My story

I am a Belgian living in Switzerland. Self taught video producer, photographer and web consultant. I spend my free time riding BMX, swing dancing and playing the tuba. Introvert with excellent social skills.

Professional life

I had my first steps in building websites in 2006 as a teenager. Messing around with basic HTML and CSS. My first steps in photography were soon after in 2008. After experimenting with my family's point and shoot camera I bought my first DSLR, a Canon 40D, and was shooting mainly freestyle BMX riding and events for fun. I would always share my pictures online and write little blog posts to go along with those pictures on a personal blog. I dreamed of becoming an extreme sports journalist/photographer.

I was studying Industrial Sciences the majority of my time in school, but then shifted direction to Photography. I graduated in June 2010 through the Central Examination Commission of the Flemish Community.

At age 18 I moved out of my parents house and got myself a place in the lovely city of Ghent. To pay for rent I started working as a salesperson and warehouse worker in Ghent's RETIF store. I was standing on my own feet and loved the independence.

I ended up working at the RETIF store for three years. My original plan was to start freelancing on the side as a photographer/web designer and eventually take this full time, but while researching and learning about how to set up and run a business I got fascinated by the world of startups. For a couple of years already I had this idea for a different way of producing and selling clothing. I started working on the idea on nights and weekends and got so excited about it I just had to give that a try. You know, young, naive and having nothing to lose.

In March 2013 I quit my job to try to start Exclamation Point, bespoke streetwear. However after a year of full time research, workshops, talking to experts and developing different business plans and approaches I decided to shelf the idea. I was running out of money and I had to admit to myself it wasn't going to work. Still, it was an amazing experience and one day I might pick this project back up.

To get back on my feet financially after this adventure I got a normal job again. In February 2014 I started working in the warehouse at Santens Metaalwaren, a large local hardware retailer. I worked in the warehouse for little over a year while preparing to finally start my freelancing career. I spent a lot of my spare time that year brushing up on web technology, studying content strategy, improving my writing skills, learning the newest Adobe software and developing a solid business plan. The DSLR filmmaking revolution also did not go by unnoticed and I started learning how to use my photo camera to create moving images too.

I went out on my own in May 2015.  I helped local small businesses improve their online presence. I helped with creating content and offered technical support and training around web technology. After a few months my business was running strong and I can be proud of quite a few successful projects. Just one year later that chapter already ended, at least in Belgium. My girlfriend and I decided to move in together and I ended up relocating to Switzerland

Since April 2016 I live in Zürich. Starting up my freelance business again from scratch, this time in a new city without any connections and with limited knowledge of the local language, that simply was not something I wanted to try. My first months in the country I taught Lindy Hop for Downtownswing dance school and I volunteered in the Hubonaut program at Impact Hub Zürich.

In August 2016 I started working full time for Kilchenmann as an AV Event Technician working on corporate events, primarily at the Novartis and Roche campuses in Basel. On evenings and weekends I still do some freelance work as well. Video Production projects have become my primary focus there.

Professionally relevant skills

Video Production

Deep technical understanding. Mostly active in documentary and educational productions for use in content marketing, customer service and sales channels. Work with Canon, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Own an extensive set of professional gear.

Photography

Deep technical understanding. Can handle any subject and style. Mostly doing event and promotional assignments for use in communication and marketing. Work with Canon, Lightroom and Photoshop. Own an extensive set of professional gear.

Web/Internet

Fluent in HTML and CSS. Expertise in the Wordpress and Squarespace website building platforms and the Mailchimp newsletter system. Basic knowledge of Javascript and some experience with Ruby on Rails and Laravel webdevelopment frameworks. Also knowledgeable in Information Architecture, Search Engine Optimization and Content Strategy

Languages

Fluent in Dutch and English. I also speak French but it needs some brushing up.  In German I understand close to everything, speaking and writing is getting better every day. The Schwiizerdütsch is a whole other story, but I'm starting to pick that up too.