I love sharing my passion with everyone. On request, I arrange lectures for photo clubs or photo events. During the presentation I’ll take you with me in my experience, discoveries and experiences in nature.

A Presentation last from 1.5 hours to 2 hours incl. one or more short audio visual movies.

Different types of presentations I can offer.

  • Creatieve macrofotography.
  • Lensbaby macrofotography.
  • A mix of macrofotografie and Lensbaby fotografie.
  • My creative journey in photography. From macro photography to experimental and abstract landscape photography. 
  • Smarphonephotography.

I give presentations both live on stage as online.

Would you like to know more or make an appointment. Please send a message via the contact form

Pictures made on Nature talks festival: Wim Wilmers
Pictures made on Pixperience NXT LVL: Janet Klaver
Pictures made at the fotoclub Rivierenland: Tom Smit
Pictures made at fotoclub Ommen: Ingrid Hakkert


  • E-book Abstract Landscape.
    ‘De Waal bewogen’

Interview by Kristel Schneider

Interview by Kristel Schneider, May 2015

For me, creativity flows best when I go into nature with an open mind. No planning at all.

For me, creativity flows best when I go into nature with an open mind. No planning at all.

Light, passion and creativity are three elements Andrea combines in her beautiful photography art work.
Thanks to Facebook I got introduced to this creative Dutch photographer, one of the good things about social media, you can get connected to new talented people. After reading more about Andrea I think I can add a fourth element, words. Next to photography she likes to combine words with images, her weekly quotes are very much appreciated on her Facebook page.

Can you introduce yourself in a few lines explaining your background and how you got introduced to (nature) photography?

As a child I liked to stroll through nature. One day my dad gave me his old analogue SLR camera which made me very happy. As a family we would often  go to the mountains on holiday and I always took the camera with me. We walked a lot and during these long walks I always took pictures of nature in all its variety. I think that’s when my love for nature and photography started. Unfortunately, this camera didn’t live very long. At the age of twenty I started in the fashion industry, where I designed graphic prints for children’s clothing. For work I had to travel to Asia and in Europe and during these visits a small compact camera was always in my bag. During photography trips I also did fashion styling for the company brochures of different brands I had worked for. Fashion photography doesn’t suit me, but I can still remember the beautiful places we explored and the wonderful light situations. After a number of years working for a boss I decided to become a freelancer because I had the need for freedom. During this period I met my partner for whom photography is also a hobby. On our first holiday I took photos every now and then with his SLR camera. Then from that moment it started to itch again. I had missed that viewfinder and the use of different lenses. The next holiday I had my own digital SLR camera. My passion for macro photography started in our garden. I am a self-taught photographer and I learned by experimenting. After the first experiments, I left the garden and went into nature again to discover more. And up till know I am still discovering.

Last year you made the big step to become a full time photographer, a step a lot of people would dream of but not dare to take, can you tell us what made you decide to follow your dream and about the biggest challenges you had to face.

I am an intuitive person and I take most decisions with the heart. I do not think or analyze that much, I just do if it feels good to me. I did the same when I decided to start as a freelance designer. One day I came to work and felt that this wasn’t an inspiring setting any longer. Before I knew it I was in the office of my boss and I told him I was going to quit. Just like that. When something feels so strong I have to follow my intuition. Of course I had my doubts afterwards but that was only my head because in my heart I knew that I had made the right choice. And it was the right decision since my own business was doing very well for many years. When I restarted with the photography in 2006 I instantly felt this would be very important to me in the near future. The only question was how and when? It primarily remained a hobby  beside my job as a graphic designer. Three years ago I came up with the idea of teaching workshops. But I immediately put the idea aside as a result of a lack of faith. I thought “What do I have to offer, I am not doing anything special…?”
I didn’t follow a course or study in photography, so who am I to think that I can teach workshops? To have faith in myself was my biggest challenge. Although I knew that photography would be my next challenge, I also knew that I was not ready yet. Just like many other things my photography came right out of my heart, based on feeling or emotion and “technique” meant nothing to me. I knew exactly what I did for myself, but to make it clear to other people is totally different. I have used two extra years to grow into my own photography, to create my own recognizable style and to find a way to share it with others in a way that suits me. The overwhelming enthusiastic comments and wonderful results after the first workshops gave me the confidence to move forward and to take the next step: to stop as a freelance graphic designer. Of course this was a big step and it is not possible yet to live just on photography but with the support of my partner and his confidence in me I am sure I will manage. I am convinced that as long as you follow your heart and if you have faith in what you you succeed in the end.

The subjects and compositions of your images are often ‘dreamy’. By playing with depth of field and natural light you created your personal style. Can you explain how you built up your images, do you go with the flow and let the subject decide your composition or do you prepare your images beforehand by knowing your subject and surrounding?

For me, creativity flows best when I go into nature with an open mind. No planning at all. I have tried it once, but that worked counter productively. It totally blocks me and as soon as I let it go, creativity is there again. I am not a person who  goes for ‘innovative’ pictures either. I just want to enjoy and take photos which make me happy. When I look through my camera I feel a strong bond with nature and everything goes naturally. I can sit down somewhere spontaneously and from that moment I just look through the camera and start exploring. By photographing that way my flow rises and the pictures appear by themselves. Sometimes it seems as if nature takes me by the hand and shows me its beauty. For me the most important element in my pictures is “the light”. Eight years ago I read in a photo magazine that you could learn a lot “by reading the light in pictures”. I really had no clue what they were talking about. However this sentence always stayed on my mind and now I understand and underline the importance. Light is always challenging.

‘An image says more than words’ . Moreover you like to combine images and words in one frame.
Can you tell us the thoughts behind this ?

I always had a weak-spot for text and I think that might be caused by my graphic background. The combination of text and image has always been fascinating to me. Text and image can reinforce each-other. Although to my opinion an images should speak for itself, I sometimes have a feeling the picture is out of balance or is missing something. Text then can make it more complete. In addition, I love quotes. I like to set people thinking on certain topics. The quotes are not mine but I find them on the internet. I am a spiritual person but I like to keep both feet very firmly on the ground. Spirituality has brought me a lot in particularly in creating my self-image and defining how I want to live. Photography has also taught me more about myself and it has changed me at a certain stage. It gave inner peace, and it brought me closer to myself.

What are your personal photography goals for 2014 and what would you like to achieve in photography in the long term? Do you have any exhibitions or other events coming up ?

Of course, I hope the workshops will continue to be as successful as they are at the moment. I am very happy the way things work out now. I love to share my passion and knowledge with people. In addition, I still have some wishes like my own book for example. I have already made a good start but it’s on hold because not all the pictures are there to complete the book so as to to tell the story. So, that’s still work in progress. Exhibitions will also continue although nothing has been planned for the coming month. This season I am invited by two photography clubs to give a lecture. This is a new development for me and I am really excited. I also would love to bring people closer to nature and photography. Using my knowledge, my images and with music as an additional dimension. I have an idea, but this has to evolve too. I see that as ‘my’ future music.

Can you share some of your personal photographs you like best?

And can tell us about the conditions and your emotions when you captured this image?
Perhaps it might be a bit strange but when asking for my favorite picture I will not come up with a macro-photo. Probably because I have made so many and this kind of photography is so me. Landscape photography, however, is more challenging for me and if I finally manage to make a good picture it makes me intensely happy. This picture was made during our holiday in Brazil, at the waterfalls of Iguaçu. Facing the Victoria Falls a couple of years ago I thought there couldn’t be a more beautiful place than that but I was wrong. The Iguaçu falls are overwhelming. We stayed at the park so we could make use of the very first light till the very last. That is what we have done for two full days. It’s very special to see how the same location changes during the day just by the movement of the sun. The light at sunset had my preference and I was fascinated by the glowing water and the birds. The light and the atmosphere also in this type of photography remain the most important for me and both were there, through the mist and the evening sun. In this case I made use of a tripod which I never use for my macro photography. I have also used
a Lee filter. I have made a whole series of pictures but this one is certainly my favorite.

Andrea had a look at Kristel’s website ( and picked out some images that really popped out for her.
She explains why:

(c) Kristel Schneider

1. My favorite picture from Kristel is this one. As much as I love light, I also have a weak spot for darkness in pictures. I think you made a perfect balance of those two in this shot. The composition is very strong. The small delicate drop is beautiful in the ‘spotlight’.  It really touches me with its serenity and loneliness.

2.  I love it out of focus in a picture. You still can see what kind of birds they are. Beautiful to see how you used your creativity to make your own perception of it. The light on the water surface is beautiful.

 3. In this delicate picture I really love how you have used the light. The softness all around brings your eyes right to the subject. The way the two flowers are reaching out to the light…just like they are telling their own story. Beautiful and sensitive.

4. Just Beautiful. The movement and colours, I love it.  Strong composition. Sometimes you don’t need to say more you just have to look and enjoy.

Original Interview Read here. 

Interview met Sylvia Adams

Interview date: 28 December 2014

Date of birth: 30th of November 1966

How did you become passionate about nature photography?

Nature has always had an enormous attraction to me. As a child I liked to stroll through nature. My dad gave me his old analog SLR camera and it was love at first sight. My passion for macro photography started years later in our garden and after experimenting for a short time, I left the garden and went into nature again to discover more. It makes me very happy and it gives me inner peace, but also a lot of energy.

What do you take with you on a photoshoot?

Besides my Nikon D700, Macrolens 105mm and Lensbaby I always take my umbrella with me to keep my subjects in the shade. I also bring along a ‘bankstick’, which makes it possible to lift the umbrella so I can use it for higher subjects.

What subject do you prefer to photograph and why?

I love everything in nature and I like to create my own perspective on subjects. So there is not a specific subject I prefer. I like weed as much as I like flowers. And fallen leaves or broken ferns as much as I like toadstools. I just go into the field with an open mind and let nature surprise me. That’s what makes me happy and makes my creativity flow.

What is your favorite nature preserve?

There are several areas in Holland where I like to go to. In springtime I love to go to the small Amelisweerd forest. During autumn I prefer the beautiful colors in the Amerongse Bos and Speulderbos. The Leersumse Veld is always a beautiful place to visit with great variety of nature. During spring I also like to visit Hallerbos in Belgium.

What is your favorite shooting position?

It really doesn’t matter as long as it gives me a nice background and light conditions. Sometimes I have to move my body in an impossible twist to get this.

Which nature photographer do you admire?

There are so many inspiring photographers in the Netherlands and abroad. I love photographers who are passionate and creative in their work and pushing boundaries. It’s important that a picture touches me regardless who took the picture.

What quality must a nature photographer absolutely have?

Passion and patience, these two qualities are in my opinion fundamental for being creative.

Which light situation do you prefer?

I like to work with different light situations. That means that I use the beautiful morning glories or sunsets but also the light in the middle of the day. During sunny hours you can get warm and intense colors by putting the subject in the shade and playing with the light in the background.

Which setting do you prefer: Manual-Aperture Priority-Shutter Priority?

For macro photography I always use aperture priority mode because I like to be in charge of my depth of field. Besides this I work with under- and over exposure.

In percentage terms how much time do you take to create an image and to process the image?

I always try to make the image ready to print into the field. That can be in a few seconds but also an hour or more. So 95 % is creating and the rest is post processing.

Which processing program do you use?

I use Nikon Transfer for transferring the pictures. After transferring I use Adobe Lightroom for post processing.

Do you have any advice for future nature photographers?

Enter nature open minded and be surprised. Shoot not only with your head but also with your heart. Dare to try and dare to be different. Go ‘out of your box’ every now and then.

Original interview read here.

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Mobiography juni 2020

Andrea Gulickx is a photographer from the Netherlands who has embraced the versatility that the smartphone offers.....


'Interview by Kristel Schneider May 2015'

'For me, creativity flows best when I go into nature with an open mind. No planning at all.'


Interview by Sylvia Adams August 2014

'Nature has always had an enormous attraction to me. As a child I liked to stroll through nature.'


‘I found I could say things

 With color and shapes

 That I couldn’t say any other way

 Things I had no words for!’

By Georgia O’Keeffe


Here you can find my portfolio. Macro, abstract landscapes, city and smartphone photography.

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About Andrea:

As a professional and creative photographer, Andrea Gulickx is known for her workshops and presentations on macro photography, abstract landscapes and smartphone photography.

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  • E-book Abstract Landscape.
    ‘De Waal bewogen’

Interview in Mobiography

Embracing the Smartphone With Andrea Gulickx.

June 2020, By Andy Butler.

Andrea Gulickx is a photographer from the Netherlands who has embraced the versatility that the smartphone offers and has been sharing her photographic passion through Instagram and the workshops that she runs at various locations around the world.

Her portfolio of images is a beautiful mixture of nature, macro, urban and abstract imagery. In her photos, Andrea makes excellent use of elements such as light, blur, patterns and symmetry to create some interesting and, at times, abstract images.

Andrea has regularly been featured in Mobiography’s weekly hashtag challenges, so I wanted to find out more about her approach, her work and the workshops that she runs, and see what drives her passion for taking photos with her smartphone.

To start with, tell us a bit about your photographic journey and how you first discovered smartphone photography.

Before I became a nature photographer, I worked in the fashion industry as a freelance designer for children’s clothing. Artwork and patterns were my specialties. In 2007, I started doing photography alongside my fashion work. Then, in 2012, I turned it into a business. I began by giving macro photography workshops, and in 2015, I stopped doing fashion work and became a full-time photographer.

As a creative person, I need a new challenge every two or three years. So, after the macro photography workshops, I started getting creative with Lensbaby lenses from the U.S. and added these to my workshop program.

Macro photography has always been a passion of mine. I’m an autodidact photographer who works from the heart. I never follow the rules, only my intuition, and I love to experiment.

Landscape photography was a logical next step for me, playing with abstract landscaping using the intentional camera movement (ICM) technique.

In 2017, I published my book De Waal Bewogen with abstract landscape images of the river Waal, which flows close to my home. I used ICM as well as multiple exposure in-camera techniques. I’m not really a project person, but this book is an exception and took me two years to complete.

I then realized I started to miss the graphical part of my old work, the graphic lines and shapes. During a city trip where I was using my iPhone as a camera, I discovered the exciting graphical possibilities of urban photography. I was hooked!

In 2018, I started giving smartphone photography workshops in the cities of Rotterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven and Amsterdam. I loved it so much that I added Lensbaby to the city workshops.

Furthermore, I now speak at photography seminars and do photoshoots for magazines. Last year, I was invited by Jackie Kramer to go to Alaska and Seattle to deliver my workshops on macro photography. It was an amazing experience for me.

What drives and inspires your interest in smartphone photography?

As much as I love to photograph with my DSLR camera, I shoot more pictures with my iPhone, as it’s always with me. I take photos with it every day, especially on holidays. I love to work with different perspectives, lines, shapes, light, shadow play and reflections.

With the smartphone, you can shoot fast and it’s lightweight. I love the HDR feature in the camera for landscaping. You don’t need filters. It’s so easy to work with and delivers great results, and the apps make it an even more fun and creative experience.

I used to want to shoot film, but my DSLR camera does not give me this ability. So, I started using my iPhone for filming and editing. This saved me from buying an expensive new camera and regretting it later. I do love it!

As a professional photographer, what do you find are the major differences between shooting with your DSLR and smartphone, and when do you prefer to use one over the other?

The lightweight and small size of the smartphone enables flexibility to try many different perspectives. It’s great for playing with light and seeing the results instantly. Working with my iPhone has made me even more creative and aware of my surroundings. I like the creativity and freedom smartphone apps provide. I don’t like to use Photoshop on a computer, and I’ve never done that with DSLR photos.

I use my iPhone when I’m in the city and out in nature and when I don’t want to carry a lot of equipment. For macro photography, I still prefer my DSLR.

Your Instagram feed is a mixture of distinct subjects and styles – macro, architecture, nature, landscape and abstract. What is it about these subjects that fascinate you so, and do you have a favorite?

I’m interested in many things, and it wasn’t my goal to create a beautiful feed. I simply like to share short stories of three pictures in one style or subject. The feed is about showing what you can do with the smartphone. As for my favorite subjects to shoot using the smartphone, I would have to say urban city and architecture are amongst my favorites.

Tell us about your approach to the way you compose and frame your photos.

I like wide-angled smartphone shots, especially in the city. When you hold your smartphone camera as close as you can against a wall, a glass surface or the ground, your shot will be more dynamic and surprising than when taken at eye-level. The distinct foreground will instantly pull you into the image. Symmetry can also make a shot very strong.

Also, try shooting through openings, like a hole in the wall, creating a natural frame for your subject. By placing small subjects in front of your lens, you create blurriness in the foreground; this gives your shot an extra dimension and added depth.

How important is light to you, and what do you think people should look for to capture good light?

Light, darkness and shadow-play are very important to me, as they are for every photographer, I think. It can make or break your photo. I like to create moody shots with more darkness by underexposing or create lighter shots by overexposing.

The combination of light and shadow is challenging for me. In cities, I’m always looking for shadows from buildings or from people. Having a hard backlight behind a subject creates interesting silhouettes.

With macro photography, I like to put my subject in the shade with the sun behind it. This results in softer colors and more depth in the shot. I use the macro smartphone lenses from Olloclip but also have a macro lens by Moment.

You mentioned your abstract landscaping with ICM. Tell us more about ICM, what it is, what sort of effects you get and how people can use this technique themselves.

With the ICM technique, I move my camera around with my hands while using a longer shutter speed. The effect is that it adds movement to your shot, giving it an abstract and dynamic look. In the daytime, you need to use filters; otherwise, your images will be overexposed easily. The outcome of the movement in your image depends greatly on how you move your camera around. You also need to pay attention to the shutter speed, so you have to experiment a lot with this. It’s not easy to get a shot that will please the eye instantly; you have to practice a lot. I like it because the outcome is always different and surprising.

What apps do you use to shoot and edit your photos? Is there a process or methodology that you apply to your post-production editing?

I don’t have a specific post-production editing process that I follow. Some images I don’t really edit at all. If I do, I use the native smartphone app or Snapseed. To me, it works the other way around.

I have a lot of apps on my phone that I hardly ever use. When I have some spare time, I may flick through apps I’m not familiar with and just start playing. It’s very random, not a plan at all, just experimenting.

Some of my favorite apps are Bluristic, the ICM app and AvgCamPro, which enables you to work with multi-exposure in-camera. I like to work with the double-exposure option in Snapseed and play with video apps like Into Live and Videoleap from Enlight.

A great app for symmetry is MRRW. It’s a built-in option you have to buy when you have the SKRWT app.

Tell us more about your workshops.

I give workshops in the cities of Arnhem, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Eindhoven, as well as in the botanical gardens of Utrecht. I start my smartphone workshops over coffee by explaining the possibilities of using different native phone apps. We then head out and start shooting in the beautiful railway stations these cities have. Each city has its own route that always ends back at the station.

During these tours, I show the participants what they can do with perspective, light, shadow-play and reflections in an urban environment.

Participants learn to look and photograph in a new way. We also work with two or three creative apps and use some fun tools that I only show and tell during the workshops.

The workshop participants can try smartphone lenses from Olloclip, and during the garden workshop, we work with macro lenses, too. You can find out more about the workshop program on my website

After these workshops, you’ll never walk in a city the way you did before; you will always be seeing new photo opportunities.

What is the greatest lesson you learned on your photographic journey?

I’ve learned to always follow your heart. Do whatever you like to do, take photos the way it suits you. You can learn from feedback, but don’t let it hold you back. Follow your passion. People may not understand what you are doing or won’t like your experiments, and that’s fine.

The Story Behind My Favorite Photos…

I don’t have favorite photos, but I do have photos that come to mind because of the learning experience or the special moments they were taken.


This picture is taken in Thailand at sunset. Normally, I prefer to take the shot from a higher angle so you can see the reflection of colors better on the water. But after many attempts, I decided to put my horizon with the silhouettes higher and make the water the most important subject in the frame. I love the shadows in the ripples and how the sun reflects in the water. This angle made the shot much more interesting to me.


In the summer of 2017, I experienced problems with my back. Photographing with a DSLR was not an option when we went on a holiday to Romania. I decided to take photos and to start filming with my smartphone instead. It was the best decision I made. I learned so much. During one of our walks in Boekarest, I discovered this tree on a bicycle lane. I’m always looking for hidden subjects. When you look close enough, you can see so much more than you see at first sight. A great imagination will help, too.


This shot was taken with the AvgCamPro app. This app enables you to take several pictures simultaneously and blends them into one shot (multi-exposure). You can set a shooting interval between the shots. The first shot is a close-up taken of the warnings sign with small lights in front of the moving walkway. The second shot is taken of the subway tunnel. The interval was seven seconds, so I had enough time to look for a nice frame.


I like this photo because it holds all elements I love in one shot: backlight with a silhouette, shadow and the reflection of an urban environment. I just love this mood.

Connect with Andrea Gulickx

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Video Inspiration

Op deze pagina staan videos’s die mij inspirerend of die ik grappig vind. Veel kijkplezier.

Jimmy Nelson portret fotograaf bij TEDX Amsterdam

Harley van Tom Teller. Mooi gemaakt,ontroerend.

Saga….. durf jezelf te zijn….

Chasing ice  is het verhaal van een eenmans missie om het getijde van geschiedenis te veranderen door onbetwistbaar bewijsmateriaal van klimaatverandering te verzamelen. Indrukwekkend.

Haiku inspiratie

Haiku inspiratie van diverse dichters

in de motregen

schenken de klimrozen licht

aan het hemelrond


even stilstaan

bij de boeken in mijn kast


-Leidy de Boer

die arme zwever!

hemel en aarde draagt hij

als zomerkleren


op karperkoppen

die uit het water steken

trommelt de regen


wild schommelt

de gaai op de pindakorf

– ook ondersteboven

-Leidy de Boer-

een gebroken brug

daarachter staan zo eenzaam

de wilgebomen


van elke bomen

de bloesems zijn weet ik niet

maar wat een parfum



de wind laat ze buigen

boven het paadje

-Leidy de Boer-

als herinnering

op een klaproos gelaten

de vlindervleugels



van madeliefjes

kransjes vlechten

-Leidy de Boer-

eerste herfsdagen

de zee is als een rijstveld

dat diepe blauwgroen


diep onder water

legt zich op de rotsen stil

het loof der bomen


op een paddestoel

is een blad dat ik niet ken

vast blijven kleven


koel ochtendgloren

wind ruist over hoog water

wilgen polijstend

-Andrea Gulickx-

sjierpende sprinkhaan

precies een roodpapieren



dan is het winter-

een laagje ijs op de gracht

een veertje glijdt langs