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Emma’s communion

My friend Els and I go way back… we were once in the same class. She found love early and soon had two beautiful girls.  I had the privilege of shooting her girl Giulia two years ago, and now it was her Emma’s turn.

Emma always hated to have her picture taken… until that day.

Els, thank you for having me as your photographer… maybe one day you will let me photograph you together with your fabulous girls!

Much love, De communieshoot van Emma voor haar plechtige communie.

T

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When did you turn 6?

This is a hard one to write. Why, I’m not sure.

Emma is our second child.  I cannot explain how wonderful it was to know that we were having a girl after an amazing little boy.  Emma came into our lives and made everything pink!

Emma Louise is such an amazing little girl. She’s our little thinker. The girl who communicates with butterflies and God and comes up with the most amazing storylines for Ken and Barbie’s life.  Being gifted never comes without baggage. And her sensitivity is something we’ve learned to help her with. Being able to talk about her feelings has been a huge outlet for her.

This little girl is growing up so fast – almost too fast. Maybe that’s why it has taken me forever to write this post. I get so emotional when I see time slipping away and my children growing up. Each new year is celebrated, but a part of me just wants to rewind and cuddle my babies just once more.  I wish I could.

I’m sharing a few shots of my Em – who never seizes to amaze me.

xoxo

slipping

 

A day in Paris

I met fellow photographer Lesley last year soon after she and Mister moved to The Netherlands.  Chatting over coffee in Breda we instantly connected. She’s one of the people who gets it and I feel blessed to call her my friend.

Paris is where she and her Mister love to be. Their travels have led them here many times, and each time they felt this sense of belonging.

In January I had the privilege of photographing them in this city they love so much.

Here’s to finding that special place in the world! And to Lesley and Mister:  You’re fab…the end.

Have an amazing Easter!

xo

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BIG workshop – couple shoot

Here’s the second leg of our very first BIG workshop.

These were taken outside. In the freezing cold! Marion and Gijs were such troopers posing for us. Their energy is amazing an truly contributed to the shoot.

 

We are overwhelmed by the response to the BIG workshop. The participants have blown us away with their talent and enthousiasm.  This has inspired us to start planning a second BIG workshop in the fall. If you would like to be informed of the next BIG workshop, please leave your email address. You will be the first to know! Promise.

 

 

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Wedding dress 1 :Pronovias

Wedding dress 2: Olvi’s -the lace collection

Our civil Marie France you we’re amazing! www.trouwplechtigheid.nl

Location Castle Oud Wassenaar

Visagie Marjan van Houten, thank you for all your enthusiasm you rock with the badassflash!!

Videography by Quint Pijlman

Ristorante Italia, the best “MAMMA” Italia in the world

Gerdien Bos van Bruid en Bruidegom en van Het Album voor al tips feiten en inspiratie.

We want to thank all our great and talented students for your enthousiasm! Here’s a groupshot of the whole gang!

Geertje VierhoutMoniek Slagter , Mel Sikkema , Peter van der Lingen , Rika Conradi , Jacqueline Dersjant , Nicole Bosch , Liesbeth Parlevliet , Sonja Stengewis , Nico van Velden

BIG Workshop – Bridal shoot

Last week I had the  pleasure of co-hosting the very first BIG workshop together with amazing photographers Damon Pijlman and Frans Nijssen.

A two-day wedding photography workshop in a gorgeous castle in the Dutch city of Wassenaar.

The concept of BIG is new and real and consists of 1 shooting day and one business and marketing day. Two information-packed days for our workshop participants.

On day 1 we photograph a wedding day from start to finish. We work with a newlywed couple – no professional models. It’s the real deal from start to finish. We explain our approach to wedding photography and our different styles of photography. We look for available light and teach off-camera flash techniques throughout the day. Day two is a day dedicated to business and marketing, with in depth information about how we calculate our wedding photography pricing and why it works. We also cover marketing and social media, blogging and contests. To finish it all up every participant gets a complete portfolio review of his or her website.

We are overwhelmed by the response to the BIG workshop. The participants have blown us away with their talent and enthousiasm.  This has inspired us to start planning a second BIG workshop in the fall. If you would like to be informed of the next BIG workshop, please leave your email address. You will be the first to know! Promise.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Damon for asking me to join him on this venture. D, you’re an inspiration to us all! To Frans, I’m so happy that you shared your wisdom and talent with us all!

Marion, your gorgeousness! We are so grateful that you and Gijs were there to model for us. Not only are you a stunning couple, you’re incredibly sweet and patient! You both did an amazing job in very cold conditions! <3

And last but not least… to our amazing participants. We couldn’t have wished for a more enthousiastic and warm group! We look forward to seeing how you all grow your photography!

It’s with a warm heart that I leave you with these images from the bridal shoot. The images from the couple shoot will follow shortly.

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Wedding dress 1 :Pronovias

Wedding dress 2: Olvi’s -the lace collection

Our civil Marie France you we’re amazing! www.trouwplechtigheid.nl

Location Castle Oud Wassenaar

Visagie Marjan van Houten, thank you for all your enthusiasm you rock with the badassflash!!

Videography by Quint Pijlman

Ristorante Italia, the best “MAMMA” Italia in the world

Gerdien Bos van Bruid en Bruidegom en van Het Album voor al tips feiten en inspiratie.

We want to thank all our great and talented students for your enthousiasm!

Geertje VierhoutMoniek Slagter , Mel Sikkema , Peter van der Lingen , Rika Conradi , Jacqueline Dersjant , Nicole Bosch , Liesbeth Parlevliet , Sonja Stengewis , Nico van Velden

Kids in Trees

If I told you these were taken in November you probably wouldn’t believe it. We lucked out on the weather for sure.  I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family a number of times now, and every time is a pleasure. You may remember mom and dad’s stolen moments.

So here’s one for the 4 lovelies.

xoxo

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Something BIG – the workshop

WORKSHOP UPDATE!

Locatie : Privé domein Kasteel Oud Wassenaar.
Wanneer : 5-6 maart 2012
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Dag 1
Ontvangst kasteel Kennismaking, iedeen voorstellen
Uitleg workshop, dagplanning
Onze voorbereiding huwelijksfotografie

Getting ready in 2 groepen! We schieten de makeup bij de bruid en het klaarmaken van de bruidegom afzonderlijk.

2 scenario’s voor een First look :
Binnen: trapscene losse flits en hoe te gebruiken met  assistente

First look – buiten
We bespreken alle mogelijke scenario’s en beperkingen die op zo’n dag kunnen ontstaan.

Geheel verzorgde lunch

Fotoshoot: Als 1 groep gaan we in de namiddag een fotoshoot doen met het bruidspaar. Buiten met bestaand licht, binnen met externe flitstechtnieken en waar mogelijk zoeken we het licht op!

De supersnelle shoot: Soms gebeurt het dat de portretsessie in gedrang komt wegens het uitlopen van het schema. Hoe maak je er toch het beste van?

Trouwceremonie met alle sleutelmomenten.

Openingsdans opstelling flitsen.
Badass flits buiten bij ondergande zon.

Diner in een hotel nabij. Tijd voor een nabespreking en vragen.

DAG 2
Een fotografie business runnen.
Prijsstelling!
Ken je target klantenprofiel. Wéét wat je wil verkopen. Weet wat je moet verdienen, en wat je wil verdienen!
Hoe wij onze marketing  en social media aanpakken.

Geheel verzorgde lunch

Portfolio review van elke cursist, online met beamer
Hoe wij foto’s selecteren voor onze blog, social media en wedstrijden
Waarom we meedoen aan wedstrijden

17u einde

Twee weken later
BONUS online event met bespreking van  jullie workshopfoto’s!

Investering : 750Euro

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English version

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WORKSHOP UPDATE – Workshop details have are now available!

The location is in the Wassenaar Castle – a private estate in the forest near the town of Wassenaar in The Netherlands.
When: March 5-6 2012

 

DAY 1
You are welcomed at the estate.
Introductions of all attendants.
A short introduction about the days ahead.
We explain how we prepare for a wedding.

Getting ready shots in two groups. We shoot the makeup at the bride’s and the groom getting ready.

First look in 2 scenarios in two groups
Inside: use of off-camera flash and show how we work with an assistant
Outside: We cover a first look outsite and discuss how we work around limitations that can occur during the actual wedding day.

Lunch!

Photosession: The group merges again for the couple’s photosession.
Outside using available light.
Inside: using flash and searching for available natural light.
The superquick shoot! When the schedule gets time is limited – make the best of any given situation

Wedding ceremony including key moments.

Opening dance with lighting setup.

Damon’s badass flash outside in the golden hour.

Dinner at a hotel nearby where we can chat about the day!

DAY 2
Running a photography business
Pricing!

Lunch

Portfolio review for each attendee.
How we select images for our blog, social media and competitions.
Why we enter competitions.

TWO WEEKS LATER!
A BONUS online event! We get together and evaluate your workshop photos in an online event.

Investment : 750Euro

Please contact info@studiodamon.nl for bookings.