Happy Midsummer!

Woohoo, summer is here and we are feeling energized and inspired.

This weekend was the summer solstice and we are feeling it in our bones! Summer is coming and we can’t wait to hit the road!
All the Preparations for our big summer trip are totally happening right now!

I took all the summer clothing from the back of the closet to the front! Re-discovering all my summer favorites.
The only thing that was lacking was a fresh pair of summer loving specs. This will be the first summer for me with glasses.
So Polette geared me up with some groovy round frames that makes me feel like I’m back in the ’60s. No wonder this model is called “rewind”.
Loving it!!!

Suddenly the kids are feeling “done” with the school. Aldou they LOVE to go to school, they want to stay at home now, “no more school mom!” I know babe… just a couple of weeks and we are free to go!

We are also still editing a few weddings from our wedding photography, but other than that we are buzzily prepping the van, making a checklist for all the things we want to bring with us, but more important deciding what things NOT to bring with us. Our tiny little van hasn’t much space, so we are taking the BARE minimum with us!

Also thinking of a way to make the journey and the whole “where are we” story clear for our kids on the way… So I started designing a custom “kids activity book/ travel diary” for them on this trip. With games, logs, and maps to get an understanding of where we are in the world and what to expect along the line of our journey.

So! Enjoy the weather, and remember to take the time to stop… feel…hear….see…breathe…stretch…and smell the roses!

Love,
Jolanda

SHOP the LOOK

Throwback to my old model-portfolio!

Wayyyy back to the time when…

 

…I was studying and I did some modeling!

I studied Multi-Media Design and Audio Visual Design in Amsterdam, as well as the introduction year of the Art Academy (Rietveld Academie) to become a filmmaker. And on the side, I did some modeling.

I selected a couple of the photo’s from my old portfolio to share with you guys!
This is the 10 to 17 -year younger me.

If you already have a low self-image, don’t start with modeling.

It was exciting, and a lot of the time a harsh world. But it definitely made me more confident and let me have a more positive self-image. Because in modeling, there are lots of people judging you purely on your appearance. And, and  Maybe it sounds crazy, but to me when you hear someone say to you, “ah… you would be the perfect model if you would be taller and have a nose job” WTF It sounds so extremely over-the-top harsh and completely ridiculous, that it made me care less about what others think!

I had my two feet on the ground. I just felt that almost everyone in the business was just putting up an act of some-kind, fitting in, and most of the time extremely insecure and frustrated themselves. I could see through the charade, so it didn’t affect me at all.

Being a model means having to deal with lots of rejections, before getting a YES on a job.
And even though I could handle the people the comments and the attitudes, but the rejections were not much fun at all. But that made the chase only that much more fun, and a WIN that much sweeter!

Getting Inspired
Not everyone is horrible! All dough may look and sound that way, not everyone is horribly unstable and mean… Some of my best friends today are people I met in the field! There are lots of agencies, model colleagues, stylists, makeup and hair stylists, and other people on the set that are just amazingly talented, creative, nice and inspiring to be working with!

Modeling changed my life

Now looking back, this modeling totally formed me and led me to the place I am today.
At the end of the day, I did invest way more time and energy on castings, test shoots and portfolio viewings than I made money to compensate me for it. But I think I got something way more value out of it. The experiences along the road of my modeling career made me the person I am today.

These are the main  life lessons are the things I’ve learned along the way:

People knowledge. Recognizing someone who is insecure and therefore acting a bit tough, braggy and mean. And not feel threatened by it. It’s ok. We all have struggles I guess.
-SOMEONE will Always find you ugly! But someone will always find you beautiful! (Aside from the obvious fact that true beauty comes from within and all that… but we are talking modeling biz here, so we go no deeper than the outer layer here.)
-Not giving up. Yes, you grow a strong backbone by so much rejection, but success is only a matter of time!
Self-confidence, it has to come from within yourself, not by validation of others.
Learning on set, And last but not least: I think that having experience in standing in front of the camera definitely helped me in becoming a better photographer and filmmaker. The compositions, and base camera and lightning techniques of shooting images and production basics in the field.

Today

Sometimes once in a while, there are still little commercial gigs I do. Mostly I get typecast as “the mom” to do a shoot with one of my babies. But mostly we shoot our own stuff for our blog and Instagram for brands. So that’s a kind of commercial “lifestyle” modeling too I guess.

 

Did you know that:

– I am only 5.2 feet tall! (huge disadvantage for a model, I only did beauty, lifestyle, and commercial.

– Being highly emphatic made it easier to feel that all the superficial bitchyness was just an “attitude” and a charade, some sort of coping mechanism. Underneath it all they all where good people struggling with lots of insecurities. 

– As a model, you get to work and meet and be inspired by lots and lots of cool creative and very nice people too!!! 

– I look different through a lens… I may look better on camera than in real life I guess hahaha Once a photographer didn’t reckonize me, but looking through the lens of his camera he said: “aaaah YES now I see you!”  XD

– I started modeling when I was 15 years old, I got a lot less active at the age of 21 as I started my professional career as a Motion graphic designer and presenter for a dutch tv show (that’s a whole other story).

I treasure the pictures from all the shoots I did. So lovely to look back on!

– I never ever starved myself, Ate enough and didn’t over-exhausted myself with working out.

I never spend money on photoshoots or paying an agency! Especially the last one is a big NO they should invest in you if they believe in you.

-I did invest a LOT of time in my portfolio, Collaborating with lots of photographers, stylist, and makeup artists!

– I know nothing of how things in the modeling business are now in 2019.  This is my experience of 15 years ago.

-Most of these photos are in Tiny little resolution! So sad I don’t have the high-res files anymore! I think I’m going to contact the photographers, maybe I can still get them from their archives! (I really hope so!)

I never earned LOTS of money with it! I lived with my parents and went to school! This was just a fun side job. 

 

I guess I combined my skills from my education and my experience in modeling. So there you go! My experience in standing in Front of the camera started right here and led me right to where I am today.

Scroll all the way down to see more photo’s from my old portfolio!

 

Thanks for reading along and if you have any questions, ask me on my Instagram, because I live there hahaha:  https://www.instagram.com/wildandboho/ 

Love,
Jolanda Marti

Blogpost written by: Jolanda Marti

 


Photography in my portfolio selection on this page  is by:

-Nicole patricia malina
-Hanneke van Leeuwen
-Michel zoeter
-Rob l. roos
-Martin wieldraaijer

-Wouter keuris
-Jacomijn Lyppens
-Jan Stijnman
-Richard bakker
-Robert Hart

The copyright of these photos is from the photographer who created the photo.

Don’t copy, use or publish any of these photos without their explicit permission! Want to know more info about a photo, just ask me, I will direct you to the right photographer.

I’m so so grateful for these amazing artist I got to work with!

If I’m forgetting a name (and I am, but I can’t find the names anywhere anymore aaarggg it’s killing me!)
or if anny info is wrong, please please please let me know!!! I Will ad it to the list! I don’t remember everything from 15 years ago! I wish I did do…  Let me know by sending me an email or a dm in my insta!

Join us in our adventure

We are starting our adventure in...

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)

Family Traveling with 3 small kids in van

Come with us, step in our 1966 Volkswagen van, and travel 3.528km with 3 small kids at a max .of 85km/hr. for 5 weeks. 

As always, there will be exploring, there will be laughter, there will be wonder and joy. But there will be (especially with 3 kids) struggles, tears, frustration, and the van will definitely break down on some point (because it always does. Trust us, we are traveling with this van for 10 years now. We know the drill) But that’s the reality of traveling with kid and a 60-year-old van.

As professional Filmmakers and photographers, it’s in our nature to document all things happening in our lives.

looking for partnes and sponsors

 

Producing this Movie and online series is expensive and a fulltime job.

We took the leap and have invested everything we have in this project and we are asking for your support! We are looking for Brands, partners, and patriots to support us in our mission to tell our story!

All support is welcome! Big funding, small funding or the provision of tools to help us bring this project to life!

Help us create this movie and series

this  Become a part of our story!

Producing a movie + online documentary series


The Movie

An artistic storytelling movie about our adventure. With beautiful cinematographic shots, touching moments, the troubles and lessons learned along the way. Sharing our thoughts and feelings. Collecting our most beautiful images and showing the most intense moments to tell our story. The good, happy, wonderful as well as the bad and sad. Emotional and sincere. And take you with us, to all the beautiful places we’ve been to. And show you moments through our point of view as well as the experience through the eyes of our children.


The online series of 4-6 episodes.

Our travels documented in a grounded funny, raw, hand-held, vlog-style vlog series that show you our day to day lives on the road.
Including backstage shooting the special images for our film during our travels while taking care of 3 kids, in a strange country, living in a van.

Our Short travel overview video’s from previous adventures:

2018 - 1 week Black forrest

We went to the black forest with our current family situation. us with 3 kids, a 1-year-old, 3-year-old and a 7-year-old. The ages the kids were in, was a huge travel challenge. One week on the road is all we could take. This year our family dynamic is a bit better suited for long travel.

Check out the video to get a bit of a preview on our upcoming adventure.

2016 - 1 Amsterdam - Barcelona

With our 2 kids eldest kids (Quinn wasn’t born yet!), From Amsterdam to Barcelona in 4 weeks time. We visited 3 spots where we stayed a longer period. The van broke down 1 time. This year we will re-visit some of these places and we added a LOT more spots to our travel list.

Check out the video to get a bit of a preview on our upcoming adventure.

Capturing Family travel:

To travel with small kids

Going from one place to another, seeing so many different places. Meeting so many different people… And everything around us changes all the time. Except for one. We have each other… and a little van we call home for the next 32 days…

As a family, you grow closer together in an adventure like this. It’s not always easy having 3 small children with you on the road. But nothing worth doing ever is. So we work hard and enjoy life harder. Growing rich in experiences and love!

Kids see and experience the world differently than most adults. By traveling with them we get to see this world through their eyes. They unveil their perspective of an almost parallel universe filled with endless curiosity, magic, and wonder. Noticing the weirdest little details and creating their own story.

We never feel more alive than on the road. And our next adventure is going to be exceptionally beautiful! 

Style + Gear

Gear

At the moment we have the following gear to work with:

  • Canon Mark III Camera body
  • Canon Mark II Camera body
  • Canon G7X Vlog camera
  • Sigma 50 mm f1.3 lens
  • Sigma 24-70 mm f2.4 lens
  • Sigma 70-200 mm f2.4 lens
  • Go pro 5 black camera
  • Mavic Air Drone

With these camera’s and lenses, we are perfectly equipped to go and shoot this content.

However, new and improved gear is always welcome!
Please do tell us what you have to offer! Maybe because of your products like computers/laptops, tablets, camera’s/lenses, lighting, and other gear can take our production to the next level.  And together we will make even more beautiful images!

 

How we Capture life

With our photography and videography, we try to show how we experience this world and illustrate that feeling of being close and connected to each other as a family. And of course registration all the things that happen to us on the road in the bost beautiful way possible.

Honest, sincere, real images. By filming all the images ourselves we are making sure we don’t disturb the natural course of events in our adventure. Our kids are used to us making lots of photos and video material. And they completely ignore us while we are filming them.

We are capturing in a documenting way. Nothing is set up. Things happen as they come. We just push the rec. button. 

You may expect lots of beautiful cinematographic images with a small depth of field combined with Epick drone shots of us driving through different landscapes and all the places in nature and cities we visit.

Hashtag    #vanlife   &   #Wanderlust

The #VANLIFE & #WANDERLUST movement


We bought our van in 2005. Years before the hype and w
e have been traveling on many adventures with our VW van for the last 14 years now!
We have noticed that in the last 8 years the Van-lifestyle had become a trend as we watched our online following and popularity grow with every #vanlife and #Wanderlust photo post we made!

Somehow we have accidentally become a part of the #vanlife and #wanderlust movement. And we love to share our story.

About the hashtag #Vanlife*
The hashtag was first used and popularized by a photoblogger named Foster Huntington in 2011. Since that time, this lifestyle has continued to flourish on social media. By October 2018, the #vanlife hashtag had been used on more than four million images on Instagram.

  • #vanlife is a form of adventure tourism that involves a van that is livable and self-sustained that can access remote areas to recreate in.
  • #vanlife is a converted a motor vehicle that can be used as a full-time home or a recreational vehicle, i.e some people are weekend warriors, some people on short-term adventurers and some people are full-time travelers.
  • #vanlife is a sub-culture of nomadic individuals who are embracing minimalism on a journey to reassess what is truly important for a happy and balanced life.
  • #vanlife is a form of ecotourism or eco-friendly living by goals to reduce carbon emission, i.e by using solar panels, minimalistic lifestyle, waste.
  • #vanlife is a social movement to try and get people more motivated to make small changes in their life to lessen these resource and energy demands.

About the hashtag #Wanderlust*

The term originates from the German words wandern (to hike) and Lust (desire). Translated: “enjoyment of hiking”, although it is commonly described as an enjoyment, roaming about or wandering.
In modern German, the use of the word Wanderlust to mean “desire to travel”

Sources*: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandwelling
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanderlust

travel Plans

We will take you with us on our adventure!

Where to?

 Amsterdam-Barcelona!

We estimate that our mapped out road will take us on an adventure for 32 days. But like all things in life! Nothing ever goes as planned, and we are counting on that!

If the van breaks down, if one of us gets a bit ill, or some other things that we can’t think of right now happens… it will take us longer to complete our tour.

 

 

 

on The road!

It will take us 7 days to reach the coast of Spain, traveling through Holland, Luxemburg, Belgium, and FranceVisiting lots of beautiful little towns and hidden gems in nature.

When we reach the Pyrenees, we will travel slowly down until we reach Barcelona in one week. Visiting Cadaques, and we will hike (with 3 kids) to reach a beautiful cascade inside an open cave.

We will spend 5 days in the capital of Catalunya. Then slowly travel back up again and take a good long rest for 6 days on an ocean view campsite where we will prepare ourselves to get back on the big road again.

Our journey back home will take us through beautiful landscapes and a visit to Paris. and then back to Amsterdam again!

 

Places to go

on The road!

Most places we’ve never been to before… Some places we are revisiting. We made a mood board with photos of the exact locations we will visit.

note: Some of these photos below are our own, but from all the places we’ve never been before we collected images online to give you an idea of where we are going!

1st etappe

day 1-7 - Green, greener, greenest!

We start off our first week
traveling through the Benelux we will wander around in the Ardennes and travel on right into France!

This part of our journey will be all about discovering the hidden gems of Nature throughout the countryside!

Here are all the places we will visit the first week.

2nd etappe

day 8-14 - Beaches and waterfalls

We will linger around in Cadaques for a few days. Lots of beautiful coastlines and culture. We will have a lot of fun with our drone here since the landscapes here are breathtaking!

We are taking our SUP board with is so there will get on our paddle board and explore the bays of Cadaques by water too.

 

Then off to the inlands of Cataluna where we will hike with our 3 kids to reach a beautiful cascade inside an open cave. And take a dive!

It should be breathtaking! We can’t wait to see how our girls will react to this magical place!

3rd etappe

day 15-21 - reunited with Barcelona

We will put up camp outside a beautiful landhouse (a Masia) where we will have access to their beautiful infinity pool and near the city of Barcelona.

Did you know Jolanda is Half Spanish? So we’ll visit some family we haven’t seen for 3 years! And introduce them to our baby girl Quinn for the first time!

Barcelona feels like home, and I can’t wait to show my girls around in this amazing city and eat some of the best tapas in town to where only the locals go! (a.k.a. the good stuff!)

4rd etappe

day 22-28 - Resting in paridise

Driving up the mountain and parking it on an oceanview ridge.

A moment to reflect, stop and listen to the waves breaking on the rocks. Giving our kids the time and space for processing all the impressions and experiences.

With access to a pool and the mediterranean sea we will chill out for a bit. Preparing ourselves for the intense journey back home in a beautiful place in nature and a little bit of poolside.

5d etappe

day 29-32 - On the road, Bourges, Paris, gent & Back home

In our experience at this point in our travels, we are getting restless. Longing for our own beds again. The need to be in our familiar safe space. So time to go back.

On our way back home we will set up camp in the most beautiful green places in nature and visit some beautiful little villages and cities and spend a whole day in Paris! 

And then arrive safely back home. Where we will start editing our biggest project we’ve shot!

Help us create this movie and series

this  Become a part of our story!

looking for partnes and sponsors

 

Producing this Movie and online series is expensive and a fulltime job.

We took the leap and have invested everything we have in this project and we are asking for your support! We are looking for Brands, partners, and patriots to support us in our mission to tell our story!

All support is welcome!
Big funding, small funding and/or the provision of tools to help us bring this project to life

Contact us and tell us how you can support us, down here is some inspiration and ideas of how you can join us. Other amounts and arrangements are certainly possible!

Help us realize this project

Become our…

CHEERLEADER

rockstar

SUPERHERO

family

suplier

€                
650

€                    
1600

 

€                     
3400

 

€                     
6500

 

                    
TECH GEAR

 


You are supporting us in the amount of editing one full episode of our web series!

For this, we will offer you:

♦  Mention in the credits of the movie and web series.
♦ Access to the online premiere
♦ Exposure in 1 post on both our Instagram channels (+30.000 followers)

If the partnership initiated before the recordings on our journey:
 ♦ We can feature your product in at least one episode of our web-series with some beautiful lifestyle images.


You are supporting us in the amount of getting an epic piece of gear for filming our journey!

For this, we will offer you:

♦  Mention in the credits of the movie and web series.
 ♦  Access to the online premiere
 ♦  Exposure in 2 posts on both our Instagram channels (+30.000 followers)

If the partnership initiated before the recordings on our journey:
♦  Feature your product in at least one episode of our web-series
♦  Feature your product in the movie with some beautiful lifestyle images.


You are supporting us in the amount of getting an epic piece of gear for filming our journey!

For this, we will offer you:

♦  Mention in the credits of the movie and web series.
 ♦  Access to the online premiere
 ♦  Exposure in 2 posts on both our Instagram channels (+30.000 followers)

If the partnership initiated before the recordings on our journey:
♦  Feature your product in at least one episode of our web-series
♦  Feature your product in the movie with some beautiful lifestyle images.


You are supporting us in covering the editing costs for one month!

 

For this, we will  offer you:

 ♦  Mention in the credits of the movie and web series.
♦  Access to the online premiere
 ♦  Exposure in 3 post on both our Instagram channels (+30.000 followers)
♦  Special thanks before credits.

 If the partnership initiated before the recordings on our journey:

♦  Feature your product in at least one episode of our web-series.
♦  Feature your product in the movie with some beautiful lifestyle images.


Welcome to the family! Your brand is one of us now!  We will be expecting you on our Christmas dinner table! Because of partners like you, we can take the production to the next level and get our hands on the best gear and devote the much needed edit hours on our small production which will result in breathtaking images and storytelling!

For this, we will offer you:

♦  Mention in the credits of the movie and web series.
♦  Access to the online premiere
♦  We will shoot a series of photographs for your brand and deliver 20 high-res photographs
♦  Exposure on 4 posts both our Instagram channels (+30.000 followers)
♦  Special thanks before credits.
♦  Our eternal gratitude

 

If the partnership initiated before the recordings on our journey:
 ♦  Feature your product in at least one episode of our web-series. 
♦  Feature your product in the movie with some beautiful lifestyle images.

Will your gear make the difference!?

We already have a good basic set of quality camera’s, lenses and a drone.

Please do tell us what you have to offer! Maybe because of your products like computers, camera’s/lenses, lighting and other gear can take our production to the next level.  And together we will make beautiful images! 

Depending on what you can offer us we can give you the offerings of the different packages here above.
CHEERLEADER, ROCKSTAR, SUPERHERO & FAMILY 

Goals reached

  • Filming costs 87% 87%
  • Edit Costs Movie 24% 24%
  • Edit costs Series 12% 12%

We are starting our adventure in...

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

:

Second(s)

Our other Project Partners:

}

psssssssst.... Coming up next 2020

We have a book in the making about all our travels of the last 14 years. (including this adventure)   Tips, inspiration, gorgeous graphics and illustrations, our travel stories, photography, and info on how to travel in a little van with 2, 3, 4 or 5 people. 

We are hoping on getting people inspired and learn how to prepare for just one night or two months of travel.

Middle child

Middle child

Your too small to do all the things your big sister can.
Too big to do all the things your little sister gets away with.

You are not the biggest sister
You are not the smallest sister
Somewhere in between…

But in your eyes, you are a BIG sister AND a SMALL sister all at once.
In fact. You have everything!

It’s not always easy being the middle child. But then again. You are the center of our attention a lot of the time. Your glass isn’t half full… it’s overflowing! They often say that the middle kid easily is forgotten. Well… let’s just say that that will never happen to our Haley. Attention, she will demand it. And you deserve all the attention you need my love.

Strongwilled, adventures, curious, assertive, smart, funny, direct, strong, honest, observative, and so so so sweet. It looks like her other two sisters came from the same planet, cut from the same wood, same temper, same base template, but this girl came from a whole universe of her own.

There is a dull moment with this little dragon girl. Never stops moving, climbing, reaching for the most dangerous (and therefore most interesting) objects, piling up chairs on tables on books to get higher, never scared, and fast… oh she’s so incredibly fast. I blink my eyes and she’s around some corner running, laughing, looking over her shoulder to see if she is being followed. The determination in everything she does. I believe she will be able to achieve anything she puts her mind to. This smart, sweet, strong, passionate, fierce, athletic, energetic, crazy, explosive, funny, radiant sweet and beautiful little girl. She will be noticed.

That little game we play, where we both claim to love the other more!
But my little baby girl, I LOVE you more than you could ever comprehend! Maybe when you get babies of your own someday you’ll realize.
So, I win… I love you MORE!

Love,
Jolanda, Michiel
Miley, Haley & Quinn

Consciousness, Like mother like daughter +Twinning Lookbook

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

~Audrey Hepburn

To have children is for me believing in tomorrow. Planting a garden with them and teaching them to treasure this planet is an essential part of the way we are raising our babies. We must protect what is left of nature and try and stabilize the unbalance we are creating as human beings.

Making as many conscious choices as you can possibly make in your unique situation.
From using las plastic and package materials to recycle your waste.
From buying your clothes at your local thrift shop to buying conscious fashion brands. From growing your own food to supporting local farmers.

Lead by example. Like mother like daughter…

Minimalizing our carbon footprint and sometimes spreading a handful of wildflower seeds on to a patch of dirt. To see it turn in to the most beautiful flower field in a few weeks time. The bees will thank you for it by keeping our fragile ecosystem stable. And our children will have a better chance of having a carefree future on this beautiful planet.

How do you contribute to the awareness of conscious decisions in your children? Maybe you have inspiring ideas I would love to hear!
Tell me in the comments on instagram!

Love,
Jolanda, Michiel
Miley, Haley & Quinn

    We love Bobo choses

    Bobo choses,  a Spanish brand has the most gorgeous collections of fair susnainable fashion.

    We are in love with their spring-summer collection “to plant a garden” and we feel like the spirit and attitude of the collection is capturing what we and a lot of parents around us are feeling. Let’s care for our kids, lets care for this planet. And let’s look awesome while doing it!

    Bob choses send us our matching mother-daughter jumpsuits and clogs! So much love for these fun and happy outfits!

    Lookbook TWINNING with Miley

    I went Twinzies with my big girl Miley!
    Spring is here so a perfect outfit to get out into the garden and enjoy the first rays of sunshine!

    We want to thank Bobo choses and Polette eyewear for our Mother and daughter twinning outfits! We are loving it!

      We love Polette

      Polette send me the same pair of glasses that we already had bought for my daughter. This way we can twin!

      Polette has beautiful frames and doesn’t pre-produce the frames. Every time someone orders a frame and lenses it is completely produced on demand. This way there is no wasteful overproduction of their collection.

      The frames and lenses are manufactured in their own factory in China by trained optical professionals.

      Their friendly priced prescription glasses are making quality glasses available for everyone. And in a household with 3 glasses-wairing individuals (from-wich 2 kids) we are really happy that with their frames we can afford it to get everyone the high-quality prescription-eyeglasses we need, without having to completely empty all our piggy-banks.

      SHOP the LOOK

      SHOP the LOOK

      Pin It on Pinterest