January was a good month book wise, I finished 3 books and started number 4 on thursday. It was all about life, love and death. And I also found a new all time favorite: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It seems like everyone is reading this book right now as the movie will air in the cinemas later this year and the trailer was just released. Since I picked out the book months ago I was not at all prepared when I started reading it this January (don’t worry, no spoilers in this blog post ):
The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
This book is so good and so sad! I knew I would love it after reading the first few sentences. John Green’s style of writing is exactly what I am looking for in a book. “But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)” Hazel’s thoughts are so clever! The Fault In Our Stars is a touching love story between two teenagers suffering from cancer. Definitely read this book but prepare yourself for some crying! (The last time I cried so much because of a book was when reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.)
If You Come Softly – Jaqueline Woodson
Another teenage love story, quick read and totally different from The Fault In Our Stars. It is the story of Jeremiah, a black boy, and Elli, a white girl, falling in love. While I like the idea of the book, it didn’t really touch me. It may be the perfect Young Adult Book for teenagers but to me the story lacked depth and I didn’t have enough time to fully immerse into the characters.
And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
From time to time I enjoy reading a book in German. My sister gifted me this one and I loved “Traumsammler”. I probably wouldn’t have bought it myself as I shy away from these hugely successful novels that every adult is reading right now (can you tell I love books written for teenagers ?) but I’m glad I read it anyway. The story of little Pari and her brother is really touching and you get to experience everything through different characters that somehow intertwine with their lives.
Do you have any book recommendations for me?
I love snow (most of the time anyways)! When I was a child I used to sit by the window, looking up and watching the snow fall. I still get excited when snow flakes start to fall and everything gets covered in a layer of white magic. Snow makes everything around you get really quiet. All the noises seem far away and you only hear your own feet touching the ground. Snow also means long walks in beautiful nature, looking like a wonderland. Here’s to happy days out in the snow!
The images were taken with a Fujifilm FINEPIX F550 and my iPhone.
Today I officially started shopping for holiday gifts. It. was. exhausting.
Let me take some of that stress off your shoulders, I’ve collected special gifts for the camera lover in your family. (If you are the camera lover in your family feel free to forward this article to your loved ones !)
Here is my holiday gift guide for photographers and camera lovers:
- Photography Books
Photography books are a great way to keep inspired and learn from other creatives. I recommend Tim Walker, Brooke Shaden and the A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book.
- Camera Bags
Who wouldn’t want one of those cute bags? They are perfect to keep the photography gear safe and the big ones can also double as a diaper bag . My favorite bags for women are by epiphanie and Kelly Moore. And here is a great bag for men called Compagnon.
- Camera Straps
For personalizing a camera. I found these cute ones here: lunaviz, mod and Capturing Couture.
- Comfy Shoes
Every photographer needs
one pair a lot of comfortable shoes to keep the mood up while location scouting or on a long day shooting. These Toms are cute for a wedding, the Vans are perfect for a fun day with friends and the Sorel boots keep the photographer toasty warm while hiking through the snow. (I own similar ones of all three!)
- Cute Shirts
You can’t go wrong with these: Lovely shirt spotted at ModCloth, beautiful artwork that can be printed on various shirts (for men and women) on Redbubble and this awesome shirt by huebucket.
Bonus: - Time
This may be one of your most special gifts. Spend some time with your camera lover and assist on a photo shoot, model for testing a crazy idea or look through inspiring magazines and books together. Because “I always have time for you” is the new “I love you”.
Happy holidays everyone!
Some images from a recent weekend trip to Vienna. All taken with my iPhone or EOS 5d mkii + 50mm 1.4 Lens.
Hope you are having a great week!
Always in love with beautiful words and illustrations. Found this lovely card on pinterest, you can buy it here.
I do make my christmas cards by hand and am still looking for inspiration. Have you spotted any lovely ideas? Do you write christmas cards? Can’t believe Christmas is so near already !
Have a great week everyone!