The family wanted some good pictures of our daughter Anaïs, so we booked the photo studio which I have used before and we prepared Anaïs for her first shoot. I need to admit, this was much harder than I thought it would be. At the age of 3, my daughter couldn't stand still for a couple of seconds and, together with my wife, we have spent more time chasing after our girl instead of photographing her. Although I'm very happy with the shots I did manage, I really have a great respect for photographers who do this day in, day out for a living.
I need to admit, I’m a huge Disney fan. When my wife needed to go to Shanghai, China as part of a business trip, I flew in a couple of days later. Goal of my trip was to do some sightseeing in the city itself but more important to plan a visit to the newly opened Shanghai Disneyland. The park doesn’t have a lot of attractions yet, but the ones they have are worth the trip! Well for me at least. ;-)
We spent 5 days in the capital of Austria in December between Christmas and New Year. Altough we prepared ourselves for snow and cold weather, we had lots of sunshine and the temperature was quite mild for this time of the year. The historic buildings never get boring, while the many Christmas and New Year markets make it worthwile to visit Vienna in winter.
End of August 2015, I got married. Honeymoon destination: Mauritius. The main focus of our holiday was to just relax, enjoy the food, drinks and beautiful surroundings. Some of which you can admire here in this gallery. In case you are wondering, the last pictures are taken at our hotel, LUX Belle Mare. One of the best hotels we ever have stayed in.
It’s not a secret we are big fans of Italy. We love the many medieval towns, pittoresque sceneries and especially its food. In June 2014 we stayed a couple of days in Umbria before we headed to Puglia, the most Southern part of Italy. Since my wife was pregnant at that time, we have spend most of the time at the pool enjoying the sunny weather. But even then, we had the change to visit Perugio, Assisi, Alberobello.
I always had a big fascination for birds of prey. As a kid I really loved observing them, so it was some kind of a childhood dream to attend a workshop to photograph them. I accidentally visited the website of Robert OToole where a Bald Eagle workshop struck my eye. In March 2014 we visited Alaska for 2 weeks. The first week I attended Robert’s workshop around Homer, the second week we visited Alyeska for snow shoeing, snow mobiling and dog sledding. The workshop was quite an adventure, shooting lots of picture in the freezing cold on a fishing boat in the midst of the sea. An experience to never forget!
After a great and learnful studio workshop, which you can see below this gallery, I wanted to check if I could do it all by myself. I found a studio in my neighbourhood to rent, hired a make-up artist for the occasion and asked my friends if they wanted to model. It turned out quite a long day, starting at 9am till 8pm. Never thought I could be so exhausted by photographing an entire day. Overall, we all were very happy with the results. Can’t wait to do this again some day!
To be honest, I’m really bad at finding birthday presents for my wife. I know Jill always wanted to have a studio shoot and I always wanted to shoot a model in a studio; so I booked myself a studio photography workshop in which she could participate as the model. To prevent the thought, I gave myself a present rather than her, I coupled this experience with a wellness weekend. Just to be safe. I was very happy to have Edwin van Wijk as instructor for the workshop who really learned me the tricks of the trade.
Our first acquaintance with Asia. Since Bali is a number one spot for honeymooning and very focused on tourism, I’m not sure whether if this island shows an authentic image of Asia. Nevertheless we loved it and it will not be the last time we have visit this continent! Very friendly people, good food and lots to see: endless rice fields, interesting temples and last but not least mind blowing sunsets, especially in the south of Bali at Lovina beach. A selection out of approximately 1.500 pictures, probably one of my most colorful albums!
We visited Prague early May. During our 5-day stay we only experienced murky weather. Despite that, I really love Prague and it’s one of the most fun and charming cities I have traveled to. Prague is not too big to get around and it has some really wonderful architecture. Not to mention the food which is fabulous! We can totally recommend restaurant Bellevue, be sure you ask for a table with castle view when making your reservation. And while you are there, book a table at Hemingway Bar for the best cocktails in the world!