Brussels, Ghent and Bruges - Belgium

You might have noticed that we've spent a fair bit of time away from home recently and as we are about to share our findings from a visit to Belgium we thought we'd fill you in on the finer details. 

Haarkon came about as a way for us to make the most of our journeys away (photographers travel a lot), so it's nothing new to us to live our lives more fluidly than most 9-5 office workers are used to. As you'll know from our Greenhouse Tour we have covered our fair share of ground over the past year or so.

American clothing brand Woolrich got in touch because they saw us here-there-and-everywhere (and presumably liked the cut of our jib) and asked us to collect a few images for them in order to build some content for their blog as a series of photo essays. Our brief was to make images in Europe, that would coincide with their SS collections so should preferably be in warm-looking places (no complaints from us!) and other than that we could explore as we please. Not the worst brief we've ever received... so we absolutely said YES. It was helped hugely by the fact that we quite like their clothing, and to be quite honest we wouldn't have agreed to do it if we didn't feel it was right for us. 

Not ones to do things by halves we decided we'd choose a handful of different places that would deliver a variety of sights and see what we could make of them; we chose Andalusia because we'd been there before and the various cities in Belgium purely based on the fact that we wanted to see a specific greenhouse in Ghent. 

We're incredibly grateful for the opportunity to see these destinations and to call it 'work' and can't thank Woolrich enough for letting us run wild with our cameras. They only really need a handful of images from us and because we take so many it seems almost criminal for us to keep them from our own blog so here we are...

A mixture of what we saw in Brussels, Ghent and Bruges. Our home for the night was JAM Hotel in Brussels and it was an absolute bargain, appealed to our love of raw concrete and also had a heated rooftop pool. We got the train to the other cities and did it all in 48 hours without feeling rushed, although could have easily spent at least a day or two in each place.

Exploring Brussels in Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Brussels, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Brussels, Belgium.
Wandering the side streets in Brussels, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Brussels, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Brussels, Belgium.
Inside Jam Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Ghent, Belgium.
Canals in Gent, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Ghent, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Ghent, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Ghent, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Ghent, Belgium.
Coco the cat in a window in Gent, Belgium.
Coco the cat in the window in Gent, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Ghent, Belgium.
Canals in Belgium.
Exploring Bruges, Belgium.
Exploring Bruges, Belgium.
Exploring Bruges, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Bruges, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Bruges, Belgium.
Exploring architecture in Bruges, Belgium.

FYI We're saving our tour of the greenhouses at Ghent and Meise for the next blog post. 

Shooting stories for a clothing brand brings a new set of challenges for us and it's a bit of a learning curve in terms of moving from behind the lens to in front of it and as Emma of Field and Nest recently shared her thoughts on being in her own pictures, I thought we'd reveal a little of the same. Woolrich gave us a coat or two to wear in each place and even though they didn't want us to change the way we'd normally work, we thought it only right to make sure we snook in a shot of us as we went along. 

A while ago we realised that by sharing our work on social media (and the internet in general) we lose control over where they're shared and sometimes people don't know to credit us as having taken them. Something we're quite proud of is that all of our content is original - we never repost other people's images on our Instagram feed or use stock images on our blog that PR companies have sent us (that's a thing apparently) and so we like to pop up every now and again in our pictures to remind you that they are exactly that; ours. It takes a bit more work (mainly due to the fact that I'm an absolute nightmare in front of the camera and don't do what Magnus tells me - he is a man of incredible patience) but we think it's worth it so you guys know that we're real life people. Simple as that. 

* This isn't a sponsored post. It probably reads like it might be but it really isn't - in fact Woolrich only asked us to share on our Instagram stories when we are on our trips and didn't even request actual Instagram posts from us. Which kind of makes us want to share our love for them even more, hence this blog post. *