Disney Difference

Another Sunday, another morning on the train. While the sunbeams illuminate the compartment, it can be time to dream. To think of nice memories, but to imagine the future. Do you have a plan?

I’m no Cylon, so I don’t have a perfect plan, but all I want is for my life to evolve into the directions it has been for the past few years. Eleven years ago I first picked up a camera to actually capture something. I never let go, and I hope I never will have to.

In the past I’ve had many trades, from designing the web and print world, capturing or directing video, team management, online marketing, and journalism. Weirdly enough, I still do all of those. Perhaps not fulltime, but once I committed to one of those, it’s hard to ever let go.

A few years ago I decided to make the fulltime switch to photography, which is still terrifying when I think of it, but I never had such a rush going through my veins. The most insane is realising that when I started, it was just a hobby for me, but in the past years I’ve shot for a few online giants, international companies, and have my work published over 500 times. (I stopped counting two years ago).

In fact, at this moment I’m on my way to shoot another assignment for one of the biggest content producers in the world, ranging from cinema, broadcast, broadway, theme parks and much more. The mouse himself.

I think we can all agree Disney is one of the biggest influencers of our time. I think there are very few people in the world who never saw a single Disney product. I think all my friends can agree that you are never too old for a Disney movie, and I’m sure that if I start to sing a Disney song, many of my friends will join in.

But what most impresses me with Disney is the talent behind it. No matter the position, they go the extra mile, the so-called Disney Difference.

It’s that effort that makes you stand out, and that’s what I have been doing for the past years as well. My clients know that if they need a photo, no matter how crazy, I will do anything humanly possible, and sometimes beyond that, to get that shot.

But looking at the future, I might have a plan, in the form of a motto.

“To infinity and beyond!”

This was Kris for Star Command. Out.

Stormtroopers invade Belgium for STAR WARS REBELS. Shot for Disney Channel. © Kris Van de Sande
Stormtroopers invade Belgium for STAR WARS REBELS. Shot for Disney Channel.
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