Karen ensures that (creative) entrepreneurs can present themselves visually in a way that fit their personal brand. At the same time she is keeping it honest, pure and personal.
Karen wants to contribute to this visual aera by compensating loud and noisy content with the use of minimalistic and honest portrait photography.
"A great portrait has to move you, has to tell you a story (big or small). It's all about making connections. Nothing more. A great portrait is so open it feels like you are friends for years. You get to peek behind all the facades. A great photographer gets to capture these portraits by his power to build a relationship with his client in no time." - Karen van Gilst - " People fascinate me endlessly and therefore am sincerely interested in every story you want to tell me."
At the studio of Karen van Gilst you'll get full attention, time and the capacity to be yourself without (her) judgement.
Photographer Karen van Gilst (NL, 1987) works for a variation of musicians, MKB en cultural organisations.
For example: Het Prinses Christina Concours, Consensus Vocalis, International Vocal Competition, Concourswijzer.nl, Jazz at the Vic, Bird Rotterdam, de RET, het Ministerie voor Infrastructuur en Milieu, Gemeente Rotterdam.
"Discover the city thru the ears of local musicians."
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Get musical inspiration form Dutch jazz musicians.
"Thisbi-weekly live Jazz platform was established in 2014 in collaboration with Maarten Hogenhuis and support of the CvA. 2 years later I saw some of Karen’s work online and immediately contacted her. Once we met it was clear she was the right person to join forces with. Besides her portrait work and sensitive “eye through the lens” Karen is most pleasant to work with. We have now been working together since the beginning of 2016. Karen added a complete new dimension to our concept. Her personal interest in the persons she is shooting and their occupation is remarkable and adds a unique quality to her work. The musicians feel completely “at home” with Karen and she adopts to work with even the most eccentric in the business. Jazz at the Vic today, has a professional and refined international face, “look & feel” which could have only been achieved thanks to Karen’s work. I look forward to collaborating with Karen on many more future projects!" - Eran Harash - Jazz at the Vic (Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam)
"From the first contact it was nice to work with Karen. I could choose from a couple of concepts and locations for the shoot, which itself was also very relaxed. The result is fantastic and I'd love to work with her again." - Rein Godefroy (pianist)
"Karen is able to catch integrity and vulnerability in her portraits. Her minimalistic black and white signature is sincere and recognizable and gives every photo a story. Working with Karen is exactly what here photo's radiate: peace, honesty, and adventure. An open-minded photographer who clearly propagates her story in her own way. - Kika Sprangers (saxophonist)
"It is very pleasant to work with Karen. She is efficient, precise, clear and has a powerful self-identity. We felt incredibly at ease, which is a great quality as a photographer. " - Mudita (Sanne Rambags, Koen Smits & Sjoerd van Eijck)