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Just shoot me!

Just Shoot Me

Do you hate asking strangers to snap your picture? Wanna come home from Amsterdam with keepsakes more special than selfies with crooked horizons and fading memories of your visit?

Amsterdam is known for world-class museums where tourists and local art aficionados go to admire masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer and other 17th-century Dutch Masters. Many portray Golden Age celebrities in regal poses, as well as common folk doing everyday chores.

Now you can become part of the art you admire! The unconventional photo studio is the brainchild of Britt and Peter Smits, a Dutch couple who ditched corporate jobs to open their tiny shop by the Nieuwe Kerk near Dam Square. With a small wardrobe of Renaissance-style garb and a few props that replicate objects from the 17th century, e.g., an old jug with a strip of white fabric standing in as milk, the couple now operate a studio that lets visitors put themselves in the iconic pictures they ogle at in local museums.

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