Aug 7, 2014

Photo adventures: Simon

“Just be happy, and if you can't be happy, do things that make you happy. Or do nothing with the people that make you happy.”
― Esther Earl

I finally got to go on another photo adventure with my cousin. We've both been busy and living far away from each other doesn't help either, but he came over last weekend and we biked through the Belgian countryside, had drinks at night with our feet bathing in my little kiddy pool (downside of not having a garden) and we went to the old barn we've visited a couple of times before to shoot there. Photos of Simon are taken by me. Photos of me are taken by Simon. Editing by me.

Jul 13, 2014

Meeting Ian and Malena

“He wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph were taken at random, it would be a cool photograph. Things should look right. Fun; there should be a lot of fun and no more sadness than absolutely necessary.”
- David Nicholls
Here's a really quick blog post from last week, when I met Ian and Malena. They're both wonderful photographers and great friends of mine. I'd met Ian before, because we live pretty close to each other, but it was my first time meeting Malena. She's magnificent and stunning and meeting her for the first time was absolutely amazing. (Ian, I guess you're okay too.)
We met up in the woods and hoped that it wouldn't rain, but of course it did. It's Belgium we're living in. But since we were in the forest, we didn't feel much of the rain, which saved our cameras! (and our mood, haha). Anyway, I hope you like some of these pictures!
Setting up Ian's shot


Behind the scenes of Ian shooting me (yay!). Photo by Malena!

Malena shooting Ian

Malena is too cute for words

Malena picking berries

May 19, 2014

Lauren Anny J (part I)

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.” 
― Audrey Hepburn

About a month ago, I got to shoot with Lauren again. This time, the weather was a little bit better (though not really) and her outfits were even more amazing. We explored a part of Ghent and even got to shoot in the Vooruit. I'm glad to have finally finished editing these photos, there were so many. (Probably because I couldn't choose and ended up editing way too many.) Hope you enjoy!

Sep 16, 2013

Through Italy

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. 
- Bertrand Russell

Every family summer vacation I've ever been on has led me to Italy. For ten years now, I've traveled to the land of the pizza, the bellissimo and the oldest churches in human's history. Though I've always seemed to get stuck in the mountains and in all these years I'd never traveled further than Venice. But eventually, I finally got to cross my personal border and ended up in the magic some people call Italy (or actually that should be the other way around).

If you're American (or  from anywhere that isn't Belgium, which includes pretty much every single person on my photography page), you might find it strange that we Belgians (and maybe other Europeans too) are pretty fond of school trips. In my four years at high school, it's taken me to France, Germany and Italy. Of course it depends from school to school, but you could really call it a Belgian tradition that when you're a senior and you're in your sixth year of high school, you go on a trip through Italy. Some go for a few days, some stay a week and some go all out and go for ten days. In those days you see as many cities and you eat as many pizzas as humanly seems possible.

In my ten days we visited Pisa, Lucca, Sienna, Pompeii, Rome, the Vatican, Venice, Orvieto and Assisi. Nine cities that you can't possibly visit in one day, not even in a month, but still we got to breathe the Italian air and see all the touristy highlights.

And even though leaning on the tower in Pisa is great and seeing Venice from a gondola is great (though I didn't do any of those things, being a rebel and all you know), the moments that stayed with me the most are the moments we strolled around the little city streets, not knowing where we are but never really being lost, discovering the cities with only one golden rule: When lost, always go left and straight on. Then repeat. 

Though the rain accompanied us almost every day, I believe it made us appreciate the little bits of sun that touched our faces even more. And let me tell you this: when you're in great company, the sun is only just another reason to smile, but there are so many more. Because face it, nothing is funnier than desperately trying to get your leather shoes dry after some accidental puddle jumping in Rome. (It took me three days to get them dry, by the way.)





A photo of me at the Vatican
Climbing the Vesuvius

Bay of Naples


Fog over Orvieto