Soo Little: Lola & Stella

A few weeks ago i photographed Lola with her little sister Stella. Stella was only 5 days old! It was sooo nice being busy with these two! On facebook i gave already a preview of the pictures, but maybe you haven’t seen them yet so here they are again!

Een paar weken heb ik Lola met haar kleine zusje Stella gefotografeerd. Stella was pas 5 dagen oud en het was geweldig om hen te fotograferen! Lola was echt een grote zus voor Stella en hield haar heel voorzichtig vast.

Deze babyfotoshoot / kinderfotoshoot vond plaats in Otterlo, maar ik fotografeer op locatie door het hele land.


Love & Blessings

This week started as the perfect week. Robert and i went away for the weekend, and on sunday we took a beautiful walk through the snow.
Also, i did a cute little photo shoot with Lilly and the angel wings. You can find all the pictures of this mini photo shoot here.

Yesterday i’ve found some cute vintage embroidered canvases in a near by thrift store. I still needed some nice things for the walls to make our home more cozy, and i think this will work :)

5 Tips for not getting lost in comparison

Last weeks i’ve been thinking a lot about comparison. As a photographer, i often look at the work of other photographers, which gives me a lot of inspiration and ideas. Also, it makes me look more critical at my own work and therefore gives me some motivation to improve my own skills. Only, the tricky thing is that i often compare myself with people who are in the business with many more years of experience than me, or i forget that they are just different than me. By reading blogs by, or talking with other photographers i realized that many photographers or bloggers are struggling with this same issue. This post is therefore a quick reminder of not comparing yourself too much with others.

Here are a few tips that helped me for not getting lost in comparison:

1. Be yourself.
Often when i just do my own thing and i am not aware about what others might think of my photographs or my business, i create my best work. Everybody has has a different taste in style and a different way of achieving something. Make sure your work is you, and don’t make things just for others to like it. If you are happy with the result it is ok.

2. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses.
You don’t have to be the best in every type of field. Everybody has got different talents, and their own strengths and weaknesses. It is ok to be better in certain things and less good in others.

3. Internet is not real life.
Every photographer posts their best work on the internet, every lifestyle blogger posts their nicest writing. Everybody knows this. But this is also something we often forget. Everybody has a bad day sometime, and everybody fails some time, but of course they don’t advertise with that on the internet. Don’t focus too much on getting a ‘like’ on facebook, a comment on your blog and don’t watch your competitors too closely.

4. See things in perspective.
It is not fair to compare yourself with others who are working many more years in your field of interest than you do. And realize that they probably went through the same things and struggles you are going through.

5. Accept.
There will always be people who you envy and whose work you look up to. But the more you grow in your own creativity and work, the more people will see you as someone they look up to. There will just always be people who are better than you in the field of interest you are specialized in, but also a lot people worse. So why compare? Just accept that that’s the way it is, and try to grow and improve your work for yourself.

So in short, healthy comparison is good, just to see if your work meets certain standards and to get more inspiration for your new work. But don’t get lost in comparison, cause it will only bring you down and block your own creative process. To have a reminder of this, i have framed this quote and put it on my desk.

P.S. this quote is a free printable at how joyful.
P.P.S.S. How are you dealing with comparison?

Sunday Morning Giggle

Together with Janneke Rodenburg (fashion styling) i organized a styled love shoot. Janneke created a beautiful white bedroom with some lace and furry blankets. I always love a lot of white, and soft colors in photographs. The couple (my brother and his girlfriend!) was so much fun and i took so many nice shots, we almost couldn’t choose for the end result. Enjoy! :)