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Inspiration Style Me Pretty

Category: Photography

I like to be able to hold things, to keep it in my hand that is why I like newspapers and magazine, just to thumb through. But with the online era this is changing, there is not stopping it. Photoshop User Magazine is available for more than 4 years and a lot of magazines are also available online. Additional features can be added. VIV magazine is a great example were they combine magazine and online media for an extra ordinary experience. This off course has it is benefits. Online magazines are always there with new fresh content everyday and even video or audio can be added to it.

One of the online magazines that is really beautiful and full of inspiration is the e-glossy of Style Me Pretty the online wedding blog. If you have not seen it, you should take a look because it is really lovely just to thumb through it!

A weekend in Berlin

Category: Personal

After a week with great spring like weather and after a weekend in Lisbon my girlfriends and me went on our roadtrip to Berlin. The car was filled up and we were in the car at 6 am. After two stops we already felt that the air was getting colder and by mid day we arrived in Berlin. What an impressive city it is. We hit the road as soon as we arrived. Went to the Gendarmenmarkt for lunch and walked to the Unter der Linde to the Brandenburger Tor. Had a look at the Reichstag before walking to the Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas. Off course pieces of the wall and checkpoint Charlie. What a lot to take in. The stories that you can read across the city on the cold war, people trying to escape west Berlin, the fall of the wall. The Denkmal monument was one of the most impressive things we saw, those 2711 blocks. There is so much to see in this city, so much history.

But with all this history there is so much more to Berlin. A nice places to walk (a lot is within walking distance), shop (KaDeWe) and Friedrichstrasse e.g. and great places to eat. Eventhough the forecast was some rain we managed an all dry weekend and even saw the sun! So a nice weekend. And Berlin is a must see.

Book Review: Fast Track Business Plan

Category: Photography

I ordered a copy last year but after 8 weeks of waiting I cancelled the outstanding order and bought a copy at It arrive promptly two weeks later and I have been reading ever since. I am a fan of Dane Sanders, a self made business man and photographer, who is all about sharing and helping people in the photography industry. Not only in this book but also on the internet with his fast track blog. The Fast Track Business Plan is about giving you tools to get ahead of the game. To have the right business and home life balans. This does not only apply to photographers but to any type of business. That is probably the reason why Dane has directed this book to creatives in general and to photographers specifically.

Dane has found a way to talk to you like he would sitting across from you. Like you have your own private consultancy session. He asks question about your vision and your promise to the world. What do you want to be to your clients, what type of experience do you want to give them and how can you differentiate? All valid questions to make you think and reflect your business.

But maybe the most important message is to stay true to who you are. In the way you create your vision, your passion and staying true to yourself. A lot of chapters end with a number exercises. Dane urges us to take action and determine where we are. I must say that it is a confrontation to write down e.g. strengths and weaknesses. To look myself in the mirror and and speak out loud what I want my company to be. The book also contains a test, the business stress test to determine the state of your business.

Dane again has managed to write a great book. I recognise a lot from other books I have read from e.g. Seth Godin or Tim Ferriss or from workshops i have attended. A lot of photographers repeat the same mantra of being true to yourself, let you company work for you instead of you working for your company and to outsource. Still what this book differentiate from other books is, besides being an easy read, it challenges the reader to spring into action. The test helps in that direction. Stil it is not a fill in the blanks kind of book like Dane says. No, like with a lot of business books it is written for you to do the work. He let's you of the hook every now and again but also points out what the consequences are. If you want this book to work you have to do the work.

I have learned a number of insights that I now am going to incorporate in my business strategy.

Some things luxury

Category: Personal

I love gifts not so much to give or receive no I like the way gifts are wrapped. I can enjoy just to look at a present instead of opening it to see what was inside. When I was little I would unwrap a present with the utmost care to save the wrapping paper. So when I see a product that is wrapped with care and style it gives a sense of luxury. A great example is the tea bags of Thieme. What a pleasure to look at the way they have wrapped each tea bag and who they have put it in a big box.

These must taste so good. That's what this kind of wrapping is promising. I can tell that they do. The experience is the whole package from opening the box to tasting the flavor in a tea cup.

Happy Thursday.

Reception slideshow

Category: Wedding

One of the most fun moments during the wedding reception or party is: the reception slideshow. Even though we shoot 100% digital as soon as we show an overview of the day in the reception slideshow people are genuinly surprised. They do not expect it is possible that photo taking during day are visible in a slideshow during the reception.

During the wedding I already have an idea of the images I want to select and use in the slideshow. Usually I select about 30 to max 40 images load them into Light Room for image processing. A number of images I will transfer to black and white. For the slideshow effect I will use the screen save mode. Then I put the slideshow up on a table preferably near the bar and dance floor and then wait.

Ways to learn: Bami Cantrell on Creativelive

Category: Photography

This weekend, while I was away in Lisboa, CreativeLive had yet again an amazing free workshop. This time Bami Cantrell shared her knowledge of photography, posing and lighting with the world with the ultimate goal to let everybody learn from the experience for free. I only was able to watch some small segments so that is why I have downloaded the whole workshop so I can see it in the upcoming week.

Bami is a very experienced photographer and a lovely lady. She knows her stuff and the part that I could watch I was already impressed with what she shared. This will help me get better at my craft and utilize for my style. If you have not seen any of the workshops at Creativelive you should check out there website and watch for the upcoming workshops. Some really great one's are coming up.

The concept of Creativelive is easy. You can watch all the workshops live for free, if you want to download them to watch again you pay a small price for, in this case, 3 days of workshop. I really love what they do for photography because this way everybody get's to be in the classroom and learn.


City of Lisboa

Category: Personal

Every now and again you have to leave your surrounding. Go out and find something different, a new place, different people, different food and drink. Time slows when you are in different surroundings, lets you enjoy life more. That is why we left for the beautiful city of Lisboa. It lets us appreciate the good life.

Happy clients

Category: Personal

There is no greater joy to see a happy client walk away with something I created. What really lifts my heart though is when I receive a gift. It tells me I have done something really well.

Jeff Ascough at Professional Imaging 2011

Category: Photography

Professional Imaging is one of the big photography events of the year in the Netherlands. Last year was my first time there when Adobe celebrated 20 years of Photoshop. This year Matt Kloskowski and Julianne Kost were there to talk at the Adobe theatre. We were there late in the afternoon and had a chance to see what exhibitors were displaying. We had a chat at the Profotonet booth to see their new album covers. Then we walked on to the Couture Book booth. What a beautiful albums they have so many choices to have a unique album. I would love to offer their albums to our customers.

Then we went on to the Canon booth to listen to Jeff Ascough a photojournalistic wedding photographer from the UK. He talked about composition and light and how to use this in wedding photography. He showed a lot of examples of his images and storytelling. I was really impressed with his style and his photography eye. How he reads the scene. No spray and pray for Jeff hoping the right images is there but watching for an image to develop to look for that one moment that is worth capturing. His style is really different from mine but I thought it was very interesting to hear his approach on wedding photography. Funny part is that Jeff does not have a working flash anymore. He broke his flash last year and has not replaced it. And his photography is not suffering because even at the party he manages to take amazing images.

Here some images of Jeff.

And a little video (at bit shaky at first..)

Fort Abcoude Wedding: Tobias & Mireille

Category: Slideshow | Wedding

It was easy the most sunny day of the week, cold but sunny and that was all that matters. My prayers were heard (kept my fingers crossed everytime I checked weather online) and when I walked up the stairs to take a look at the wedding dress my heart skipped a beat again that day. Mireille looked positively radiant.

Even though we had all the time in the world she wanted to get in her wedding dress as if she could will the time forward. Her mother and father looked at her proudly when she stood in front of them showing her dress and then the waiting started. Waiting for Tobias to arrive with the car and the flowers.

He said he was not nervous but when he stood there waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs there might have been a hint of nerves. It dissappeared as soon as Mireille walked down the stairs and she smiled a sweet smile to him and he smiled back at her. They were ready to get going, to start there wedding day.

Thank you Mireille and Tobias for allowing me to capture your wedding day. If you want to see more of their day click here to see the slideshow.

Mireille choose a lovely dress from Pronovias. Beautiful.

Jurk: Pronovias

Pak: Roka

Foto locatie: Fort Abcoude (eigendom van Staatsbosbeheer)

Trouwlocatie: Gemeentehuis Amstelveen

Feestlocatie: Westeinder Paviljoen