Who am I?
Hi, I am Marie Louise Nijsing. Professional freelance photographer by day, professional sleeper by night. I’ve worked on a huge variety of commissions since 2008, though my special interests lie in business portraits, food photography, and cultural heritage.
Why I photograph
As many artists will recognise, there’s this constant desire within me to be creative. To use the creativity that bubbles up for something good, something worthwhile. I find photography to be the best way to bolster these creative impulses. I’ve always been interested in cultural heritage, and this profession allows me to get close and keep this heritage alive. To preserve history and ensure future memories. Similarly, I’m always interested in photography that tells a story or shares secrets. Sometimes this is done through business photography, designing websites, brochures, annual reports and portraits.
I was born in Holland. By my early 20s, however, I had already lived and studied all across Europe. I learnt many things along the way, not the least of which was speaking three languages: English, French and Spanish.
After gaining a degree in Language and Culture of Latin America from Leiden University, I spent several years in international business-oriented jobs. These jobs found me globetrotting again, living in Paris, Madrid and Santiago de Chile for several years.
Then I temporarily moved to Cracow for 5 years. An exciting opportunity arose for me to pursue my love of photography, and I studied at the Cracow School of Arts from 2004 to 2006. It encouraged me to “open my eyes” and use the camera as an extension of my viewpoint. This course fostered my unique artistic vision of my subjects, both living and inanimate.
Back in Holland, I attended the Fotovakschool in Amsterdam to perfect my craft. This course concentrated on the technical side of photography. This contrasted with the artistic emphasis of my studies in Cracow, creating a welcome balance.
Once finished, I deemed myself ready for the real work. Since 2008, I’ve worked as a professional freelance photographer on a diverse set of commissions — Interiors, Architecture, Business Reportage, Portraits, Editorial, Sports, and more.
I like working with
Jan Daniel Wolters is an excellent digital imaging artist. His experience and insight is amazing. He is generous in teaching and sharing his knowledge, and certainly increased the value of all pictures I commissioned.
Fotolab Kiekie in Amsterdam. They do all my prints. Professional family run business with decades of experience. And they recently did a wonderful job printing for my exhibition in Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht.
Formfest built my website.