Alternately titled: Every Once in a While, the Background Really Does Make the Shoot.
Last summer, our family had the opportunity to see a little bit of Europe. We rented a car and just drove. Everywhere. It was a dream come true: in three and a half weeks, we visited (or at least drove through) thirteen countries.
The opportunity for a photographer was too wonderful to pass up, so for a couple of nights before we left town, I stayed up into the wee hours crafting costumes specific to the places we hoped to visit… maybe we could LARP a gladiator in Rome (I hoped) and a flamenco dancer in Spain! I cobbled “lederhosen” for Austria, and of course a princess dress for cosplay at European castles. We pretty much hauled an extra suitcase full of costumes across the Atlantic, because I cannot be trusted with a big stash of fabric and a sewing machine.
Then we needed to choose specific locations. For us, Pinterest is the new Google Image Search… for those occasions when we want to find out about something and we only want INTERESTING and BEAUTIFUL results. And that’s how we discovered Castle De Haar (Kasteel de Haar if you are from the Netherlands). It’s a castle complete with moats and drawbridges and courtyards and dragons. Actually, they were plumb out of dragons the day we visited, but you get the picture.