I’ve been working in the family business since I was eighteen. It was here, first as a cameraman and later as an editor and producer, that I could satisfy my passion for the moving image. I haven’t touched a camera or video editing set in the last fifteen years, but what I learned about filming and editing is still very useful, and I continue to draw on that experience all the time in what I do today.
When I’m not at work, you can find me with my family or perhaps out running. Or you might look up and see me – I like to fly helicopters. In fact, we have a helipad on the roof of our company building, and you might spot me there, taking some of our international clients to or from the airport.
In June 2010, I celebrated my twentieth year at our company – not counting my teenage after‐school work in the darkroom! Over the years, I’ve learned all I need to know in order to create a beautiful picture right here on the job – from set‐building to retouching to digital editing. In fact, Lukkien was the first European company to embrace digital photography. Even with the “old‐school” Photoshop 1.8, the digital medium offered so many new possibilities. Today, we’re still busy innovating.
Photographs capture moments in time. With them, we create our histories. I hope that the love I have for photography, which comes to me from my father and grandfather, will be something I can pass on to my son, Mack.
In the years that I’ve been at Lukkien, the production and application of marketing media and communication tools have become increasingly more complicated as marketing efforts become more cross‐media and more sophisticated. I’ve always found this evolution, driven by creative and technological innovation, particularly interesting. This is why, as a student at the School of Arts, I focused on the combined field of art, media and technology, and it’s also why I joined Lukkien – a company that offers people the freedom to explore the creative possibilities in this exciting field every day.
Success comes from the efforts of a close‐knit and multi‐talented team, and I’m thrilled to be working with such professional and highly motivated individuals. It’s from them, and from the rare feeling that you’re part of a perfect blend of elements all working together, that I draw my inspiration.
When I joined the company, Mrs. Lukkien said: “Welcome to the family”, and she really meant it. When health problems struck my own family a few years later, I found out how valuable it was to have the additional strength and support that this family firm showed us – the willingness to make that extra effort. And that’s how the company treats its clients as well, because we want to invest in long‐term relationships and in satisfied customers.
I came to Lukkien after finishing Erasmus University in Rotterdam, MScBA and working as an assistant accountant elsewhere. Again, family was at the heart of my decision – my father was already an insurance advisor at Lukkien and he encouraged me to join him here. I’m very glad to say I listened to his advice.
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