I usually don't blog tons of photos in one post because I am a big believer of 'image fatique' and I rarely get to the bottom of a blogpost from someone else when it has so many photos BUT hear me out this time! Let me take you to Athens, to the streets filled with orange trees and the beautiful wooden doors. The soft light all the different places to sit and enjoy a beer. I shot this beautiful city for Time to Momo (Dutch travel guide) with a list of addresses in one hand and my trusty camera in the other. I was happy to have Mario with me too to enjoy this city together, we both never went to Athens before. At the end of these 3 days we discussed our favorite thing from the trip and we both answered: Areopagus. A huge rock that you can climb and from where you have a beautiful view over the city (as you can see in the photo above). Next time we bring a bottle & some food up there! For Dutchies, you can read all of the must sees & tips along with my photos here.
I suck at writing blog posts because all I want is for you to see these images and remember/know how valuable it is to get your photo taken now and then (or at least once a year). I could write this with every blogpost but it might get boring :). For this familyshoot with Kirsten, Jeroen and little Neva we just took a stroll around their neighbourhood, no need for car rides and location scouting! There are pretty corners and light everywhere and you got me to keep an eye out for that, right? Enjoy!
What I love most about having my business for 4 years compared to just starting is the fact that I get to photograph the same clients multiple times now. Like Michel and Rianne who I photograph every year with their girl Elin. This time they invited me for an afternoon camping with them, whoohoo! Being able to truly capture a family growing together into life is so special. Sometimes I think about Elin being a young adult and watching these photos with a heart almost exploding, seeing herself and her parents like this. That -for me- is the core of documenting families.
Movies, I cannot imagine my life without it. I am a big movie-fan. For me it's a way to really relax, to lose myself in a story and forget about time and place. When watching so many movies for so many years and seeing my own work I can honestly say I get most of my inspiration from movies (99% of the time without even knowing it). It gets harder and harder to find movies that really hit me like lightning. But it does happen and sometimes for the most unexpected reasons. I am very sensitive for composition, colors and overall vibe. A story can be amazing but if it doesn't look good I'm not really listening. Here I would like to share with you my last-months-faves where I think the cinematography is spot on + 2 bonus movietips.
Some of the portraits I took for Avenue Lifestyle who is now owned by not only Holly Marder but also Hedda Pier. I am so excited for these ladies to merge into 1 rock solid business. Taking (business) portraits is a field of photography I enjoy very much. This location Spaces in The Hague is a dream! Check out the full story here. In need of (new) portraits for your business? I would love to think along and create something beautiful for you, contact me to get started!
In the sweetest mail Lot asked me to do all photography for her new poem-book 'Wezens'. I love how my photography matches me with likeminded people. She gave me complete freedom to do whatever I wanted and while reading her poems I came up with this somewhat mysterious series. Portraits without a face. The final result is a beautiful booklet on matte paper with 50 poems from Lot together with some of my photos (I wish I could share all photos we took but it would just be too much hihi). Seeing my photography in print is just the best ahh! As always, my film was developed & scanned by Carmencita Film Lab.
As I began to fill my brand new blog I thought it only natural to start with the wedding you have all viewed the most of all of my work ever! It's the bohemian garden wedding from Corné and Ilse and it's still one of my favorites too, styled to perfection by Nina Weddings. I love these people and it's so much fun to still be in touch with them. Enjoy (again or for the first time :D).
Ok hear me out: this was a surprise wedding, the couple didn't know they would get married that day! Yep, you read that right. Three close friends from Mimi and Yelke thought it would be an awesome idea to plan their dream wedding. OMG! This was the weirdest, coolest, most energetic wedding I ever documented. And location De Lievelinge is a favorite of mine. I bet you want to read all about this story, check it out here on the blog of organiser + stylist Holly Marder she explains everything from first idea till realisation. I still cannot believe we they all created this bohemian festival + camping wedding in secret! Totally worth the read, enjoy!