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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dutch Dopplegangers

   Holland...  It is such an interesting country. The baked goods and pastry's themselves are enough to make you want to visit again and again. I tried to get involved in the pickled herring but something about mimicking a pelican in the way you gulp it down your throat whole turned me off of it. The Netherlands is such a unique country. The entire country is filled with roads for bicycles complete with their own lights to control traffic. When I say traffic I mean it. There are far more bicycles then vehicles. At night you see hundreds of thousands of bicycles in the parkade awaiting their riders for the next day.

I am extremely jealous of the Dutch especially the women. I never saw anyone the slightest bit overweight the entire time I was in the country. I think we all need to get on the bicycle bandwagon. In a country that rains wayyy more then Vancouver and is windy too, almost all people commute from town to city and to work by bicycle. The women have legs of iron and the elderly pass you with an insane ease that made my puffing out of breath self extremely embarrassed. Guess I better sign up for some spinning classes when I get home. We rented Dutch bicycles, they are super cute, and rode 23 km to see some of the countryside. I loved the fields full of sheep, and the random windmills, and castles you know you stereotypically will come across. The canals really take your breath away.

Amsterdam is an extreme example of amazing canals. The city has a beauty about it and a mellow laid back feel mixed with the insane whiz of bicycles that almost run you over. The mellowness may be due to the tolerance and legalization of marijuana in Amsterdam. Everyone always seemed to be  in such a great mood lol. Coffee shops selling pot not coffee are everywhere. Summing the city up it sounds more like a concert of sex drugs and... well not rock and roll but we did hear some pretty good jazz music one night.

One thing that really amazed me was how many people looked like people I knew. Everyone from friends, to people I went to school with to old boyfriends I saw their dopplegangers everywhere! I never realized how strong the Dutch genes were until I visited. I was reminded of people I hadn't seen in 10 years because all of a  sudden their Dutch twin walked down the street. They really are gorgeous and I had doppleganger dutch envy. Why was I not born blonde and blue eyed? I mean I do have sweedish in me!!
All in all Holland was an interesting beginning to our Euro adventure.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Say YES to Work- Cations

That sweet smell of airports that reminds you of nerves, and adrenaline. We are winging our way to Amsterdam in a few minutes to have an adventure I have wanted to take since I was 13. Normally the typical Euro- trip is done out of high school or college but I always ended up in completely different parts of the world. I never found the right travel girls to go with.

We were e-mailed back in May with the prospect of shooting a wedding in London this fall. I literally was jumping up and down in front of Kel becaue I was happy, not throwing a tantrum haha. Having a reason to go do some backpacking in Europe and getting to photograph, what will be obviously be, a stunning posh wedding in London. I was beside myself... clearly I needed to be sedated I was so ridiculously  excited. It has been a crazy busy summer for us and we are really looking forward to our work-cation in Europe sans Cuzco  of course i'm going to miss my little muppet dog. Stay tuned to the blog for some new stories and photos from our newest adventure.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Story Collection: Backlit Ballerinas

   My focus mainly in my Photography career is weddings. I can't help but love though,the occasional chance to do stylized shoots. Whether it be bridal or something altogether different it gets my creativity flowing. I am starting a bit of an off-shoot in my company where kids are concerned. I am not regularly going to be a kids or family photographer, but occasionally I would love the opportunity to do highly stylized children's shoots.

    I love the idea of taking something that a kid is involved in, and loves at this moment and time in there life. Recording that memory so that their family can hold onto that period of their childhood. This shoot was of two sisters who are both taking ballet. Growing up in Vancouver I wanted to make literally the world there stage by going into the beautiful coastal rainforest. I hope you love these two backlit ballerinas as much as I do.

If you are interested in setting up a styled story shoot for your child please contact me via my e-mail at arnetts.photography@gmail.com