I've started as a professional wedding photographer in 2017, yes that's not a long time ago. But I already have shot around 50 weddings so far. Why? Because I love it!
I've bought my first professional camera in 2014, in the beginning photography was purely a hobby. I loved being creative with the support of models, makeup artists, and stylists. We were always looking for extreme concepts in hair and makeup. But even then I tried to capture some real emotion in my portraits, I didn't like it when it was too posed or it didn't grab your attention.
Before I bought that camera, I used to run around with my baby girl early in the mornings to capture sunrises and sunsets or other beautiful landscapes with my iPhone. That was so much fun!
All this helps me see a wedding through different eyes. I'm looking at the environment, at the light, but most of all, I'm looking for absolute real feelings and moments. These can be funny, emotional or just a beautiful composition. And of course, I'm always paying extra attention to capture the beauty of the bride.
By being a mum of two, I can't help to shoot kids at weddings... I sometimes need to be careful not to make a family shoot out of it! Kids just grab my attention because they are so real (as do the elderly because of their character). Finally, somebody I really respect and now have mentoring from (Rocio Vega) told me: You see little details, things other people don't see.
I believe this comes through my own personal life experience. Being raised under difficult circumstances makes you extra aware of the energy around you, peoples moods and body language and having a character that doesn't want to stand out in a crowd makes me able to come close without being noticed. Combine that with the fact that I am sensitive, I love humor and I love keeping it real, and you will see all that back in my photos: Family, Fun, and Feelings.
5 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
4 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
1 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Kim Rooijackers as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.