Okay so, I’ve been a bit slack with the blogging of late, and being as September is set to be majorly busy I better try and catch up quick… and I might as well start with a blog that’s long overdue, and prompted by an email from a photographer earlier today mentioning it (I did say I was going to blog about it) – my trip around Holland, earlier in… April! So, cast your minds back – imagine baby lambs, the warmth of spring, bees starting to buzz… mmm, lovely 🙂
I’m still hoping to get few more edits from shoots I had over there to show, but I have some results I received, as well as my own iPhone hipstacaptures of my adventures! I gotta say, this trip turned out to be pretty awesome. Considering I had a last minute cancellation, therefore total change of travel route, and initial struggle to fill up bookings, I managed to arrange extra work in time, and was glad to keep 1 day free for a wander around Amsterdam, as I’d only been once before. I met some absolutely wonderful people, as well as cats, dogs and talking parrots, and saw a lot of beauty and colour. Starting with…
…Louis Vutton shop window, dripping gold and exploding butterflies, on the walk into town
Shots from the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, with this gorgeous installation in the main hall. Reminded me how much I actually ♥ Minimalism. I love feeling a connection and/or an experience with the space. I really adore that kind of art… Flavin-esque, heavenly.
Mmm beautiful flowers!!! On my last day I was in Amsterdam town centre quite early in the morning, and the warm spring air was so fresh and happy, a little crisp and cool, warming up slowly but surely. It was very peaceful, and I took my time to sit and eat my pastry on a park bench overlooking the canal, as bikes and trams jingled around nearby, then went for a mooch in the famous floating flower market. The quality of the flowers there is unreal, the array of unique colours and types; delicate and phenomenal. I spent a long time picking out tulip bulbs for my family, and then decided on a bunch of 50 yellowy-pink scrumtious lovelies to take back home for me 🙂
Clogs outside the wooden guesthouse I stayed in, when working with amazing film photographer Rutger ten Broeke in the dutch countryside. At night I could hear all the wild animals out in the darkness!
I posed next to this for pictures… it was shot on film, I hope they came out well!
And so… the shoots!!
The first one here was the day I arrived, in Amsterdam, after managing to confusedly but succcessfully get the right trains and trams from the airport to the city centre, I shot with the super talented Lee H in his friend’s spare apartment. He got some very cool stuff…
And these below are from my time with the lovely Allan Schaap, around Lelystad, a part of Holland reclaimed from the sea. We worked outdoors at an incredible location in the morning – a white sandy desert in the middle of nowhere. I felt like I was in Planet of the Apes, walking across a long lost planet of dream-like wilderness. After a shoot in the woodland we then headed to the historic, luxury hotel and were allowed to shoot in quite a few rooms with some great features and props. There’s more pictures to come, but here are some from the hotel room. It was a beautiful warm day, we had the paned glass windows open, letting in a pleasant breeze coming through the gently rustling trees outside, and some gorgeous sunlight. I was in a very lazy, hazy relaxed and sensual mood. Allan was so easy going and creative to work with, so I could just open up, we just carried on moving and shooting. I do like some direction on shoots, sometimes more so, as discussion and feedback are so important, but it’s also nice to just be allowed to let go, and ebb & flow where the mood takes you. Hope you enjoy these and I look forward to sharing more in the future…