Arcen Castle Gardens

About a month ago my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I had a photo shooting with friend, photographer and writer Ronald Kooijman aka RoKo Foto in the beautiful Arcen Castle Gardens. You may know Ronald for his pictures of my photo story “A Vampire’s Tale” and his book “The Warrior Princess – The huntress is hunting”.

I’ve only been to the Arcen Castle Gardens during my visits to the fantasy event Elfia, but I never took time to look around the complete gardens. During Elfia I’m more interested in all related to the event, like the fantasy market and the amazing costumes of the visitors. So, this photo shooting was a great opportunity to see more of the beautiful gardens.

It was a great and busy day. We really had lots of fun and we managed to work out three different settings:

Victorian Love
The words say it all! The romantic atmosphere of the beautiful Rosarium makes it an ideal location for this wonderful photo shooting with my sweet boyfriend (and love of my life) Count vlAD. I just love modelling with him. It’s really great enjoying the same hobbies (read: passions) together. Makes me feel like we were made for each other even more. 

I’ve been told the the Rosarium at Arcen Castle Gardens is one of the best rose gardens in The Netherlands. It’s splitted into 10 parts. Each section has its own theme, and they include a mixture of climbing roses, rambler roses and other roses. So, there was a lot for us to see and enjoy.

For me the visit to the rosarium was double the fun, because of roses are definitely my most favorite flowers. Like life, a rose is beautiful in its simplicity, delicate but thorny. Roses have been the symbol of love and affection since times immemorial. They work as metaphors in poems and silent words in love stories. Roses come in many different colors and each color has it’s own unique symbolic meaning. But, apart those hidden meanings of rose colors, I like the red rose the most though. 

Night by Day
This seems to be a technique to create images that appear as they were made at night, but were actually shot outside during the day. And all of that without any (digital) retouching afterward. I don’t know how this works exactly, but I really like the results. All pictures of the Night by Day-setting are made in the awesome Rock Valley of Arcen Castle Gardens, which is part of the World Gardens. The Valley contains over a million kilograms of Belgian Blue Stone, a well-known limestone from Hainaut, combined with lots of pine trees and ferns. A really cool and almost fairytale like decor.

Oriental Style
Photo shoot preparations showed there are a.o. an Oriental water garden and a Bamboo Forest planted in Arcen Castle Gardens. So we thought is was a nice idea to make some kind of simple Oriental styledpictures. And, I must say it’s quite nice to work out something “different” once in a while too. Although I’m not very fond of wearing striking red clothing, I am very pleased with the results of this setting.

I am really excited to publish the results. You can also find these pictures (and even more) on my Facebook page.

 

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