about
Ruud.

Let me start by welcoming you to my website. I really appreciate you reading this page to get to know me a bit better. I hope you are doing well!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ruud Claessen. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Roughly 30 years ago, when I was in elementory school, there were 3 young lads with the same first name. There was Ruud B., Ruud P., and then there was me. Every time the class had a test or an assignment, we had to add the first letter of our surnames to avoid confusion with the teacher. Hence the name ‘RUUDC’.

About 15 years ago I got seriously infected with the photography virus and I’ve been ill ever since. I bought my first (2 megapixel!) digital camera at a local pharmacy, along with a 64 MegaBytes (not Gigabytes!) memory card, the biggest one at the time.

A little less than a year later, I bought my first DSLR camera, and photography became a serious hobby of mine. At that time, I mostly shot abstract work, but after a while I also started doing portraits, mostly of friends and colleagues. In 2007 I shot my first wedding, my uncle’s.

Things went out of hand and kept getting out of hand until where we are now. 

around the world.

Other than being a photographer, I am human. Ever since I was a little child, music has been an important factor in my life. Especially beautiful lyrics and guitar play never fail to give me goosebumps. There’s a pretty nice ‘Strat’ in my living room that I like to play every now and then.

I can be endlessly fascinated by psychology, philosophy, technology and space exploration. I have a soft spot for mechanical watches, good coffee & food (sushi!) and Friends. My guilty pleasure is smoking a good longfiller cigar every now and then. I’m impulsive, stubborn and intuitive and I let me gut feeling guide me. I love to really get to know my wedding couples so I can capture them as their authentic selves. I can be a real scatterbrain sometimes, but in the end everything works out. 

One of my favorite things in the world is traveling with my wonderful partner Carine, with whom I share my passions for exploring and photography. If there’s anything I’ve learned during my travels, it’s the fact that I can feel at home anywhere in the world. Which is very great when shooting weddings, where every day is different.

Will you join me on my journey?

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meet
the team.

Elmo - CEO
Yuka - Logistics

Before they get mad at me, I don’t want to forget my ‘crew’. Allow me to introduce you to Elmo, Yuka and Sammie. I call them my employees but basically all they do is sleep, eat, play and repeat. 

I love these three rascals. It can be a full house at times, but they’re my babies.

meet the team.

Before they get mad at me, I don’t want to forget my ‘crew’. Allow me to introduce you to Elmo, Yuka and Sammie. I call them my employees but basically all they do is sleep, play, eat and repeat. 

I love these three rascals. It can be a full house at times, but they’re my babies.

it all starts
with a click.

A five letter word used to describe the sound a camera makes when taking a photograph. But also: a word to describe the chemistry that occurs when people have an instant connection.

Whatever definition you use, both are of great importance. A click between two people can become love, a click from my camera can become a memory that lasts forever. It is my passion to capture the emotions, expressions, intimacy and chemistry during a bridal session.

And very importantly: have an amazing time doing so.

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your story.

This was my story. Will you tell me yours? I’d love to get to know you better. Fill out the contact form below and we’ll schedule a coffee-date soon. Tea is an option as well.

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