Merry and Bright: A Bear and Dragon Adventure

When I first started thinking about what makes for a special holiday location, the answer was of course adventure, fun, sparkly things, love and a field of Christmas trees. Thus launched the search for just the right grove, not too far, featuring a charming collection of future Christmas Trees and the most tricky, somewhere I could located the farmer to ask permission! The first attempt, I must admit, was a bit of a failure. Check out our Perfectly Imperfect holiday session from 2016. Next year was a little better. Test shoot went great but having waited for a timely November date, when the day came, it was windy, almost freezing temperature and at about an hour drive away in the end, I had to cancel. Lesson learned!

Having learned from these failures, I finally found the right formula, a balmy mid-October date and instead of an hour drive, I was incredibly lucky to find a PERFECT little farm right in Zemst, only 25 minutes north of Brussels. And thus was born Merry and Bright, a Bear & Dragon Adventure.

Styled for the holidays but laid back enough to qualify as a family session location, Merry and Bright is truly a joyful and fun event I count the days down to each year. Check out some of the previous year’s snaps. Hope you can join us!

The best places of all: Parc Tournay-Solvay

La, la, la, eh hem, ok all warmed up again. 🙂 Today I write another love letter, this time to an art nouveau master piece that, as with many beautiful places in Brussels, brings you back to another time. Walking in Parc Tournay-Solvay feels like a magical portal straight to the 20’s. I love it in every possible way.

Originally a property of the other Solvay brother, playboy Alfred, the property was developed in 1878. It is located in Watermeal-Boitfort, just steps from the local train station. Over the years it grew to include not only the now ruined castle-like residence but a breathtaking rose and flower garden, dreamy art nouveau-inspired lake and bridges and an abundant apple orchard and potager. Today the property is maintained as part of the “Promonade Vert” system.

This is hands-down one of my favorite photo locations in the Brussels area. Each family that has joined me there has been wowed by this somewhat hidden gem. Usually quiet even on the sunniest summer weekend. I can’t recommend it enough to you not only as a place for our next meeting but as a beautiful treasure to explore the next time you want to get slightly out of town and enjoy a picnic or walk in a a time gone by. Enjoy!

Silver Bells: a *new* Bear and Dragon holiday adventure

As far as I see it, you can either buy a cloth or paper backdrop that replicates an elegant Christmas scene, or you can rent a castle to achieve the same thing. I can tell you which I prefer! And with that in mind, I am excited to share the location of our newest holiday adventure, Silver Bells.

Set in the breathtaking Chateau de la Hulpe of Royals fame, Silver Bells will find us dressed to the nines and surrounded by holiday splendor. A classic holiday stair case, beautifully decorate Christmas tree and some sparkly surprises. Our first date of November 14 has already sold out so we added another. I hope you join me on October 17 for this celebration of the season.

Of course we had to get a jump on the planning and luckily the Chateau opened its doors for a little planning session yesterday. The main missing thing would be the tree. Impossible to find in September but sure to be beautiful and Grand in November. Merry days ahead!

*Special note: All children were compensated with ice cream.

Our family album: Field of Dreams

You might be surprised to find, tucked just off a small lane in Anderlecht, a Field of Dreams. In the shadow of Brussels and just out of reach of the busy buzzing of city life, this five acres of paradise is teeming with color, texture, and beauty. An effort on the part of the “for us, by us”, buy local and home grown movement, the fields of Les Genereuses grow flowers (and dreams) right here for Brusseloirs to deck their halls and bring light and love to their homes. If you have an event coming or just love beautiful and lovingly grown flowers like me, contact Caroline through her website here.

I am proud to offer this wonderful space for a brand new summer adventure session. Join me on August 15 for this very special event, Field of Dreams.

Welcome little man

 

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Its fall again and I love it. I had a wonderful afternoon working my way through this wonderful session. Although technically a newborn session, I love the way it tells the story of the whole family as they welcome this sweet boy into their fold. Welcome, Treten! Mr Boy FB-2Mr Boy FB-3Mr Boy FBMr Boy FB-4Mr Boy FB-6Mr Boy FB-7Mr Boy FB-8Mr Boy FB-9

Dancing in Light

 

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Leaps and Bounds

Sweden has become a home away from home. The place I was married, where my children have celebrated every Christmas, and a home base of sorts while San Francisco remains so far away. This summer found us indulging in truly lazy days. Swimming, walking, eating and “chillaxing” as my little ones put it.

Sweden is also a place full of inspiration. We did several fun sessions but this one is my favorite. Water, wildflowers and golden light as the sun dipped down. I marveled to see how my little ones have grown. This session also felt bittersweet, missing a beloved family member, as we lost my father-in-law to cancer this summer. His absence explains the somewhat melancholy mood with my son summing it up perfectly, “I miss Farfar”.

So delight in the sun and seize each chance for love while we dance in the light.

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Golden Girl

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Holding things together

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Nevermind

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This is us now

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Reflection

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Missing you

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Do even ask!

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Bond

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Min man

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Circle

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Somber

 

Apple Harvest: Its that time again

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It has been a bittersweet year but beautiful summer. The little ones are growing and we spent the summer taking long walks, chilly swims and eating way too many cookies up in Sweden (pictures to come!).

As summer ripes, so do the Apples in my favorite orchard and I am so excited to return once more for the Apple Harvest session.

Date to be released shortly but think end of August, early September. Some gorgeous pictures from last year to get you excited. 🙂

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On the move

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The fashion plate

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Darling

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Free

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Apple picking

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Smooches!

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For a ride

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Looking up

 

The Best Places of All: Groenendaal

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A touch of magic

Sometimes everything just comes together. A beautiful evening, a playful and relaxed family and a gorgeous location. Groenendaal is quickly becoming one of my favorite locations for photo sessions. We visit every season, whether to spot mushrooms and wildflowers, to throw sticks in the ponds or to marvel at bubbles trapped in ice.

The wild open space is perfect for a photo session with its ancient beech forests, long lakes and wide meadows. Great at any time of day but best at the golden hour, of course!

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Balance

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Little girl in the big world

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Lovely you

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Silhouettes

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Swing

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The moments with you and me

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Golden

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How it all began

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My hero

Sunset days: A love letter to summer light

 

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The man inside

Summer stretches into fall and even with the gorgeous weather and sunshine, it is clear that summer days are behind us. Its been a busy one but now a little break to go through these sweet images captures in yes, my favorite wheat field new our home. Enjoy!

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Love and Laughter

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Happy

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Sweet girl

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Glow

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So serious

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Lost in the sea

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Babies of family

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The most handsome

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Wild heart

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, ❤