Jan
24
Ahw, if it wasn't for the daily near death experiences with bicyclists, I'd really love Amsterdam <3 My flight from London to Amsterdam was delayed for over an hour. Got up at 3 am to be at the airport in time, just to still sit there at noon. (still uploading the blog about London but I have mostly video's an haven't figured out how to upload video yet) But my airBnB was super central and - bonuspoints - had a cat! I'm kinda afraid of cats but also love them to pieces! Anyone feel me? Sneaking in a selfie as well cause I always got so excited when I saw "my" filter popping up in the area. As soon as I arrived I immediately started my routine again. Location scouting. I mostly know what I'm looking for, so I usually don't have to walk rounds through the whole city however for Amsterdam my goal was to fine "prettiest bridge" ha. So I actually DID walk by the river for hours to inspect one bridge after another.     My locations:  

Location map

Heading home by train the day after the shoot. London and Amsterdam were one trip. 5 days and 2 shoots and in between I was either traveling or location scouting. Exhausting but such an accomplishment in hindsight :) Still, I was so happy to be on my train. Last time for a while (until Milan a month later) that I had to carry this insanely huge suitcase with my signs. I've grown attached to it though. weird.
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Jan
24
Berlin greeted us with cold weather and clouds! I can say that we were lucky that 4 out of 6 six shoots for #FilterFashion gave us amazingly sunny (sweaty) weather. Berlin was not one of them. We prepped in a studio in Schönefeld, then took one location after the other, always warming up in between in the car. While overcast days are not too bad for shooting normally, I had planned for #FilterFashion to have a happy sunny attitude and I felt safe since most shoots happened in August, however for Berlin I just picked the wrong day. Well, without sunlight I help myself with strobe light. I had a small portable light set with me on every shoot. Worse than the light situation was actually the wind. My model had a tough time smiling while shivering and how many of you are photographers and have gotten your hair between your eyes and the viewfinder! (I have sworn too often to cut off all my bangs!)         
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Jan
24

First stop Barcelona!

I was there about 1,5 days total. Arrived in the afternoon, location scouting in the evening, shooting the next day and left on the second day in the morning. My trips weren't vacations unfortunately.

Always do locations scouting when you plan an outdoor shoot. Even better when you can scout the place several times so you know exactly where the sun is to which time. I like to just walk around and take pictures of all the spots I like. I make sure to screenshot my location on google maps so I'll find it again later.  Then I put together I nice little map pointing out all the spots I decided to shoot at.

Team picture! I love my teams <3 Great pictures come from great teams.

blog-barcelona-photography

from left to right: Ornella (Stylist), Antonia (Assistant), Silvia (MuA), Paola (Model), Joella (Model), me :D , Selda (Hairstylist)

Selda is a good friend of mine. Me met each other 4 years ago in New York and this was the first time we got together since then. So glad it worked out :) I dare say friendships with artists in the same field are different than other ones. You'll always have a reason to get together and they're a great outlet for all the arty thoughts you build up in your head.       
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