Brenda de Vries graduated from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam in 2003. She has since received numerous prizes for her work at The International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, The Photography Masters Cup (USA) and Luerzer’s Archive The 200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide. De Vries is accomplished in the whole photographic process, from concept, styling, make-up, lighting to retouching and cropping the final image, also made possible by the people she chooses to work with. What sets her apart is her Renaissance approach, excelling in diverse photographic styles: Portraits, commercial, art and fashion…
She calls herself a ‘Professional Button Pusher’ as being a photographer is so much more than only pushing the button of the camera. Adjusting the lights means pushing buttons on the remote or the flashes themselves. Directing the models asks for pushing some ‘psychological’ buttons. Image manipulation consist only of pushing buttons on a computer to change the pixels in the desired way.
Brenda believes in a conceptual approach, where all the details have to add something to the image. Meaning location, lights, model choice, perspective, hair & make up, styling, facial expressions, body language, grading choices and retouching style – they all deserve proper attention. Off course this always happens in close co-operation with the clients.
Her aim is to ‘push the button’ at the right moment where the expressions of a model feels like an ‘in-between-moment’. The moment where ‘realism’ and ‘staged images’ are meeting one and another. As long as she doesn’t feel that specific moment was captured, she will keep on shooting…
10Feet, 113Online, Asics, Adidas, Balmain Hair, Casema, Cegeka, CJP, Coiffure Awards, Connexys, Corel, Dekamarkt, Deloitte & Touche, Donorregistratie, Drum, Eneco, Easy Comfort, Eyewish, FNV Horeca, Funda, Gillette, Haarlems College, IAA, Jack Klijn, Keylane, Kruidvat, Libresse, Moxy Hotels (Marriot), MTV Networks, Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij, Nederlandse Film Festival (NFF), Nutrilon, Oger, Olympus, Oogmerk, Ordina, Peugeot, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Philips, Pink Ribbon, Postcodeloterij, Radio 538, SANL, Shell, Sony Ericsson, Spikes & Sparrow, Sportweek, Topicus, Vigor & Sage, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Wrangler Europe.
Ad!dict, Avantgarde, Avantgarde Man, Credits, Esquire, Elegance, FashionCult, Glossy, JeansCult, La Vie en Rose, Miljonair, Popular Science (USA), Het Parool (PS van de Week), Quote, Style Magazine and the family Tunes, Ssst, sQueeze, Troskompas, TwentyTen Magazine, Visura Magazine, Watch.
2015 Communication Arts – Award of Excellence – 56st Annual – Category Nude & Beauty “Moxy Hotels”
2014 Photography Masters Cup / International Color Awards – Nominated in “Nudes” – “Extensions”
2013 Grand Prix ADCN / Silver Lion Cannes for NFF
2012 Luezer’s Archive – The 200 best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2012/2013
2012 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) – Portraiture Category Winner – Silver – “ ’74 – ’82 ”
2012 Prix de la Photography, Paris (Px3) – Portraiture Category Children – Gold – ” ’74 – ’82″
2011 International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention – Category: Self Promotion “ ’74 – ‘82 ”
2011 International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention – Category: Editorial “Possession: A Tale of Fashion Cruelty”
2011 Photography Masters Cup / International Color Awards – Nominee in “Children of the World” “Puck”
2010 Communication Arts – Award of Excellence – 51st Annual – Category Nude & Beauty “Pierot”
2010 Photography Masters Cup / International Color Awards – Nominee in Fine Art “Dylan”
2008 International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention – Category: People “ Paul ”
2008 International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention – Category: Advertising/Fashion “Punte di Luce su Cristalli Scuri”
2007 International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention – Category: Advertising/Self Promotion “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
2016 Amsterdam Museum ‘De Schuttersgalerij’ – Photography for the project #AgFag
2014 De Toonzaal – Duo Exhibition Brenda de Vries & Lillian Wessels
2013 Noordwijk ’t Klooster – Extensions
2012 Heesterveld Creative Community “ ’74-‘82”
2012 Arti & Amicitae “I own everything I see and like. I own the world.” – Blauwdruk
2011 W139 in collaboration with Judith Leysner
2010 Push 24, RC De Ruimte
2010 Miljonair Fair – Best 10 images of the last 10 years Miljonair Magazine