lazy sunday mornings: happy weekend!

lazy sunday mornings - happy weekend | Hanke Arkenbout Photography | Anne/Inspire StylingFriday afternoon.. almost weekend! What are your plans for this weekend? In the Netherlands there is some sweet spring weather coming, are you going to the woods or the beach? Or having a lazy day inside? Feel free to share if you want!

I have been reflecting on my own work&website a lot lately and am thinking about a little restyle. My mind is already bursting with ideas! But those plans have to wait a while, because we are re-launching Oh Marie! Magazine next week. And that means.. deadlines, shopping for party decoration, some deadlines, filling up an entire website, taking a break to look at cute kitten videos, more deadlines.. Ah well, you know what they say: If you love what you do, you don't have to work another day in your life! :)

Have a lovely weekend dear readers!! ♥ Anne

*photo by Hanke Arkenbout Photography from our 'lazy sunday' styled shoot*

dark days before Christmas | styled winter shoot

dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van MiddenNot too long ago I teamed up with talented Hanke Arkenbout again to create a beautiful styled winter shoot, for some (Christmas) inspiration. On film, because Hanke is queen of all analogue photos!

You might know Hanke from the Lazy Sunday shoot we did last year. If you don't know her yet, be sure to check out her amazing work! I think she captures life, love and details in a beautiful way and she has an amazing eye for gorgeous light. The shoot we did a few weeks ago isn't typical for Hanke, because most of her pictures are light and breezy, but she nailed this one!! Black candles, dark fabrics, a lot of different textures.. It all looks so good on film!

My inspiration for this shoot came from those moody days before Christmas. You can feel the Holidays coming closer, there something festive in the air, but the days are short, dark and grey. You can turn on all the lights and pretend it's bright and sunny.. or you can let in the darkness and just go with it. Bake the best chocolate cake in town, light some candles and get cosy with wool blankets and coffee (black of course). Embrace those dark winter days!

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I hope you have an amazing Christmas! Enjoy, relax and have fun!!

♥ Anne

 

photography workshop

You probably know how much I love taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures, of forest walks, pretty flowers, berries, leaves and my friends&family. I think my photos look good, but I never really understood terms like ISO, shutter speed and aperture. So when I found out Hanke Arkenbout was hosting a photography workshop I signed up immediately, hoping she could explain all that technical stuff. (that, and she's a pretty cool person so good times in 'class' guaranteed!) photography workshop | Inspire Styling journal We started our inspiring and fun August day in Hankes cute home in Rotterdam (also the backdrop of our styled Lazy Sunday shoot!), she welcomed us with homemade snacks&tea and gave us a speed course into the basics of photography. Using normal words, so we could actually understand all the terms and tricks. Then it was time to put us to the test..

Hanke lives in a great neighboorhood so we walked around like a group of tourists taking pictures of pretty much everything. Our teacher was there to guide us and give us tips when we found ourselves overexposing every photo. Not all photos worked out quite the way I planned, but practice makes perfect and I am very happy with this bunch! :)photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal Before we headed outside Hanke adviced us to look at the things we're drawn too. You can learn a lot from the things you photograph most and find your own photography style that way. It could be buildings and architecture or the complete opposite.. roses and everything sweet and light. I think my favorite things are pretty obvious: berries, leaves, more berries.. and more leaves ;) photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal (stole this pose from our love shoot with Danique ;) ) photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal In case you are wondering what we were doing under that tree.. it started raining! Oh how we love Dutch summertime! :)photography workshop | Inspire Styling journalphotography workshop | Inspire Styling journal photography workshop | Inspire Styling journal I learned more that afternoon than YouTube could have told me and had a great time with all those great girls.  Thank you Hanke for a great eye (and lens-)opening workshop! I have practiced a lot lately and will keep trying new things with my camera! You are never done learning right? :)

Hanke is hosting another photography workshop in October, make sure you sign in on time! (men are welcome too!)

♥ Anne