still life paintings come alive for oh marie

oh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingOh my, on shoot days like last Tuesday I don't even know where to begin with counting my blessings! First of all, I headed towards an old toothpaste factory (our gorgeous shoot location) with a sea of flowers, vintage props and lots of botanical books and prints. Second, I got to work with one of my photo heroes, Melissa Milis, again. Beautiful Bertina was our model, we had an indoor shoot on a rainy day, talked about weddings during lunch and well.. the biggest blessing of all: we got these amazing results! 

For the editorial shoot of Oh Marie's new theme - Natural History - I felt inspired after seeing some still life paintings by Rachel Ruysch. That was what I wanted to do, bring those paintings to our century! In a new way, a more light and poetic way. I found the perfect backdrop in de Nieuwe Stad, a cool industrial place in Amersfoort. Exposed brick walls, cement floors and great light! Below some backstage pictures Melissa made during our shoot day. Amazing space right? They actually had to strip down the entire place, because those pretty bricks were covered up with boring white walls. Hard work pays off! oh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire styling This is me in my element.. surrounded by a sea of flowers. Give me shoots like this every day! If I ever get tired of being a stylist, I will definitely open a flower shop. Or maybe I'll do both, since it will take a looooooong time before I get sick of this ;) Hello, just look at these photos! I would have guessed this shoot would be good. But our little golden team did even better than I expected! I can't stop looking at them ♥ oh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire stylingoh marie - natural history / melissa milis photography / inspire styling Don't be sad, there is more! These were just some of my favorites. You can see the full story here or at the Oh Marie website. While you're there, check out the pretty downloadable wallpaper by Angels-Trumpet!

Enjoy! ♥ Anne

photography: Melissa Milis | model: Bertina Bartlett | concept: Anne van Midden | styling: Anne van Midden and Marlous Snijder | location: de Nieuwe Stad, Amersfoort

Oh Marie is back in town!

Oh Marie launch party - @ohmariemag on instagramOh Marie! Magazine is back again! Marlous and I launched the new website this Sunday, in the company of our little tribe of bloggers, photographers, illustrators and other creatives. We had a lot of fun at the launch party and I loved meeting and talking to a lot of online friends. Applause for the tribal outfits, I saw some awesome combinations! I think we can all agree Vera Bertens 'indian cats' sweater ruled the place!

I never expected to recieve gifts, but my table is filled up with presents, sweet cards and a LOT of Tony's chocolate bars now. And I must say, you guys know the art of giftwrapping! So much pretty packages, it felt like my birthday :)

Speaking of birthdays.. Nikki&Lisa rocked the cakes table with their heavenly creations! I took home 3 plates filled with leftovers, so I am probably have to take a detox month in April (remember that pile of chocolate..) Sugarrrr overload! ;) Oh Marie launch party - @annevanmidden on instagramOh Marie launch party - @annevanmidden on instagram Oh Marie launch party - @immerurlaub on instagram It was a lot of work to finish everything for this deadline but we nailed it! Marlous and Casper took care of the website, while I worked on the launch party. I never take the easy way, so I wrapped up 50 tiny cactusses (autsj), made stamps to customize the napkins&menucards, collected caketoppers, plates and glasses, created macramé planthangers&wall hangings and made flavoured water/lemonade (in my brand new taps that kept on leaking). Marlous and I transformed the little greenhouse at DRUK into a desert like tribal heaven in under 2 hours. And it looked great!

I am so proud of everything we did already and I can't wait to do so much more for Oh Marie! Marlous wrote something on the website that explains how I feel about it too: Oh Marie! is like coming home. A home where creative people can find each other, where you are not weird or and exception, but part of a family. And I couldn't be happier with my new place in this amazing family! *add a thousands smiles here*

♥ Anne

PS: Anki already wrote a blogpost on Zilverblauw about the launch, with some pretty pictures you want to see! :)

instagram photos: portrait by Lonneke via @ohmariemag, styling details @annevanmidden, greenhouse photo by Ellen via @immerurlaub

pulling all the strings for Oh Marie..

macrame wallhanging work in progress | Inspire a quite literal way! This is a macramé wall hanging in progress, the first I ever made.

I am really surprised by how easy this is to make! I have three of them ready now, waiting for their 5 minutes of fame at the Oh Marie! launch party. Because a party needs decoration and our TRIBE party needed some boho touches. Hence the knotted wall hangings. And a lot of succulents! Our living room looks like a seventies sun room (aka Instagram heaven!), haha!

Only two more days! Marlous and I are drowning in a pool of deadlines and neverending to do lists, but we are more excited than stressed out and can't wait to show you the new site! We are super proud of our header and invitation, illustrated by the fabulous and talented Mouni Feddag. She makes the most amazing work and was more than happy to create a tribal piece for us. You should check out her other work, I love her version of Charlie&the Chocolate Factory and adore the Columbia Road flower market illustration! Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling I tried to make some tribal patterns myself, but didn't really like the final result. I had some troubles scanning the waterpaint, all the colours seem to fade away as soon as I put it in Photoshop. Bummer. Oh well, you can't be great at everything, can you? (it's a process, I am learning..) I do like this iPhone photo I took of my sketches :) Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling Oh Marie Tribe - launch party prep | Inspire Styling My favorite place to go prop-shopping (besides our local thrift store) is the always amazing garden centre Eurofleur. I can not leave without plants here, they make me want to turn my home into a botanical garden. These colorful guys didn't make it to my shopping cart..  but a lot of other things did. Boom! It's a cliffhanger, because I am not sharing everything!

If you are curious about more launch party details join our tribe at #ohmarietribe on Instagram! And don't forget to check the Oh Marie! website this Sunday for the reveal!!

Feel inspired? If you want to create a wall hanging yourself, I have used this tutorial from Free People as a starter. After I learned the basics, I experimented with different patterns. I will post more photos after the launch!

Have a wonderful weekend! ♥ Anne