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Tanneke Petoom: Light Fantastic

Image by Tanneke Petoom

If photography is all about light, then any photographer could do much worse than to study the work of Dutch photographer Tanneke Petoom. I’ve been following her feed on Instagram since I first joined and I freely admit I am utterly in awe of her mastery of light. What wouldn’t I give to watch her shooting.

Tanneke is one of the leading lights (ahem) of the Fotoblur community (which is worth a visit in itself) and contributor to the Fotoblur online magazine –

Image by Tanneke Petoom

Her work is portrait-based but has a very unique tonal quality. Her most frequently used subjects are her daughters, but all are beautifully styled – high key, clean white light, flawless compexions and features, nordic/arian features, a confident but expressionless gaze…

Her daughter Isabelle especially is one of the most distinctive young “models” you will ever see. Simultaneously self-assured and cherubic, Isabelle is clearly a photographer’s dream. The confidence of her gaze is perhaps due to the obvious mother-daughter rapport but the results speak for themselves.

Image by Tanneke Petoom

Tanneke’s daughter Isabelle. Image by Tanneke Petoom

Quite simply, these are among the most exquisite portraits I have ever seen, timeless yet contemporary. See more at

Image by Tanneke Petoom

Image by Tanneke Petoom


4 responses

  1. mattleachphotography

    These are beautiful and I certainly will attempting some with this style. Thanks for introducing me to her work!

    June 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    • Glad you like them, Matt. I think they’re just breath-taking.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  2. Thank you very much, what a surprise!

    January 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    • Thank YOU Tanneke – so many of my students and club members have said how much they loved your work.

      February 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm

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