My Last Sale at Embassy Brussels

 

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Where it all began – a very timid booth at the Information Fair!

 

It was a very sad week for me! I had my last showing at the Tri-Mission Association shop at Embassy Brussels. I cannot express how thankful I am to the Embassy community for supporting my work and encouraging me to push beyond my comfort zones in pursuit of more and more opportunities. This venture has been more successful than I ever would have imagined possible and I have learned so much along the way. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your purchases, for your compliments and for your friendship!

Though I know I won’t have quite the same, sweet, set up I do here at Embassy Brussels at my next location, I now have a basis on which to build and learn, and I hope to get my online presence up and running as successfully as my in person sales. To that end, I will be slowly transitioning my photos onto my sale page at www.brandy-herren.pixels.com. Here you will be able to continue purchasing my prints – framed, canvas, etc – as well as fun photo products for home, office, and personal use!

As a thank you, I would like to offer a 10% discount on my image markup on the sale site to my US Foreign Service community members. Contact me and let me know your name and your affiliation with the US Foreign Service and I will send you a discount code to use on your Arklahoma Muse purchase through the website.

Thank you and Happy Clicking!

La Brocante – En Couleur et B&W

Black and White or Color – Which is your favorite?

African Adventures – Photos from Zambia, South Africa and Namibia

Muli Bwanji?!

I have finally uploaded all the cards I have on hand from our lives in Zambia and New Zealand. My initial pass through the Zambian files have yielded quite a few gems and I took the time today to post some of them on my new page – African Adventures – Zambia, South Africa and Namibia. There are many more to come! Also, be on the lookout for the New Zealand page, coming soon. Please clicks through the photos and don’t hesitate to send me feedback and let me know what you think!

Zikomo! (Thank you in Nyanja)

Expanding My Horizons

Graslei Reflections

Graslei Reflections

Stadshal at Night, Ghent

Stadshal at Night, Ghent

This week I showcased my work at the US Embassy in Brussels and I have really enjoyed talking to my peers about photography, travel and Belgium.  Going through my portfolio so many times has brought something to my attention though.  I MIGHT be a little obsessed with Ghent!  It seems that every other picture is of some building, some church, some alley – IN GHENT.

Winter Stroll in Oostende

Winter Stroll in Oostende

So I decided that this summer I will make more of an effort to branch out a little more and spend more time in other parts of Belgium.  There is so much to see that I should have no problem finding great subject matter.  There are war memorials and monuments, beautiful parks and forests, beaches, more churches than my children ever want to see again in their lifetimes, festivals, monasteries (and beer tours!), universities, and more chateaus than you can shake a stick at (stay tuned on Observations of an Okie for pics of Denver shaking a stick at a château…). I look forward to getting out there and really exploring more of this awesome country and I promise that I will be careful if I happen on to some haunted, deteriorating building that just begs me to explore it – ahem.  There is also that suburb of Antwerp, slowly being abandoned that is covered in graffiti/street art. The list is truly endless.

Unknown Soldier at Flanders Field

Unknown Soldier at Flanders Field

But dear Ghent, fear not!  I am unable to abandon you completely.  You are so close and I can pop up for a stroll through your beautiful streets, visit with your lovely citizens and do some great shopping any time I want (I might even bring you new visitors and take yet another picture of St. Nicolaus’ Church).

Luxembourg and The Netherlands

Hello!

I made an initial pass through my archives and finally created a page for photographs from Luxembourg and The Netherlands.  I have also made the discovery that my dearth of website worthy photos from Amsterdam makes a return trip an absolute necessity!  With any luck, as the weather warms up and the sun shines a bit more, I’ll make the pilgrimage back to these places with my lovely family so that they, too, can enjoy the sights (and I can get some shots of these cities that aren’t quite so grey!).  Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

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?

More Belgian Photographs!

Hello!

Well I have finally emerged from my seeming hibernation and more of Belgium has been uploaded for your viewing (and purchasing!) pleasure on the “Belgium” page.  Eventually I have more photos to share – from the Art Nouveau photo outing with the Tri-Mission Photography club and our recent jaunt to Bastogne and Luxembourg.  I haven’t yet decided which photos, if any, are worthy, but hopefully we won’t have to wait until after the holiday season to find out!  Take Care and Happy Clicking!

 

October

Hello! It’s been awhile, but it’s been quite the busy month for me, with club activities, volunteering, learning French, yoga, and just trying to keep clean clothes in the closets.

The Tri-Mission Photography club had its first outing in Watermael-Boitsfort early in October. It was a rainy day, but following the advice of my more experienced peers in the Viewfinders Club (Brussels’ English speaking Photography Club) I decided not to cancel. And what a great day it turned out to be. Not only does the area offer a lot of variety in subject matter, with its architecture, historical sites, nature, and the Sunday farmers’ market, it was on the route for the Brussels Marathon that day!  Sadly for me, I was unable to really capture any great shots of the runners and the African drummers cheering them on, but it was a great lesson for me that I need to work with my shutter speed a little more, as well as relaxing and focusing on what I want to convey a little better (which is easier said than done with moving targets and oncoming buses…). On a coffee break (because the rain was just too much at one point), we talked a bit about our camera functions, locating the f-stop and shutter speed controls, and a little about white balance.

 

All in all it was a great day and a lot of fun. I’m hoping that even more club members will be able to join us for the next outing!

This month’s meeting of the Viewfinders was very inspiring for me.  Several of the club’s members presented their work and it was great to see so many different approaches to photography.  One of these days I’ll be confident enough to get up there and present my own work! Check out the Viewfinders here.

Another exciting development is the opportunity in early November to sell my work to our friends and colleagues at the Embassy.  I am so excited to be offered this opportunity and I’ve spent quite a number of days battling that demon of doubt and uncertainty.  But the more I stop, breathe, and open myself up to the opportunities coming my way and allow myself to appreciate my work while still being able to see the areas in which I can improve, the more the opportunities keep coming and the more I love what I am doing.  Here’s to chasing our dreams and not giving up the ghost!

Have a Happy Halloween and keep on clicking!

 

PS: I’ve added more pictures to the Belgium album, and I promise to work more on my New Zealand portfolio soon!

 

New Additions!

Waiting on the Paddy Wagon

Waiting on the Paddy Wagon

Hello Everyone! I have finally added to my online collection of photos here. In addition to new Belgium pics, I added pages for Ireland and the UK, France and Spain, and New Zealand. It has been quite a journey trying to decide what is actually worth putting up, causing me lots of self-doubt and soul-searching. Some photos will speak mostly just to me, while others may resonate with you in some way. I have so many more to share, especially from New Zealand and Zambia. But as my previous laptop was stolen, it will take me some time to reload my pictures from the cards and reorganize 7 years worth of work. Stay tuned and I will let you know when I get these uploaded. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy clicking through the site!

Cheers, Brandy

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