How the JoopJoops document our memories

December 23, 2014 | Photography


In this digital age, pictures last almost forever (unless you had the misfortune of having your hard drive crash like I did this year). Those memories can be cherished for generations to come.

Since we had our little Ittybot, I’ve taken an unhealthy amount of pictures. And on top of that, we’ve been traveling so much that my cameras definitely got their clicks in.

I have been so focused on documenting our experiences the past couple of years, it’s borderline obsessive. This is going to sound morbid, but I want our children to have an obnoxious amount of memories to look at in case anything were to happen to one of us or even worse, the both of us.

On top of that, our families want to see what we’re doing now that we’re so far away!

So I thought I’d share how we document memories of our Ittybot, our travels – basically, our entire lives!

1. Social Media Sites: This is a no brainer. Almost everyone has a Facebook or Instagram these days. Our families can instantly keep up with us on a daily basis and comment on how adorable he is.

2. E-Mail: Before Ittybot was born, we set up an e-mail for him. We would e-mail him how excited we were to meet him, how his gender reveal party went and etc. We haven’t been as good about e-mailing him lately, but this is a good reminder that I need to e-mail him! I hope to give him the password when he’s much older and would appreciate e-mails from his awesome parents.

3. Scrapbooking/Project Life: I used to be an avid scrapbooker. I liked to print out the pictures and dress the pages up. But that got expensive and it was very time consuming. I’ve since graduated to “Project Life” because it requires a lot less time and it’s still pretty darn cute!

4. Vlogging: We started to Vlog November 2013. This stemmed from a conversation I had with one of my best friends about how I wanted to start creating videos for our friends and family to watch on a (somewhat) weekly basis. That way, they could “join” us on our European adventures. She assured me she would actually watch them and here are now 80+ videos later! It hasn’t been that long and we already love looking back on the videos to see how much Ittybot has grown in just one short year. Wanna check it out? Just click here.

5. Postcards: Everywhere we go, we pick up a postcard. Seems pretty common, right? We like write to Ittybot on the postcards so he can read them later, I plan to place all of them in our Project Life Binder. I’m very excited for him to read them one day! I don’t know why we haven’t done this the entire time, but we recently started getting stamps for them so he can have the stamps from the country as well. We don’t mail them for the fear of it getting lost in the mail.

6. SmashBook: Yet another project I put on my own plate! The idea of a smashbook is that you throw anything you want in an adorably designed book. They have different themes such as travel, baby, vintage…you name it, they’ve got it! There are no rules or ideal ways to complete it. Let your creativity take its course!

I ordered a Fuji Instax camera so we could take quick pics to throw inside. While we are on travel, I like to grab business cards from the hotels so our kids could maybe try to retrace our steps or at least see where we have stayed. I also like to grab city maps and put them in there so we can see years and years down the line how the city has changed when we go back. Hopefully we do get to revisit some of the cities!!

7. Magnets: I know, I know, tourist much?? It’s such a simple and fun souvenir though! We wanted to collect a souvenir for Ittybot from all the places we have been and we thought a magnet would be one of the lightest and cheapest souvenirs to get. The Mr. likes cheap. I have a magnet project in mind for when we have a more permanent home. I can’t wait!

8. Blogging: I started a blog titled “Our Happily Ever After” just as a diary to ourselves about our thoughts and experiences. It has expanded to random tips and reviews I wanted to share along the way.

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions! I’d love to hear them!

Merry JoopJoop Christmas!

December 8, 2014 | Photography

The holidays are upon us and the JoopJoops would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas! Remember cherish moments and not things :)








{Tis the season} T & A | Leiden, Netherlands

December 3, 2014 | Photography

Last week I was asked to take some holiday photos for this adorable couple. The connection they had was undeniable. I am so glad they chose ME to capture their happiness so they could share with the rest of their families.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

For the entire session click here.




Vacation photo tips for the non-photographer

November 27, 2014 | Our Happily Ever After, Photography, Tips, travel


We are approaching the end of the year AGAIN. Where has time gone? It has been yet another whirlwind year for us. The Bots sure know how to go hard!

Over the past year and a half, I have had an outpour of compliments on my travel photography. A lot of people suggested that I try to make some money off of it – and hey, that day may come!

Until then, I’m here to give you some tips on how to achieve your own vacation/holiday photo greatness. The best part, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to be able to pull these off. You’re welcome.

1. The “wider” the merrier


I know you want that money shot of that landmark but don’t be afraid to open your image to the “bigger picture”. Including the captivating sky will dramatically improve your image. Even a gloomy sky will give your image intense drama.

Unless you plan to do photography for a living, it wouldn’t make sense for you to run out and buy a wide lens. But don’t fret, most point and shoots offer wider angles that will do a decent job. The stock lenses that come with an intro level dslr does decent as well.

2. It’s all in the details

On the flip side to the above, don’t forget the details of your travel. When we’re on travel, we tend to focus on the landmarks and overlook the minor details that make the landmark unique.  Go ahead, get closer. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the images you get out of it!


3. Pano-delic

Practically every photo taking device out there has a panoramic feature. SO WHY AREN’T WE USING IT MORE OFTEN!? They create some of the mesmerizing photos I have seen. And seriously, they are perfect for your facebook cover. Just sayin’.


4. Get up early, stay up late

Sometimes, people just ruin pictures. Especially during peak hours when there are obnoxious amounts of people getting in your way. So get up early and take advantage of the “golden hour” and snap a few pictures before the crowds swarm with their selfie sticks.


Same concept applies to evening time. Bear in mind that you are more likely to run into crowds but sometimes the sunset is worth the effort.

5. Don’t take every photo at eye level.

Try different angles! It’ll make grand seem even grand-er. Have fun with it!


6. Take LOTS of pictures.

You never know what you’ll end up with. Whats the worse that can happen? You run out of space on your card? Those are fairly inexpensive. You really should have extra anyways. You can always weed out the “bad” at the end of the day anyways.

PLUS, you don’t know if the one picture is exactly sharp until you pull it up on your comp so have a couple extra as back up!

7. A massage heat corn bag is your broke-person tri-pod.

Ledges and benches normally aren’t reliable. And there may not be someone around to take it for you. It’s ok, bring a small corn neck warmer/heat massage bag and set your camera on that instead of a big annoying tripod. Voila.

8. Beat the blahs

I am guilty of this on a constant basis. When the horizon line is smack dab in the middle of your picture, it tends to bore your picture down a little. To accentuate your foreground or your sky, situate your horizon above or below the center line and you’ll have a significantly better image.


I hope some of these simple, yet practical tips help you achieve the vacation photos you desire. Don’t forget to hang up your masterpiece. C’mon you worked for it!



Fall Photo Challenge!

October 4, 2014 | Photography

My dear friends, fall is upon us. Leaves are changing, pumpkin spice lattes, and cozy sweaters will be a big part of our lives the next few months.

I have created a fall photo challenge and I’d love it if you guys gave it a shot. I’d love to see them afterwards!!