Richard and his Tyanna in Amsterdam

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Once apon a time, there was this guy from the northest of north Holland, a tiny place in Friesland. Let’s name him Richard. When his girlfriend Tyanna graduated from high school, he wanted to surprise her in a way she had never been surprised before. So, that said, he dropped me a line and we agreed to meet up in Amsterdam.

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When I met them, I realised they had a great vintage thing going on; Richard looking smart, like some one who had just walked out of a 50’s movie an d Tyanna had obviously gone out of he way to find the perfect dress for an occasion she still knew nothing about!
Tyanna was thrilled to be surprised like this by her very romantic lover. I think you can tell that from her face, don’t you?

Vintage loveshoot in Amsterdam

Remember the walk I did in Amsterdam last week? Well, it was for this shoot! This lovely couple has been photographed by me before, but never in a setting like this.

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Looking around one of the canals (Ouwezijds Achterburgwal), there is a small bakery that goes by the name “Maxime’s”. Yes, it sounds French, but f it was supposed to be, they didn’t quite manage the real French feel like you get in a proper boulangerie. Saying that…. Just around the corner to Maxime’s, there’s a gorgeous entrance to an antique bookstore called “Books for cooks“. Inside this entrance, you will find and original exhibit hall, with small stands like you find on the Seine in Paris. What a surprise!

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I parked my car on the Herengracht, and while walking to meet Alex and Sylvie, I passed Australian Homemade, who we all know sells great chocolate. Window shopping, I saw some large macrons as well – what to call them? Maxi-macrons?- and I decided to include a few in the shoot, to compliment the French feeling. Personally, I love macrons. On our last trip to Paris, a few weeks ago, we picked up some very coulourfull specimens on Montmartre. They were amazing!

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Alex is a graphic and interior designer and has his office building just around the corner to this location. Feeling a tad cold, and in need of coffee, we decided to shoot some photos in the warmth of his office. I know I never expected to find a pair of Chesterfields in the hallway or, as a matter of fact, a piano in the stairwell!
It was a day of fun photography, nice surprises, great coffee, sweet macrons and love…

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Thanks Alex and Sylvie for modeling for this shoot!

J’Aimsterdam!

Amsterdam. City of canals, of shops, of tourists and freedom. Where to start looking for vintage spots in this city, which is only 45 minutes drive from my hometown, the Hague?

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A few weeks ago, while watching tv, I came across an interview with another lover of anything French. This guy designed an app for iPhone and Android with a visual tour of French Amsterdam; basically, anything remotely French that resides in this city! What this app-tour does, is take you around a 4 km walk, while showing you parts of French history. From buildings to shops, from hotels to restaurants. The app is the most expensive app I have ever bought, at € 3,99 but it did the trick.
J’aimsterdam can be found here.

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So, there I was, walking around, trying to find the perfect spot for a shoot this week, when I came across more than a few gorgeous French-looking parts of the city centre. Though the challenge is to find a bridge or fence that doesn’t have numerous bikes chained  to it, or where the graffiti isn’t too obvious, I finally found the perfect location to shoot in.

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The results will be on the blog soon, so keep in touch by signing up for the email notifications. Does Amsterdam appeal to you? Are you living in Holland? Or maybe visiting our capital for a weekend? Let’s get together for a shoot sometime!