Date Archives August 2013

Duvel Vibes: Sven Hammond Soul + Tim Wes + Yannick Hiwat

From my photo diary earlier you could see I was in Delft! Not just to eat sushi (I tend to eat a lot of sushi it’s a theme I know) but also to make photos! This time of Sven Hammond Soul playing on Delft Jazz. This all organized by Duvel Vibes. He was not alone though he brought two talents: Tim Wes (sax) and Yannick Hiwat (Violin). AWESOME.

I was backup for Dimitri Hakke by the way. Who was being rockstarphotographer at Lowlands. Priorities you know. You can see what he made there here (click).

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Left is Sven, right is Yannick! Happy campers! And very easy going. They weren’t troubled at all by me being in their faces all the time!

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Just before soundcheck. Lots of laughing and goofing around.

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Both Tim and Yannick were just walking around with their instruments. Tim would now and then play just ONE note which was completely spot on with whatever was happening on the stage. Very cool to witness!

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I love how Yannick somehow managed to make a violin funky. He had tons of pedals with him (which the audience was stretching their necks to see).

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Obviously there was a Hammond ;)

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One of the things I enjoy about concert photography is to capture interaction. Specially the kind that is very much music/bandrelated and not so much ‘clap your hands guys!’.

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This guys smile! Really!

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Yannick was a very interesting subject to photograph hah. I dont get violins that often!

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It was veryc ool to see they had so much fun! It was an amazing show and they instantly got everyone dancing.

Thank you Dubel Vibes for having me over, and thank you Dimitri for asking me to be your backup. Honored!

Shot by Megin (or also week 34 in photos)

I figure I might as well come up with a new name every week for this post ;)

This week consisted of trying to wrap op Alice in Wonderland and that actually working out (yay!). So I didn’t do much besides editing for the first half of the week.

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This deserves a photo. An avocado that’s not brown/terrible/etc by Albert Heijn.

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Which I made yummy guac with for lunch :) (this is as far as ‘cooking’ goes with me. I actually cut my finger while making this..)

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BUT IT WAS GREAT. Ok there was a bit too much onion in there. But I blame the recipe for that (it said one onion).

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My morning face.. I’ve been sleeping terrible. If I do sleep I have nightmares. It’s very tiring. But I figured it’s a big part of my week so a photo of my morning fuzzyness.

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New tags! For giving photos!

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I went to Wijk Bij Duurstede to bring Luuk and Marieke their usb with photos! I’ll finally post a blog about their supersunny wedding soon!

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This little foot belongs to Hugo!

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He was VERY serious about meeting me. He is such a sweetie! He was very calm and demanded a hug from me. After which he retreated back to his mom very quickly. Who I was there to meet for sushi! And wedding talk! I had a lovely dinner with Linda in The Hague (where I can’t find my way to save my life but she’s a great tourguide hih).

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Somewhere during the editting bit my aunt called me and said “Ikea?” to which I said: YES PLEASE. And so I escaped final cut pro ;)

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And bought lots of goodies! Actually half of what I bought is for Marieke for her awesome baking things to be put on. You’ll probably see them in photos soon :)

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I cannot leave Ikea without a blanket. Even if I go: NO BLANKETS. I see a new color. And come up with an excuse for me to buy it.

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More Marieke stuff ;)

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I GOT LUCKY. I got the last two of these duvet covers. Which I love. Which I got a huge discount (yes the 2.50 IS the price woo!). I already had this actually but wanted them for Hoek van Holland as well :)

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I’m not that great at ‘real’ jewelry. This ring was given to me by my mom and dad and I rediscovered it. It’s so simple, but so pretty. And was given with love. <3

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It was time for the annual Elvado bbq! OH MAN was that good food. Meint-Jan has his own fish stand and the salmon was to die for. All the food was great by the way, props for Bas and Meint-Jan for organizing this all. We had a blast :)

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Somehow we ended up in Scheveningen. Which has this one awesome building. We went there to see The Wolverine by the way. Maybe I should blog about my geekyness some other day ;)

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And when you turn around there’s a casino. Yeah.

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The weird thing is I’m so used to the beautiful beaches in Hoek van Holland I expected this to be the same. It’s not. Scheveningen is a bit of a mess. BUT seagulls there, some of them: have AWESOME hair. Like. Really. But they kept running away from me so you’ll have to settle for this one.

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This thing. What is up with it?

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Sea and sand and shells are gorgeous everywhere though.

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And badass seagulls. Look at him pose.

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Shoes in sand :)

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It’s a bit of a mess this beach. Apart from the Kurhaus. It feels like I’m in Salou. I’ve never even been to Salou.

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Love :)

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The beach was covered in little seagull feet. How cute!

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As we drove back it started to rain and we saw birds everywhere huddle closely together.

Wedding Janine Michael

Yaay I can finally blog about Janine and Michaels wedding! I got to shoot this wedding together with my father. As you might know we team up very often, which allows us the be at places where I just can’t be on my own. I couldn’t help myself and posted a GAZILLION photos which you can see right after the click :)

Janine and Michael contacted me via mail, and I’d never met them before the actual day. We had only met through skype! Which was very handy and fast since we both live on opposite sides of the country.

Their wedding day was so fun, and relaxed. And full of love! Enjoy the photos =)

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I love playing around with well. Everything I can get my hands on. MINT GREEN SHOES. Right? 1000 points. Click read more (if you haven’t already) for the rest of the photos!

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I loved Janine’s make-up! It was natural but with a touch of glam too!

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And her hair! Great idea =)

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The funny thing with weddings is that even though I’ve seen these photos LOTS of times, by the time I get to blog them I kindof relive the entire thing. And get all giddy again. I just love moments like these. Mom and sister helping out!

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She came in with a smile SO huge! It didn’t go away all day. I totally understand! Psyched!

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This could be a groom pic right? Isn’t he prince charming?

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No no not the groom! Dad of prince charming!

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This is what I mean! While I was with Janine my dad was with Michael, our groom :)

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And yes, men do real mean stuff!

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I love this! It’s even cooler cause I don’t get to see it until we’ve copied the photos at home!

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Father and son. Wow!

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It’s actually not broken at all ;)

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On his way to his wife to be!

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Trying to sneak a peek!

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He has a little bouquet and everything. Heart. Melting.

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I love this! ALL THE EXPRESSIONS!

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There she is!

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I didn’t feel paparazzi at all ;)

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Oh aren’t they cute? I so love my job! (hah I bet I’m going to repeat this often..)

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I have SO many cute car pics. It deserves it’s own blogpost really.

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Did we mention the big UK bus? No? While I was with Janine and Michael my dad was in THIS COOL BUS!

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How awesome?!

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So Janine and Michael arrived at kasteel Warmelo (gorgeous!) and we had some time for their photos!

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I don’t like giving too much ‘commands’. I didn’t have to either! We just went for a walk and out came these gorgeous and relaxed photos! (Did I mention LOVING photos?)

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A moment together before the ceremony.

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So far for the stickers ;)

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Here we go!

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Her father giving Janine away. This somehow always really gets to me!

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As the weather decided to be completely untrustworthy the ceremony took place inside. Which was totally great too =)

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I DO!

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This is so cool. During the I Do’s everyone is so silent. And when they kissed, BOOM!

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How can you not have love for this grandpa and grandma?

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By far the best shot of a signing EVER.

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I guess because I’m a daddy’s girl too, these kinda shots I just love them!

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This photo can go for most charming cake eating of the year =)

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I don’t usually do many group photos. The spontaneous group photos usually work much better. But this group was very well trained and it went great! (apart from prince charming running off hah, but no one seemed bummer by that ;)).

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BUBBLE TIME.

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That blog about the car, I maybe should do it ;)

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Awww the cuties were singing!

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WOW Janines brother made this!

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OH YEAH. What I meant about spontaneous.. This went as followed ‘GROUP PHOTO YEAH GO GO!’. Works out awesome :)

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Speeches! I think I love this the most maybe. So heartfelt and full of love.

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They had doppelgangers!

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And a very lovely first dance!

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And an awesome party! With no trouble getting people to dance!

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Ok so maybe prince charming was running a little low on energy ;)

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Doesn’t this look like a great and fun party? It really was! It was in Hoog Holten which I really want to visit again sometime without being busy with photographing a wedding (if you look caerfully you can spot Marike in some of these photos! Who got married in Holten as well! I loved running into her and catching up.

My dad and I were assisted during the day by Jasper, who did a kickass job. We were a superteam. Really. Can’t wait til the next one!

But for now: thank you so much Janine and Michael for trusting us and having us with you on this amazing day. Truly awesome and wonderful!

Week 33 in pictures

Yay week two of the diary thingy. I’m still trying to come up with a witty name but so far I’m going to stick with weeknumbers. Any brilliant suggestions are welcome. I was indoors a lot for the first half of the week so not that exciting there ;)

On mondays we (we being my dad and I) go to Elvado. Lots of doggies there with their owners training them to be badass police/military/etc dogs. I took a gazillion photos and am ONLY POSTING THIS ONE. Be PROUD ;)

I have a porridge phase right now. Once every few months I get SO TIRED of bread. Really can’t stand the sight of it. But one must eat. So I make porridge the way my mom used to make it for me when I was a kid (sugar yay!).

Also I dragged myself to the gym on tuesday. Hurrah. Can you feel the enthusiasm?

The two pairs of (rain)boots are our dogwalking/Elvado-things. I like our hallway =)

In an attempt to not skip bread completely I’ve rekindled my love for tuna. HOW COULD I FORGET?

I matched an outfit. Really. This is a feat. Which is why Ill be repeating the wearing of it later this week ;)

This is Carlos. As of right now he’s still working for the police. But he’ll be retiring in a few months and then will live with us. He’s 10 years old, and very very social. We’ve been meeting with him for a couple of weeks now and will keep meeting with him until he comes over to us. It’s all still a bit fast. But it felt right, and sometimes things fall into place like that. Also he LOVES swimming. And has this thing where he doesn’t shake out the water until you’re very near to him and bound to get wet (really, he plans it!).

MOAR porridge. It’s thursday morning by now. It’s kinda nice to have something warm to eat in the morning though.

Friday my love and I went to Groningen. We went there to deliver the Michael and Janines wedding album. I LOVE bringing it to see how the couple reacts. But we promised Rotterdam gifts, so we went to the Koekela! Cause where else can you go?

I bought several bags.. One on which was slaughtered in the car on the way there..

If for some reason you don’t know where Koekela is, it’s on the Nieuwe Binnenweg in Rotterdam. You can also do a high tea and other nice thing there =)

Had to stop myself at some point from taking photos of EVERYTHING. But please do visit the shop. Great carrot cake too!

On a little break from the 5 hour trip to Groningen (the way back was only 2.5 yeah we detour).

So. We have boy-girl shoe colors. Yeah. That happened.

Driving for too long. This was a very nice parking stop though!

My ‘I’ve been sitting still too long and there’s no internet here face’

Ok not true I was quite alright =) (Shoes mathching the shirt yes yes!)

The boyfriend DOES get a tan. Actually. So there’s the slight chance we wont have glow-in-the-dark-babies.

On the way to Groningen we visited the little village my loves father was born in. This was the view from ppl’s backyard (yeah I sneaked around with my camera like a paparazzi).

Isn’t it cute? And quiet? And yes this street is the entire village!

Then we arrived at Janine and Michaels! Who were very happy with their wedding album (yay!) and i will post their wedding pics this week!

Janine made this amazing vegetarian dish for us! We were completely spoiled with yummie guacamole and other nice things with bread as well!

On saturday I had to work in Delft. Where the boyfriend accompanied me to. We got stuck. In traffic. So. Here’s my shoes (they’re new actually, and for colder weather, but I figured I was cold enough now).

YAY! TRAFFIC!

I do love his hands.

Woo! Selfie. As we were standing still I could balance the cam on my knees ;)

OMG I WANT THIS ELEPHANT. REALLY. Someone please start a fund cause it’s 155 euros and I cant afford that. BUT WOW. ITS SO AWESOME.

So, eh. Delft. We did end up getting there. And in this store. With the awesome elephant lamp. You can visit them online as well: http://www.musthaves.nl/

The girl working there told us about lots of stuff and was really sweet. Apparently the store started out online, and became so popular they now have several ‘offline’ locations.

Cool gadgets!

If we’re starting an elephant fund, can we add this doggy too? Love!

Delft! SUPERbusy by the way. I had to make photos of Sven Hammond Soul and that show was part of Delft Jazz. Duvel Vibes is a sponsor and they asked Dimitir to make photos for them. But he’s on Lowlands being the rock n roll guy he is. So I went to Delft in his place! (Wow this was not very chronological so sorry).

IM FOR SALE!

Delft, is such a cool place. Doors into water and all. Really I like it a lot. It’s hell to drive through and all the tourist kinda get on my nerves (PLEASE WALK IN A DIRECT LINE TO YOUR GOAL). But the city itself is awesome. So many lovely buildings and shops. It gives a real feel of the history.

YAY I made it with week two. I still love doing this. So will keep it up =)

Throw ALL the colorpowder!

Hi dolls!

I wanted to do this shoot a long time coming and thanks to one of my amazing students (Sharda! Much love!) I was able to! She score some holi powder for me and all I had to do was find a location and people to throw (it at).

Thanks to the amazing guys from the Elbeweg and the Maxima-kazerne we found a remote spot! (THANK YOU RON MASSIVE THANKS!).

So all that was left is get everyone there (quite the roadtrip) and throw some color around! WOOHOO!

By the by! These shots are either by me, OR by my dad! It’s up to you to guess ;) (nerd hint, he has the 70-200 mm)

You might recognize Tarek :) (cause you know I actually don’t have a gazillion friends who fly around like that).

Keep a close eye! And also helping out with: ladders, carrying people, throwing the powder, saving eyes with too much powder in it. You know! Hero stuff!

I’ts been a long time since I got to take photos of Tarek and Kamy-Linne (oh please let me spell that right the first try) together. I loved it!

Isn’t this cool?

And isn’t she cool?

So. This is what we looked like :P

Ok really running low now on ppl who can do these kind of awesome moves. Meet Soesja! In some weird way this is the first time she was in front of my camera! WHUT!

Remember these two? You better! Cause they were on the photos that got me nominated for the Bruidsfoto Awards earlier this year remember? Roman and Nathalie!

Pretty cute pretty cute aww!

This is lovely Ilona! She was along together with Margot in matching outfits and everything!

I love it! They were a blast to have along for the day. I should always bring them to shoots. The firemen instantly started bringing them drinks :)

Margot, Roufaida and Ilona <3

Oh yeah! I love every photo of this shoot. I had to stop myself from posting them ALL.

Veerle and Edwin were there as well! Somehow they got the worst of it hah ;)

Which they didn’t mind at all!

Pretty and cute couple!

See what I mean ;)

The pattern in her hair! So Awesome!

Roufaida had a plan.. Fireman at the ready to help out ;)

AND IT WORKED :)!

How awesome is this :)

Moves! They got them!

She isn’t as blue as you would have thought right?

Aww :)

So! One couple got a black and white. Everyone else was totally bouncy and happy happy. But this was such a calm and inward pose, I tried it in black and white. I know, completely besides the point of the shoot but I love it anyway. It makes for a very still image somehow.

For your reference, it looks great in color too!

Apparently it washes out quite well.. If you have some dreft for you hair ;)

Who are that? René and Jasper were there as well (Jasper will you start a blog already!). René got some cool video footage of the day and Jasper took amazing shots too (BLOG THEM Jasper go go go!).

I should bring her as a pose instructor. Really. She was awesome :)

Margot and Ilone figured she now has ‘space leggings’, which you pay a lot for so score!

I’m not sure what happened to the powder throwing team here but I love the shot anyway :)

Margot in full action! Woo!

And a closeup!

Ilona is just letting it all happen! :)

Two cute girls!

Oh, actually, two cute pink and orange girls ;)

And again, they got the worst of it ;)

Roufaida managed to be supercute no matter what. HOW does that work!

Woohoo!

It’s all biodegradable. No worries!

My love was there as well ofcourse <3

By the time he was up the throwing team really got the hang of it :)

After he rubbed his face the blue and yellow mixed and made for hulk colors! HULK CUTE!

Again thanks everyone for providing me with your lovely company and willingness to throw stuff around, just for the sake of me coming up with plans like that. I had a blast!

Much love to everyone!

ps video of this all will follow! Right René ;)?

Photo diary

I tried the last few days to drag my camera along everywhere I went. And take pictures of whatever it is I like.

I wasn’t sure why yet, but I figured it out later =)

The cool thing is, because these pictures are just for ME. As soon as I like them, it’s all good. It’s a very cool feeling. And brings me back very much to the awe I had when I realized for the first time I could make pretty things (which is super awesome).

As I am known to be a sucky consecutive blogger, I’m still going to try and post a diary every week. Just because it make me happy =) Expect lots of tea, food, boyfriend and doggies =)

FOOD. Hah. I love to have pasta for lunch. Some cheese and good to go. This is tortellini with cheese in it (more cheese, MOAR).

I spent an entire day doing laundry. And it feels very nice. The house smells all sweet and everything is clean. Im such a housewife ;)

Oooh the preparations for the over the top powder throwing shoot. I had ordered some extra just in case. We ended up nailing it til the last throw. OFCOURSE. A blog about this shoot will follow =)

Ofcourse the boyfriend leaves his mark around my house. In his case it’s his old Warwick. I really like having it around cause every time I look at it it’s like he’s here a bit (when he isn’t actually here that is..)

Why aren’t there more cherries in stores? I love them

Jan-Jaap, Willeke and little Ayla paid me a visit! Ayla has learned how to crawl recently and was soon off exploring my house (apparently dog proof is the same as kid proof).

Look at this gorgeous family =)

And look at this gorgeous man =)

We were given amazingly fresh eggs by Liliane. She has chickens at her house and they give her fresh eggs daily. They were SO delish. Wow.

My little shadow Kane! He’s now back with Marissa but this was before she picked him up obviously. Wherever I went he followed.

Oh I love my tea. This cup was given to me (as are all my cups now I come to think of it) by Cindy and it holds half a liter. ITS THE BEST.

I’m having a bit of a rough period and most of the time my hair completely expresses how I feel ;)

Always makes me happy =)

And now for something completely different.. This is Kane’s food. It smells gross I tell you. But he loves it hah.

Yay my new Vans! Oh I suck but they had a sale and they’re pink and now I own them.

My amazing and wonderful dad. We were on our way tot visit Ron and Kim to talk about a photoshoot I’m going to do for the Gezamenlijke Brandweer (the firebrigade) and have some yummy food and a general good time.

This pretty lady is Dakota!

Who was very interested in the new dog in her backyard. She has the most gorgeous curls doesn’t she? And is just gorgeous in general!

Also their little doggy Dixie (which she pronounces in The Cutest Way On the Planet) was VERY interested (and a bit afraid) of the new dog!

The yummie food! Tuna, capers, and lots of other stuff I really need to ask cause I want to eat this again!

Some notes to prove we did work! Ron is planning to hang me on a building, and a windmill. I’m already a bit nervous ;)

Little Kane! (He’s actually not that little at all and you can pet him without having to bend down or anything hah).

Oooh I was home alone. And I ordered sushi. There is no greater joy. Wow. I hide on the couch under a blanket (yes, I know it’s summer) and feel so blessed with having this amazing food delivered at my DOOR.

“What are you doing?”

One of my favorite teacups. A birthday gift from Edwin and Veerle. Seriously there’s a top tree teacups thing going on. Not kiddinig.

It speaks so much trust when a doggy lets you hold his paw. I love this photo. Doing the holding is my father =)

And there the REAL boss is! Finally back =) Marissa and her Kane!

She brought us this lovely gift from Croatia. Theres another bottle too, they’re for oil and vinegar.

I spent the weekend in Hoek van Holland with my love. Which is where this was taken.

Do you guys know ras-patat? If not, GO AND GET SOME. It’s the best. Really. There’s a place at the beginning of the pier that sells them. I love it. Almost every single time we go to Hoek van Holland I have to have some..

My love.

There’s lots of world war II stuff left in Hoek van Holland. They used this to defend the coastline, a big gun would be on top.

Boyfriend told me this is like a hectometerpaaltje for boats! I never knew and I’ve passed this sign so many times hah.

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I was obsessed with the waves! SO COOL. There was quite a bit of wind and the waves were coming over the pier.

He ran away just before getting wet ;)

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This little fish was thrown over the pier with a big wave. We couldn’t pick him up with our hands cause he would flop all over the place. Richard ended up saving him with a ‘Wij Zijn Gestrand’ business card. How appropriate!

The end of the pier! We figured ‘nah lets not walk to the end so far’. And then we were at the end. Ofcourse.

More animals get thrown over the pier. Not all in one piece.

Sunday the boyfriend went for a surf. I went for a watch ;) (I suck really)

He’s very good at windsurfing and leaning how to golf surf now (did I say that right at all..?)

Love his hands =)

Off he goes :)

In the new car!

Also a ford. But a very quiet one.

To get some icecream! I was a bit sad about mine. It was supposed to be straciatella. But there was no stracia. Only tella.

Nightsky over Hoek van Holland :)

I love his hands! (did I mention this already?)

So next week I’ll try to make another one! If you see me dragging my camera around, that’s why =)

lots of love!

Respect for photography

Hi sweeties,

First off. I’m trying* to not make this a whiny post. Really.

The biggest part (make that 99.9%) of the people that I’ve made photos for are more than respectful towards my photos. It’s awesome and amazing to see what photos can come to mean for a family or any single person really. I’m blessed to be able to do this job and I get to work with such wonderful people.

On the other hand. There’s people out there who feel the need to change something about the photo I made. Usually this means cropping it in some way, but sometimes it also means altering it completely or adding things to it.

No doubt, I still love those people to bits. Hense the 99.9% of awesomeness**. DULY NOTED.

Now back to the cropping and crafting. Not going into the works of copyright and such. But just how it feels for me:
It’s a bit like ‘hey thanks for the pic, but it’s MUCH BETTER with just my face on it so I just cut the other stuff off’.

If you were a musician you could compare it to ‘great solo, I cut it out of the song though and made a happy hardcore remix cause I like that better YEAH m/’.

Not only does that leave me with a feeling of you actually not liking the pic, it leaves you with a non suitable image for web (or anything really, cause hey pixels don’t come out of thin air and now it looks like monkeypoop).

I am more than willing to talk to you about whether or not you’d like a different version of a photo, and if possible I’ll crop it for you personally. I want you to have something that you’re happy with. Which is why I usually take photos of not only your face but also you as a whole person and MANY MORE things. ALL the things ;) So you can have all the things =)

So really, please don’t edit my photos yourself***. Unless you’re my lifelong best friend and know EXACTLY how I feel about what you’re doing.****

*I’m sure you’ll let me know if I failed right =)
** TO BITS YES. LOTS OF LOVE.
*** Sugar on top. Cherries optional.
**** You know who you are. If you don’t: don’t edit the picture or monkeypoop follows.

Guiguitte and Lizz

You’ve got that right, these girls are as wonderful as their names are!

Together with lovely Florence I got to do this amazingly fun shoot. The girls were well prepared with many outfits and I can’t really choose or edit cause I love them all so you will just have to look at tons of pics ;)

OH yeah obviously the story! Theyre close friends who both will have babies soon. So awesome to be able to do that together right?

This is Guiguitte! 

And this is Lizz then of course =)

So 1000 points for the outfits so far right!? Not to worry there’s more :)

And the gorgeous award goes to…!

Love love love!

Some people just have great hair. If I did that I would look like cousin it :P

The water was actually very cold! So wow Guiguitte!

Oh I had so much fun with this shoot! Lovely make-up and hair by Florence and lovely girls to hang out with! We even got cake! Woo!