Video: Bixby – Drawing Lines

It’s been a while since I made a music video so I’m extra happy about this one! Lovely Simone graduated only last week and this video is part of her recent EP release ‘Exhale’ (click here for iTunes!).

We had a terrific crew with Harm van der Laan as our male lead who actually got beat a bit (!) bloody. Furthermore Manon was with me again to do make-up and hair (and be my second brain). And Edwin was there to help out with well, EVERYTHING.

Also. Since the video is black and white. SURPRISE Simone was actually completely blue.

Harm’s teeth-through-lip action. Poor guy.

I had a blast shooting this video and hope to be making some more music videos again soon :) I hope you enjoy this one! Let me know what you think =)

The Pendulum’s Motion

A bit back the guys from Pendulum’s Motion asked me to make their promo pics. Hurrah! Somehow I had just thought of a cool location a week before. So this totally had to happen.

In case you’re wondering, it’s in Hoek van Holland, near and on the pier.

These guys were real troopers. As soon as we arrived not only did it start to rain, like crazy. Hail soon followed. By then we were halfway on the pier and decided to go on. Luckily! Cause I really love the shoot.

As you can see we were soon rewarded with bits of blue sky. Don’t be fooled. I was being sandblasted hah.


These were a lot of fun to hang out with. I love it when people just show up and ‘be’.

And they did! One of my favorites.

Truth be told. They all ran off like little girls after the wave hit them ;) (OH sorry that was not ok for the rock n roll image :P).

A good thing we have this shot. For their badassery image.

Reflections. Gotta love them.

The guys are currently using this one for their shows :)!

I feel you’re not believing me on the bad weather part..

I love this. It could be anywhere. The waves. Love it.

Thanks for asking me gentlemen! And for being such heroes and not giving up on the shoot! We were definitely rewarded!

Cooper’s (first) birth(day)

Oh boy. I got to photograph something so special. Amazing Kim and Ron allowed me to be there with them during the birth of their son Cooper. I’m still completely awed when I look back at the pictures and am stoked I get to share them with you.

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As you can imagine I’ve never been present during a birth (apart from my own but well, memory is limited). So everything was NEW. The midwife was really cool about me being there and explaining me all kinds of things. This gadget makes you hear the little babies heartbeat. Which sounds like an army marching IMO.

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Dads can’t really do much but wait. This is such a Ron picture. At least as I know him :)

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Of course they can hold hands. Which is completely their job.

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Lots of THINGS. I’m not sure what and how. It’s quite a science.

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The only thing I was worried about, was seeing Kim in pain. And I predicted that right. It’s so hard seeing someone you care about in a lot of pain.

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She was a super hero btw. She was not feeling too great at all here but still all smiles at the staff and nurses. As far as I’m concerned she could have been yelling at everyone and still be totally OK in my book.

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Those nails! Most stylish birth ever.

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Also on the toes. Of course.

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I think this is one of the most emotional pictures I ever took. I promised myself to photograph the ‘story’ as it developed. And so I did.

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I AM SO PROUD OF HER. AND I TOTALLY CRIED.

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This is Cooper! He was superchill straight away. He did the obligatory cry and then just chilled and looked around. It was such an amazing moment. This is the first picture. Ever. He had been in the world for mere seconds. Wow.

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Look at those little smudgy feet. Aw!

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Dad got to do the honors!

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<3 so much love

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Kim’s mother was there as well. She was such a support. Everyone was such a support!

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Many peeking at the new family member!

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Dad has to make the phonecalls ofc.

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Obsessed with feet. Yes. SO TINY.

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See? Just chilling. Looking around like a boss. Totally on top of things.

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Just in case I messed up ;)

Oh wow I’m still so honored to have been allowed there. It’s so amazing to realize that little baby is only minutes old. I was on such a natural high the days after.

Thank you Kim and Ron (and Cooper!). Thank you! I hope I get to do this again for someone someday :)

Celtic Swing

As you might or might know.. I’m an Irish Dancer (add dramatic music here). So when the Celtic Swing showgroup needed photos I didn’t need to think very long. Yay!

The awesome Ivan let us into his gorgeous Dolhuis (click) and we had the place to ourselves to make new promotion pics! Yay!

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I had the ladies jump up and down at least a gazillion times. Because why not ;)

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These guys and girl are the band for the coming live shows. For all you geeky music people: boy on the right is holding a bodhran. Google it.

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GLITTER. And also toestands. Looks so easy right?

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Oh and more jumping! Why not!

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This is Marlon, I made her do all my test shots. Poor girl ;) She looks amazing though! Yay!

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The whole ‘crew’. This group is going to be performing altogether. When I have more info on when I will obviously spam you with it!

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Also, this is Marijke! Our amazeballs teachers. She has over 80 students and with that Celtic Swing (click!) is the biggest Irish Dance school in The Netherlands :)

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BECAUSE YOU CAN. Yeah. I made it a workout ;)

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Lovely girls! I had a great day shooting these photos and should have put them up MUCH earlier :)

Thyra & Dyaj

Yay!
One of my favorite friends and stylists in the world is going to have a little baby together with her lovely boyfriend Dyaj!

This means I got to make the best styled photos of a pregnant couple EVAR. LOVE IT.

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How awesome is the blue dress? That awesome. I agree.

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And how cute are they? I love how Thyra’s bump matches her so well hih.

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Of course little Takkie had to be in as many pictures as possible.

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You’ll even find him in this shot if you look closely.

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And obviously in this one. This little guy was standing on the table just seconds later!

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I can’t wait to see what the little baby will look like. Most likely VERY gorgeous.

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One of my favorites!

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WELL HELLO AGAIN

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Together in their amazing house. Don’t you just love the windows?

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Many aw!

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My favorite shot of Dyaj! (By now I hope I’m spelling his name right.. SO SORRY).

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Pretty cuties!

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I love how much fun they have together. I imagine a very happy baby coming!

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Family picture!

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Ofcourse the little one has a wardrobe ready to go. How could it be different with a mom like Thyra?

I feel very happy having made these photos for these lovelies. I went home all bouncy (and well fed with grilled cheese and macarons HMMM).

I hope you enjoy them as well!

Backstreet Boys in Ahoy

OH BOY!
I got to photograph the Backstreet Boys! That is just so, full circle. Those guys are the first concert I ever went to! I think I was 12, together with my best friend Malou. Apparently we giggled about it for days. My dad had bought us tickets (isn’t he the best?).

Either way, when I learned they were touring (as a 5 piece) I just HAD TO GO. Luckily Shantih from Greenhouse Talent also thought I should go so there I was. 12 year old me would probably be screaming and crying hah.

SO, Backstreet’s back ALRIGHT.

What I actually really love about big shows like these, is the stage. I mean really, it’s like a theater. Solid lightplan and all. BAM. Oh and also LOOK AT THE BACKSTREET BOYS (and of course I’m listening to their songs as I’m typing this blog).

Nick Carter ladies and gentlemen. Nick Carter.

Brian and AJ with their quite cool socks. Have to give them props on the socks.

There was a lot of AJ in the show. I can’t remember if it was always like that. But he has a beard now. And tons of tattoos. I think he’s hipster AJ now (fine by me!). Also he has leopard print nailpolish. Not visible in this shot. I’m so sorry. He has some cool colored dots on his right hand though.

I love that just decided to still rock all the dance moves. I used to have their routines memorized ;)

He secretly wants to be in a rockband. I’m sure of it. I googled them and  Nick is now very much inked up as well.

My all time favorite: BRIAN (ok and Kevin is in the shot too). He brought his son to do the support act (see down below).

More Brian. Because I can. And a bit for Wendy. Who is my fellow Brian fan.

See! Rockband aspirations! Kevin was playing keys. I spotted some more guitars on the side of the stage so I’m sure there was more guitarplaying further along in the show.

I managed to get a little Howie in there as well. Needless to say I had a blast. Ahoy was filled to the brim and girls were screaming their lungs out. It was great. I felt giddy all over again hah.

This little guy is Brians son. I had no idea. But the fans told us his name is Baylee. There were fans holding signs with ‘you rock Baylee’. That might have been a hint to us as well ;)

And there was an a-capella support act called The Exchange.

OH MAN THIS WAS GREAT. NUFF SAID. THANKS GREENHOUSE!

Kunstbende: Zuidplein

Since I made a gazillion photos for Kunstbende i wont post them all. I decided a favorites post would be handy! If not for you, at least I’m happy about it ;)

Somehow I ended up converting the first Image to black and white. And loving it. So my favorites are all black and white!

The first two are both from the metal band that opened that day. They were like “WHATEVER have some METAL for BREAKFAST”. Loved it!

It was lunch time. Really. But still. Rocking it.

This lady had a female drummer with her. Thus. Favorite.

Anouk got second place in the dance category. She was so expressive. Even when you can’t see her face.

How can mister Oscar NOT be in my favorites? This fine gentleman was a great host as usual1

This girl WON the dance category! And I’m in love with this shot of Joyeuse!

The main man! Tim Prins. He tried to teach me to juggle. It failed (as I predicted).

This girl was in the ‘Young Stage’ act. I’m cluesless on who she is but I loved the performance!

And finally the winners for the music category! Atlax & The Fox. These guys were great and I love their songs!

I hope you’re anjoying this black and white phase ;) I don’t think I’m done with it yet!

Sunny day in Hoek van Holland (With Dakota & Kim & Ron)

Yay! There’s a little baby coming and there was a card needed to announce this. Also I got promised hugs and kisses from the CUTEST cutiepie of all: Dakota.

So off to Hoek van Holland I went. WIth my camera. OFC. Where Ron had magically made his awesome jeep appear. So awesome! Ofcourse I wanted to be in it for the ride to the beach. So I was cold in 10 seconds. But no less awesome.

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LOOK. It has buttons to signal left and right. It’s so cool.

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I’m not sure how I like glitter shoes and military vehicles at the same time but I guess I do. SO cooooool!

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Specially with cute girls on them! The little doggy is Dixie. As Dakota announced loudly when I arrived “THIS IS DIXIE”. So. That was cleared up. Dixie can always be found near Dakota. She tried to climb up on the jeep. SUCH CUTE.

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I has a stick! And will absolutely not do whatever it is we’re here for.

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OH whatever. BYE.

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OH WAIT I can chase my dad with it, GREAT!
We were definitely not here to make photos of her chasing her dad with a stick. But as the photo for the card will have the name of the sibling to be on it. I can’t show everything ;)

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But I can show the gorgeous mommy!

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STUNNER.

Obviously I can’t wait to make photos of little baby fingers and feet. For now I’m super happy with this sunny day spent on the beach and drinking hot coco with lovely people.

More girls: Britte, Simone & Nathalie

Yay!

Finally! I’m so happy about the progress of this series. I also was quite sad when I got sick (you know, cause being on the couch is only fun for so long a time), because I couldn’t finish it. ARGH. Not that it’s finished. But still.

For me the series is more about space, than it is about girls. I think I’ll follow up with guys when I’m ‘done’ with the girl part. The white background is relentless in how it forces the subject to be a certain shape. And I love to play with that (I think black backdrops are much more forgiving).

First off! Lovely Britte! No stranger to me nor my camera. I loved her visit (I mean she brought pudding, come on) and I love making photos of her. She. Is. So. Gorgeous.

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Britte is the queen of arms. If there is such a queen. Also the queen of great hair. Oh well lets make her queen of everything.

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It’s SO hard to get hands right. Or at least I feel that that’s a hard thing for a model to do. Either it gets very forced or they seem like they’re fake. Not with Britte though. THAT HAND. Oh and the rest of the pic :)

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THAT HAIR. That will be all.

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For me this is ‘Britte’. As I know and love her. I like capturing moments like these.

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Yay Simoon was there too! Or here. Really. I shot all of these in my room ;) (I got some questions to whether or not I have a studio, I eh, kinda do :P).

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I just realized I’ve been photographing Simone since before she was allowed to drink alcohol ;) It makes for very easy shoots and with very happy girls when we’re done. We shot a little pic for her band as well. It’s called Bixby and you can check out her facebook page here (click)!

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Confession: She is the sole reason I EVER dare to wear red lipstick! Does she rock it or what?

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Oh and I had her bring her hat. I love hats. More people should have hats. And I also love this of her with her hat!

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If Britte is the queen of hair then Nathalie is the queen of the messy bun. OH and of the killer straight on shot! WOW.

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Oh and also. SO gorgeous. That profile. In the arm. The contrast with the black. LOVE it.

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Somehow I think of a ballet dancer with this shot. Maybe I should photograph a ballet dancer as well and see what happens. I love it though. Super classic but also a bit of modern.

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Nathalie wanted a bit more edgy shots. Which is what this series is for a great deal. So SCORE. I cant say I love it anymore cause I do that with every shot. But well, they’re all my favorites so..

I’m still not quite done with this series. So expect some more, and perhaps boys as well =)

Much love and thanks for reading all the way ;)

Brandweerkalender Roparun

You might know about the Roparun. It’s a team-run from Paris to Rotterdam, raising money for cancer treatment. A cause that really hits home with us.

We (being my father and me) were asked to make a calendar for one of the Roparun Teams (Safety4U). Obviously we said yes. Esther, member of Safety4U got together 12 guys for me who were about to start their modelling careers ;)

You can buy the calender here: http://debrandweerkalender.nl/

ALL money goes directly to the Roparun cause.

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These two (Maurice and Dennis) are the cover of the calendar. But before I just post the entire thing, here are some cool behind the scenes shots amazing Jasper Plukhooij made (click here for more of his stuff). (yeah I realize there will be a ton of photos in this post, as per usual).

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This super mysterious guy is Anton. We shot two days and he assisted us the first one. Once he got the hang of what was in my head (props for him on that one) he was A HERO.

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This is Rudy! Without him and his awesome colleagues nothing would have happened. As you can imagine I don’t have stuff to put on fire at hand. But the guys at Falck (click! So fun!) do. And we were allowed to use their amazing location (and had them help us out ALL DAY for TWO days and not be annoyed by us and wow. just wow).

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Just a little teaser ;) When I asked Anton or Rudy: what’s possible? They kept answering with ‘everything’. THEY WERE NOT KIDDING. NO KIDDING, TOOK PLACE.

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I’m sorry for the lack of order. There is none. This is me awkwardly high fiving Dave who just finished his photo! The guys all rocked!

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As the fire was very loud (fire is not quiet: lesson learned) I quickly came up with a set of gestures to guide the men through. I so rock at hints.

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“I can make snow”. He said. It was SO TRUE.

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My dad being at work like the total awesome badass he is! (yeah he has a fireman outfit, being one himself).

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Lovely Manon was with us doing her makeup magic!

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I love this shot. That’s why you’re looking at it. and yeah helmets were obligatory. I lost mine a gazillion times.

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Manon at work! I didn’t see her much sadly as we worked in shifts. I’d be picking locations or making photos and she’d be prepping the next ‘victim’.

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OH YEAH.

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Also everyone was taller than me. By far. There’s tons of pictures of that ;)

Ok! Trying to keep it short cause 12 more shots need to be in this post! Of the actual guys! Here we go!

In respective order of the calendar!

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This is Dave! Safe to say they all did a fabulous job. So I won’t say it with every photo ;) This one was made by my dad!

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So. Things got hot ;) This is Dennis! Do you see what I mean with ‘anything is possible’. Why not set a train on fire? Good times.

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Stefan was actually the first photo we took. So he had to bear through us getting everything just right. He didn’t seem to mind at all and we ended up with this awesome portrait!

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Eric! Another shot by my dad. So we figured, we might need a firetruck at some point. And Rudy just drove one into the scene. BAM. Truck. No problemo.

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Koos! Do we need to mention how LUCKY we were with the weather?

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This tough looking guy is Emerson. He plays rugby. I’d be TERRIFIED. He is super friendly though so no worries ;) Also this pic is made by my dad!

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Wilfred! I know you can SEE the fire, but we realllyy felt it. Specially the guys with no coats. So props to them for bearing with it :)

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This was by far the warmest picture (I can’t keep saying hot, you’ll stop believing me). I asked Anton to ‘light everything’. And boy did he. I was a good 7 meters away. It was burning my face. Edwin is still alive by the way..

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I didn’t want to use FIRE for everything. Thus you can see Jan surrounded by smoke. I say this as if it were very easy. It wasn’t. There were many times in which we had no sight of Jan AT ALL. He just kept doing his awesome thing anyway!

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Yeahhh water! Which leads to even more fire actually. Maurice was in the middle of all this. You can recognize the cover location here :)

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By my awesome dad as well! This was a hard one as the stuff that’s burning is wood. And is not very predictable. Also we all smelled like a BBQ after this one. Luigi rocked it nevertheless.!

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Last but certainly not least! Roger in the snow! OH no. Not snow. It’s foam actually. Cause Anton said he could make snow. And he totally could!

I couldn’t be happier with the results. I think all the guys did awesome. And so did our team! If you’re wondering who did the amazing layout  and graphic design that would be Jornt van Dijk.

Thank you. Everyone. I already thanked you all in person or other ways. So. Again, but online ;)There’s still calenders available. Again you can buy them here: http://debrandweerkalender.nl/

Or stalk me about one, I have some at hand as well :)

* No firemen were hurt (much) in the making of this calendar.