Learn how to create mis-en-scene portraits by mastering natural light, shape, posture and gaze. Learn how to balance what is wanted as a photographer and what the subject is willing to give. Develop an intuitive approach to portraits by improving your capacity of feeling about the subject and not only seeing.
Hellen van Meene was born in 1972 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. From 1992 to 1996, she studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. During this time, she briefly studied at the College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1995.
Since the mid-1990s, van Meene has garnered attention for her staged, yet intimate, photographs of adolescent girls and androgynous boys. Her formal and lighting sensibility is partially informed by her Dutch predecessors like Johannes Vermeer and she originally chose her subjects within her hometown of Alkmaar. However, within the last decade she has gathered models from abroad, notably Russia and Japan.