Q&A with Marc de Groot – Photographer

The summer-residing photographer is a household name here in Ibiza.

Marc de Groot is a bubbly, and well-loved character amongst the islands residents.

Along with his amazing skills behind the camera, he’s also a dab-hand on the decks, appearing on stage at clubs such as O Beach, for their popular Hot Bed parties.

We wanted the lowdown on his creative photography career, to give you a little insight into his exciting professional life here in Ibiza.

Here’s his Q&A!

Q: What career did you see for yourself growing up?

    A: I can’t actually remember, but it definitely wasn’t photography!
    Q: What made you choose this path?
    A: I kind of fell into it by chance. Back in 2005 I found a clubbing website called dontstayin.com and I started to take photos in the clubs, as well as DJ’ing.  It grew very quickly from there.
    Q: What made you choose Ibiza as your summer home?
    A: I used to get booked to take photos at various parties by promoters in London. I started shooting in Ibiza in 2006. As every year went by, I would visit more frequently for work. It got to the point where I was spending more time in Ibiza than I was in the UK, so from 2012 I decided to base myself there every summer!
O Beach Ibiza - Alexandra Rose Creative
O Beach Ibiza – Alexandra Rose Creative
    Q: What’s your favourite venue to work with on the island and why?
    A: Any outdoor party is better than inside a club in my personal opinion, but Benimussa is probably my favourite party venue for photography work.
    Q:  What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

A: There’s two! The first was being on Britan’s Next Top Model as a photographer back in 2007,  and the second was doing press shots for Carl Cox.

Carl Cox - Marc de Groot photography
Carl Cox – Marc de Groot photography

Q:  Epic work fail?

A: Turning up to shoot at a club and forgetting to take spare batteries! I had to drive back home and get them mid-shoot. I won’t say which party it was, but thankfully no one noticed!

Q: What can we expect to see from you this summer in Ibiza?

A: Hopefully more of the same, club photos and videos, DJ press shots, weddings and music videos. It obviously all depends on how the season pans out with recent events.

Q:  If you could give one piece of advice to budding photographers, what would it be?

A: Keep practicing all the time. Take photos wherever you go, and don’t have a business plan! Just enjoy the journey and see where it takes you!

We’re looking forward to seeing more work from Marc this coming summer, in the meantime you can see some more of his amazing shots via his Facebook page, Instagram or his website.

 

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