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It is here

Category: Personal

It was in the mailbox today. The real one, the one that you can open and when you look inside, find things you can touch, like letters, bills, newspapers and books. This one was there with some other books I ordered and i was looking forward to it. Life is all about the people you meet and the books you read - Zach Gray. I can not agree more.

So today I received Exposed magazine in the mailbox from Jasmine Star. She has told a lot about her story on the Internet in so many shape and forms but I am a fan of her work and what she has achieved. So I had to have the magazine and so I ordered it. That is the best thing about the Internet. Without it the chance that I would know about this OC photographer would have been 0%. Thank you Internet for making the world smaller. Thank you Jasmine for the magazine and the inspiration.

So for the next couple of days I will be reading about big dreams and never giving up.

My favorite

Category: Photography

Some say it is a challenge, some say it is even impossible. I know it is not because I have done it. Shoot a whole wedding with one lens. These days I dare to switch my lens but when I did my first wedding I feared I  would lose a moment ergo a shot. So I left my lens on, always ready. The 50mm that is.

Now I dare to switch, make a conscious decision which lens to choose. But the 50mm remains my favorite. Because this is one lens that make people look their best. Because this one has the best bokeh. I still have a wish list of nice lenses that I would love to get my hands on. But I doubt if any of them will ever compete.

Something to remember

Category: Personal | Photography

Sometimes things happen and I can't explain it. If I try to rerun it frame by frame I can't. Did I see it as it was or is my mind playing tricks and I want to see it as it went? I don't know. Like the phrase "there is not reality just perception", this must be true.

Well my perception maybe shattered a couple of time but than I'm cleaning my laptop and come across an image that makes me smile. We looked adorable and in my mind the shirts were not yellow (I never wear yellow) and hey I didn't know my shoes matched with my shirt. My father made all of our outfit's. Yes he was a wizard with a sowing machine. And the way I remembered it we were in focus but it is not.

It doesn't mattered because I can still remember that moment that we were standing there in front of that Citroen in front of the Olympic stadion. That moment will never disappear because we have that image.

DIY Center pieces

Category: Wedding

DIY is usually linked with the money friendly solution. When planning your wedding you want to have a lot of those budget friendly options. But DIY can also be your best friend when you are looking for a personal touch. Or when they just do not sell what you are looking for.

So today an easy, budget friendly and personal DIY solution for the center piece. A good center piece can be big, extravagant and costly. A good alternative could be to collect three, six or even nine bottles. You can use e.g. glass yogurt containers. Select big rozes in any color you want. Choose the colors of your wedding theme or buy a variation of color. Use two or more rozes per glass and align them in rows of three et voila your center piece is done.

Of course you can decide to use bigger glass and more rozes per glass and the result is simple but so chique.

What (not) to wear?

Standing in front of the closet deciding what to wear. Panic attack, shallow breathing and a cold sweat! Knowing you will be photographed probably makes it worse I know it would for me. So I get questions from future brides what to wear on their engagement shoot. Are there things we are not allowed to wear?

Well fortunately there are no rules at least not as far as I am concerned. I always advice my brides to wear an outfit that makes them feel comfortable, that makes them feel really good. For some it is a great dress or a power suit, casual jeans and heals. Yes it is that simple. There is no right or wrong and the best thing is that if you have more outfits that make you feel good you can wear them (all).

If there is one advice I can give than it would be to choose something with color like a shirt, jacket, sweater or scarf because it always works really well on camera. So open that closet and choose an outfit that you love and it will show in the images.

The First Look

Category: Wedding

The myth of seeing eachother before the wedding is based upon an old tale when marriages were arranged and the parents feared the groom would run away if he would see his bride before the ceremony. So first looks were not very popular except for the Netherlands. Every couple would go together to the ceremony without fear of old tales and promise of misfortune. Strangely enough it seems that more and more couples do not opt for the first look anymore and decide to see eachother at the altar. For fear the moment would be spoiled if they get a change to see eachother for the first time at the altar.

Unnecessary because the moment the couple see eachother before the wedding does nothing for that moment when the bride walks up to the alter to her future husband (and I speak from experience). All it does is give you the change to come away with even more beautiful moments that we can capture. Especially when the timeline if very tight. So do not fear for the first look. Experience it because it is beautiful.

The sunglasses experiment

Category: Photography

The work is never done. If you want to be heading somewhere there is always something to do, to learn, to master. Eventhough I am photographing for a lot of years there are still things I can learn and so I practise, practise, practise. Live objects are to be preferred but as they are not always readily available and because a large part of wedding day include stills I look for objects that I can photograph and that tell something about me.

Enter the sunglasses. From the top of my head I can already think of six different pairs that I have lying around the house and in my car. I would never buy an expensive one because usually I get scratches on the glass or I put them somewhere and never find them again (until years later and they are hopelessly out of style). So this particular pair I bought about a year ago. We went on vacation and I forgot to take a pair along. Being on the golf course or out in the sun without sunglasses is unthinkable so I bought a pair at a local shop for no more than 7 euro. Even after traveling to two holiday destinations they are still alive which is a miracle in itself. 

With some nice sun over the weekend I took out my camera and tried to isolate the glasses to give them a fashionable look. I put them on top of my printer, put the 50mm 1.2 on my camera and tried various view points and angles. Hier het resultaat.

Featured on Wedspiration

Category: Wedding | Published

It is Monday and what better way to start the week with some nice news. As we were able to capture a lot of beautiful weddings this year we want to share the result with as many people as possible. So we were so happy to receive the news from Jo-Anne from Wedspiration that she featured the wedding of Cenda and Drikus on the Wedspiration blog today!

Wedspiration does not only show real weddings but also contains a lot of wedding inspiration so if you have not visit the blog go on and have a look.

Keep the fire burning

Category: Personal

The wind ruffled my jeans as I picked up the bag and I ran outside to get some wood for the fire place. If there is one advance of autumn, it is the chance to start a fire. A fascinating spectacle of flames that devour the wood. Sometimes I would like to feel more of this fire inside of me, pushing me on, moving me forward. Because it is sometimes easier to be fed by the negative instead of the positive and the only thing that is doing is holding back. Sure I could say that these things do not affect me and I am always the happy one. But tell me who would I be kidding? Right!

I came across this video of Michael Jordan getting introduced into the basketball hall of Fame and I found it at the right time. Michael Jordan, probably the best NBA basketbal player of all time, got emotional as he got up on the podium as he was honored by his peers. He was humble, funny but most of all respectful to his colleagues. He shared why he loved basketbal so much and why there was only one option when he went out on the court and that was to win. He came from a competative family not only in sport but also academically. Basketbal started a fire and at every turn in his career he was looking for logs that could keep the fire burning. He found them with all his opponents and Michael kept thriving. He did not take no for an answer, improved and became the best because he kept challenging himself.

The big stars of any kind are all human but they have this additional force that has to be reckoned with. They set goals and do everything within their power to get there. That is how they succeed and do it again when they change direction. To conclude his speech Michael said something that stuck with me. He told the audience that as he entered the hall of Fame it would not be the end with basketball for him and that it would not be unlikely that he would return (he was 46 at the time). The crowed laughed but he reminded them not to because he concluded: Limits, like fears, are often an illusion.

Powerful. I may not be a Michael Jordan of any kind but I have my own fire and I am looking for logs to keep it burning.



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