I am a Belgian living in Switzerland.
Self taught content creator (photo, video, audio),
web designer and consultant, event technician and project lead.
I used to spend my free time dancing Lindy Hop, playing the tuba and riding BMX,
however since I became a father to a little boy in February I rarely get the chance.

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Professionally relevant skills

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

I have a deep technical understanding and can handle any subject and style. I have mostly worked on event, portrait and promotional assignments for use in communication and marketing. I prefer to work with Canon, Lightroom and Photoshop. I own an extensive set of professional gear.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

I have a deep technical understanding and am mostly active in live-production, documentary and educational productions for use in content marketing, customer service, internal communication and sales channels. I prefer to work with Canon, Premiere Pro and After Effects. I own an extensive set of professional gear.

WEB/INTERNET

I’m fluent in HTML and CSS. I have expertise in Wordpress and Squarespace website building platforms and the Mailchimp newsletter system. I possed basic knowledge of Javascript and have some experience with Ruby on Rails and Laravel web development frameworks. I am also knowledgeable in Information Architecture, Search Engine Optimization and Content Strategy.

AUDIO PRODUCTION

I have a deep technical understanding and do audio production for live events, local radio and podcasts. I prefer working with Zoom, Rode and Audition. I own an extensive set of professional gear.

DESIGN

Graphic design is not my strong suit, so I won’t be creating logos or original artwork. However I love crafting page layouts, creating new work conform an existing corporate design, organizing content for websites… For vector work I prefer working in Illustrator, manipulating pixels I do in Photoshop and in case anything needs to go to print I use InDesign.

LANGUAGES

I’m 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. By now I also understand quite a bit of Schwiizerdütsch and I can impress the locals with a few sentences here and there.

 

Professional life

Where I am right now

In August 2016 I started working full time for Kilchenmann AG as a project manager and event technician working on corporate events, primarily at the Novartis campus in Basel. My job consists half of the time of coordination with clients, managing their needs for their upcoming events and then leading the technical team during those events. The other half I am a technician myself. We rotate through all positions but all have our specialties. Mine is video and I often operate camera or cut live for webcasts and large scale video conference meetings. We also do regular traditional video production for our corporate clients, and I sometimes do personal freelance projects on the side.

How I got here

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. I dreamed of becoming an extreme sports journalist/photographer (not a great career choice I realized later).

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 for RETIF. I was standing on my own feet and loved the independence.

Of course the retail job was not what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I started freelancing on the side as a photographer/web designer and the plan was to eventually take this full time. However while taking me first steps as a creative for hire and learning about business I got fascinated by stories of booming startups and large sums of venture capital. I also had a startup idea for a different way of producing and selling clothing, maybe it was worth a shot. Instead of freelancing on nights and weekends I started working on a business plan for my idea 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 at RETIF where I worked for three years to try to start Exclamation Point, bespoke streetwear. Custom casual clothing produced on demand for any unique individual. 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 out at this time. Still, it was an amazing experience and maybe 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 for Santens Metaalwaren, a large local hardware retailer. There I moved boxes around with my forklift while I prepared to finally get my freelance career started. I spent the majority of my spare time that year brushing up on new web design techniques, 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 started my own business in May 2015.  I helped local small businesses improve their online presence. I designed and built websites, 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 many successful projects. Just one year later that chapter already ended again when 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 a network and with no knowledge of the local language, 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. Shortly after I started my current job as a technician and project manager at Kilchenmann AG and I also couldn't resist taking on the occasional freelance assignments on the side as well.