This Month's Goal: Trying out Ballet Beautiful

Hi everyone!

Maybe you are wondering: why should I care about barre workouts if I came on this blog to search for photography tips?

Well, there is a pretty serous why you should care - and it's for your own good.

I have creative friends and colleagues and all of us, regardless of what we do, have one thing in common: we spend way too much time sitting (in front of the computer) and not nearly enough time being active and doing sports.

Of course, that doesn't sound like a huge deal when you're twenty. But later on, a scenario similar to mine happened to many of my friends: back pain, neck pain, the computer wrist syndrome. It sucks being less than a quarter of a century old (now that sounds ancient!) and having all these health problems just because of our lifestyle.

girl and the sea


When I was on my third year of college, I first started having lower back pain. It continued on and on until I really started to wonder what was going on. Being skinny all my life, I kind of thought that I will get away with not working out, but it was far away from the truth.

Luckily, my boyfriend had experience in sports and advised me to start stretching. I was reluctant at first, thinking it's just a waste of time and won't solve anything. The truth is - damn, if only I had started earlier!

Slowly, motivating myself every time to do better and more, I kept my stretching routine for about three years before I started working out. If I had started both at the same time, I know for certain I would have failed and given up, because it would have been too much for me, both physically and mentally.
 

legs and curtains

And here's where Ballet Beautiful comes into play!

I loved the movie Black Swan a lot and, Googling, came to know about Mary Hellen Bowers, the founder of Ballet Beautiful. She offers custom workouts, streaming videos, DVDs and a book as well. I found the book in the library and though it was interesting enough.

This month I decided to give Ballet Beautiful's streaming videos a try and to keep you posted about my progress and the overall feel about it. I want to see how my body's response to classes will be like and how it will make me feel.

It's so important to keep our bodies active and get up from time to time instead of being glued to the screen!

As I'm typing this, I'm rocking back and forth on my yoga ball because the thing I'm going to do next is - have a nice stretch.

Talk to you next week, friends!

A Sahara in the Netherlands

Do you know that there is a Sahara in the Netherlands? Well, I didn't know either!
Not until I took part of a youth exchange, ReMOVEit, in the little town of Ommen. It looked like a cluster of gingerbread houses and the Christmas decor, although it was already February, was still on full display in the streets.
The exchange was all about body movement and, along with 60 other youngsters from all over Europe, we danced, jumped, moved to the rhythm of kizomba (I failed), tried acro yoga (I rocked), stretched, ran, did improv theater and a lot of other fun things.
Was it intense? Sure so.

But when I think about some funny moments they make me laugh out loud - still! 

in the sahara ommen
snow in ommen
snow in ommen
walking in a blanket
beautiful portrait of a girl
guy with glasses smoking
man portrait through the window
man in blanket on snow

Nisa & David: engagement session

In August I shot my friend Nisa and David's engagement session, followed by their wedding. I've known them for years and I knew Nisa will plan everything to the tiniest details.
 
We set off for the tall, dark woods in Gorski kotar (Croatia) where the shoot was going to take place. The bridesmaid and groom were also with us, as well as a jumping hyperactive ball of fur known as Moony, who somewhat stole the spotlight haha. Even though we were afraid it might rain, the weather forecast was completely wrong: the sky cleared and  the sun peeked through the branches.

We brought all the customized wedding props with us and I shot them in the woods as well. The shoot ended up with portraits during the golden hour on Trsatska gradina, where the wedding would take place a week later. 

They wanted something unique. We created a fairytale in the woods together.
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nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
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nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session
nisa and david fine art wedding photography engagement session

Personal journal

Hi everyone!

It's such a joy to have a freshly redesigned website. Still true to a minimal approach, but more colourful and, hopefully, better than the last one!

For tutorials and interviews with inspiring creatives there's my other blog, Mirrored Mag. If you're a creative person (or want to become one), hop over to Mirrored and stay tuned! :)

The blog on this page, however, will be more of a personal journal. I have so many photographs and stories that I want to share and I hope you will find them entertaining!

Sunflowers