My name is Michiel Borgart and I am a passionate and professional photographer. The objective of my photography is to hand you the means to re-experience a moment or feeling, to enable you to relive it later in time or share it with others. This can be an experience of a beautiful day or location, great performance, impressive event or a start or ending of a important period of your life. The art in my work is to describe something elusive using light in such a way that it invites you to keep looking at it. I especially love to do this as a portrait photographer, fashion photographer or wedding photographer. Working in close harmony with the persons I am photographing is very fulfilling, as it creates the most amazing images.
I like to photograph people. Outside, during the day or in the evening, in nature or in the city. This can be a portrait shoot, fashion shoot or wedding shoot. The challenge outside is that there a plenty of things that I don’t have any control over. We have to create amazing images with what we are offered during the shoot. For the more controlled photography, I use my photo studio. With different light sources and backgrounds, I can create images that are soft and subtle to strong and contrasting. Whether it is a business profile photo, a personal portrait photo, couples shoot, a photo of your children or glamour shoot, I always take the time to ‘find’ the image we are looking for.
In my eyes one of the most beautiful forms of photography is black and white photography. It offers truly wonderful possibilities to reveal subtle aspects of a photo. I think black and white photos (BNW photos) are a very pure form of photos that can bring the essence to light in a very special manner. I always love to search for the black and white pearls of a shoot. It sometimes surprises me to see what I have photographed when I convert a photo into black and white. Sometimes when I strip a photo of all its color, the characteristics of deeper layers emerge that would otherwise remain hidden.
The uniqueness of my work and the fact that it’s clearly recognizable as my work, makes that I consider it to be art and not just a visual registration of something that is visible. I capture abstract concepts in an artistic way. Abstraction concepts like feelings, ideas and stories. And I capture all this with light. For me this is delightfully described with the expression “poetry with light. That’s why I use “Poetry with light” as a tagline or subtitle in my marketing and media expressions.
Are you inspired by what you see or read on my site? Then please share your thoughts with me. I would really appreciate that. You can send me an app on +31 (0)6 1151 3441, an [email protected] or use the contact form. Love to hear from you!
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Besides loving to shoot myself I also enjoy sharing my passion, experience and knowledge with others. During a workshop I love to help others to get to know their camera and to play with the possibilities it offers. It is great so see how surprisingly easy it is to create completely different photos with your own camera. The workshop can also be great for teambuilding, a bachelor party or birthday present for someone who already has everything. It is fun and creative and who doesn’t enjoy learning something new?
The post-processing of the photos gets the time it deserves. The post-processing can completely change the character of the photo. I regularly do a shoot or take a photo with a specific end result in mind. The post-processing is often an important part of the creative process. By making subtle adjustments to the photo I can extract the image I had in mind. What I love to create are black-and-white photos (BNW photos). They can capture the essence of the image and guide the viewer in a special way on their journey through the photo. The deliberate underexposure of a black-and-white photo, also known as low key or film noir, can enhance the effect of the photo even further. Another way to change the mood of a photo is to create a sepia filter. I create every filter myself and every filter is only used for one specific photo. It is also possible to draw the attention to specific element on the photo using selective color. It’s a fine balance between drawing enough attention without exaggerating.
My photo studio is located in The Hague. Easy to reach from the A4 and A12s and parking right in front of the building. It is also easy to reach with public transport.
As a photographer I offer several products and services. For example, you can come to my photo studio in The Hague, for a photo shoot or we can do a shoot on location. Many things are possible. Every shoot is tailor-made. If you let me know what you’re looking for, I’ll come up with a proposal. I look forward to hear about your wishes and discuss the possibilities together. If you want more information about the possibilities, please continue reading. In addition to explaining which products and services I offer, I would like to be open and transparent about my prices. I think it is important that you understand why the prices are what they are and I trust that you agree with me on that they are fair. As a bonus, if you allow me to use your photos for marketing purposes, I’ll give you your own Forever Images Photo App (FIApp).
Beautiful prints of your photos can be very impressive. Whether it is a photo print or a print on Brushed Aluminium, canvas, or a Acrylic Print, the result can be amazing. For this printing service I work with special files from your photos which I send to the supplier. These files are optimized for the specific printing technique and the material used for your print. I only provide this service for photos I made.
I always feel honored when people come to me for their photos and trust me with their time. And when they show me their gratitude by recommending me as a photographer, it makes me both proud and humble. Here you can read the reviews, recommendations and reactions people have given me. I hope this helps in getting an impression of me, my work and how I work. If it inspirers you, please let me know.
A couple of times a year I like to do a shoot based on TFP (Time for Print / Time for Portfolio). In this way I would like to meet other creative (starting) professionals that I would otherwise never have met. If you are you an experienced or starting fashion designer, model, makeup artist, MUA, MUAH or stylist, feel free to contact me.