I had so many creative adventures in South Africa. And I suppose if one is to have many creative adventures, South Africa would be a good place to have them. When I was there, I kind of became obsessed with doing an African shoot. I already had a gorgeous traditional bride in front of my lens. But what about just toning it down a bit for a shoot? Enter Beverly. Old school-friend and model extraordinaire!

I asked her to dress in her most colourful African clothes and holy shit did she deliver! This shoot basically had everything I ever dreamed of having: lot’s of color, sunshine and a subject who was literally willing to risk her life for a good photo (by lying in the middle of the road… thanks Bev!).
I think it’s important to do more shoots celebrating different kinds of culture. I really want to push myself to make images of normal people being extra-ordinary. In my opinion, that’s the extreme power we hold as photographers.

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Looking back these photos I cant help but miss everything about South Africa. After growing up there and subsequently exploring every inch of it, I can still be dumbstruck by its beauty. These photos were taken in the Ceder Mountains on South Africa’s West Coast. My parents and I were driving down to Cape Town and after exploring the desert landscape of the Northern Cape, we decided to stop over in the mountains (which included an outside bath and a “holy shit is this real life?” view).

I can’t really tell you much else about these photos, except that I was hoping for a spectacular sunrise that morning, and instead got a magical cloud formation that looks like a strawberry milkshake. I couldn’t ask for more.

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Hayley and Kimberley’s Amsterdam photo shoot started out cold and snowy, but that didn’t stop them from kicking it in the ass.

Hayley is British and Kimberly is American. They got married last year in Banff, Canada in the most epic elopement ever conceived by womankind. But the funny thing is, they’re still separated by the Atlantic ocean! That doesn’t stop them from being a married couple…and definitely not from celebrating their anniversary in freaking Amsterdam!

Their shoot was preceded with a lot of “I’m so awkward my smile looks like a scowl” talk. But as always, that was exactly the opposite of what happened. They were totally not awkward. In fact, they were so un-awkward and did everything in the most perfect way possible, I basically wanted to smush myself between them just to balance the coolness. You know, with my own special brand of social awkwardness.

I absolutely loved working with them and can’t imagine how they’ve been living apart for so long. I also think they’re the most hilarious people ever, and would consider becoming their groupie and just follow them around all the time. Like a creepy stalker-fan. That’s not weird.

PS: This shoot was also featured on A Bicylce built for two! Yeehaw!

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Think about your wedding dress. What does it look like?

 I can make a safe bet that it’s not orange, green, blue red and a shitload of yellow. If it is, I love you and you must contact me immediately.

So guys, I know this is Western Europe. And I know we have our own set of archaic traditions, which if not followed, will bring the swift wrath of family and the wedding industry down on us like unexpected pigeon poop. I know, I know. But I get the feeling we’re sometimes so caught up with our own way of doing things, that we forget there’s a whole world of cultures and traditions out there. Which are just as valid as out own!

For example: Phillipine, the gorgeous lady in these photos, is wearing a traditional Zulu wedding dress. It’s exactly how she wore it when she married her husband in 2016! Yes, they still do traditional weddings in South Africa, and yes, they are awesome. And really, doesn’t she look like a freaking goddess in this? I can’t get over all the color and meticulous beadwork that went into making it. But also, just the way Phillipine carries herself in the dress. And that’s what makes it even more spectacular.

Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying that we all should start wearing beaded dresses and marry into African tribes. Like any creative, I just want to open my mind (hopefully the wedding industry’s as well) to our varied modern society. I want to show that diversity is beautiful. That we can appreciate beauty in its many different forms, even if it doesn’t fit our own specific western mold.

Know someone who has a traditional dress like this one and would be interested in doing a photoshoot? Please hook us up like right this second.

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Bart-Jan and Annika love nature! You can tell by their gorgeous nature-inspired wedding in Bergen, a quaint seaside town along the coast of The Netherlands. Or you could just look at Bart-Jan’s photography and gaze (open-mouthed) at the way he captures ordinary scenes in such a beautiful way. Yep, they’re definately up there with David Atteborough.

Honestly, I don’t even know where to start describing this amazing day. Ok, ok, maybe I could start with the heartfelt ceremony or the amazing shoot, or I could just go straight to the food (which was out of this world!). The bottom line is, this whole day was super relaxed and full of love and laughs! B-J and Annika were dead set on making things as easy as possible for themselves by having their venue, Hotel Blooming to cater their wedding. Also, they had a cake table! A CAKE TABLE! Meaning every guest could bring a delicious sweet treat to share with the rest. Pure genius!

I absolutely loved working with these two beautiful people, mainly because they were open to all my creative (aka crazy) ideas! They also made me feel so incredibly welcome throughout they day. Like family, but only more important…you know 🙂 Bart-Jan and Annika, I can’t thank you enough! Please get married again <3

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Bruiloft Bergen | Hotel Blooming | Bergen trouwfotograaf | Amsterdam photographer

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Ah Houtbay. Once known as the place where I ate the most disgusting fish cakes known to man. Henceforth known as the awesomest-photoshoot-location-ever!

Dani and Pete have been married for 4 years and wanted some cool photos to showcase their personalities. They haven’t had too many great experiences with photographers in the past, which was exactly why I loved taking on the shoot!

I love proving to anybody (yes, even you reading this right now) you are totally photogenic. And secondly, that if you have the right attitude (and photographer), you will never look bad on a photo again!

Anyways, Dani and Pete were obviously super nervous beforehand, considering their past encounters. But as you might notice had nothing to worry about since they killed it ( what it is they killed, I don’t know, but it’s dead now). They absolutely rocked all their poses, showed their beautiful smiles and were open to every single one of my crazy suggestions! I had so much frun working with these two and you can just see the oodles of love they have for each other. Not to mention their love for all things Star Wars. This we managed to work into the shoot by way of storm trooper masks. Hurray!

Dani and Pete, you guys are the bestest! I’m so proud of you and I hope to see many more photoshoots of you in the future!

Houtbay photoshoot | South Africa | Amsterdam photographer

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Yes guys, THIS IS HAPPENING!

I decided to give all you beautiful people a can’t-even-deal-with-this-right-now amazing discount for February 🙂 . If you book your shoot or wedding for 2017 before 12 February you will recieve a 20% discount! Which means you’re basically saving money to get that awesome neck massager AND book a shoot all in the same month. BOOYA!

INCLUDED IN A PHOTOSHOOT

– Up to 1,5 hrs. of photography at a location of your choice

– 30 digital high resolution images in an online gallery (which you can download as many times as you like)

Check out some examples of photoshoots HERE

€ 325  € 260

You can upgrade with a gorgeous 30x40cm print for € 40!

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– a gorgeous album

– high resolution images in an online gallery (which you can download as many times as you like)

– a free beer (or as I like to call it Beer-venture) to meet and discuss your wedding

– more than 8 hours photography = a free engagement shoot!

Check out some examples of weddings HERE

Starting from € 1075 € 860


 

RULES TO MAKE IT TOTALLY LEGIT:

There are actually just two super easy rules to get this amazing discount:

1: You have to sign up for my amazing newsletter

2: The booking has to be made before 12 February 2017

 


 

Oh and did I forget to mention that the first 3 bookings get a box of delicious brownies sent to their home? YOU COULD BE EATING BROWNIES RIGHT NOW!
UPDATE: There are only two boxes left, since these brownies (and a shoot) are just too good to pass up!

So what are you waiting for?

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