In 1999, after finishing my studies in law at the University of Cologne, I decided to change my profession to passion. Visual Communication. I introduced myself to the technical basics and after a 6 month practical course at an advertisement photographer, I started to assist to several photographers. They were mainly specialized in people & portrait photography for advertisement campaigns, fashion and magazines, and some also in architecture photography. I learned quite a lot while working together with these different photographers for getting a good base to develop my own photography. Today I am working first of all as a people & portrait photographer in corporate communication, advertisement and magazines. I am also addicted to landscape & travel photography. Quite a lot of my free work contains the subject of nature. In 2008, 2009 & 2010 I published sucessfully three regional nature calenders. In spring of 2015, Seltmann + Söhne Verlag published our first book "NORWAY. Landscapes. A photographic portrait by Hanne Malat & Frank van Groen".
In 2007 I became a member of the BFF ( BFF Berufsverband Freie Fotografen und Filmgestalter ) as a BFF Junior and since 2012 I got qualified by their Jury as a full BFF Professional Member.