Raised in the Netherlands, Aernout started as an assistant working for Ed van de Elsken after being expelled from high school. A year later, at age 19, he landed his first jobs doing fashion photography for magazines. In 1980 he switched to landscape and advertising photography for clients and major agencies aall over the world. 10 years ago he started making art photography. Last year he published his first book titled 'Ndoto Tanzania Dream'.