Girls! This time: Rachael & Lara

Yay!

I had to buy this white backdrop for a job and then it was just HANGING there. You know. Tempting me. So. I buckled (this went rather smootly, no bruises) and decided to have fun and drink tea. Oh and make some photos.

Also I decided on the spot I wanted MOAR so this week I’m shooting two more ladies. But I want to do even more. Guys are ok too! It helps if you have some modelling experience and are not terrified of me with a camera (I can be scary ROAR). Cause then it’s not longer fun and tea ;)

EITHER WAY: PICTURES

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Meet Rachael :) I’ve worked with her once before, and it was nice to have some more time to play around. In love with this portrait. Most of you have seen it on fb already!

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Should I warn for nudity..? Ehrm. SKIN ALERT.
She had a brand new tat that needed to be on a photo, so here we are :) I love how amazingly versatile she is. She can just pop 30 different things a minute at you.

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Also she had a brand new hairdo! Love it! Oh and versatile ;)

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And love this shot too! I’m very much into black and white for this ‘series’ so far. Not sure where it’s going yet but lets call it a series :)

And meet Lara! She is a talented singer/musician/songwriter and happens to be a model too (yay!). You can find her on facebook here (click).

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Lara posted this on fb and called it ‘royal’. I totally agree!

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She is so cute! Really though.

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I love this edgy feel. It’s really where I want to go with this. I think ;) And also tea. Ofc.

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And love this too! It’s so great to just bounce between you and the person in front of your camera. And when that works, great things happens. Or at least that’s how I feel =)

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Not just cute, fierce too! Booyah!

I had a blast shooting these two ladies!

So again! Three more ladies coming up of which two in the coming week. If you have any ideas on this whole thing or want in: let me know. I’m afraid I can’t say yes to everything/everyone cause well. That just doesn’t work. There’s a certain picture in my head which I can’t really define yet. But that doesn’t mean I’m not open for suggestions or input! Lets go!

Drenthe -> Odoorn with <3

I know. We just got back from Brugge really. But I saw this travelbird offer and just booked it. We had never booked anything there before so it was a bit of a gamble. But it turned out quite great =)

Also the superb guys from Calumet moved heaven and earth for me to get my new lens.. a f1.4 50mm (it’s the Nikon g version for  the geeks :P). I know. THAT LENS. I’ll make a different post about how I like it later on. I only took photos of boyfriend, trees and food so far ;) So eh, prepare for that ;)

As said! I present you: boyfriend in trafficlight glow.

We got in a trafficjam only for a little bit. Which was good the drive to Odoorn was at least 2.5 hours!

We had fries. At Burger King. They were kinda gross. We should know better. Oh well.

We were really there for the Starbucks! I LOVE THEIR CHAAI TEA LATTE. Any advide on how to make this at home is SO SO SO WELCOME. They don’t sell it for home usage. MIMIMI.

Also mobile office.

Hotelroom! Not yet a gigantic explosion of my stuff.

Beds were A OK! Love the phone too hah.

Breakfast! Not as epic as in Brugge. But that was the champion of breakfasts. This one was quite good =)

Outdoorsing time! This means BF has to try and get me to come outside. Outside is cold. I don’t fare well in it. Yes I know. #Winteriscoming

I was really obsessed with these though! Hunebedden! I’ve been wanting to see these all my life. Not kidding.

They’ve been around for over 5000 years. So amazing. There was a total peace surrounding them somehow.

Also: amazing nature. I want to live there. Only move everyone I love along.

The trees in the distance surrounded another hunebed. Boyfriend was examining acorns :)

Keep in mind this pic. You’ll need it later for comparison.

Also keep in mind this pic. You’ll need it later for comparison.

There’s apparently 52 of them. We saw three.

HELLO. PHOTOS ALL THE TIME.

OK I CAN DO THAT TOO. Man do I look tired. Advice for recurring cray cray dreams: GO

We were in ‘Poolshoogte’. We drove to it kinda by accident. ITS AMAZING. In the middle of trees and greatness. On the menu they say ‘we’re a bit slow’. How awesome. And they feed you enough cheese to last a lifetime.

Boyfriend had eggs, more appropriately portioned ;)

There’s a tower you can climb. Boyfriend being all sporty sprinted up. I was like: EH. WHAT. He laughed at me ;)

I did follow though. It was gorgeous!

LOOK. How not Dutch is that?

Random pic of his legs. Sorry. The new lens makes want to click everything :)

RLY? More photos? This is his ‘Megin wow, staahp’ face.

So I took this architectural thing instead. You all know my love for architectural things right? Oh. Nope.

GO HERE. Only weird thing is no dogs allowed. And they put a doggy bowl with water near the door. Confused.

As seen before I was super tired. I parked myself ON the ‘heater’ (also known as ‘object that sounds like a murder scene’) and didn’t leave it for the next three hours. BF managed to sneak up on me and take this pic. Stealthyness: check

Trooper! Math! He has exams coming up.

OH MAN THIS BOOK. Read it. It’s not an ‘all the answers’ kinda of thing. But she does make sense.

Ok not three hours. I crawled into the bed and fell asleep. At 4 in the afternoon. Yup. Woke up to this happy face =) (yes I slept with my camera).

Apparently I booked a dinner (wow did you forget about food Megin? YEAH I KNOWWW). We were seated next to two older ladies. They were HILARIOUS. It started snowing and they were like the seagulls from Finding Nemo: SNOW SNOW SNOW (or the crows from Game of Thrones wichever reference suits you better). They were very cute though and asked us lots of things :)

BUT. It DID snow! I put on everything I packed. Im not kidding. I only skipped the dinner dress (which I always pack and then never wear).

Woow. It was  SO quiet. And so pretty.

LOOK AT THE PRETTY.

So we came back to all we had seen before. Cause I obviously needed to remake these pictures.

Hello :) Again. SO quiet here. It was great.

HI!

And of then I threw stuff around. Completely out of character. Cold stuff + touching. But wow. Again. Snow in the middle of nowhere. Wow :)

Boyfriend is practicing with my camera. I think he is doing great!

I needed to touch the stones of the Hunebedden. Somehow sometimes it’s like you haven’t been somewhere when you don’t touch something.

:) Adventure time. Ok short adventure we were so underdressed.

More revisiting.

Again. So impressed. Try to visit them outside season. I think it’s best when no one else is around.

Hello good sir! We’re in Zwolle!

These ppl were so cute! Discussing on crossing the road when the trafficlights were out. He did, she didn’t ;)

Zwolle on a sunday! Must go back there when the stores are actually open.

Thanks to reading Miss Lipgloss (cause I use makeup.. eh..) 
We ended up in Brasserie Jansen. OH BOY were we happy. Also they have an elvis toasty on the menu. ALL the awards.

Boyfriend had bread with goatcheese and been salad with baked potatoes. YUM.

Potato.

I had food too bu I forgot to export it. Apparently this house was more important. I LOVE Zwolle though. Really want to go back!

Hello gorgeous :)

So this happened. Again. On the way back. More of that Chai Tea Latte. GIMME!

We had a very nice weekend and it was great to be ‘away’ again. The snow was such a gift. We’re going to try travelbird again. We’re not over the moon yet, but it definitely didn’t suck either.

Brugge <3

For my birthday the lovely boyfriend gave me a trip to Brugge (with him as company/chauffeur/carrier-of-my-stuff/other). And it was great!

Yay! Selfie time! As #selfie was the word of 2013 we’ll now go for ‘zelfportret’.. Anyway. Boyfriend was a super gent and carried my camera around for me so I could go GIMME GIMME every time I saw something. Or wanted a zelfportret ;)

In the ‘new’ family car hih ;)

Our hotel was a little outside Brugge (or a lot as we got lost hah). As you can see we scored blue skies on the first day!

He only had one bag. I manage to overpack anytime, anyplace.. So this is my bag ;) Also the hotelroom! It was very nice and roomy and we could run around it! The bathroom was very pretty too. We liked the tiling (is that a weird thing to like..?)

We decided to head into Brugge straight away to find something to eat. We walked out of the parking and found this trail of hearts leading us into the center. How cool :)

So this is the first building we saw. Also, tons of ppl on segways. Not sure how that works. They looked very happy about it ;)

I need to buy books. Always. Everywhere. I’m still getting through the J.K. Rowling one as we speak. It’s somehow kinda hard to get through but I want to finish it..

Breakfast in the hotel was AMAZING. Really. EAT ALL THE FOODS. I combined chocolaty goodness with eh, mushrooms. Cause I can.

Second day in Brugge. Apparently it was ‘solden’ and the little city was PACKED with people. Police to guide all this madness and all.. So enjoy this tranquil photo of water instead ;)

Yay zelfportret ;) My mother would love these kind of stores and somehow that makes me go into them as well. It was supersmall and ther owner was somewhere else and just left it open as is. So amazing :)

Wow. Just. The entire city feels like it just TOO pretty. Everything. So. Much. PRETTY!

Also all the store fronts were so great! It was superbusy in each and every one of them so we didn’t go into this particular one but I snapped a lot of photos anyway =)

There was a beautiful church we visited which had this wall with plaques on it. Right across the Maria Altar. I’ve never seen that in any church before and think it’s very special. It’s people thanking them for their prayers I think!

These sheep. all the cute.

so this was just a ‘side’ street. You know. NOthing big or fancy in it. And it looks LIKE THIS.

We found a little store called ‘cat and dog shop’ and it sells clothing for dogs. Oddly they didn’t have anything in Carlos size ;)

Hungry campers we were and we wanted a real belgian waffle. Our hope were high cause look at this amazing hot chocolate set..!

The waffle arrived, with hot chocolate sauce.. and it was horrid. Im afraid I don’t remember the name of this restaurant but NEVER get your waffle anywhere else than a waffle stand. We could throw this through a window and then build a house with it..

We’re very talented at finding starbucks anywhere. We just followed the trail of hipster girls (really we actually did that) and coffee presented itself to us.

YAY coffee! And my love <3

After the very busy solden days i Brugge we decided to expore elsewhere. We had dinner in Knokke last evening and decided to want to see the beach with daylight.

We drove to Oostende which was great! And SO COLD!

Pretty sand is pretty!

Cold boyfriend is cold hih.

I’m such a badass and not cold at all. Clearly.

Also we present worlds ugliest flat at the beach. WHUT it up with this? How amazing to live in it though. If you drop something out of it it might just be ok landing in the sand and all..

Boyfriend <3

We had a great time and love the city and the beach! We didn’t love the solden so much and if you ever go to Brugge make sure it’s not the first weekend of solden.. also make sure you have cash on you cause paying with pin is a whole different ballgame in Belgium.

Thank you so much boyfriend for this awesome gift :) I love you! :)

Awesome things Marieke makes!

As you all know Marieke makes awesome things. As you might not know she brings them over to me a lot so I can make photos of those awesome things! Also I get to eat them 9 out of 10 times. SCORE. Applying for my job is not an option, I’m keeping it :P I figured a blogpost about all these yummie things was in order :)

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These are from her most recent batch. If I got it right these are champagne vanilla cupcakes with cream inside. I ATE THEM. Tummy says yay.

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We are nothing if not productive and try to combine several ideas. Here you see a red velvet cake with eh, cream. Sorry. I’m clueless Marieke. I do know the jars! There’s cupake and cocos flavored stuff in it! YUM!

Cupcakes in jars! So handy. They come with little wooden spoons!

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These lovely guys are the cakepops Marieke made for the Big Yes Flashmob (click to see it!). There were chocolate and vanille. And I don’t need to say they were tasty as tasty comes right?

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I think we shot these for Valentines day! But I’m not even sure anymore.. I’m 80% sure though. Cause look cute hearts and pinkness!

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Probably THE all time favorite. Of who? Well everyone I show it to cause I run around doing that. Really. I do. HOW COOL is this wedding cake?

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We have a thing for pink. Yes. Also these cupcaketoppers are a downright hit on pinterest. Though you should know ;)

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Also. Cookies. Yes. NOMnomNOM.

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Also. This cake. THIS AMAZING CAKE. She made this for my aunt and uncle and the little dachshund is the spitting image of their little Thatcher!

It’s a GIRL. Yeah! I love how she can make something really clean and still cute!

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Imagine this. You’re getting married. And you want a cake. Well. If you get Marieke to make you one (which you should duh) this is what happens! You get a table filled with all kinds of goodies to try.

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Those things on the right? APPLE PIE ON A STICK. Enough said.

I kept myself to the rule of ‘one photo per baking session’ so it’s not a gazillion photos ;) I hope you enjoyed Marieke’s mad skills! Yay! You can check out more of her cool things right here (click!)!

Larry Joe in Zuidplein Theatre with my love

The guys at CoolFresh (click) had a celebration/endofyearparty/generalgoodtime at the Zuidplein Theater. For the occasion Larry Joe was flown in! Yay! You might remember him from earlier photos. My love accompanied him (musically, I imagine Larry Joe is just fine on his own), and they played for the queen together. This time Richard joined him again with some other musicians and I was there too. Yay!

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I love backstages at theatres. They tell much more of a story. Or at least a story I like ;)

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I snooped around ofcourse and found a setlist!

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And there he is the man of the hour. His story is quite amazing. You can watch it here on youtube (click). 

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I’m not going to try and tell his story here in a tiny blogpost. I don’t think that gives it any credit. But I do really suggest you check the youtube link :)

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One of the gues musicians! Tim Kerssies.

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I absolutely forgot this dudes name! I suck! So sorry! He was a blast to look at and make photos of!

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My love! On upright bass. Yay. I always love watching him play. I’m not kidding. It’s a part of who he is. (that doesn’t mean I go to each and every show he does, you know, but I do love watching!).

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As I only got to see four songs when they played for the queen (Beatrix at the time) I really enjoyed watching the full performance.

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The whole band together!

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Take a bow =)

It was great seeing Larry Joe again. He told me there is a book coming about his life. I’m sure it won’t be anything less than very inspiring and I will certainly read it! This was a very fun evening and I got to meet lovely people like Naomi (not in pics! I suck!) and even more talented musicans.

Larry Joe should be back in the Netherlands soon for an album I think. So probably more pics then!

New Album! So. Much. Love.

Hi fancy new years people!

GUESS WHAT I GOT.

Ok, you can stop guessing, it’s a new album. It got delivered on the 31st and I can’t say anything else but “OH WOW OH WOW YAAY”. Also it made for a great NYE cause I’m not that into fireworks and bad tv.

This album is by Asuka Books. I ran into their stand at Professional Imaging and fell in love on the spot. They only work with photographers (as in no your mom can’t order her holiday pics there).

I fell in love because their albums were simple but gorgeous. Of course the quality of the prints is amazing too. All the other album vendors had these horrid, tacky albums with far too much ‘bling’. These guys though: NOT THE CASE.

I got a demo album with my favorite specs:

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It comes in a box that protects it. I can design the box anyway you’d like, but I like it to match the album inside. And that’s black too.

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When you open the box, it ‘gives’ you the album. Like it’s saying ‘yes! you there! Take a look!’.

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And there she is (yes it’s a girl). She has a ‘micro suede’ cover with the names embossed in gold. That means they’re pressed into the material which looks awesomesauce.

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See what I mean? It. Looks. So. Classy.

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Also it’s another ‘layflat’ type album. I don’t like it at all when pages stick up and mess with photos. This one behaves perfectly.

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See. Perfect!

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And closed again. I LOVE the structure. You can actually pet this album. Of course there’s many other options possible but this is my personal favorite and as it’s my demo album to have I want i to be my favorite ;) In the box there’s this handy dandy space to store the dvd with the photos. Its. So. Complete.

I LOVE IT.

Now please go and get married and order this album. Okido?

Maartje tissu! (and a bit of Harm)

Just a week after their earlier shoot (click!) Maartje asked if I would like to make photos of her tissu act. BOY DID I. As you probably know I get really excited around talented people, specially when they want to work with me. So of to Zoetermeer with me, and on to spending an afternoon with Maartje and Harm running around her :)

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YAY. Maartje has a very friendly and fun vibe around her. I love how that shows in all the photos. Though in the first one I have to blame myself for making her a bit mysterious with her back towards us and all ;)

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See! There she is. She has so much fun in what she does. It’s awesome to be around.

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I also love the colors of her outfit. They really stand out!

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She really makes you want to do this as well. I mean. She looks so completely at ease and happy with it!

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THIS PHOTO. ALL THE FREEDOM FEELINGS. Though I’m sure I’d fall right down to the floor ON my face trying to do this myself. Luckily I was on the floor and I got to capture this amazingness :)

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She would look in the distance thinking about what to do next. Or to Harm, which inevitably led to smiles :)

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Yay! More fun :)

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And then all of a sudden she pull this almost 50-ies pinup pose! What! Awesome!

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We tried for some actionshots as well, knowing the tissu would move and that they might fail miserably as you can’t really predict where her face or any of her limbs might be. BUT THEY WORKED!

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She goes SUPERFAST. Towards the floor. Really. Winning!

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Oh and also she has the strength to do this.

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As mentioned Harm was running around as well. Mostly juggling and at times helping Maartje and me out.

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Since I was there anyway, I saw no rules about not taking pics of him :)

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He is jugglings and looking out of the window ladies and gentlemen. Yes he is.

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I love how these photos aren’t too much JUGGLING but mostly about Harm.

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And my absolute favorite of Harm. His movements are so finished and tight. You can’t really see that until you freeze it in a photograph. I love this!

Actually I really love the entire shoot. And working with Maartje (and Harm) again! Thank you guys again!

I have the coolest job ever. BAM.

Grote Prijs van Rotterdam: Kick-Off

Rotterdam has it’s own brand spakin new competition called: Grote Prijs van Rotterdam. I was asked to make photos of the competitors on the Kick-Off day. I got to meet tons of people and how awesome: they came super prepared! I picked my favorites to show to you in this blog :)

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This lovely lady is Neda Boin! She came superprepared and pulled a pair of high heels out of her bag specially for this shoot. Nothing makes me happier :)

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Another amazing lady: Bellita Carol! Seriously as a photographer I just go YAY when someone like her shows up. She DID make it to the finals so more photos of her will be posted after november 17th! (finals are in Lantaren Venster, feel free to join!).

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THAT BEARD. That will be all. Richard Beukelaar will be in the finals as well!

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These guys. So metal. Dynamic Solution! I like how much fun they were during this shoot :) Sadly not to be seen on the 17th though.

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I always carry emergency mustaches around. Really. I do. Ok not always. But the guys and girl from The Rizzo Family rocked them! AND they will be very present on the 17th as well. Woo!

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Ilja Edwards is one of those people you know you know. But you never meet them. So I finally did, and got to make this shot of him. We got it in like 5 photos and BAM done. Love that!

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Oh and to finish: THIS GUY. He calls himself MCl and just pulled this look right out off the hat for me. ROCKING IT.

I had such a fun day. Lots of new people and lots of different people. My love was there to assist me and feed me and hold and fix stuff. So I could  just be bouncy me and run around and be happy with all the amazing people.

Thank you Popunie for having me! Onwards to the finals on the 17th!

Kami-Lynne Tissu

Remember the ultra flexible girl from the colorful powder throwing shoot? If not you can check right here.  She needed photos of her tissue act, and asked me to do it! Not only was I really excited, I dragged my dad along as well so he could get some different angles during the shoot (kidding he was excited as well ;)).

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Kami and Tarek (who assisted during the shoot) picked the new location of Codarts for the shoot. YAY! There was a gorgeous wooden wall there as you can see.

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But also this concrete wall! Happy is me.

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And then we also got this amazing girl. I loved working with her. I had this compulsion to give her a series of photos to match Tarek’s. Which is kinda impossible cause there’s a gazillion photos of him really.

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I love this. There’s a lot of black and white in the photos. I feel that in some shots it worked better, it makes it more graphical and her all the more human. I like the contrast between the two.

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So here’s two perfect examples of my dad and me working together!

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This epic shot is obviously my dads. I was somewhere sitting my bum on some mat while he was climbing stairs and finding this amazing angle!

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These two as well. Kami-Lynne would do a ton of things and we would go WAIT WAIT DO THAT AGAIN. And we would see different things. This one is mine.

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And this one is my dads :)

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HA. I made one of Tarek just like this, him looking up and thinking. I love these in bewtween moments.

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This is my favorite photo of the entire shoot. LOVE IT. The light one those fingers. The everything. Her. It’s almost like she’s floating, weightless. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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And we finished up with some portraits!

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I challenged myself to make a photo that is completely Kami, but matched that of Tarek (sorry guys that’s what you get for being an amazingly athlethic cute couple). I think I did :) Even in the colors somehow. Hurrah!

I’m in love with this shoot. Really. I made this a while back but posting about it makes me feel completely the same. I love working with these two and I love working with me dad. I wouldn’t quickly print and frame one of my own photos for my own walls, but the weightless pic might just make it there :)

Thanks guys for a very relaxed and fun morning. Will see you when you get back from conquering the world in a few weeks :)

Fleetwood Mac & Soundgarden & Leonard Cohen

For few months now I’ve been making photos for the awesome Lust for Life Magazine. They send me out and about and I get to see amazing musicians! Hurrah! So far I’ve been to three great acts of which I promised to post a bit more imagery!

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I’m a complete Fleetwood Mac noob. So don’t expect me to name anyone besides Stevie Nicks ok ;) BUT THIS DRUMMER. HE ROCKS.

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I love. The. Hand.

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LOOK I know the female singer ;) This was my first time making photos all the way from the sound and light tables in the Ziggo Dome. I’m pretty happy with how that turned out. Cause admittedly, I was a bit nervous about it!

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I also got to see Leonard Cohen in Ahoy. Right next to my house yay! He is such a gent!

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During the first song he was moving about and rocking the stage.

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This is the photo you can find in the most recent Lust for Life magazine. Hurrah! Leonard would go on to play for THREE hours. THREE. I tell ya.

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I also got to see Soundgarden! Another first time in the Heineken Music Hall for me.

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I had a total blast. Really. So grateful for getting the opportunity to do this. Thanks LFL Eva and MusicMaker Patrick :)

I will be going to The National as well soon. And when I collect some more music related shoots I’ll bundle them together as well!

Of all three of these acts I have to say Leonard Cohen stuck with me the most. But also some sad news, I learned the bassplayer from Fleetwood Mac is ill, and they stopped touring. How fast things go.

If you want to read the Fleetwood Mac review by Lust for Life click here and for the Leonard Cohen one here and of course the Soundgarden one right here!