Spring photoshoot with Vandervenfotografie

Don’t you just love the first spring flowers!

Although I do love the beautiful colors of autumn, spring may actually be my favorite time of the year for photoshoots. Trees and flowers are coming to life with vibrant colors. It’s also the most beautiful contrast against black clothing.

And – with nature coming to life and showing us all those beautiful colors – I just couldn’t resist taking pictures.

Photographer Vandervenfotografie (aka Cornel van der Ven) was willing to accompany me again. We have worked together so often that I almost can’t count the number of times. Perhaps it’s because of we are family. But each time was memorable, including this latest photoshooting.

We were very lucky with the weather, as it turned out to be one of the best days of the week with a little wind and aplenty sunshine to make some stunning pictures.

I am thrilled to share the amazing results. You can also find these pictures (and more) on my Facebook page.

Snow photoshoot with Vandervenfotografie

It doesn’t snow as often anymore in the Netherlands. And mostly, when it snows, it tends to be just a sad mushy layer. But, last week we had some proper snowfall. And it truly was a magical sight.

Of course I couldn’t resist shooting in the snow. Photographer Vandervenfotografie was willing to to brave the cold weather and took some beautiful pictures. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.


First Collaboration With Photographer Baron Samedi Fotografie

Whoops! With all the craziness going on in de world right now, I completely forgot to write a blog post about my latest photo shooting with photographer Baron Samedi Fotografie. It was our first collaboration, and I hope it certainly wasn’t the last time.

It’s been exactly three months today since our photo shooting, and I know it’s a little late, but the results are just too good not to share. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.


Witchy Halloween Photo Shoot With Vandervenfotografie

Halloween is an amazing time of year to get creative with photography. Although Halloween is not actually a traditional Dutch thing, and the Dutch don’t really seem to go in for Halloween the same way as other countries, I just can’t let it pass unnoticed. I just love this spooky holiday too much! I mean, what’s not to like about Halloween? It’s spooky, it’s fun, it’s the awesome decorations, it’s dressing up (you can be as creative as you want), it inspires generosity ànd anyone can enjoy (not just the kids).

As it comes to Halloween creatures, Witches are probably one of the most traditional as well as mysterious entities we associate with Halloween. The image of a witch riding her broomstick across a full moon is probably still one of the most familiair Halloween symbols today.

I personally love witches and witch stories. So, I decided to honor this image, by working out a Witchy (but classy) Halloween photo shoot. Smoke bombs, a witches kettle, skulls, and even a magic wand were packed to go. We visited one of my favorite locations. You may recognize it from 2018’s Outdoor Burlesque With Photographer Made By Manja.

Photographer(s) Vandervenfotografie (Cornel and Marijke van der Ven) and I really had a wicked time! We experimented with smoke bomb positioning, resulted in a really cool effect.

I am over the moon to share the amazing results. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.

Happy Halloween, everyone!


Nothing Wrong With Nude

There’s nothing wrong with nudity! The human body is beautiful. However, nude photography still seems to be some kind of taboo.

In my oppinion nude photography is part art form, part strategic endeavor, and all pep talk. Good nude photography is beautiful, sensual, classy and for all women; from petite to plus-size. For a model, nude pictures also aren’t used only to be sexual. They can be an important act of self-love, of reclaiming our individual feelings of how to view ourselves, independent of outward forces.

Although I don’t disapprove nude photography, I never in a million years thought I would do something like this, let alone post it. But there is so much beauty in being vulnerable and pushing yourself to do things that “scare” you.

A few years ago, I did a boudoir styled / nude photo shoot with the talented photographer Perfect-GS-Picture, and I have to say we created some stunning images. Was I comfortable? I suppose you could say I was. My stomach wasn’t super flat and my waist wasn’t that small. This were features I disliked, which I loathed. But I figured ‘what the hell’ and chose to ignore those as best I could.

My hair and beautiful make-up were done by professional make-up artist Maggot’s visagie & grime.  She really did an amazing job. She listened to exactly what I wanted and made sure I was 100% happy with it… which I was!

This was my first nude / boudoir photo shoot and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I think the part that scared me the most was posting these. I was never the girl to post bikini pictures. Not because I was ever told not to, but simply because I always told myself “you can’t do that or wear that or post that”.

To conclude, it was an experience I would recommend to any woman. It was so empowering, mostly as you’re walking out and say “I just did that shit!”. It might be scary, and you really are going to feel vulnerable, but at the end of it you will have a set of images that will remind you to live everyday like the woman in them, happy and confident. Because everyBODY is beautiful and our bodies deserve us to cherish them a lot more.