Bob Sizoo is an 18 year old photographer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As you can probably tell from his feature on The Hub Highlight, his main focus currently lies on photography. When Bob is not photographing, he dedicates his spare time to painting and also creating videos.
Bob is part of the well-traveled Sizoo family, and is one of the three Insta-famous Sizoo Brothers. Though a lot of people know him because of the trinity formed with his brothers Bastiaan and Willem, Bob is developing and articulating his own voice as a young artist.
Amsterdam and London serve as creative hubs that trigger his creativity. Whether it’s fashion, photography or art – the vibrant environment that Bob works and lives in continues to find its translation to his work.
Q: How did you get started in photography?
A: My family and I have been travelling the world since I was born and My eldest brothers @bastiaansizoo has been fanatic about photography basically since he could walk. Bastiaan always won these kids photography competitions. I used to be very jealous about it so decided to give photography a try at the age of 12. That was when Instagram just launched. Together with my brothers I explored the area where we lived in the Netherlands. Our photos of the Dutch countryside in a foggy scene were received well on Instagram. When I got older I was able to travel more to cities where I explored street photography and portraiture and also met other photographers.
Q: At what moment did you know you wanted to make photography a career?
A: I never intended to do photography as a career, it just happened. I got my first paid job at the age of 14 and now four years later I’ve been lucky enough to work with brands like Dior, Adidas, Panasonic, The van Gogh museum and many more. I now figured that photography or visual art is something I want to do the rest of my life. Video and Painting are interests of mine where I’d like to grow in as well.
Q: What has been the most testing moment of your photo career?
A: Constantly improving and identifying my visual style, as a creative it’s important to keep improving and to create your own identity. Every time I post a photo to Instagram I want the next to be even better. I think if you create with this mindset your work will never disappoint and you’ll create out of your comfort zone easier.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
A: Being able to make a living from what I love to do is the best.
Q: What advice would you give to those who want to make photography their career?
A: Networking is key, create your own visual identity (it’s important to have your own unique style), invest in your craft, take a lot of photos (practice makes perfect), observe and look at other photographers work, get inspiration from it and see how you could adapt their style in your own.
Follow Bob on Instagram.