AMSTERDAM

I cannot believe I have promised myself to write often and yet, the last post here is month old.

Looking for inspiration, I have searched my hard drive and I stumbled upon photos I took in Amsterdam… in May. It was our Second Anniversary trip. Funnily, we have visited Amsterdam for our First Anniversary too! Stayed in the same hotel over the same period of time. So why bother coming back?

I’m sure anyone who has visited the canal city knows the answer to that question.

Amsterdam is beautiful, robust, sunny and full of colours. Not even two trips were enough to say we have seen enough of it.

Last year, as everyone else visiting for the first time, we have covered all the classics in Amsterdam: walked the city through and through, been on a boat trip and visited many museums in a very short period of time. That left us exhausted (but happy) and ready for more.

This year an opportunity came up to recreate the first trip. This time, we were in mood for a slower pace. We mainly spent our days in museums, wandered (very slowly) the streets and ate loads of delicious food.

The only iconic thing which we did not do the first and this time was… riding a bike! I know, it’s a crime!

But I will save this for the third time. After all, third time is a charm!

Come along to sunny Amsterdam with me ;) In random order: Citry centre, Rjiksmuseum, Vondelpark and the wonderful Hortus Botanicus and Vegan Junk Food.

Summer Solstice

Some days are just meant to be celebrated in a certain way with a certain person.

When you meet a soulmate, you just know. There is a certain click and then, hopefully, you find yourself drawn to them on for the rest of your life.

Happily, I have met Gosia years ago in High School. We were both odd in comparison to the rest of the class and, despite years apart, we still find our ways back to each other.

Because of this, and because we are inbetween our birthday’s, we decided to celebrate the Summer Solstice sunrise on top of Mam Tor.

What else I can say? I couldn’t have spent this day better.

We drank coffee atop Mam Tor, took photos of an amazing sunrise, ate breakfast overlooking Snake Pass, explored Castleton in the early morning and talked for hours at the local inn.

See what Gosia saw here:

https://bloominthemoonshine.com/blog/2019/6/23/mam-tor

Sweet Bakery

When you watch your friend achieve their dreams, you feel as their success is yours.

It feels even better, when you actually see the progress they have made over the time.

This is what I feel, when I look at Karolina - one of my best friends, who started baking in her mother’s kitchen when she was about 16. I met her at the univesity and quickly learned about her obsession with cupcakes.

I actually learned what a cupcake is from her. And I was fed some. Over the years, her dedication and perseverance made her what she is now - a baker who is on the verge of opening her own sweet American style shop in our hometown.

Have a look at the wonderful mini art she creates and prepare to drool profusely over it. <3

Vintage Emporium

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts?

Well, I have. Ever since I found myself in it, in the magical world of Harry Potter.

To my greatest astonishment, I found myself in it again, but this time for real, when I accidentally stumbled upon Vintage Emporium in Stockport.

It truly is the Emporium. The minute you walk in, you are surrounded by the every possible object imagined, from hangers made from deer's hooves (sic!), old photographs, to mirage of clothes your Grandmother used to wear.

A real time machine in so many ways… Today, when I was visiting it for the fifth time, the smell of dust and damp in the air evoked nostalgia inside of me. Suddenly, I found myself in my Granmother’s attic.

The attic was my special hideaway every time I got to visit her. If you would have to know one thing about me, it would be the fact that what I cherish the most in my life is creating memories and remembering nice things from my childhood. Visiting my Grandmother would be the most special series of memories, and I am sure not one children book could be written about it. In fact, it was the kind of childhood “The Six Bullerby Children” had in Astrid Lindgren’d world.

Every summer, when bored and left alone to exolore the world, I would sneak to the attic and hide from the world.I would dress in her old clothes and hats, browse through suitcase upon suitcase filled with old photographs of the family, listen to the rain hitting the rooftiles when it was cloudy, and read her postcards under the sunlight coming through the holes in the roof, when sunny.

Suddenly, I opened my eyes and was back in reality. I smiled and that sudden flashback made my entire day….

Jenny and continued to wander through the rows of antiques and gasped with amazement at almost everything we touched. It took us really long to see most of the place and when we finally settled for luch, we sat in the most sunny spot in the cafe.

We shared a nice lunch together, drank tea, laughed, played cards and took gazillion pictures. I must admit, there is nothing better than meeting a person with whom you take off immediately, like you knew each other for ages.

I really couldn’t dream of a better start of the spring, especially because I promised myself to take up blogging again. Just to justify my pictures and tell everyday stories. A little mind excercise for my winter-hazed mind. A blog for all my new favourite memories from life…

If you would like to have a gander yourself, go and check out Vintage Emporium, as they are open almost all the time!

http://pearmillvintageemporium.co.uk

Chrissie and Adam Engagement Session

"You know what I am going to say. I love you. What other men may mean when they use that expression, I cannot tell; what I mean is, that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me. You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of myself in marringe, you could draw me to any good - every good - with equal force." - Charles Dickens

E + E + M Mini Session in Alexandra Park

I cannot believe I haven't posted for two months already! It seems that when warm days come, time speeds up. With Great Britain undergoing a heatwave hardly anyone can resist an afternoon with the loved ones in the nearest park. Everyone wants to have their own piece of that English summer that is yet to be remembered. I really hope my photographs will help them keep it alive for long. Or maybe Marianna will recall them vaguely, as first flashbacks of existence and self awareness ever? Who knows... 

Leona

Is there anything better than sunny afternoon among the beautiful flowers? 

Karolina & Harry

I was intived to the wedding as a guest, as Karolina and Harry are one of my best of friends. I could not leave my camera at home tho, I'd be such a waste. I was so touched that for a moment, I forgot to take pictures! Have a great life together my friends - as great as your wedding was!

Olga & Kamil2

Olga and Kamil are such a good travel companions that I'd be crazy not to photograph them every chance that I have. We went to see Yorkshire Sculpture Park together and we were not disappointed. Even tho, the spring has not got there yet, and it was mostly cloudy, I will never forget that charming day together...

Olga & Kamil

It was cold. Really cold and dark. Who would have thought that we would get snowed in Peak District in March?

I met Olga and Kamil when we moved to Manchester. Despite Kamil's provocative look, I must admit, he must be the most normal and down to earth peson I've met since my arrival.

They took me to Peak District to have a stroll. Weridly, we found ourselves at the top of Mam Tor where we barely moved through the blizzard. Happily, we made it to the cafe where we tried ourselves and got back safely, after 5 hours of trying to get out via mountains, 

Izabella

Izabella is my friend's mother but don't let that fool you! She is everything but a typical mom. I found out that she is a successful architect, artistic soul who loves animals, especially her dogs! Izabella showed me her little world hidden in the woods nearby her hourse... So come along!

Children

I tend to photograph the closest family, so once the children will grow up, I can show them how cute they looked like!

Ewa & Michal & Marianna

This trio is priceless. Ewa is a creative, restless soul and Michal is rather calm. You can imagine what Marianna, their daughter is like! She is a complete mix of her parents. 

Karolina & Harry

Even tho they knew each other before, their love bloomed a few years after the first encounter. I guess they complement each other because Karolina bakes extraordinary sweets and Harry gladly eats them! We went for a drive to Suprasl, where they opened in front of camera for the first time...

Magda & Marcin

I have a real luck when it comes to couples I photograph. Magda and Marcin are so madly in love, you could see it with the bare eye. Therefore, a walk into the woods with them was a pure pleasure...

Agata & Adam

I met Agata when she was working in a flower shop next door. A truly artistic soul like that could not have a borring wedding. I even shed a few tears during the touching vows. See what I saw and feel what everyone present felt...