2021 is coming to an end, the year passed away again so quick ! 😱
Due to the covid measures, it was already quite a challenge to keep my job going in a "normal" way this year, but the weather also showed its worst side 😅 I had to postpone some photo shoots, but especially a lot of workshops and participation days. Despite this, I did take quite an arsenal of fun photos throughout the year. I am sharing some of my favourite images per month with some fun anecdotes. 😁
My first shoot of the year didn't have to wait long, on 2 January Toby bit the bullet and was my first model of the year. 😁
January also saw the first snow. ❄️ Those who know me a little know that I am a HUGE snow lover. ☃️ When the first snow flakes fell in Belgium, I headed for the Ardennes with my four-legged friends. Of course my camera came along and I took some nice portraits of my sweethearts. When snow fell in Flanders too, I made an appeal for a nice couple and that's how I met Laura and her fantastic Finnish Lappenhund. Immediately another dog breed to tick off my list. 🙌🏻
Not a month went by without a fun workshop or follow-along day. 😁 In January, I gave a private "children and animals" photography workshop. Oa Vince and his cool dog Copain were models at a beautiful castle.
In February, the time had finally come! My handsome Óliver finally flew over from Iceland to Belgium. Something I had been looking forward to for 3 years. 🤩 It wasn't long before some snow fell again. Of course, I took advantage of that. Not only Óliver but Joker, Solfari, Mjönir Locita, Yana, Hope and several other four-legged friends were modelling in the snow ☃️
In late February, Tamaskans Jules and Nell were still shining in a beautiful morning sun. The fog added an extra magical atmosphere in the process. 🥰 Another dog breed to tick off 🙌🏻✅
March started off not so nice, at least emotionally. For we got the bad news that our faithful four-legged friend Max had a nasal tumour. How long he had was still a question mark.... So March saw several days of vet clinic and I enjoyed extra quality time with Max. ❤️
We also planned some private workshops and fun portfolio shoots.
March did not start well but only really ended in a minor way.... What was still a super pleasant day by the sea in the morning, ended with a very hard decision... Letting Max go after a terrible epileptic seizure... His tumour had spread to his brain after just 3 weeks. 💔 Still the most terrible day of 2021. 😢
Defeated by the loss of Max, I took some me-time in April. I did some portfolio shoots with girlfriends and several workshops were scheduled.
One of my favourite photos this year I took in April. My dear fellow photographer, and also good friend Skrällan, and I basically went to photograph a Magnolia tree. However, it turned out that it was no longer in bloom. Last-minute we changed location and WOW what beautiful light we had there! 😍 Laura with Finnish Lappenhun Mocha and Talia with her 2 sheltis modeled for us at this beautiful location.
May was a nice and busy month! Private workshops, taster days, photo shoots and a photo walk in the Ardennes were on the agenda. 🤩💪🏼
Silently, the landscape began to regain some colour and beautiful flowers began to emerge. Enjoy my favourite pictures of May. 🥰
Unfortunately, the poppy field I had sown was not yet in flower in June. So I sought out another field together with colleague/friend Kim. Isabeau and her handsome PRE were one of the beautiful little models we photographed that evening.
The second photo walk in the Ardennes also became a reality. Because of the weather we almost moved it ⛈ but after a joint decision among the course participants we decided to go ahead anyway. 🙌🏻
In June, I got to add another dog breed to my list. Reva, a Catahoula leopard dog, was a model during a private walk-in day. As you can see, she poses like the best. 🥰
Due to the bad weather in spring, I had to change the date of many workshops and walk-in days. 😅 So in July, there were a lot of workshops/mid-days to catch up on scheduled, along with a few more sunny photo shoots. 🥰
The end of July was finally here. My sown field of poppies was in bloom 🙌🏻🤩🥳
My top model Kyle and cat Gimli got to spearhead the many fun poppy photo shoots.
August is traditionally always a very busy month because of the beautiful heather that blooms then. Combine that with your own field of poppies in bloom.... Yes, you can imagine, right? 🙊
In August, I was also presented with a beautiful location during a photo shoot. My clients had found a beautiful lavender field where they got permission to photograph with horses. Still a bit of a dream come true as that had been on my "photography bucket list"🥰 for a long time.
I also took on an additional challenge, as I was asked to create a maternity photo shoot integrating the dog. Without much experience in maternity photography, we started the photo shoot. If I do say so myself, what beautiful images came out of it! Secretly, I discovered another branch of photography that also suits me very well! Who knows, maybe there's a future in that... 🤷🏻♀️
So lots of pictures to share from August! Enjoy my favourites from this month. 😁
September was perhaps the most fun month of the year, WANT Jikke and I made our preparation trip for our photography trip to Iceland next year. 🤩
September started with some photo shoots, just before the annual holiday with my boyfriend and our dogs started.
September started with a few photo shoots, just before the annual holiday with my boyfriend and our dogs started.I was not home for long, as a week later I left for Iceland again. With the first storms and bad weather, it was truly a challenge. But wow, what beautiful models we had in front of our lens! We are already looking forward to next year. 🤩
October became another busy month. As such, the autumn period is my favourite time of the year. 😁
My little girl Hope turned 2 and another fun litter photo shoot was already scheduled. Some fun photoshoots, walk-in days and already the last photo walk of the year.
Choosing between all those cute pictures was very difficult, so stick to a little photo spam. 🙊
November started with final autumn photo shoots and quietly I started the first Christmas photo shoots 🎄😍.
Traditionally a month with a few less photo shoots on the schedule but nevertheless a month in which I did not sit still. 😁
During the winter months, course participants like to come over to brush up on their photoshop skills. This month, too, I welcomed quite a few motivated people. 💪🏼
Some wonderful winter sessions were also scheduled this month. Did you know that, after autumn, winter is my favourite season? 😍 After another super fun litter photo shoot with the Flaxblossoms puppies, traditionally in Christmas outfits, and some (Christmas) photo shoots on the moors, I concluded my photo season this year. 🎄❤️