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Goodbye 2010

Category: Personal

This is my last blog post of 2010. I am already typing 2011 which goes to show I am looking forward to the new year. This past year has been a great year where I started this new adventure and it is safe to say that I have succeeded. One year ago I started with this blog with no idea where it would lead me. Would I like it? Would I have enough perceverance to write a blog post every day? First answer is yes and the second is no. I have not written a post every day but I have come close. I have taken up my camera more than ever before and I have learned that photography is my calling, it is my passion. It is what I love to do and with my love for writing blogging is the ideal combination. I have changed the look of my blog and there are still changes going on in my head that I want for the website and the blog.

I have not done a favorites blog post this year of all my favorite images. Something for next year maybe? There is still so much to learn and I will try and keep improving. I am not certain what the do with the blog. Do I want to use it exclusively for my photography or keep it a combination of business and personal? It is something I have been considering this past year. Do I have enough to say and show that is worthwhile for people to read? I don't know. But if not than this is like a diary of sorts that documents my journey. A diary that I keep for myself to start and to share with the rest of the world. But what to do with the blog does not require an answer straight away. That might be something to decide later on in the new year.

It seems so far away but it is only a couple of hours away and before you know it, it will be high summer again. Remember the daytime is already extending with two minutes a day.

I do not have wishes for the new year and not written down my goals. Something to do next year as well. If there is something to wish for is that everybody will stay as they are today, healthy and loved.

I have baked some oliebollen today, a yearly tradition they do not only look good but taste good as well (if I may say so myself). We have some champagne on ice and then wait for midnight and say Happy New Year. I wish you all a very prosperous new year.

Canon 85mm 1.2L

Category: Gear | Photography

When I was a little girl I did not have a real barbie. We did not have a lot of money and I had an almost barbie doll called Steffi. What I did own was a barbie brochure and I could spent days looking at the pages. I would browse on end until the brochure would fall apart. Not owning a Barbie or any of the Barbie accessories was ok, with my brochure I could image what owning it would feel like.

While growing up I never really could shake this habit. I still love magazines and can check (endlessly) websites with products, reading reviews and anything I can find about something I want to purchase. So when I decided to wanted to have the Canon 85mm 1,2L lens I have read and reviewed until I do not know when. Last Friday I decided it was time and here it is. It arrived on my doorstep. A couple of days after Christmas but it still feels like a present.

It is a beautiful lens, it is heavy, it focuses quite slow but it captures amazing images and that is why I have bought it. To be able to capture beautiful images. I have shot a couple of photographs already (off course) but I can not wait to put it through the test during the next wedding.

Merry Christmas

Category: Personal

I missed it when I was gone. My 5D mkII. I decided to leave it at home and just use the point and shoot but when I held my sisters camera in my hand I realised I actually missed my camera. So when I could pick it up again today I may never leave my camera at home again.

Today it is christmas eve and it will be an official white christmas (so much for global warming and el nino!).

All that there is left to do is wish you all a very merry christmas!


Category: Personal

It was a good day. After two golfing days with rain (one day more than the other) we had a beautiful day to play golf. The blue skies with a white cloud in the sky. What was funny though is that on hole 3 which is quite far from the ocean an not very near a fountain we suddenly felt rain drop. I first thought it was just me. I looked up and there was not a cloud near us. I looked at Ronald. Did you feel it to? And he did. Where was it coming from? No idea because as I said there was no water anywhere near us.

It is those small mysteries in life that keep me wondering...

Amazing light

Category: Photography

While the Netherlands look more like the North Pole at this time here in Fuerteventura no hint as to it being Christmas in less than 4 days. Yesterday we went out to shoot some images in the evening light. And what an amazing light it was. The sun is out here longer as we are closer to the equator and that shows in the results.

Take a look.

Let the sun shine

Category: Personal

We sat in the airplane while the rain was beating against the window. The airport had been unusually quiet especially for the time of year. The holidays are coming up and people want to go home for Christmas but at Schiphol it felt like silence before the storm. I looked out of the window and there I saw it something white passing by. The pilot just informed us we had to taxi about 15 minutes towards the runway and it felt like we taxied all across the country before finally we took off.

It was warm when we touched down 4,5 hours later. Still 23 degrees even though it was already 19.30 in the evening. Fuerteventura is a small island not to far from the continent of Africa and the warm weather proofs it. We felt lucky especially when we saw the news later that evening that the snow captured not only the Netherlands but the rest of northern Europe and labelled the big freeze.

The next day the forecast was rain but when we woke up the sun was shining. We left for the golf course in good spirit but then just as predicted the rain started to pour down on us. Nowhere to hide and we got soaked through. My rain jacket could only keep part of me dry. I wanted to quit and go back to the hotel who wants to play in this weather? But Ronald held on and just like that it became a great afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky after we made the turn for the remainder of the afternoon.

So I learned a valuable lesson today, always be prepared for bad weather and don't give up, something beautiful will happen.


Category: Personal

I have writers block. Really I have no idea what to share and when I do I have no idea how to write it. A year of blogging is almost done and time has gone by so fast. I think I have said this many times before.

I am amazed at all the things that have happened this year and I am looking forward to next year and what it will all holds for me and my little company. Some things are already in my calendar but I can't wait to fill it with much more things. I heard Mike Larson say last year: Let your dreams be bigger than your memories. Already I have made new memories and I have some big dreams that I would like to fulfull very soon. But for now I am just grateful.

As I was looking through some images I came across images from Ronald that I shot last year when the snow first fell. We have had quite some snow already so I am going to post them here today. Why? Because I am just grateful.

The closet

Category: Personal

I realised that I had not showed our brand new closet. I am so happy with the result that I have to show it here on the blog. It is now filled with books and other memorabilia and I almost worry that it is to full no it is the perfect display.

The Christmas tree

Category: Personal

A post on Saturday for a change. Last year I did not set the christmas tree and logically we did not get into the christmas spirit eventhough I put up some other x-mas accessories it just did not happen. So this year we decided to start early. Get into that mood as early as possible. We still do not go overboard, just a tree and some small items around the house but still.

To make it even better I decided to buy some new christmas decorations for the tree which will make any woman happy me included. I bought all sorts of hangers and christmas balls and a new pluche friend. This christmas can not go wrong. Fireplace burning, snow outside and the christmas lights burning. Ah I am happy.


Category: Personal

I know I have to water them and I do it regligiously for the first two month and then well I don't know what happens but I forget. I see them everyday but nothing in my mind thinks about giving them water and additional nourishment. So after they are dry and wiltered I throw it way and try again. So I am thankfull for the amarelis my mom gave me. For the two months I do remember to water them they come in full bloom and then they are gone.

The ideal plant for me.