After working in a corporate setting at De Zuidas in Amsterdam it was time for a change. I followed my heart and passion and started CHANTALLE LAURENT. I turned my name into a brand. Since making the leap all pieces have come together.
MY CAREER AS A photographer
It all started during my study at the Academy of Art in 's-Hertogenbosch. I loved spending all day in the darkroom experimenting with analogue photography, expanded my skills in branding and graduated in design. With all these creative tools in my pocket I moved to Amsterdam and started to work as a Graphic Designer at the Marketing department of a global organisation that taught me the commercial side. After five years I was ready for a change. That's when my entrepreneurship journey began.
I started shooting photos at several events of The Entourage Group in Amsterdam. It grew from there. I specialised in capturing the spark of connection, energy, atmosphere and essence of events such as private parties, press events, corporate events and weddings. Like a chameleon I dress up for any occasion with outfits that suit the theme. My experience allows me to be in the right place at the right time. Beside event photography I'm helping entrepreneurs, startups and organizations to increase their visibility with personal branding and content creation. Have a look at my 'Photography PORTFOLIO'.
ORGANIzING uNIQUE EVENTS IN AMSTERDAM
At the same time eight years ago, my second career took off. Working as a Door Host at speak-easy bar The Butcher Amsterdam gave me the opportunity to organise an event there. What had started just for fun turned out to become a great success. After my first monthly event FTF "First Things First" exclusive gay cocktail nights on Sunday more event concepts followed.
Bringing people together through my social events contributed to the creation of a strong network and community in Amsterdam. I always look for the ultimate ingredients: picking a catchy name, a good timing, a particular venue, a mixed crowd, feel good music, an enthousiast team to work with and the element of surprise, which is always the cherry on the cake. Curious? Check out 'EVENT PRODUCTIONS '.
COMBINING multiple powers
So over the years, I have combined multi potential powers as a creative, event professional, photographer and connector within the hospitality and event industry. Creating experiences, bringing the right people together, building brands and telling visual stories is what I love to do.