Sweetness on four legs

I was in the middle of doing some pre-spring gardening work on Saturday when Arjan told me to “get ready we’re going shopping”. Panic… I was dressed for GAR-DE-NING!!! Didn’t he see that?  There was to be no discussion.
So a shower and some interrogative style questions later we were off…

Just to give you an idea of the conversation that followed:

-Me: Is it in Antwerp?   A: Not in the city centre exactly?
-A: I should empty the trunk of the car first.   Me: Seriously??how big is it anyway?
-Me: Shouldn’t we drop off the kids at my parent’s? (thinking we were getting a lamp or chair and dreading the idea of three kids in a design store!)
-A: Don’t worry, kids are allowed
-Me: Do I look worried? – followed by a very fake smile.

It went on for a while and I must have looked like I had a giant question mark over my head! I was in agony – seriously.

But I was not to worry… for the gift my amazingly sweet husband had in store was a puppy!!!  The little baby Shi Tzu that I had been wishing for for so long.

And there she was…  looking.right.at.me.

Meet …Willow –  The puppy who stole my heart! Not only was she the perfect birthday gift, she is a gift to all of us.

PS: Arjan.. I love you and sorry for calling you sweet on here but you are totally sweet and amazing, so get over it. I WOOF you! ;-) Oh and gardening is totally dorky and I love it. So there!

Workshop Zach and Jody Gray Photography

When I heard that Anouschka from Lifestyle Fotografie invited Nashville based photographers Zach and Jody Gray over to the Netherlands, I booked my seat for their workshops straight away! Not only are they rockstars when it comes to lighting, they are also seriously awesome people! So off to The Hague for some serious lighting aha-moments!

Zach and Jody were such sweet people! Loved that Jody had lived in Belgium as a child… Expats are my kinda people somehow!  If you read this, guys, can’t wait to see you again!

Just had to share a few shots from this fun and exciting workshop! Please keep in mind that I will always remain a lover of natural light. But wow did I learn a zillion new things that I can put into practice in low light situations.

Left is one that Zach took at “Het Binnenhof” where the Dutch Parliament has its head quarters. Notice the security guards in the background on the right hand picture!

Jody snapped this one of us. Don’t we look like some serious students! ;-)

Model Angela brought some stunning red heels!

This was taken midday… seriously.

The amazing and sweet Ray taking care of our freezing models!

Junebug Weddings Best of 2010

Honestly, if my dear friend Nancy from Pink9Design hadn’t told me to enter Junebug.com’s Best of 2010 contest, I wouldn’t even have considered entering! I sent in some images and didn’t hear anything, of course I wasn’t expecting to hear anything.  Oh well.

Yesterday I got a phonecall from the talented Gerhard Nel who mentioned all the talent on Junebugs best of list. So today headed of to their page and saw 50 of the most awesome wedding photographs I have ever seen! Imagine my surprise as I flicked through the list of honourable mentions! There it was, my little image on a site packed with awesome photographs!

Thank you dear people at Junebug Weddings! I am truly humbled  by all the talent on there. It’s a great honour to be mentioned.

Please head over to Junebug to check out the Best of the Best 2010 wedding photos of the year.

Excerpt from www.junebugweddings.com

Here’s the shot of this couple in the Flemish Ardennes. This image was one of those spontaneous moments.

The images was taken on a vintage English bus on a very bumpy cobbledstone road in the hills around Oudenaarde – Belgium.

Bruidsfoto Award Nomination

I am so proud to announce my nomination for the prestigious Bruidsdfoto Award!

Here’s the picture that has been nominated in the category “bruidskinderen” – children at weddings.  What an honour to be selected from almost 2000 entries!

Click here if you would like to cast your vote ! Please vote for images you like (even if it’s not the one below)

Gratitude – Merry Christmas

I promised myself that 2010 would be the year of no regrets.  I had to remind myself to go for it – and I did.  I had to learn to live in the now and not regretting the past, creating memories as we go along. Children grow, babies become pre-schoolers at the speed of light. It’s hard to embrace that as a mom. But I am trying to be more in the moment.

Pinch me, am I dreaming? I have been blessed so many times this year it amazes me. The talented and amazing people that surround me encourage me to improve and become a better photographer and person. So for those amazing people who have meant so much this year I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

We are leaving for Norway soon. A country that has stolen my heart!  There, in a cabin in the mountains, we will contemplate the old and renew our energy for the new year to come. We will make our lists of goals for the new year. Small goals and big goals in small steps. Business goals and more importantly, personal goals. I am so looking forward to seeing my family again. They mean so much to me.

Have a blessed Christmas and may 2011 bring you nothing but happiness!

Hope you enjoy our Christmas card and some shots we got in the backyard during our little improvised shoot.

Fondly,

Tanja

Love has no borders

Belgian Suzanne and German Beshar live and work in Switzerland. They were friends and roommates while studying in sunny San Diego before they fell in love. Could there possibly be a more solid basis for a relationship?  Totally romantic! I just love international love stories… Maybe because I am the result of one.

We spent a few hours in wintery fairytale settings at the castle of Brasschaat to do a pre-wedding shoot. This will also be the venue for there wedding reception in August.

I had so much fun with this amazing couple! I can hardly wait to shoot their wedding next summer!

Advent garden

As the snow fell, plans were made… And together with our friends Nancy and Edwin from Pink9Design we set up a wintery fairytale setting in our very own backyard. Hope you enjoy these shots we got.

December may very well be my favorite month of the year.

Warm wishes,T

Sweet table top touches for a wintery wedding. Orchids freeze in the cold… that makes them even more beautiful.

We set this up in our garden… Thanks to Nance’s genious creativity, it was transformed into a winter dream venue.

Details! Nance used a piece of dead wood from one of our oaks. An organic touch inkeeping with the surroundings.

Styling by Nancy at Pink9Design.com. Thanks to our boys for hauling everything outside and being good sports! Oh and for staying on the path and not messing up the snow blanket.