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

loveshoot Amersfoort: fries in a postcard town

loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogThis year flew by so fast! On April 2nd 2014 my (then) fiancé and I walked out with the sun on our heads to do a loveshoot in our beloved Amersfoort with sweet Danique from OAK & FIR. Yesterday, April 2nd 2015, there was hail, storm and rain all morning. Mweh.

I realized I never shared this loveshoot, because I used it for our wedding giveaways and I didn't want to give it all away (how ironic). But I really want to share these photos with you, I am so proud and so happy when I look at them. We are 100% Anne&Stefan, not trained models or anything. I hate my hunchback posture in some photos, Stefan hates that he has his hand in his pocket on almost every shot, but we look beautiful, happy and in love so none of that matters!

And what is a better backdrop for a couple in love than the pretty postcard town centre of Amersfoort? The place I grew up, the place we met, where we live together and spend our free time. I can not fall OUT of love with this city, so we will probably be here for a while. (Uhm, until we find a countryhouse with a big garden ;)) We ate fries & icecream, had smoothies & coffee and had the best time with each other and with Danique. We just walked around, showed her all our favorite places and she captured us just the way we are. The results: A gorgeous loveshoot and a really cool 'tour de Amersfoort' booklet (design&illustrations by yours truly) for our wedding guests!

Danique did share some pictures last year, so you might regconize them from her website. Oh well, I have seen them a hunderd times and still love them. So sit back, prepare for a HUGE pile of happy couple pictures and enjoy!loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog loveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blogloveshoot in Amersfoort - Anne+Stefan - photo by OAK&FIR - Inspire Styling blog Don't we look cute and lovey-dovey? Doing a loveshoot is super awkward and weird, especially if you are used to work at the other side of the camera, like me. But it is so worth feeling silly! It is what makes it personal, so any photographer would love a little silly :) And you don't have to do a shoot in a public place, you can go to the forest with your love or another more off-beat place. Somewhere you both feel comfortable. But do it!

Remember, if you need advice on what to wear or picking a location.. just ask me and I will help you out! :)

Enjoy! ♥ Anne

 

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

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*

goodbye to a magical year

It's almost 2015, time to look back at this year. It has been one hell of a ride! When 2014 started I just celebrated my company’s first birthday and still felt like a total rookie, business wise. I had to figure out what my ‘USP’ was, where in this giant pool of creatives I belong. I also jumped into this year with an engagement ring around my finger, making all kinds of plans with my love. One of them was my idea to illustrate my own wedding stationery. A lot of new things filled up my to do list and it felt a bit wobbly at first.

But then came the lazy Sunday shoot I did with Hanke Arkenbout, on the day we first met. (seriously: “Hi, I’m Anne.. this is my giant backpack with props”) The shoot turned out so good, I felt more confident I was on the right track. After that great start, the year flew by! I will show you my highlights, in tiny squares that represent each season. Let's start with spring! my year in squares - spring 2014 | Inspire Styling journal I spend most of my free time working like a crazy hermit on our save the dates and invitations. With every flower I painted I got happier.. and closer to a wrist injury (still handling that one). Totally worth it. In the weekends Stefan and I loaded up our firevan with all kinds of vintage tableware for the wedding. Total prepping-mode, we were on the roll! ;)

On a cold rainy day I created a gorgeous lookbook for Puur Anders, starring my sweet friend Margriet (looking stunning with ivy ranks all over her body) and photographed by Danique van Kesteren. When I downloaded the pictures I knew.. My USP is my love for nature. It is my neverending source of inspiration and a red thread in my best work. Nature, details and authenticity, that pretty much sums up what my work is (and what I am!) all about. I guess I found my place in the pool this year.

That month I spend more time with Danique, since we also had our engagement shoot our beautiful hometown. I never really shared the pictures, I should do that in 2015.. for those French fries alone! ;) my year in squares - summer 2014 | Inspire Styling journal And then summer finally came. Besides all the wedding stuff I made a lot of moodboards&sketches and searched for the most perfect furniture for a backstage room at Doornroosje Nijmegen. I met a lot of people online and found out that they all are even lovelier offline. I got the hang of Instagram, gave my website a little makeover and listened to Hankes tips about photography.

The times we weren’t thrifting or working, Stefan and I had our own little adventures. Picking blackberries, beachcombing, running into dreamy flowery fields, gazing at sunsets in Soestduinen, wandering in the woods.. or just strolling through Amersfoort.

But the biggest adventure we ever had was getting married! On the 28th of June we said our I do’s under the trees. It was the most amazing day, filled with family&friends, flowers, good food (thank you Femke&Eddy), homemade details, thrifted treasures, helping hands, magical moments and a lot of love!!  bohemian wedding in the woods | photo by 88forever | Inspire Styling So yeah, the first half of 2014 was pretty amazing! Tomorrow I will let you know if the second half can measure up.. :)

♥ Anne

Happy Holidays!!

happy holidays - simple Christmas wreath | Inspire StylingI'm making some last minute Christmas wreaths today, to make our living room look extra festive for the next couple of days. I saved the branches we cut off our Christmas tree for this. Planning ahead and less waste, win-win! :) This is my first one, I photographed it before the daylight was completely gone (oh those dark winter days!). My entire desk is covered in green clippings from our garden now, so I guess I will have to make some more today ;)

And yes, I'm doing this at the very last minute, I planned to decorate the entire home before this weekend. Inspired by all the amazing (overseas) stylists I follow, I set that impossible goal every year! Never works out. I don't know how other people do this, I guess I will have to work on that planning ahead thing, haha!

We don't have too much plans for Christmas, except for a lunch at my sisters place, so we will probably spend the Holidays like we do every year: In our living room, with a pile of blankets, pillows, movies, snacks and wine. Just the two of us, our furry friend Nalu and our sweet little Kalare, who is no longer with us but will be in our hearts forever.

I hope you have a wonderful time, filled with joy, love and magical moments!

ENJOY! ♥ Anne

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!

Great soundtrack for this shoot: Tori Amos - Winter dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot - photography by Hanke Arkenhout - styling by Anne van Midden6dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot - photography by Hanke Arkenhout - styling by Anne van Midden21dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Middendark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Midden dark winter days - analog Christmas shoot | photography by Hanke Arkenhout | styling by Anne van Midden I hope you love our styled winter shoot as much as I do and found some inspiration in these pictures :) There will be a lot more inspiring images in 2015! Although I have some great things planned, there's always room for more. One of my ambitions for the new year is do the styling of editiorial shoots for (online)magazines, if you want to help me realize this dream, please drop a line at anne@inspirestyling.com!

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

♥ Anne

 

the smell of the Holidays

the smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journalAre you getting ready for the Holidays? I'm slowly getting into that good old Christmas vibe! The pretty lights everywhere, darker days, songs on the radio.. I love it! Especially in my hometown Amersfoort, which already is a postcard come to live without all the Christmas decorations. You should definitely pay a visit this December, if you can :)

This weekend I bought some Eucalyptus branches from the flower market. I was quite hard to pick something, all those lovely berries, leaves and pinetree wreaths.. But Eucalyptus was this weeks winner and their scent is giving our home that typical Holiday-season smell. the smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journalthe smell of the Holidays, eucalyptus branches | Inspire Styling journal We still have to get a Christmas tree, but untill then these branches will do the trick! (can't wait for a tree though!)

Enjoy and be merry! ♥ Anne

something new at Engaged 2014

Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingSometimes you have to try new things. Last year visiting Engaged with my fiancé was one of those things. We were a bit sceptic, because wedding fairs/events can be a bit dull and not really original. But we had to change our minds because of Engaged. It is the coolest wedding event in the Netherlands, with a lot of creative and stylish vendors that understand the beauty of a bohemian/vintage/outdoor wedding. We spoke to a lot of talented people last year and got some interesting contacts out of it. It was a great day, nothing to be sceptic about!

This year, my colleague/videographer Jamy (Life from the Inside) tried something new: Enter as a vendor for Engaged 2014!  He asked me to design&style his stand and we ended up in a cool co-op stand together. We promoted each other with flyers, stories and of course with our wedding video.. which played on loop all day, so I saw it about 50 times ;) Jamy and I made a great team, I am really happy he asked my help and love how 'our' stand looked! Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling The theme for Engaged was 'winter wonderland', but without the polarbears and fake snow ;) The theme worked out great! There were string lights, wooden blocks and rustic settings all over the event.

My concept for Jamy's stand was to really bring out a vintage, bohemian style, with a masculine touch. No pink or pastel for us, but a warm, forest cabin feel with plaid blankets, wooden furniture and glowing gold accents. It was the perfect match between both of our styles and the theme for the event. It was our little living room, so everyone could sit and watch Jamy's work feeling comfortable and welcome! Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling We had so much fun all day with our 'neighbors': Eva from La Nou Nou and Jasper from SayKaas! Then again, all the vendors were super sweet and talented and it was really nice to meet the people behind the hashtags! ;) Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire StylingEngaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling Engaged 2014 - Life from the Inside | Styling by Inspire Styling I am proud of our stand, all the accessoires fitted right in and the chalkboard turned out really cool! And most important, Jamy was very excited about what I did :) If you are interested in a custom made design for a stand or interior, feel free to contact me!

We can look back at an amazing Engaged weekend! We had fun setting everything up the day before, talked to a lot of interesting people, made some couples very happy with our ideas and thoughts about their plans and went home feeling satisfied (and tired!).

It was a great day, thanks to Judith&Boaz for organising it all and taking care of all the vendors. We'll see you next year! :)

And above all, thank you to all the visitors!! You were the best!

♥ Anne

home tour in our mix-match kingdom

Sweet Annelies from creative lifestyle website AlliHoppa visited our house a few weeks ago to shoot a home tour. It was a bright and sunny day, we chatted away, drank tea, enjoyed a homemade looking applepie and I showed her around in our vintage/plant/patterns/mix-match kingdom. She shot a LOT of photos, did a little interview and asked me impossible things like: "what's your favorite piece of furniture?" (that was like Sophie's choice to me).mix match, vintage, bohemian home tour | Inspire StylingI laughed so hard when she stepped into my studio and stumbled: "I have never seen anything like this!" ...I am quite the collector, my workspace is a room filled with notebooks, pencils, pretty pictures, plants and well, just about anything you can think of! :) mix match, vintage, bohemian home tour | Inspire Styling behind the scenes at the AlliHoppa home tour | Inspire Stylingbehind the scenes at the AlliHoppa home tour | Inspire Styling mix match, vintage, bohemian home tour | Inspire Styling This little preview is a selection of my own pictures, from our living room only. The complete home tour (including my workspace!) shot by Annelies is online now, make sure you check it out on her website!

Let me know what you think! ♥ Anne