Hi!

I’m Karin.

A photographer bringing 25+ years of experience to your table.

Dedicated to teaching you how to capture your wonderful world in expressive photography using ANY camera.

Because honestly…..? It’s not about the camera.

It’s about YOU!

Do You Know the Story of Pippi Longstocking?

I read her adventures to pieces when I was a little girl. Redheaded and freckled just like her. Both having seafaring fathers. Hers as a pirate, mine more legit I’m sorry to say 😉 

My dad and my mom made me while crossing the Atlantic ocean. Infusing me with a forever wandering soul.

By the time I was a mom myself it was still my favorite book to read to my daughter.

“I Am the Sea and Nobody Owns Me.”

– Pippi Longstocking

Pippi’s playful, curious and free spirit evoked a sense of limitless possibilities in me. There’re no barriers but your own.

I treasure the Pippi in me. She’s always looking for new adventures and challenges.

Forever questioning the status quo. When I listen to her I feel alive and in sync with who I am. Life, the universe or whatever you wanna call it treats me with unexpected gifts.

It was the Pippi in me who started to jump up and down when I entered the darkroom of my Art school for the very first time.

I was enchanted by the dark space flooded with red lights and the reservoirs filled with mysterious fluids lined up together.

Mesmerized by the floating pieces of paper slowly giving away their image. 

It was then and there that my lifelong passion for photography was born.

Bumping Heads

There’ve been times her voice was a distant whispering. I stifled her.

Her desires bumped heads with the demands of a grown-up life.

As I’m getting older she speaks up again, claiming her rightful space. It has been her tenacious voice that told me to sell my house and my car and give away almost everything I own.

To discover, we don’t need all the stuff we think we need to feel alive.

What I own now fits in a few suitcases and I’m as happy as a little girl with funny hair braids.

What’s your Pippi Story?

We all have a Pippi inside us. She’s baked into our DNA.

We call it creativity or imagination. You might call it your inner rebel or your adventurous spirit. It could be your need for freedom or your wandering soul. It’s basically all the same. It’s Pippi.

Tell me, how’s your Pippi doing?

Do you know her inside and out? Is she a quiet and distant voice? Have you forgotten all about her?

Maybe you feel her presence in the background and you’d love to know how to make her shine?

Let’s Go on a Photography Adventure

Since you somehow landed on this page and made it this far I’m assuming you love photography. I believe your soul craves a creative outlet! If that’s true you’ve come to the right place! So what you’re waiting for?

Let’s take your Pippi on a Photography Adventure! She’ll love it. And so will you!

You can start by joining My Photography Playground to get access to FREE Photography Tips & Tutorials & Inspiration in the Members Area.

Don’t be shy and join us over at the Photography Playground Tribes to share your moments with us and get connected to a supportive community of like-minded photography souls! It is a truly private community right here on the Photography Playground.

And of course, you can also enroll in one of the courses where I’ll leave no technical stone unturned AND where we’ll go on a Pippi Treasure Hunt.

“I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”

– Pippi Longstocking

You’ll learn everything you need to know to become best friends with your camera because that’s your tool. It’s important to know how to handle that tool. We’ll be building your photography house from the ground up with a step-by-step program.

It will become the knowledge and skill residing in your brain.

To discover the Pippi inside you, you need to learn to boldly trust your instincts. You’ll have to follow your creative impulses without judging them. No worries, I have lots of ‘tangible’ exercises for you to help you do that.

It will become the creative trust residing in your heart.

Expressive Photography

Let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Going on a photography adventure at Photography Playground is not just getting the technical nuts & bolts in place. We will be zeroing in on developing your unique view (oh yeah baby, you have one!) from the get-go. 

“Expressive Photography is Always the Love-Child Between Your Brain and Your Heart.”

– Karin van Mierlo

Photography is not an exact science. As with any creative endeavor, there is something intangible about it. The technical, scientific part has no purpose in itself, it’s a means to an end.

And the end goal here at Photography Playground is for you to learn how to express yourself through photography. The main thing the technique needs to do is to support and underline your unique visual story. It is there to serve YOU. 

If you have any questions just shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you asap! I’m here to help!

Hi!

I’m Karin.

A photographer bringing 25+ years of experience to your table.

Dedicated to teaching you how to capture your wonderful world in expressive photography using ANY camera.

Because honestly…..? It’s not about the camera.

It’s about YOU!

Do You Know the Story of Pippi Longstocking?

I read her adventures to pieces when I was a little girl. Redheaded and freckled just like her. Both having seafaring fathers. Hers as a pirate, mine more legit I’m sorry to say 😉 

My dad and my mom made me while crossing the Atlantic ocean. Infusing me with a forever wandering soul.

By the time I was a mom myself it was still my favorite book to read to my daughter.

“I Am the Sea and Nobody Owns Me.”

– Pippi Longstocking

Pippi’s playful, curious and free spirit evoked a sense of limitless possibilities in me. There’re no barriers but your own.

I treasure the Pippi in me. She’s always looking for new adventures and challenges.

Forever questioning the status quo. When I listen to her I feel alive and in sync with who I am.

Life, the universe or whatever you wanna call it treats me with unexpected gifts.

It was the Pippi in me who started to jump up and down when I entered the darkroom of my Art school for the very first time.

I was enchanted by the dark space flooded with red lights and the reservoirs filled with mysterious fluids lined up together.

Mesmerized by the floating pieces of paper slowly giving away their image. 

It was then and there that my lifelong passion for photography was born.

Bumping Heads

There’ve been times her voice was a distant whispering. I stifled her.

Her desires bumped heads with the demands of a grown-up life.

As I’m getting older she speaks up again, claiming her rightful space.

It has been her tenacious voice that told me to sell my house and my car and give away almost everything I own.

To discover, we don’t need all the stuff we think we need to feel alive.

What I own now fits in a few suitcases and I’m as happy as a little girl with funny hair braids.

What’s your Pippi Story?

We all have a Pippi inside us. She’s baked into our DNA.

We call it creativity or imagination. You might call it your inner rebel or your adventurous spirit. It could be your need for freedom or your wandering soul. It’s basically all the same. It’s Pippi.

Tell me, how’s your Pippi doing?

Do you know her inside and out? Is she a quiet and distant voice? Have you forgotten all about her?

Maybe you feel her presence in the background and you’d love to know how to make her shine?

Let’s Go on a Photography Adventure

Since you somehow landed on this page and made it this far I’m assuming you love photography.

I believe your soul craves a creative outlet.

If that’s true you’ve come to the right place! So what you’re waiting for?

Let’s take your Pippi on a Photography Adventure! She’ll love it. And so will you!

You can start by joining My Photography Playground to get access to FREE Photography Tips & Tutorials & Inspiration in the Members Area.

Don’t be shy and join us over at the Photography Playground Tribes to share your moments with us and get connected to a supportive community of like-minded photography souls! It is a truly private community right here on the Photography Playground.

And of course, you can also enroll in one of the courses where I’ll leave no technical stone unturned AND where we’ll go on a Pippi Treasure Hunt.

“I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”

– Pippi Longstocking

You’ll learn everything you need to know to become best friends with your camera because that’s your tool. It’s important to know how to handle that tool. We’ll be building your photography house from the ground up with a step-by-step program.

It will become the knowledge and skill residing in your brain.

To discover the Pippi inside you, you need to learn to boldly trust your instincts. You’ll have to follow your creative impulses without judging them. No worries, I have lots of ‘tangible’ exercises for you to help you do that.

It will become the creative trust residing in your heart.

Expressive Photography

Let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Going on a photography adventure at Photography Playground is not just getting the technical nuts & bolts in place. We will be zeroing in on developing your unique view (oh yeah baby, you have one!) from the get-go. 

“Expressive Photography is Always the Love-Child Between Your Brain and Your Heart.”

– Karin van Mierlo

Photography is not an exact science. As with any creative endeavor, there is something intangible about it. The technical, scientific part has no purpose in itself, it’s a means to an end.

And the end goal here at Photography Playground is for you to learn how to express yourself through photography. The main thing the technique needs to do is to support and underline your unique visual story. It is there to serve YOU. 

If you have any questions just shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you asap! I’m here to help!

"Your course is really good and a lot of fun! "

– Ronja

"Karin has a playful approach and a warm personality that gives you all the space you need to get to know your own camera. And you learn how to put your own perspective into the image. I would recommend her as a teacher to everyone that's willing to really know what photos are about."

– Fleur

"Thank you very much, Karin! I've learned a lot. Some days were quite a challenge, but it taught me to keep going and keep looking for better ways to get the best picture in the end!"

– Emma

"Once again thank you for your knowledgeable insight into the world of photography!"

– Jeannette

" I liked your examples, and I loved the sense of passion for your chosen job, which was tangible through your spoken comments, choices and text. All modules were good, well paced, short yet sufficient and enlightening."

– Claudia

"Karin is a great and professional photographer. Highly recommendable!"

– Iris