I am Paulien van der Werf and I love wilderness, photography and meeting new people. It’s the combination of these things that made me decide to quit my job and leave my house in the summer of 2019. Ever since, I have enjoyed my freedom to live and work where and when I want. Although it’s not quite van life yet, I think Twingo life is close enough.
I love exploring new, wild places. Alone or with fellow outdoor lovers. I enjoy snowy mountain peaks, rough coast lines and quiet pine forests. I like feeling small, surrounded by natural elements that have been there for hundreds of years. I love the sound of the wind in the tree tops, the far away sound of the waves hitting shore and the croaking sounds of ravens in ruins. I feel absolutely free when wild camping in the Scottish Highlands and cooking my one-pot-meal on my little burner.
In my work I capture real emotions and personality. I want to tell your story in the most truthful way. I want to capture you in the way that your loved ones see you. I like to think of my photo session as an adventure with friends. Let’s go have fun in the outdoors together, and have awesome pictures as a reminder of our awesome trip!
Pictures with thanks to Marleen Annema, Luis Boullosa and Yoshi Feijnenbuik
"We went on an adventure last Friday. Paulien knows where to find the nice spots and she knew how to relax me. I felt very free and you can see that in the resulting pictures. I highly recommend her."
"Paulien has so many fun ideas. She's nice company. If a photographer sits on her elbows and knees in the water to take that perfect picture, you know she has a real passion for her work."