedon (1995 and 1997), Annie Leibovitz (2000 and 2016), Bruce Weber (1998 and 2003), Patrick Demarchelier (2005 and 2008). One, Peter Lindbergh, produced 3 editions: 1996, 2002 and 2017. Four women have shot a Pirelli Cal: the French Sarah Moon (1972), the Americans Joyce Tennyson (1989), Annie Leibovitz (2000 and 2016) and Inez (2007, with the duo Inez and Vinoodh).” Read more : https://pirellicalendar.pirelli.com/en/facts-and-figures

“Looking for Juliet” is the theme of the 2020 Pirelli Calendar, shot by the photographer Paolo Roversi. Eight women, actresses and models that all embody a concept of love and who, because of the roles and their lives, could easily play the part of a modern Juliet.

Pirelli Calendar 2021 : Pirelli cancelled the 2021 calendar and donated to initiatives against coronavirus.

Not on Facebook, but my friend is

As I am not posting on Facebook anymore, I am ‘re-sharing’ FB posts via my Blog. For those interested. This one from Pia.

Screenshot of her Facebook page showing positive reactions to one of our photographs.
Below the photo with a proper colour profile.
One of the photos from 3 shoots we did together in Zeeland, NL. 
A woman dressed in a blue aquamarine dress sitting at darks rocks near the water, looking like a fairy tale mermaid, washed ashore with a purpose. She has a sound healing bowl in her hand. Photo by fine art photographer Judith den Hollander.
One of the photos from 3 shoots we did together in Zeeland, NL. Great result and an amazing experience making exceptional images together (finally, after planning a shoot for more than 2 years).

When we came to this Zeeland location, I immediately analysed the situation. I saw and used the gorgeous -sun setting- light, dark rocks and the colour harmonies : blue-aqua-yellow/orange. The instant vision I had as a photographer and quickly executed proofed spot on. As the sun is setting fast behind the water dyke, this is storytelling in a split second. I portrayed Pia as the Sound Healer totally in tune with nature. And my beautiful friend looks like a fairy tale mermaid, washed ashore with a purpose…..

We worked with focus, effort and good energy. Just the two of us, no assistance. Pia dressed and styled extraordinary and selected her Sound Healing / Meditation instruments and props. She did so for each shoot. We did a total of 3 shoots on 3 locations with 3 different styles and moods.

We both wanted to make images that would stand out. Synergy occurs when 2 people love to create and share an experience.

Hyperlink to Pia Brand on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/piabrand61/posts/10226110084367589

Vandaag een echte vakantiedag… een boek uitgelezen in een luie stoel… Geleend uit de boekenkast 'Katse Vrije Bieb',…

Geplaatst door Pia Brand op Vrijdag 7 augustus 2020

p.s. I added a new Blog Category ‘The story and facts behind my photo’s’ as well as a new Tag ‘Story telling photography’. Useful for future Blog Posts. I’m sure we will be posting more shortly.

Happy 2020

To you, and to me.
May the light be good and kind to you!

I am typing this post with a smile on my face. Today I managed to hack my software and make it work for me. Let me explain. I have a new phtography tool that -sigh- could not be simply plugged and played.

It took me 2 days to figure out in/compatibility issues and solutions. Photo hardware and software is quite expensive, new equipment often requires spending additional money on a new cable, adapter, other accessories or even a program upgrade. I really wish electronic stuff be more sustainable and compatible. Of course it can be, but we all know manufacturers are strategically forcing people into new and costly as much as possible. For instance iPads and smartphones, such a ridiculous short lifetime and support. Apps that are supported for 1 max 2 years. The waste and frustration. The same applies to photography. Oh my, the brands hardware incompatibility is a pest. Photography software, the brand and platform dependency as well as the current subscription schemes are no joy either. Perpetual licenses are no longer available and/or supported. Monthly fees are the norm and all photographers simply need to comply. I understand the love and need to innovate photography tools but hate the trend to waste and dump.

But victory today, for me. I managed with a hack. My small but significant work-around is about connecting a new cable, changing software code and re-using an ‘old’ Tethered Capture program. Although the hack does not allow me to import the new camera raw file, I am able to shoot an extra jpg and see that file appear on my monitor. And that suffices! The jpg is for analysing light and composition during shoots only. All for the customer of course, so cheers to a happy you (and me ;+)).

Call for photo models, make-up artist and stylist

Are you interested in building your portfolio, collaboration and photo shoot experience? Do you want to team up with a professional photographer, currently based in the region Maastricht-Hasselt?

Please contact me as I might have few photo shoot opportunities in the coming months.

I might also be able to do TFP.

I am interesting in working with aspiring models and (student) make-up artists and stylists.


Call for a (student) MAKE-UP ARTIST / visagist & stylist (region Maastricht-Hasselt). Ik ben geïnteresseerd in samenwerking en portfolio opbouw. TFP is bespreekbaar.

Check out my portfolio : https://judithdenhollander.nl/portretten-portfolio/