I'm Leonard. Born Brabander, but actually a Zeeuw, because I grew up in Zeeland. Since 2006 I live in Utrecht. I am married to Janneke and dad of Floris and Julius.
In 2013, I became a full time photographer. You can say that I've made my work from my hobby because I'm actually graduated as a neerlandic. I am convinced that, as a photographer, I can tell stories better than ever as a writer or journalist. Probably because of my love for visual arts - also my favorite subject in high school.
Tell stories with images instead of words. That's right with me. I feel good at that role and so I photograph weddings. I am constantly observing and looking for stories, emotions and moments. I seek relationships, relationships between people, to the essence of who you and your guests are. In fact, I think that every series I submit should be a family history - told by a journalist photographer.
It is very important to me that a bride couple feels comfortable with my presence. That's why I'm quiet and in the background. It's not about me but for you. I'm not the one who directs the day but just documents it. I'm not a photographer who asks you to postpone, or to do things again.
In short, I want to be the photographer present as a nice guest (literally and figuratively ;-)), a friend, someone who knows you and gives you all the confidence to photograph the day in a fantastic way.
77 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
4 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
3 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Leonard Walpot 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.