Misja (1971) was born in a little rural village in the Netherlands, called Liessel. After her secondary school she moved to the city of Nijmegen, where she still lives so far.
It is since 1993, when she started the study Photographic Design on the Art Academy in the Hague, that photography became an important part of her life.
After this study she started working as an employee in a photostore where nowadays photo finishing is her main task. A task that suits her well seen her love for images and photography.
Since 2002, when she met her current boyfriend Edwin Giesbers, who is a professional nature photographer, Misja focused entirely on nature photography. She now has specialized in macro subjects such as flowers, insects and toadstools. She has a sharp eye for color, detail, form and composition. While using very little depth of field in combination with colourful surroundings, she creates ‘fairytail-like’ and mysterious images with an abstract character. Therefore her pictures have resulted in a surprising and creative oeuvre.
Misja has won several awards, including a first prize, in leading international nature photo competitions, such as the European Nature Photographer of the Year (GDT Germany), Asferico (Italy), Glanzlichter (Germany), Argus (België) and Oasis (Italy). Moreover she was overall winner of the anual photo contest of the Dutch nature magazine Grasduinen in 2010. The total collection of her winning images is shown in the ‘AWARDS’ page of this website.
Also she has published images, including some covers, and portfolios in national and international magazines like Naturfoto (Germany), Asferico (Italy), Grasduinen and Roots (the Netherlands) and Outdoor Photography (United Kingdom).
In 2011 Misja has published a book called ‘Small Surprising’. This book is showing a large collection of her macro pictures. You can find the book on the ‘PRODUCT’ page of this website.
“In some ways nature photography for me is like escaping from all the external stimuli of daily life. When shooting I take myself on a journey into another world. In this macro world, surrounded with nature and its insects, flowers and toadstools, I try to find inner silence.
The biggest challenge for me is to visualize these precious moments into surprising images.”