Hi there! My name is Arjan Barendregt.
When this is written, I am 38 years old, married and father of 1 little boy.
I think that my story could be a copy of most of the other wedding photographers: started as a hobby and now a professional photographer.
It all started when I was about 12-15 years old. My father forced me to search for a hobby: 'stop wasting your time behind the television!'
So that's when I bought my first analog camera: an old Praktica.
I high school I followed my first course. This was an extra lesson we could follow besides the normal subjects.
I bought books in secondhand markets and the only thing I did was practice, practice, and practice...
Taking a lot of photos meant that I also had to develop a lot of pictures. Most of my money was in letting all the photos develop. That's why I started to shoot only slides.
I became a member of our local photo club. All of the members were older men, I was the only teenager. So this wasn't a good match. But I learned a lot.
Years went by, the new cameras were bought, and I bought my first digital camera. No DSRL, but a Sony which saved the pictures on real floppy disks. Can you imagine?!
I bought my first DSRL about 8 years ago and this helped me to develop my own style.
The only pictures I made were those of our holidays. I proudly showed them to all our friends and relatives.
It didn't take long or my best friend asked me to shoot their wedding. And that's how it all started.
I am now a professional wedding photographer, shooting 40-45 weddings a year at home and abroad.
The most important thing for me at weddings is trying to become 1 of the guests and not being Mr the Photographer. This is how I want to capture everybody just the way they are and not how the act before my camera.
"Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles."