Holiday Scenes from Bruges, Belgium (& what was I doing in 2013?)

Holiday Scenes from Bruges, Belgium (& what was I doing in 2013?)

Bruges Belgium - The Overseas Escape-1-2

In preparation for my post with Expedia (eee!) a few weeks ago, I went back into my archives for images from my time in Bruges, Belgium.Β After searching through them I noticed a few things:

a. Two years ago I took a marginal amount of pictures compared to today. While in Williamsburg, Virginia yesterday and this morning, I took around 500 shots. In Bruges circa 2013, I captured around 150 over the course of multiple days. This boggles my mind! So, I have to ask, how many shots do YOU average when you go somewhere new? Am I a totally snap-happy crazy lady? (I know the answer already.)

b. While I’d like to think my photography has improved, I think it’s my photo editing that lends a lot to what happens behind the scenes here on the blog. Back in 2013 I relied on the minimal editing options in iPhoto. These days I’m obsessed with Lightroom and use it to CHEAT my way into getting photographs I love. What’s your secret sauce?

c. Bruges! What a beautiful little town! The canals, the adorable little bars and all the Belgian architecture goodness. A friend I was traveling with claimed it to be one of her favorite places in the world. I can see why. After searching through my scant folder of images from 2013 I’m convinced I need to get back there asap to give the place a better shot, literally.

Without delving deep into a cloud of self-evaluation what processes have you improved on with time? If you’ve thought about resolutions for 2016 I’d love to hear ’em!

Now, without further ado, a few festive scenes from Bruges images with 2015 editing. πŸ˜‰

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  • Love the pictures. Great place

    Kisses from ❀

  • Bruges is my absolute favorite!!!!!!!!!!! And yes, you’re just photo happy πŸ˜‰ hahaha, don’t worry, I take hundreds of photos as well! xo

  • Bruges is one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve ever visited! And I’m the same way with pictures. I always take a crazy number of photos which my boyfriend always teases me for!

    • ha, well then he and my husband can totally relate. Have you seen that Instagram Husband video yet? It’s hysterical!

  • I would absolutely love to hear how you edit photos – that is the area that I haven’t really touched much. I do own Lightroom, but am basically at a loss in how to use it! As always, love the pictures!

    • Thanks so much, dear! I’m definitely working on some fun projects in the new year to explain what I’m doing to my images in LR. It can be SO confusing so I’m happy to help where I can! πŸ˜€

  • Lauren

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Bruges, and it looks like Christmastime is definitely the time to go!

    Lauren πŸ™‚

  • Gorgeous photos!

  • So beautiful! I go either way, take hardly any pictures or snap away like mad, guess it depends on my picture taking mood πŸ™‚

    • yes, I totally understand that feeling. If I’m feeling off at all then I just reside to do nothing at all. “Well I can’t blog about this anymore so I give up…” ha

  • Margo these photos are so incredible!! I am always so blown away with your photos, especially in the past few months. I would love to know a bit about your workflow or any tricks you use in Lightroom. Also, wondering if you’ve used Photoshop Elements? That’s what I have and I’ve heard they are pretty similar but I feel like people rave about Lightroom more and I’m curious if it’s worth switching!

    xo Mary-Katherine |

    • As always, thanks for the kind words about my pictures dear! In the new year I’m excited to share a project I’m working on to share my LR/editing process. I’ve been a software instructor for years professionally so I’m exciting to share what I know about editing with anyone that’s interested! πŸ™‚ I’m not familiar with Photoshop Elements but do use Photoshop fairly often. Lightroom is definitely the most important element in my editing approach so I can’t recommend it enough!

  • Bruges looks so cute!! I want to visit all of Europe at Christmas!

  • That’s SO funny because I was going through my pictures from our trip to Bruges last year and thinking the exact same thing. I remember thinking we took sooooo many pictures and there were less than 100. Now we average at least 1,000 a trip. Love your 2015 editing ☺️ I need your skills!

    • Thanks, my dear! Glad I’m not the only one. πŸ˜€ What do you use to edit your images? Now that I’ve gone over to Lightroom I don’t think I can ever go back!

  • I can’t wait until I get to visit Bruges too. We’ve had it on the agenda three times and every time there has been a reason to wait for another time. One day though, one day.
    No worries taking lots of photos -says the woman who does the same thing πŸ˜‰ and I edit mine too. Just a little bit of contrast and a smidge of colour to make them pop more like they do in real life. Love these photos especially with the fall colours. I think I’ll have to plan on Bruges in autumn.

    • Ha, glad we’re in the same boat then! Do you also use Lightroom or something else?

      Yes, Bruges in Autumn, brilliant idea! ;D

  • These are beautiful and definitely reinforcing the notion that we need to make it a priority to get up there. Both Bruges and Ghent are on our list, so I’m thinking a long weekend to hit up both this spring πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes ma’am! I’m certain you guys would love it! Baby’s first getaway?!

      (Sorry about my previous comment – I was thinking you guys were in Amsterdam for a minute but you’re in dear ole Mannheim! ;D)

  • LOVE BRUGES! Its such a pretty place.
    And yeah every time i look back on my older photos, when i used iPhoto haha, the differences are so obvious! I love your photos though, margo 2013 or 2015 πŸ˜‰

    x, Carina Running White Horses

  • I loved Bruges when I visited this year! it’s such a charming town! I wrote about it too:)

  • Bruges looks magical, and your photos are just incredible!

  • Kari Guastella

    Gorgeous photos! You’re not alone in the amount of photos. My husband takes about 1000 per day when we travel….literally 1000.

    • oh my GOSH! give your hubby a high five for me, that’s amazing. so how many external hard drives does the man have? I can’t imagine organizing all those files!

      • Kari Guastella

        Every single night at the end of the day we go back to wherever we are staying and the first thing he does is back up all of those photos! We travel with two hard drives at all time. He is so religious about it and it really helps because it means that everything is organized by date. We typically only do trips for 3 weeks at a time or tons of weekend trips because we both work full time, so its not quite as intense as living abroad like you! πŸ™‚

        • oh wow, but still I’m totally impressed! that’s serious dedication that I, as a wannabe-type-A, really wish I could emulate! hats off to him!

  • I loved Bruges a lot <3 I'm happy you liked a city in my country =D

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Bruges looks absolutely amazing! You’re right – I started off taking regular amounts of photos and then I went snap happy! These days, I can tell from the camera if I’ll like or use a certain photo and so if its an obvious no, it gets trashed immediately. That being said, I still end up with 100s (sometimes 1000s) of photos! πŸ™‚

    • I love that you immediately delete shots that you’re not a fan of. I shot and shot and shot and then do a big clean-out once they’re in Lightroom. I’m sure your approach is a bit more organized than mine! The thing that drives me crazy though is having a bunch of external hard drives which is unavoidable for shutterbugs like us, just so annoying!

  • Your images are so gorgeous. And love the charm of Bruges…

  • Your pictures are always incredible. Can you share some tips for using lighthouse?

  • Same thing happens to me! I end up with hundreds of pictures and then I spent a lot of time in Lightroom sorting them. I’m afraid to delete directly in the camera as they always look a little bit worse in the screen.

    I agree with your friend, Bruges is one of the most beautiful places i’ve seen