♥ Count Your Blessings no8

Wait, three pictures to sum up an entire month? I know. I was busy doing so many things, both work related en 'fun' stuff, that I barely took any pictures of these events. The Holidays have been crazy busy at work and I had to finish some photo assignments in between my shifts so I could really use some time to reset my head.

But it's a new year so time for a fresh start! The past year has been really heavy on me and I'm really glad to have that behind me. Time for new hope and new opportunities. It looks like things are coming together, the way they should, so that gives me some time to breath. I'm looking forward to a new year with new plans, perhaps we could even enjoy a well deserved holiday? Who knows! 2014, for me, is all about making a new start, let's hope it will work out the way I hope :) After I'm done writing this post it's time to pack my bag because starting tomorrow I will enjoy two days off in Groningen, really excited about that!

This month:
Nice concerts / Blueberry pancakes / Cooking some really nice food for Christmas / Watching the last minutes of 2013 pass right by / Christmas+NewYears dinner with friends / A new year!!! / A day trip to the veluwe / Great news for my boyfriend / Glowgolf / Cocktails in skulls with the best company / Tea, blankets and series / Having some days off♥


NEW Dutch Photography Talent 2014

Last year, in August, I send in my portfolio for GUP's New Dutch Photography Talent 2014 submission.
Which is as GUP describes it:
"New is a book, a catalogue, a style-guide featuring the best 100 emerging Dutch photographers annually. New is a platform, initiated by GUP magazine, bringing Dutch based photography talents to the attention of galleries, museums, commercial and photography agencies, media companies and institutions that work with imagery."

Although I hoped for the best, I didn't expect that I would actually receive an e-mail in September which would tell me I was selected as one of the photography talents of 2014. After a small adaption to the selected works (I'm kinda picky when it comes to displaying my work, ha) the book was sent off to the printer.

The book has been in stores for a few months now. It shows a selection of my 'The Things' and 'The Great Escape' series and I still find it really awesome to find my work in a real bookstore next to 'real' photographers. It's such a big honour and I'm really proud to be selected! :)

Pssst... Thanks to GUP my work will also be shown in a new hotel in Rotterdam for an entire year as well, but I'll tell you more about that later!


♥ Count Your Blessings no7

Texel <3

What a busy month this has been! I really needed to remind myself to take some time to breath, to look at everything from a distance for a moment. I still need to find the perfect way to combine my new job with my work as a photographer. The cold winter air drives me inside and it's just so easy to cuddle up in a warm blanket in my spare time instead of venturing outdoors. I will find my way, I'm sure :)

The biggest blessing this month is without a doubt my boyfriend, my Rick. We've celebrated our nine years anniversary on Texel earlier this month. It's so nice to have somebody who's there for you, every moment of the day, no matter what. He's been there for many many years now and I'm so happy to have him in my life.

This month:
Texel <3 / Seeing a real seal only a few meters away / Long winter walks / Drinking winter beers on an empty beach / ♥ nine years ♥ / Beet risotto balls / GUP New Dutch Photography Talent book launch (will write a post about that soon!) / The start of my pretty ACU solo exhibition / Celebrating Sinterklaas / Getting some really nice presents / Texel beers and good company in Utrecht / Being asked to join a really nice project / Seeing Beertje grow into an even bigger and more beautiful cat every day / Being able to speak straight from the heart / Blankets, lots of blankets / Oh and yes, I'm going back blonde ;)


♥ Count Your Blessings no6


Wow, time really does fly. It seems like yesterday that we lost our dear Sigmund and that Beertje joined our family. She's growing (up) so fast and sometimes she can be a real little rascal. But she is still our little red baby, with lots of hair and huuuuuge paws. She's also terrified of our backyard, so sometimes I carry her around to gradually introduce her to the world outside our apartment.

This month felt a bit like a preparation for the months yet to come, finishing existing projects and problems and also getting some room in my head for new things. I've even got two exhibitions coming up! On Thursday the 21st of November you can find my work on the launch party of GUP's New Dutch Photography Talent 2014 (Facebook event here). And starting from November the 25th I have my first solo exhibition in the ACU in Utrecht. So for all of you who are visiting Le Guess Who: don't forget to drop by the ACU! :)

This month:
Seeing my newest work on huge prints for the first time / Dinner parties / Playing fetch with Beertje (yeah, for real!) / Buying the best concert tickets for James Vincent McMorrow in February / Cherry meringue chocolate / The final living room concert at Marcel&Nikki's / Squash & spinach pasta rotolo / My dad turned 60 / New job and ending a previous one / Curated gifts (a coffee cupping set) / Slow mornings and busy evenings / Watching The National perform / Dreaming of finally going on a holiday / Waking up with Beertje on my head / Putting together some awesome Sinterklaas lists / Exhibition prep time!


♥ Count Your Blessings no5

Beertje 1
Beertje 3
Beertje 2

Our maine coon baby from Femke van Veen on Vimeo.

Last month I wrote "I really do hope the good things will take over from now on". Not too long after I'd written down these words, we heard that this wonderful lady was going to live with us. She was born with the name Mademoiselle, but we like to call her Beertje (little bear, although she's turning into a big bear really quick!).

She's a maine coon with a pedigree more extensive than mine, ha, and was born in may. The first day she was a bit shy, but it didn't take long before she crawled right into my arms. She is so incredibly soft, sooo sweet and also a bit naughty. A little lady with a character, but such a sweetheart. I'm so happy to have another sweet little cat in my life, I still miss Sigmund every day, but this little lady brings to many love back to our house.

This month:
♥ Beertje ♥ / New shoes / The annual 3voor12 award mischief night / Surviving the massive flu (ugh two weeks) / Rhubarb lemonade / Red velvet cake / Finishing my Wooden Arms series / Strolling through Amsterdam / Dinner dates / Kitty cuddles / Trying new recipes / Having my boyfriend next to me, no matter what / Oh and Beertje Beertje Beertje Beertje!