Berends started shooting pictures when he was only seven years old using a
camera his father had given him. It was a trick camera, and when he'd
press the "shutter" button it would spray a stream of water and
soak his subjects. Nonetheless, Theo used it oftentimes just to pretend
that he was taking real photographs. Eventually, he got a genuine model
and he loved it. After finishing school Theo entered the Army where he
worked as a photographer and later, after he was discharged, he went to a
Photography Academy. In 1986 he and his wife Cora, established their own
studio in the Netherlands.
Theo works with a wide variety of camera formats including Large Format,
Medium Format, 35mm, and Digital. Theo and Cora now have over 250 clients
and count Honeywell, Philips, and Fuji among their preferred customers.
Despite their commercial success, Theo still longs for and enjoys doing
his own personal work and tries to take some time for himself every two
weeks to work on his own projects. He recently participated in the Kodak
Exhibition in the Netherlands and won the Schennenberg Award in Dallas.