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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!



Shots that make me Happy

Category: Personal

The best part of this time of year is that there are so many things to look forward to. I call it the promise of Spring. New life, new love, new new. So many things that are about to happen and that we do not know of yet. That email that will arrive in the mailbox with great news, that telephone call that we are going to receive with an amazing opportunity, new idea's that appear out of nowhere.

That makes me happy and so to accompany this feeling a shot that makes me happy.



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 cdwow.nl. 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.