In short; I’m a cinematographer and filmmaker specialized in stories about nature and people. Most of my work has been for long-length high profile documentaries made for cinema.

Being able to work with film gives me the tools to record the stories I see around us in daily life and bring these stories to the general public. Whether this is a story about people, culture, or wildlife. From the first day of holding a camera, I knew this would be the way for me to combine my passion for the outdoors and wildlife with my love for film(s). 


For me, the best approach to my work is story-driven. This is where the core of my work lies and this will always be the way I approach a sequence or film. To me, my work is at its best when the story is resolved in framing, in light, or in (the absence) of movement. Additional education in screenwriting as well as experience in editing and directing helps me understand the ways of storytelling in my images.


I’d like to approach my assignments with a balance between efficiency and creative freedom. The sooner I’m involved in a project I’m able to approach my work in this way. Over the years there have been moments where I could assist in the research, budget, and/or pre-production in a way that eventually came back in both money and efficiency during production.


Over the years I’ve gained a strong technical background and a wide knowledge of camera techniques and postproduction workflows. This background helps me find solutions to unique shooting requirements, quickly solve problems under difficult circumstances and help me approach the story in a way that often resolves into, but is not limited to, technical challenges. 


From microscopic sea sparkle to giant humpback whales. From miniature creepy crawlers to African elephants. I’ve been working on natural history films and documentaries for more than 10 years. During this time I have developed experience in using Longlens, Macro, High Speed, studio set design, drone, Infrared, trail and remote cameras, and Motion control time-lapse.


Having worked and/or traveled to most of Europe, the US, Central America, Africa, and Asia has brought me good experience of the world and traveling with equipment. I am based in the exact center of the Netherlands, close to a variety of Dutch and German airports which makes travel very easy. I speak good English and know my way in German and Spanish and some French.


I own quite a list of equipment including cameras. Read more on the equipment page.


I’m a proud member of the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers as well as IAWF and GTC.

All the best,

Dick Harrewijn