Ghent Light Festival 2015

This past weekend was the 3rd installation of the Ghent Light Festival.  A bi-annual event, artists, groups and schools put together various exhibits using light and videography and install them throughout the very walkable city center of Ghent. I am still working on night photography skills, but even so, I was able to catch a few lovely shots of this lovely art form.  Check out these new additions on my Belgium page!

Art installation on Mageleinstraat in Ghent 2015

Art installation on Mageleinstraat in Ghent 2015

Happy New Year from Arklahoma Muse!

Hello!  After such a fabulous autumn in 2014 and the outpouring of encouragement and support from my friends and community, I am ready to get down to business in 2015.  A new year has begun and the possibilities for growth and creation are just endless. New photos of my travels in Belgium and further abroad in Europe are forthcoming and I am researching other ways of using my photos to create new products for my customers.  Stay tuned for updates!  In the meantime, be sure to visit the TMA store at the Embassy (if you have access of course) to check out my work for sale hanging above the coffee machine. The works on offer are just a small fraction of what I have, so if you don’t see your favorite, send me a message and I can hook you up!

After two successful portrait sessions for families out and about in Brussels, I am finally ready to offer my services to the USG community and already have a session lined up for later in this quarter. I look forward to the opportunity to increase my portraiture skills this year!

I have also had the opportunity to work with the housing section in photographing some of our lodging for the housing catalog.  It’s an incredible opportunity to work on real estate/architecture photography and a real exercise in problem solving and conveying the space to the customer.

Stay with me on this incredible journey of creation and let’s work together to make 2015 the best year yet!

With Gratitude,

Brandy Herren

Are you pulling your own strings or is someone else pulling them for you?

Are you pulling your own strings or is someone else pulling them for you?

What a week!

Last week was chock full and by the end of it, I was tired, but happy!

Wednesday night, a friend and I attended the first meeting of the season for Viewfinders  – Brussels’ club for English-speaking photographers.  It was great to be around so many others in the community that love doing what we do, and in so many different ways.  The first presentation by Trevor Waldron went over a few basic pointers about composition, light and technique – good reminders for those of us who haven’t been to a photo class in a while and have forgotten more than we learned in the first place.  The guest speaker was Bart Ramakers, a local photographer who specializes in telling stories with his photographs.  He shared with us his techniques, his vision, and his thought processes in coming up with his concepts.  Overall it was a very interesting evening and I can’t wait for the next meeting.  I also need to figure out what I am going to do for the December challenge – Music!  What would you photograph?

The highlight of the week was the Brussels American Community Info Fair and Bazaar.  I was invited by our Community Liaison Officers to take part, manning a table to show off some of my work.  I decided to take the opportunity to also promote a mission community photography club.

My Table at the 2014 Info Fair and Bazaar

My Table at the 2014 Info Fair and Bazaar

18 people signed up for the club!  Now I just need to develop a program for us. I am really looking forward to trading tips and exploring the area with my fellow photographers.

And many showed interest in my prints and asked about my willingness to do family portraits.  Time to improve upon those portraiture skills.  My daughter has graciously agreed to be my test model as I play with lighting and try out possible locations.

It’s an exciting new time for me.  It’s scary, but I feel that things are finally starting to move in a more positive direction and at a much great speed – no time for fear to put on the brakes!  Thanks to all for your support and encouragement!