Engagment || Anmar and Gule || Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

I loved this day. Its was so cold yet so sunny. I drove to Zoetermeer, picked up these cuties and we went to Leiden to shoot this session. Anmar is my cousin and since we were 5 we used to be best friends. Way tooo many great memories in our homeland. When he met the love of his life, they wanted me to capture it. Immediately I said yes. I mean, look at them.. such a beautiful couple! Couldn’t let any other photographer do it haha.

FYI: They are both Middle Eastern and in this amazing culture, your engagement is also a big deal hah!
I just love that it celebrates every detail of love.
After the shoot we had a huge party with family and friends.

Take a look and enjoy xoxo

Caribbean Love || Jacob and Simone || Playa Forti, Curacao

Two weeks ago I was on a mission in the Caribbean.
One was to relax to the max and the second one was to shoot art for a poetry book that is coming out soon.

Everything is beautiful on an Island. The colours, the water, the atmosphere and definitely the sunrays on my skin!

Relaxation means reading books.
Books.
Lots of them.

During my stay I was reading a poetry book Letters, To The Men I Have Loved by poet Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol. Oh men, what an amazing woman! She truly puts feelings and visuals into words.

On the other hand I started reading The Artisan Soul by the amazing Erwin McManus.
I remember laying on the beach [good life] and starting off this book. As I was going through the pages I came across a line that caught my eyes.

”I want to stand where the echoes stop. Where the shouting of the masses falls silent to the whisper of the one”

Yes. This. Me. I want to stand where the echoes stop.

All of the amazing things that have been written about the artisan soul engraved new desires in my heart of stepping out, and taking my creative soul to a next step.
During the reading Erwin made a statement about artists and how they get to work.

we dream, we risk, we create.”

Oh. THIS! YES.
During that thought I noticed a cute couple sitting next to me.
They were reading a book I think, or drawing stuff in a book. They were doing something with a book, ha!
Then I was thinking to myself, laying on the beach with this perfect view, on an amazing Island FULL of lovely places. Why not ask them to model for me?
Why not ask them to step into my creative process to create something beautiful?

I freaked out by the thought.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am a super extravert person who loves people, chit chats, hangouts and all things hysterical.
Yep, that’s me.
Normally I don’t mind stepping up to people and talk to them [Imma church girl haha].
But the idea of asking random couple…

And then, there it was.. I knew what I was. Its was the fear of rejection.

What if they say no?
What if the idea is stupid?
What if they don’t like my work?
What if they don’t like me?
What if, what if what if..

we dream, we risk, we create.”

”Ok. To create you need to risk Hind.”
I think I waited an hour and doubted over all the what if’s.

Long story short, I walked towards them and started a convo with these lovers.
All of the thoughts I had, none of them was happening. Neither was it the truth.

Fear limits potential. It makes you comfortable.
I know it now. I hope you will.

So this is the result.
Eventhough I’m happy with this session, I am more happy with me trusting my creative soul.

”I want to stand where the echoes stop. Where courage conquers compliance and conformity..”