Gail Meijer

"My aim is to eventually work for the bigger magazines, but also to develop myself as an artist. Not only personally, but also artistically."

What's your first name?
Gail

What's your last name?
Meijer

Nice to meet you, Gail! May we have your email address, please?
gailmeijer@hotmail.com

What's your Instagram username, Gail? We'd love to check it out!
gailmeijervisuals

What is your location, Gail?
Country
Netherlands

State / Region
Heemskerk

Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Gail, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Our readers would love to get to know you more Gail. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
I love to tell stories in a visual and fashion minded way: in between storytelling and fashion photography. Fashion is a way to express yourself, and I express myself through the lens.

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos?
Keep interviewing me!

What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Gail?
My aim is to eventually work for the bigger magazines, but also to develop myself as an artist. Not only personally, but also artistically.

How do you communicate with people Gail? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I'm a very easy going person; I like to share ideas and really working together, all for the better results. I do admit I'm a little bit of a perfectionist, but until know that hasn't brought me trouble, haha.

If you had to do it over again, what would you change Gail?
Maybe I would take even more risks. I've learned a lot since my 'apprenticeship' at fashion photographer Martijn Senders (October 2015-March 2017), which includes taking risks and be open to all options, but sometimes I'm still a little bit shy. But I'm still learning!

Who is your hero Gail, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
My hero? That's a difficult one. I have always loved photography and fashion, but I've never thought of doing it until my friend said 'Just do it'. When I had the chance to assist Martijn Senders with shoots for fashion magazines and other jobs, I fell in love with this world, and I am determined to be as good as he is. So in a sense, he's also a little bit of a hero to me, maybe more of a role model I guess? Last but not least my dad and my grandfather, they both were always busy with their camera, and I think I just copied them in that way. So maybe it's in my genes after all!

How important are creative education courses Gail? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I find them very important and useful. When I was 17, I started my education in Fine Arts in Education, which I completed at age 21. Although I didn't end up working as a teacher, I did learn a lot during my education there. You're not only learning a lot about yourself, but you also learn how to see things, work with other people and the importance for younger people having a creative education. It's a way of expressing yourself, without using direct words.

Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Just dare to take the step and don't be afraid of learning new things. Everybody starts at one point, and is capable of growing. Two years ago I could not even guess that I would have my own studio and that I had the opportunity to work with so much other talented people with the same passion that I have. I'm not there yet, but it's the best decision I've made until now.

Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognised.
Photographer: Gail Meijer @gailmeijervisuals
Styling: Jessica Arthur @jessica.abena
MUAH: Britt Snellink @brittsnellink
Model: Lisanne Duyfjes via Division Model Management @lisanne.d @division_models