Enchanted Forest

Remember my recent post of 20th April about me and my boyfriend went location scouting? Last week, we “finally” found some time for working out our awesome idea.

With an ode to fairytales, our objective for this photo shooting was to create an enchanted forest scene, by using nothing as the landscape. So, no extra props. For those who don’t know, props – short for theatrical properties – are (portable) objects used in studios or locations that photographic subjects use to enhance the shot realism.

I was thrilled by our concept of the enchanted forest photo shooting, because I just love forests. Forests are downright magical. Not only are you surrounded by nature’s raw beauty, forests have a way of capturing the imagination. Surrounded by tall trees, a pond, lots of vegetation and nature’s (sun)light, this lovely shoot was both magical as mysterious.

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

 
Photographer: Ad van den Berg | MUA: Lady Elisa V.

 

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Modern Castle

Not all castles are medieval relics. A few weeks ago, my sweet boyfriend Count vlAD and I had photo shooting together at Groot Horloo Castle. This unique castle styled apartment complex was built around 2008. The beautiful modern structure offers the style and regality of a classic castle without denying their residents modern comforts. At the top of the castle you get stunning views over lake Wolderwijd. It’s a really impressive location with many excellent possibilities for photo shoots.

At the end of our visit, we had the unexpected honor to take some pictures with a beautiful horse called Floris, which at one point even was eating treats out of my hand. A nice bonus to our day’s schedule.

I just love working together with my sweet boyfriend during photo shootings. It’s really great enjoying the same hobbies together. Makes me feel like we were made for each other even more.

I am as pleased as punch with the results. You can also find the pictures on my Facebook page.


Pictures Manja Knoop (Made by Manja):

 

Pictures Elsabijn Lindenbergh (Elsabijn Fotografie):

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Festival TREK 2017: A Tasty Time!

This May the new season of (food truck) Festival TREK started, so my friends and I hopped into the car and attended this year’s edition in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It was my first visit to this festival and I really had a great and tasty time; good bearded company to spend the day with, sunny summer weather, fine background music, refreshing drinks and, of course, tasty street food.

If you’re looking for mini gastronomic adventure with friends or family, the Festival TREK is good fun. For this festival, numerous food trucks travel through the entire country to provide city parks with delicacies and drinks, plus live music, theatre and other entertainment. How cool is that! Every edition lasts between two and four days, depending on the city.

Entrance is free, so there will be more cash for your delicacies. All you need to do is spot the best street food truck. You can find food ranges from the exotic such as Surinamese and Indie food, to the homely like pizza and Dutch mini pancakes. Each car has its own specialty. There’s a range of vegan and veggie options too, so everyone can join in on the street food action. With such a great selection, the only problem is going to be deciding what to tuck into.

I just love grilled food. My personal favorites were burgers by “STACKS”, pork belly sandwich by “Het Weeshuys” and flank steak sandwich by “Proeven = Geloven”.

Of course, good street food needs to be accompanied by an equally impressive drink. The festival also has a focus on craft beer, wine and cocktails. But, for those who do not drink alcohol (or, just like me, have to drive your friends home safely), there is also a variety of nonalcoholic drinks.

To conclude: Festival TREK was well worth the visit and is a great place to hang out with friends. I am sure I am going to be back next time. 

 

 

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A Magical Visit: Elfia Haarzuilens 2017

Last weekend I visited Europe’s biggest fantasy festivals: Elfia Haarzuilens 2017. And it was magical!

For those who don’t know, Elfia is an outdoor fantasy event in The Netherlands and from 2009 it has been held twice a year, in April at Castle de Haar (Haarzuilens) and in September at Castle Arcen (Arcen). The festival be described as a wonderful mixture of an open-air convention, Renaissance fair, concerts, and cosplay contest, spread over an entire weekend. Elfia is supposedly attended by around 30,000 guests. This year’s 25th edition of the event was held in the beautiful grounds of Castle de Haar and was celebrated with the theme “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries.”

Castle de Haar is really a great location for an event like this. You already have a great setting (for taking beautiful pictures) and a massive terrain to work with. Because of the large castle grounds, even with the crowds it was perfectly possible to find a quiet spot to just sit and relax for a bit, or to take photos unhindered of other visitors. Also the whole location is very pretty, even when you’re not looking at all the stands and cosplayers.

Elfia is quite possibly the most varied fantasy fair that the Netherlands has on offer. There is something for everyone: lectures, concerts, storytellers and themed areas (Steampunk, Medieval, Post-apocalyptic, …). There is also a huge market where you can buy almost everything from clothing to replica swords and just general toys and gadgets. I just could resist to buy myself an awesome new headpiece at the NoxAurum stall.

The food is very nice and there are plenty of stalls to get some tasty “old-timely snacks”, going from simple fast food such as fries or candy apples, to meat dishes like pork roast with sauerkraut. And all pretty reasonable in price. For those who are not eating animal meat, human or alien meat, there are also many vegetarian options. My personal favorites are garlic breads (aka Knobibröt) and, as you can see on the picture, meat on a stick.

To conclude: Elfia Haarzuilens was well worth the visit. We arrived fairly early and stayed for almost the whole day, so when we left we were quite exhausted. But we really had loads of fun. Good music, tasty food, nice market stalls, the fantastic atmosphere, meeting friends, admiring other people’s beautiful outfits (read: creations)… we just enjoyed everything and are already looking forward to the next edition!

 

              

           Pictures are made by Jan Brouwer (left and middle picture) and Joop Clavaux (right).

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Flying Bats Tattoo

I got a new tattoo today and I am definitely loving it! I have always wanted to get a tattoo on my feet and I have always had a fascination with bats. Bats may have a creepy reputation, but they are actually kind of cute. Their small pointy ears, curious bright eyes, and tiny puppy-like noses make them incredibly adorable.

Bats are often associated with vampires. Perhaps because of there is a subfamily of bats called “Desmodontinae” (vampire bats), which are parasites that drink blood of warmblooded animals. Anyway, this idea was made concrete when Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) depicted vampires shape-shifting into bats. And, because of vampires have always (and probably will always) be my favorite supernatural creatures, I couldn’t think of a more applicable tattoo. 

Like almost all of my tattoos, I have gotten this tattoo done by Double D Tattoo in Leerdam. Daniël is a really good artist. His work is the best around. Can’t wait to go back for more! I still have an enormous bucket list that will probably take some years to complete. So, that means I am definitely getting more tattoos. I will always love my tattoos, because they represent my history, my story, my choices. I will continue to get tattoos that I love, and I will continue to fill my body with little pieces of beauty that make me happy.

 

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Lady Elisa V. Went Location Scouting

My sweet boyfriend and I took off this past Saturday to go scouting locations for a new photo shooting. Of course, as always, step 1 was coming up with a clear concept for our shoot. I ain’t going to spoil much details, but I think I can say we came up with some pretty awesome ideas.

After a “short” walk, we found a great new spot to explore and photograph. It was truly beautiful! Here are a few pictures that we took along the way. Isn’t it just amazing?! From the moment I set foot in this beautiful forest, I fell in love with the location. It just looks like something right out of a fairy tale. I almost can’t wait for us to revisit this magical location for working out our awesome concept.

    

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