Archives for July 2011
Nora has been a very good friend of mine since our exchange student days. We were studying international marketing together in a small town in the Netherlands, where the whole student community knew each other by name. After graduation she lived the gypsy life herself, moving between Budapest, Bucharest and finally ended up in Athens with her Greek husband, Alex. She is one of my first very close friends who got married and started a family and she just made me realize how quickly time flies… we are growing up so fast!!! Nora and Alex are expecting their first baby this September and I can hardly wait to see the little munchkin! They decided to keep the sex of the baby a surprise, which I really admire, I’d never be able to not find out if I could. I’m just too curious! 😉 This is part one of our session from their home and roof terrace, but we have climbed up to the Acropolis as well (and I can tell you Pallas Athene couldn’t have been more beautfiful than she was!) and we have also spent a few days on a Greek island to relax, catch up and of course capture some beautiful images. Cannot wait to share the rest with you, but until then, enjoy part one! 😉
A lot of people ask me why I chose the name En Route for my company. (Some might even argue that a serious photographer should use her name and not hide behind some made-up marketing shannigans but I obviously disagree.) The truth is that my family name is super unpronouncable with weird characters like ü and ö, which not only makes it very uninternational but very unmemorable as well. I knew right away that using my family name is not an option and after collecting some name ideas I actually got my real life and virtual friends to vote on the possibilities and En Route came out as the absolute winner!
The funny thing is that En Route was my very first name idea. I liked it because it´s French (the language of love… just kidding :)) but used in English as well, so everyone understands its meaning (on the way). In the last 10 years I´ve lived in more than 20 apartments in 4 countries and I consider myself a modern gypsy who is always on the road, moving, planning to move or have just moved somewhere! If that wasn´t enough I have my friends spread all over Europe and I like to visit them as often as I can, not to mention that I literally spent almost all the money I´ve ever earned on plane tickets, vacations and discovering the world.
I am now convinced that En Route was the right choice and I could not be more happy with it. My company name really describes me as a person and an entrepreneur. I strive to create a truly international business and being able to combine my passions – travelling and photography – is what makes me oh so excited for my future! Destination weddings here I come! 😉
I can’t believe it’s finally happening. It’s a miracle, a joy, a blessing in the sky! But let’s not run ahead… first of all, let me welcome you on the blog of En Route Photography, my baby, my miracle, my company. My company! It feels so good to say it. I’ve worked tirelessly in the past few months to make it all happen and things are finally coming together. Didn’t I say I won’t run ahead? Ok, let’s start at the beginning.
Once upon a time there was a Hungarian girl growing up in a nice house in a small town, just above the biggest photography studio there was in the county. She’d stuck her nose to the kitchen window and admire the couples, brides, mommys and daddys and all the pretty girls coming to take their pictures there. She always thought that being a photographer, being surrounded by all these happy people and being able to capture their images must be the absolute best job in the world! Coming from a very rational family with zero creative history (they were all mathematics and physics teachers) she never even dared to think that she could be a photographer. Years went by, she went to business school, traveled the world and made new friends at all corners of the planet and with time she got a very nice, well paying corporate job. She was doing very good for her age and she really couldn’t complain that she wasn’t appreciated by her company. However, the more she worked, the more she climbed on that career ladder, the more unhappy she became. She knew she didn’t want to get stuck in a cubicle for the rest of her life, if only she’d known what she wanted to do… One day she bought a nice camera and slowly started to snap pictures of everything around her. Her friends, her food, her feet… everything, everyday, all the time. She also started to discover the big wide world of blogs, which connected her to some amazing women, entrepreneurs, creative souls. She was shocked by the kindness, knowledge and support she’s found online. Not only did she found amazing friends who made their dreams come true but she has slowly started to realize what she really wanted in life. To be happy. To wake up every morning excited for the job she has to get done that day, to work for something that she believes in and brings joy not only to herself but to other people too. She slowly started to realize that her camera might just be the key to wonderland. Could she really do it?
Yes I can! 🙂 I decided that if I really really wanted, I could indeed do anything I put my mind to, if you can dream it , you can live it as the saying says, so I set out to give my all and try my very best to master the craft of photography. I signed up to art school, studied in every spare minute I had (I got very little sleep, let’s admit it), I assisted fashion and wedding photographers, worked with stylists on various projects, done maternity, couple and beauty shots for friends and continued to shoot everything and anything, all the time. After about a year I parted with my corporate job and started to really live, breath and create my business. I am happier than ever and cannot wait to make my dreams come true. I’m very excited to be able to share this journey with you!
Welcome to my new life, welcome to En Route Photography!