Les Incorrigibles met Eline a few years ago. We’ve seen her photography skills evolve with time. We are now really proud of her and we felt like it was time for an interview! If you love Eline’s pictures as much as we do follow her on Instagram and visit her blog!
Please, introduce yourself and tell us how you started taking pictures
Hey there! My name is Eline Rewinkel. I am a Dutch 20-year-old girl, who studies Hotel Management and loves to take photos in her spare time. I would also like to describe myself as a ‘Parisienne by Heart’, after living in Paris for 6 months in 2015.
The passion for photography came from my father. When I was younger I always had to pose for pictures on summer vacations. I loved watching him working magic with his camera. Thanks to him I bought my own little camera when I was still quite young. For me it also started with vacation pictures, but after buying my own Canon EOS 1100D when I was 17 years old, it became a more serious hobby.
In December 2014 I decided to finally start my own blog, after always reading other blogs with lots of pleasure. I finally had a purpose to take pictures, because now I could publish them for others to see.
In 2015 I became more and more passionate and started doing photoshoots for others. I discovered that I mainly love doing portraits and couple shoots. Currently I am thinking about starting my own photography business. However, I would still like to keep it as a hobby, as school is also very important for me.
How would you describe your style?
I have never really thought about ‘my style’ before, as I just do what I love. That’s the thing about photography: you can’t do anything wrong. Perhaps others do not like it, but you are still not doing anything wrong.
A while ago I heard someone say that my photos are ‘classic, but with a modern twist’. I truly loved that statement and hope I can live up to that.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go to take pictures?
The first thing that popped in my mind was: the Maldives!! Photos of endless white beaches and bungalows on the water.. Oh man! Another place I would definitely like to visit is New York. I have never been there, but I love seeing photos of it. And last but not least, PARIS. I have already lived there for 6 months, but Paris is just so photogenic.
Do you edit your pictures? (if yes what do you use, if that’s ok for you to say)
Yes. If I publish the photos on my blog or if they are for a client, I edit every single photo (even if it is just a small edit). If I keep them for myself, I usually do not spend time on editing them.
I currently edit my photos with Photoshop Lightroom 5. I got it a while ago and fell in love. The program has many options, so many that I still do not know all of them, haha! For some shots I only edit the exposure, shadows, highlights etcetera, but when they are for a clients I would like to go all out and give what I can. However, there is still a lot for me to learn with Photoshop and I would actually like to attend a workshop in it.
What is your inspiration and who do you look up to?
If I need inspiration for a shoot (I always look up inspiration), I usually just open Pinterest. Apart from that, I am a big fan of the work of the Dutch photographer RuudC and the photography duo Anastasia & Federico from Iheartparis, whom I became friends with in Paris. If I would have to give a huge photography name as well, I would say Mario Testino. His Towel Series are goals!
Any tips for beginners?
Do what you love and go after your dreams. Do not be afraid to fail. I still often feel like I failed after doing a shoot, but remember that you are still young and that you are still growing. You can never do wrong with photography, so again: just do what you love!