Archive for February, 2016

Best of Etsy: Handmade Ceramics You’ll Love

February 11th, 2016

If there’s anything I have a weakness for, it’s ceramics. I just adore collecting special pieces and styling with them at home, though I can say with absolute certainty that this is not an obsession my husband shares, sadly. The poor guy can scarcely walk past the ‘props cabinet’ for fear or breaking something, and is mildly afraid of farting within a five mile radius of it too for the same reasons. But his wife continues to bring these precious, bubble-wrapped beauties into his home and I secretly think he wouldn’t want it any other way. I just can’t help myself. There’s something so special about sipping from a cup spun to imperfect perfection with passion in the hands that moulded it. I figured there might be a few of you out there who share this very same weakness, so to avoid hoarding pretties that deserve a place in the homes of fellow ceramics obsessors like myself, and in the interest of supporting the talented folks who make them, I thought I’d let you in on my little secret. Etsy has a fabulous array of talented makers who create beautiful ceramics and I am excited to share with you some of my personal favourites.

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From delicate to dipped, etched and speckled and all downright divine. I want each and every one of these stunners, it’s not fair! There are a handful of makers who consistently create gorgeous things, some of my favourites being July Product StylingKoji Kitakoa | Sam Nichols Pottery | Waupecony River Studio | Yulia Tsukerman.

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Inspire Sessions: Photography Workshops in March

February 9th, 2016

For two afternoons this past month, my home was buzzing with creatives and talented photographers during our first round of Inspire Sessions. Such a success they were, that Hanke and I have opened up two more session dates in March, one taking place on Wednesday, 9 March and one on Saturday, 12 March! You can read all about these inspiring gatherings over on the workshops page but for now, lose yourself for just a moment in Hanke Arkenbout‘s dreamy film images she created during the last session.

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For those new to the blog and haven’t the faintest clue what I am going on about, Inspire Sessions are intimate, informal afternoon workshops held in my home in Delft (The Netherlands), designed to inspire and push the photographers, stylists and creatives who attend to look beyond they way you would normally photograph and learn some new tricks along the way. Our past attendees have all left with loads of inspiration and energy and our closed Facebook group is buzzing with activity as everyone shares their images, ideas and questions with likeminded creatives who’s hare their passion. It’s about creating community, building each other up while taking our own steps in a highly inspiring, creative environment. Get the full scoop

Simple, Ethereal Bridal Style

February 6th, 2016

When Hanke Arkenbout – who you’ll know from our recent workshops, our great outdoors editorial and my family photoshoot – asked me to style a bridal inspiration session for her to shoot, it didn’t take too much convincing before I was on board the pretty train. Her work is flawless, her images dreamy and she’s fun to be around. Sold. So with simplicity being the key component for this collaboration, as it always is with us, we brought to life a beautiful concept celebrating the art of restraint. All too often weddings turn into these massive, crazy things that end up costing the earth and sending the bride into a frenzy trying to have a pin-perfect celebration. I know. I have been there. What we wanted to show in this collection of images is that it doesn’t take much to create the kind of wedding that dreams are made of, and that sometimes simple is just perfect.

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Less is always more, and what you’re about to see is the very epitome of pared back, effortless and ethereal inspiration for today’s boho modern bride. And the team that put this together? So good that it’s no wonder Wedding Sparrow snaped this feature up right away! Get the scoop below and watch the behind the scenes video too, created by Koen Kolkerts from Narratief (the same dude who made my video). And for anyone out there planning a wedding, I hope you take some inspiration away from today’s post.
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Collaboration with Friesche Vlag

February 2nd, 2016

Friesche Vlag is an extension of the Dutch dairy giant Friesland Campina and is the world’s largest dairy co-operative, responsible for the production of various milk products including coffee creamer, long-life milk and milk froth which are sold in more than 100 countries world wide. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to create the brand images for their new website, designed to coincide with the launch of their latest Latte product. Wanting to branch out in new directions and target a younger audience with their attractive new packaging, Friesche Vlag needed some fresh imagery for their site, enlisting founder of Blogstreet Esther Buitendijk to pull together the right team for this exciting project. And what an honour it was that she deemed me the perfect person to work with web and graphic designer Merel de Neve on what is now the new Friesche Vlag website, and I couldn’t be more proud or grateful for this creative collaboration.

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I thought I’d show you a bit of the process behind this shoot, as it’s always fun to peek behind the scenes a bit on a project like this. It’s a different experience entirely working a commercial project because the stakes are high and in this case there was a marketing team to insure the right message was sent though the images, so it was not just me and my camera this time, but a challenge (which I love) and I am pleased with the results.

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