Printed in a book!

September 29, 2016

foto-005dbm-027foto-002dbm-012foto-004dbm-016This summer season I had the pleasure to photograph a series of christening parties. I loved to meet all the lovely families, and being part of their special day, celebrating their little ones. Capturing the joy and happiness of these moments gives me a warm feeling. After editing the photographs, I love to put them together in a book. I believe that’s the best way to keep your memories, and it’s so much more fun to turn the page of an album, then to click on a screen. Don’t you think so? I prefer premium quality albums with uncoated paper, and a linen cover with dust jacket.

This book illustrates the wonderful garden party to celebrate the christening of baby girl Charlotte, and her sister Juliette’s 3rd birthday. It was colorful feast, with smiling faces, beautiful dresses,  fresh flowers, banners and balloons, tasty food, sparking wine and fresh lemonades.  For the kids there was a huge birthday cake, homemade popcorn, a piñata, and a cute retro carousel to make it an unforgettable day! Sarah Van Hove from Sourire was taking care of the party organization, and Nathalie (owner of the beautiful interior shop Perfect Living) was the warmest host. She both did a great job!

Fig season

September 23, 2016

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While we are still enjoying the mild and sunny days of the Indian summer, autumn is slowly coming our way. Which means that summer fruits are coming to end, to make place for pomegranates, persimmons, and figs! Time to change our morning rituals. After eating berrie smoothies all summer (can you ever get enough of them?) I made a simple but delicious fig yoghurt this morning, with pistachios and honey on top. What is your favorite autumn breakfast?

Cazelle

September 14, 2016

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When I met Joëlle and Julie for the first time, we immediately felt a connection. We share a common passion for minimal and authentic designs. They are the enthusiastic and creative team behind ‘Cazelle‘, a company specialized in interior, styling and objects. For the realization of their interiors, they choose every piece of furniture and decoration very carefully with there impeccable taste. A selection of this objects will be for sale this weekend at the ‘Kabane private sale’ in Zomergem. Read more about this event on the inspiration page of VTwonen, where I wrote an article about it (only in Dutch): http://www.vtwonen.be/inspiratie/bloggers/interieurshoppen-bij-kabane/.

It was a pleasure to work together with this inspiring ladies, and photograph all these beautiful objects! I’m happy with result, and love the kind of moody atmosphere in these pictures. What do you think? This is only a small selection… there are many more pictures to share soon!

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August 27, 2016

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Excited news! From next week I will share my passion for interior, design and beautiful objects at the inspiration page of VTwonen! Curious? Follow me here!

Floor Wetemans Fine Jewelry

August 12, 2016

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It has been on my bucket list for a while to shoot a jewelry line, but I couldn’t dream about these beautiful designs. I’m proud to present these photographs I made for Antwerp based fine jewelry designer Floor Wetemans. Her delicate and refined pieces are all handmade in Antwerp. If you would like to discuss a bespoke commission or purchase pieces from the collection you’re welcome to pop by her studio. You can contact Floor at floorwetemans@hotmail.com to make an appointment.

For the graphic identity we teamed up with talented Kristel from Studio Posen (who took care of my logo too). Besides business cards, there will be postcards and a beautiful booklet. The website will be launched soon. Stay tuned for that!

Thanks a lot to Floor, Kristel and Janice, our beautiful model, for this wonderful team work!

Vormstudjo part II

July 17, 2016

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I introduced you to the lovely designs of Vormstudjo some time ago, and as promised hereby I show you more of her work: the birth announcement of winter baby Noor and baby boy Ayden, and a delicate save the date card for the spring wedding of Florence + Olivier. Do you like them as much as I do? Don’t hesitate to contact Vormstudjo to create your personal announcement or invitation: hello@vormstudjo.com

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Marrakech Travel Guide

July 4, 2016

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What to do, where to eat and where to stay when you are in Marrakech? Discover our favorite places in this magical city that seems the be drowned in a pinkish haze. Marrakech is red, brown, pink and all hues in between. The harmony created by this uniform color scheme is the setting for a city full of contrasts. The narrow labyrinth streets of the Medina are chaotic and dusty, filled with shouting vendors, zooming motorcycles, bicycles, donkeys, carts and little children. To escape you just have to go up to one of the rooftops, and enjoy the panoramic view of the city that stretch out towards the Atlas Mountains. The Minaret Tower of the Koutoubia mosque is marking the skyline, which is defined by a law that prohibits buildings taller than a palm tree. 

 

M A I S O N   D E   L A   P H O T O G R A P H I E

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In the northern part of the old city there are some highlights you should definitely visit. My personal favorite is Maison de la Photographie. It’s hard to find in the small back alleys of the medina, but worth the hassle. This gallery opened in 2009 and is the only photography museum in Morocco. The collection offers a fascinating glimpse of Morocco during the last 200 years, focusing on scenes of daily life. It’s housed in a charming riad, with a bright white courtyard. Don’t miss the panoramic rooftop terrace, to enjoy a drink or lunch with a wonderful view.

 

B E N   Y O U S S E F   M A D R A S A

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In the northern part of the old city there are some highlights you should definitely visit. One of the most beautiful buildings of Marrakech is this old Islamic college. It was founded in the 14th century and reconstructed in the 16th century. The student dormitories are clustered around a large courtyard, decorated with carved cedar, stucco, and colorful tiles with wonderful geometric patterns. 

 

T A N N E R I E S

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A bit outside of the souks, not that far away from La Maison de la Photographie, you can find the tanneries of Marrakech. To be honest, I would not recomend it as a must-see attraction. This neighborhood is quite dirty and people are shouting at you all the time. Anyway, the donkeys were adorable.

 

L A   M E N A R A   G A R D E N S

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The Menara gardens are a perfect place to visit, when you want to relax and escape the chaos of the medina. They are located a bit out of town, at the gates of the Atlas mountains. The pavilion with its small green pyramid roof was built during the 16th century. The intention of the basin was to irrigate the surrounding gardens and orchards. If you visit this place on a clear day, you will have a spectacular view on the snow covered tops of the mountains. A magical place. 

 

L A   K O U T O U B I A

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The Koutoubia mosque is the largest mosque of Marrakech and one of the landmarks of the city, located next to the big place, Jemaa El Fna. It’s not possible to visit, but it’s nice to have a walk in the gardens surrounding the mosque.

Last but not least I highly recommend a visit to Jardin Majorelle. Read all about this beautiful garden in this blogpost: http://www.thefreshlight.com/?p=1084!

 

W H E R E   T O   E A T

The Moroccan food is intense and tasty, spicy and sweet. You can smell it everywhere. If you have a good stomach you can eat delicious food on the streets, but most of the time, we had lunch and dinner in a restaurant or bar. We were happily surprised by some trendy spots in the old city. This is a selection or our favorite places:

Nomad is the place to be for a modern Moroccan dinner. The food is refined and the design of the interior and rooftop terrace is contemporary and cool. The staff is very friendly. On the ground floor you can find a little shop. My personal favorite!   1, Djerb Aarjan  www.nomadmarrakech.com

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– Close to Nomad, you can have a drink at Café des épices   75, Rahba Lakdima  www.cafedesepices.ma

– Le Jardin is the sister restaurant of Nomad and a great spot for lunch or having a drink. Entering a small hidden door in the souk, you will be overwhelmed by the large green courtyard filled with tropical plants. The green walls, and green glazed tiles makes it into a magical place with a lovely atmosphere.       32, Souk Sidi Abdelaziz  www.lejardin.ma

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Terrasse des épices is known for their loungy terrace in the middle of the souk. The menu is simple but good. At the ground floor you can find their Pâtisserie, and I can assure you the sweets were delicious… Don’t forget to have a look at the local designer shops at the first floor.       15, Souk Cherifia, Sidi Abdelaziz  www.terassedesepices.com

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– One evening we tried the food at Jeema El Fna. Chez Aicha was recommended by tripadvisor. Great ambiance,  good food and really cheap.

– In the southern part of the medina, Kosybar is the place the be, inculding a restaurant, bar and spa.       47, Place des Ferblantiers  www.kosybar.com

– When visiting Geliz, the new part of Marrakesh, you can’t miss Le Grand Café de la Poste. The stylish interior transports you to Morocco’s colonial past.       Corner of Avenue Imam Malik and Boulevard Al Mansour Eddahbi  www.grandcafedelaposte-marrakech.com

Al Fassia is considered to be the best restaurant of Geliz. It’s entirely run by women, and the staff is absolutely friendly. Personally I was a bit disappointed you could only sit inside. Reservation is required.   55 Boulevard Zerktouni  www.alfassia.com

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W H E R E   T O   S L E E P

Marrakech contains a lot of traditional riads, most of them located in the medina. These old houses or palaces are build around a courtyard, were you can escape the heat and noise from the busy streets outside. We stayed in the magical riad Snan13, which was recently renovated and transformed into a guesthouse. Because I loved this place so much, I wrote an entire blogpost about it here.

To end our journey, we booked a luxury resort a bit outside of Marrakech. Hotel Sirayane was the perfect place to relax after staying some time in the hectic medina of Marrakech. This contemporary hotel was designed by architect Imaad Rahmouini, and is made up of cubist-style blocks surrounded by a huge garden, with palms, olive trees and a swimming pool, overlooking the Atlas mountains.

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A portret of Anne-Catherine from Clo Clo

June 9, 2016

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Meet Anne-Catherine, the founder of the interior design blog Clo Clo. She’s a 26 years old interior addict and design junkie living in Antwerp. After her studies in languages and interior design she started the blog www.cloclo.be in the summer of 2014, to share her passion for creativity, design and interior.

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At the moment Anne-Catherine is launching her Clo Clo Studio (www.cloclostudio.be). You can hire her for freelance styling and communication projects, focused on interior and design.

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And last but not least, you can join the Clo Clo Workshops soon, where you can learn tips and tricks to pimp your interior, make creative DIY things, meet lovely people and enjoy some good food. Sounds great, isn’t it?

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We had a lot of fun shooting this pictures for the renewed Clo Clo website. Go and check it out and don’t forget to have a look at the new logo design by Studio19.09!

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Vormstudjo

June 2, 2016

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Welcome to the wonderful white world of Vormstudjo, a graphic design studio founded by the creative marvel Joëlle Speltdooren. After studying graphic and interior design, she got inspired by her little son Céril, and started to translate her love in the most beautiful and almost ethereal designs, from birth cards and wedding invitations to visual identities. She takes care about every detail, like the quality of the paper, the printing techniques, the packaging,… what guaranties authentic and high quality results. Stay tuned for more pictures of our photo shoot in another blogpost soon!

Workshop Food Styling & Photography

June 1, 2016

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Noémie, from the promising vlog Casa Madeira, is organizing workshop sessions at HYP studio near Genk. I’m pretty exited she invited me to host a Food Styling & Photography workshop, on Sunday 12 June.

Want to take your food pics to the next level? We will learn you all about the tips and tricks to make it happen, no matter if you are using a phone or a professional camera: how to use the light, make a nice composition, and find the perfect props to style your pictures. After some theoretical advice, it’s time to exercise. We will style and photograph some food settings together. At the end of the day you will go home with beautiful pictures, and a lot of inspiration.

For this workshop we team up with granola brand Floom. Their organic and healthy cereals are the perfect way to start your day, and above all look very fashionable to photograph, together with some fresh fruit!

Can we count you in?

Practical information

  • Where: HYP Studio, Lijsterstraat 30, Houthalen-Helchteren
  • When: 12 June, 13h tot 16h30
  • Price: 75 €
  • Bring along: your camera or smartphone
  • Included: healthy Floom snacks en homemade lemonade

Order your ticket

Places are limited, because we like to work with a small group of people. You can order your ticket by sending an email to hello@thefreshlight.com.

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