Beautiful wedding photography for Lovers


Category: Personal

What to do when you have read all the books on the shelve? Reread! It is as simple as that, but if I would read every book on there I would be busy years to come. So I decided to pick a top 7 of favorites that I would want to read again.

1. Indelible - Karin Slaugther - This is the first book I read of Karin and I it made me order every book she had written. The suspense between Sarah and Jeffrey and how they got to know eachother with the suspense of a unexplainable murder makes this one of my favorite reads. Many say this is not her best book and they could be true but I can read this one over and over again.

2. Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow - One of the best legal thrillers written. I have this book for maybe 20 years and read it when I was still in school. The clues that Scott provides through out the book are very subtle and in hindsight gives the real murderer away. I also saw the movie but it can not compare to this book which is master.

3. Undercurrents - Ridley Pearson - Again a first for me and a first in a serie of detective Lou Boldt who has a rough period in his job and in his marriage as well. Together with his team they have a serial killer on the loose and the signs of a copycat. Will they be able to prevent another killing. The plot is well put together and I know I raced through because I really wanted to know who did it.

4. The Notebook - Nicolas Sparks - I mentioned it before I cried when I saw the movie and eventhough the book and movie are not alike I cried when I read the book. The way Nicolas can put in to words the love between the main characters is so beautifully done that when Ali the main character has alzheimer and forget who her husbands is, is really heartbreaking to read.

5. The Associate - John Grisham - I am a fan. I have read just about every book he has written and the Associate is a true Grisham. A young lawyer that wants to do everything right and then is confronted with a secret from the past that he thought was well hidden. The young lawyer that manages to outwit all forces around him makes this a top Grisham tail.

6. Mistaken Identity - Lisa Scottoline - I can read the whole series that Lisa had written over and over. I bought a couple of her books at a book fair and thought let's see how good a book costing me no more than 2 euro can be. And it was good, no it was great. I like the way she writes about an all woman law firm and the stories they share.

7. In the Midday Sun - Guy Bellamy - Another one I have for decades and I still love his books. If you like humor than Guy is your guy. I usually take these books with me when I go on vacation because they are mostly situated in Spain and where better to read them than in Spain or any country in the sun. It is usually about money and people got in a strange way or got rid of it quite the same. It makes me laugh every time.


New Studio Album

Category: Albums

In the forest of Album Companies I find it difficult to choose. Who has the best options? Who creates the best looking albums that do justice to the photography of a wedding day or portrait shoot. In short which company creates the best albums that fit my clients wants and needs? Well a couple of months ago I found this album company that creates albums world wide. They have a big selection of books but I like to keep it simple. I love clean cut albums that feature the couple and their day.

As clients want albums that can contain a lot of photograph I decided on this album that can have up to 100 pages! Yes you read it right 100 pages. They have a photocover, a slipcover and a case to protect the book. I love the result. This coffee table photo book will be a great way to showcase your wedding day and make sure your memories wil last forever.

If you want to see the album up close and personal, do not hesitate to contact me.


DIY Photo booth accessories: mustaches

Category: Photography

Now that photo booths are getting more and more populair it is way more fun to have some accessories to take into the pictures. You can use hats, boa's and big glasses but there is an easy way to create mustaches and lips.

I found some templates on easymakesmehappy as well as a whole lot of felt at meervilt. They have every color of the rainbow. I bought quite thin felt and used the carton of the enveloppe. The mustache turned out really great. You can even use them at a birthday party when taking candids.

Here a step by step how to make a DIY mustache.

1. all required items felt, glue, bambo sticks, scissors and the templates.

2. Cut all mustaches and use the enveloppe to draw the mustaches on

3. Put glue on the carton

4. Glue the mustache on the felt

5. Cut all the mustache out of the felt

6. Glue the bambo sticks to the mustache and let it dry

Et voila here you have the mustaches

State of Zen

Category: Personal

I received this boedha a couple of years ago and put it in the window. When I have a lot on my mind it reminds me to just be still and enjoy this moment. To be in the now. I have read Eckhard Tolle, more on that in other post and everytime I let my mind wonder away from me returning to this moment is just what I need.

It is so easy to only think, to be in my head but that is not what life is about. We only have this moment this second in time. We can only do the best in this moment and realising that has changed my life. Be present, be here, be still and enjoy this moment.

Things I like Friday

It is Friday and I am distracted while writing this post. In fact I think I have started this post four times or maybe even five tmes. I am having difficulty gathering my thoughs and translating them on to the screen. What do I want to say to you the reader. What do I want to share?

Not something deep or profound on this dull Friday, I just want to share stuff that I really like and for some reason I can not find to words to say just that. So instead of making it more difficult by putting words in this post I am just going to show you the stuff I like! Because the images speak for themselves items of Zara, H&M, Amazon, Levi's 572.

Have a great Friday.

In Camera Lighting Workshop: Zach & Jody Gray part II

So here a more detailed recap of the In Camera Lighting workshop that was organised by Anouschka and her husband Ray. They managed to set this whole workshop up in less than two months from initial contact with Zach and Jody to making sure nobody was hungry or thirsty during the workshop. They took care of everything.

We started with the theory behind lighting, different lighting styles, lighting the scene and artificial lighting. Then on to studio strobes, metering and posing tips. We learned all about how to use a light meter and how we can make sure no photograph is waisted (this is really true no photograph waisted!). We then got to the hands on part as the models Stephanie and Angela came to the workshop.

The group was divided into two smaller groups which gave everybody the chance to set up a scene and shoot it and to see all the other attendees set up a scene to learn how to do again and again to make sure it sticks.

When we were en route the temperature was not that bad but as the afternoon went on the temperature seems to drop a couple of degrees. We went from the square near the workshop location to the Binnenhof and as we had big (I mean really big) soft boxes we were also an attraction to all the tourists in the Binnenhof.

So here a number of behind the scenes and result photographs! Never thought I could pull off images like these, showing you how fabulous this workshop has been.

Every one got the chance to set up a location

The softboxes were about to fly away they were that big but look at that light!

These were taken around 15.00 in the afternoon but the drama was created by the light (85mm, F4.5, 1/200, iso100)

Zach was very connected with the Dutch ground. Taking amazing images from this position.

One of my favorites

The amazing red mega heels of Angela.

Shot with my 85mm.

Angela forgot her coat and she was so cold but still managed to look amazing.

All of the images were edited using Zach Lightroom routine and I managed to edit them all (144 images) in less than 10 minutes! Whew what a huge time saver this will become.

In Camera Business & Marketing workshop: Zach & Jody

Here we are for day two of the In Camera workshop of Zach and Jody. Today we have focused on Business & Marketing. Yesterday flew by. What a day, packed with information and hands-on training and ended with a nice dinner with all the attendees and Zach and Jody. Even during dinner they could not stop giving us all sorts of tips and tricks and we got the chance to talk with other photographers.

During the Business & Marketing workshop the group was extended to 14. Zack and Jody let it all out. In a fully loaded 5 hour workshop they shared everything from how they started their business, first contact with their clients, how they use marketing, the various media, to pricing and explaning the Zach and Jody experience.

There was so much information that my head was buzzzzzing all through the afternoon but they gave us so much to work with and we will be implementing a lot of it during the coming week, months, years. Off course we could not leave with a fan photo and they were so nice to take one with us. Yay!

We have said it so many times during the day but Zach & Jody we had two great days and thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys rock!

If you ever get the chance to attend any of their workshops, take it and you will not be disappointed!

In Camera Lighting Workshop: Zach & Jody Gray

A short blog post today and I will have a more extended blog post on this topic soon because there is so much to tell! First of all how awsome Zach & Jody are in person and as photographers. I was looking forward to their workshop ever since we registered for it and it has not dissappointed in any way.

We started indoors with introductions and the story of Zach and Jody and then a lot of info on Lighting. We started with a lot of rain and fortunately the weather became dry and the sun came out just a bit and so we could get out and shoot. And shooting is what we did in the heart of The Hague in the Binnenhof. Hands on.

Here a behind the scene's of the first shooting location.

Engagement: Giullitta & Liselotte

We met for their engagement session in their appartment. It has the most amazing light that I wanted to capture. The forecast at the beginning of the week was not all that great but on that Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago the sun was out and we had the opportunity to shoot in and out doors.

It was quite cold but both Giullitta and Liselotte were great and went outside for a couple of shots on the balcony before we went down to the Flevopark and could take a lot of images when the sun was slowly going down. We had so much fun in the park and I got the change to capture this beautiful couple, their spirit, their laughter, their smiles and it shows in every images.

Have fun with this shoot and if you want to see more of check out their slideshow here.

There is no cooincidence while feeding the ducks one white duck appeared. On their wedding day they will have a white 2CV aka Duck as their car.

One of my favorites of the afternoon.

More favorites!

Tilt shift Effect

In photography you should keep post processing to a minimum as much as possible. I agree totally, it is so much easier than fixing it in Photoshop later. But I also like to play around with Photoshop and to try new things, see here a dilemma. No not really, starting point is alway that I try to capture the best image in camera but if I can enhance it with post processing I definitely will do it. What I like about Photoshop is that it can simulate all sorts of effects. For example tilt shift.

Tilt shift is often used to photograph buildings, landscapes but also to create miniture scenes from real life situations as the tilt shift lens allows for selective focus of the photograph. But tilt shift is also used a lot in wedding and portrait photography. As tilt shift adds foreground blur it draws in the focus of the viewer to the subject.

When you do not own a tilt shift lens and wonder what it would look like in your photographs there is an easy option to create tilt shift in Photoshop. The result of this CS feature is amazing. This is how you can create this effect.

Select a photograph and create a new layer with ctrl J or command J. Then select the quickmask tool.

Select the gradient tool and draw a line across the photograph where you want the blur to start. I use the lineair gradient option but the reflected gradient is also used a lot.

When you release the selection the part that should remain sharp now has become red.

Click the quick mask button again.

The red is gone and a selection remains. Now select Filter>Blur>Lens blur>

The following screen appears. Adjust the settings according to your liking. I have selected shape Octagon (8), Radius 45 (the closer this one is set to 100 the blur you see),

The result is instantly visible in the preview window. If you are happy with the result you can press OK button and the blur effect will be added to the photograph. After pressing ctrl-D or cmd-D the selection is removed and you can see the result.

So with couples the effect will be completely on the them. Here the result of the before and after.