It has been. while since I updated the blog.
There simply have been too many fun things I wanted to do and I never really got to update the blog. I really feel I need more than 24 hours a day to get to do everything I want to do. Time just flies by!
1. I went back to the Netherlands
In the beginning of July I flew back to the Netherlands to spend some time with my family and friends. I was really nice to be back for almost three weeks, getting back to my old life. I also took the drone with me on the airplane. Below you’ll see a picture from the town I grew up in. The summer really makes it look extra nice with the green trees everywhere!
2. Amsterdam & Noordwijk
Alicia and I visited my uncle Murphy in Amsterdam. I had been a long time since we had seen him so it was really nice to catch up and enjoy the lovely capital of the Netherlands. We cycled around the city and had some really nice food at a few different places. I can especially recommend all of my international friends to go and visit Amsterdam if you haven’t already!
From Amsterdam we continued towards my sister and her boyfriend in Noordwijk. They are living in an amazing apartment right next to the sea. We had some nice food at the restaurants on the beach and had some drinks after. You really appreciate the time you spend with family and friends when you live abroad. As the sun started to set over the sea we took a picture together (see below).
The day after, Alicia and I did some training on the beach after which we ran into the sea to cool down and enjoy the summer weather.
3. Back to Deurne
Alright, back to Deurne where my parents live. So I took my drone with me to the Netherlands, and me and my dad took the car and started driving around the area to fly some and get some nice pictures. Of course I had to get a windmill in the picture with the typical old-fashioned dutch brick houses in the background.
4. Back to Sweden
My visit to the Netherlands came to and end, I had a great time and I kind of wished I booked a longer stay… Anyways I had a lot of other challenging things ahead of me in Seden. As many of you know by now, I started my own business. I got my approval when I was in the Netherlands so I was kind of eager to travel back and get things started. By now I have had some very interesting customers and met interesting new people. Starting your own business really isn’t about making a lot of money when you’re still studying, it is a great way of gaining experience, meeting people and being able to experiment and be creative. So far it has been going better as expected!
Now it was also time to enjoy some of the Swedish summer, Alicia’s cousin got baptised, and I took a swim in the sea.
5. Time for some creativity
Alicia’s birthday was approaching and I wanted to buy a new lens to the camera for her (and me). However, it turned out that Alicia wanted the lens so badly she could not wait until her birthday, so we already bought it together. We went out and tested it before going out in the city. What we really like about this lens is that is has a very wide aperture of f1.8. This allows for getting that extra focus on the subject and create a very shallow depth of field effect. We took a few portait pictures.
6. Alicia’s birthday
Since we already bought the lens together, I needed to come up with some new birthday gifts to Alicia. I bought her some nice training clothes, a reflexscreen for photography and also a studio light. Of course she loved it, since she had been talking for a very long time about wanting to have these items! The picture below was taken in the city centre with the reflexscreen. What is nice about a reflexscreen is that it takes away a lot of the unwanted shadows on your subject and really gives it good amount of light, like she’s “in the spotlight”.
We then used the studio light to create a cool side-light effect on the subjects (us). We kind of used a training-inspired theme for the shoot. It was the first time we did something like this, it was easier as expected once you find the right aperture and shutterspeed settings for the camera. I especially think the picture of Alicia is really powerful!
7. Two years as a foreigner
I have been living in Sweden for two years now. Leaving behind all I had in the Netherlands and starting over in Sweden really is a big challenge. A lot of things can happen in just two years and I am happy I dared to make the move. Because of it, I really started to develop my passion for photography and video since I wanted to send nice images back home. To highlight a few more, I also got my masters diploma, started my own business, learned a new language, met an insane amount of amazing people, and learned to integrate with the Swedes. Everyone should try being a foreigner at least once.
Finally, as the picture below symbolises, I have not reached the top yet and I will keep making my way uphill for now, hopefully.
See you later!