When I'm photographing and directing people I want them to be their selves, that it seems like they are not posing. It must have a snapshot feel. The viewer has to believe that the image is real, while it is sometimes completely staged. Due to the way I work and my contact with the model, their personality pop's out of the image. It doesn't matter whether they are models, ordinary people or children.


Arjaan Hamel works i.a. for Hema, Bijenkorf, Zwitserleven, Shoeby, Mc Gregor, Harrods, Hero, Marie Claire, Nike and Intersport.