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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Billy & Adeline

My sister-in-law asked me to take these pictures. And I said ok. And then we talked about clothes and time of day and location. And then people got dressed up and I got a little worried. Then they walked to the bottom of their garden and waited for me to tell them what to do next. My heart-rate probably doubled at this point. I love taking pictures but I get really anxious when people actually know I’m pointing my camera at them. Because therefrom is born expectation. Expectation that I actually have half a clue what I’m doing. And I really honestly don’t. So if these look any good, it’s mostly because my brother and his family are all extremely photogenic. Anything else is down to me desperately trying remember a few of the things my lovely friend Amanda has told me about taking portraits. I really couldn’t do this professionally: it terrifies me!

Below, right: best face ever from the youngest family member.

21 October 2013 - 10:07 AM amanda - Baah LOVE these

21 October 2013 - 3:07 PM ingrid - oh my gracious..these are beautiful! You're awfully modest my dear. These are really beautiful. xxoo Come shoot us..come shoot us :) Promise we won't make you nervous.

21 October 2013 - 8:46 PM Angie - Wow, these are breathtaking! I bet they'll look amazing as prints too. (You would be SO good at this professionally, should the urge ever take you. I mean properly one of the best family photographers out there)!

21 October 2013 - 9:45 PM Mathieu - gorgeous pictures congratulations

23 October 2013 - 8:40 PM ralph - My friend, you have outdone yourself with these. Absolutely gorgeous, romantic, sweet, beautiful photos of one gorgeous family. Sigh.

31 October 2013 - 7:58 PM October favourites | Angie Muldowney - [...] a look at these wonderful family photos taken by Cass (who should definitely do this [...]

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