Everyone who is following my blog since the start, will certainly have noticed that the Belgian photographer Claude Smekens was mentionned several times when I credited his posted pictures.
Today I want to introduce you to this photographer for 2 reasons! First of all I want you to meet Claude because he definitely is one of Belgian’s most talented and outstanding photographers. He is passionate about his work that witnesses true craftsmanship. Second reason I want you to know Claude, is, that this photographer is eager to show the world, through the lens of his camera, the architecture and interiors of our Belgian houses!
Together with his wife Magda Desmet, who is a stylist and decorator (website Magda : https://www.magdadesmet.be), he captures the soul of our Belgian interiors in a way you have never experienced before.
“We are both passionate about visualization of interiors and everything involved with. Spreading around the world, the knowledge of Belgian interior craftsmen and professionals, through magazines, is increasingly important for us.”, explains Claude.
As you all will know, introducing our Belgian interior design and craftsmanship to the world, is also one of the reasons I started my blog a few years ago.
So in one way or another, I do feel connected with this photographer.
Claude and his wife Magda work for several renowned Belgian interior design magazines.
Enough talk now! I want you to enjoy the gorgeous pictures of the photographer I posted here today!.They will speak much more than words!
You will notice that Claude has an amazing eye for detail and for the art of photography.
In 2010, Claude photographed my home for an article in the Belgian Interior Design Magazine TIJDLOOS.
Click on cover of the Magazine to see the report of my home photographed by Claude Smekens.
Picture of my home by Claude Smekens for the Belgian Magazine Tijdloos.
Picture of my home by Claude Smekens for the Belgian Magazine Tijdloos.
Georgeous picture of an orangerie!
I love that picture here! Notice the lantern. Was Claude capturing that single moment of a blowing wind coming in? Fabulous!
Notice the detail of the door’s profiles!
The hand of Magda, Claude’s wife and stylist is to feel in lots of compositions as you can notice here.
Most of you will recognize the following pictures! They are taken by Claude Smekens at the private house of our Belgian fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen.
This Belgian house is featured in many of renowned international magazines.
I have always loved this picture that Claude took at the house of our Belgian fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen. Photo credit Claude Smekens
And you really have to see this! A look-a-like!!!
This is the cover of the book ‘The Houses of Veranda’, in which Lisa Newsom, the founder and editor-in-chief of Veranda Magazine from 1987 to 2010, included some of the best houses featured in Veranda over the past 25 years.
Cover of the new book of Veranda Magazine. Photo credit Francis Amiand
To see more of the work of this Belgian photographer, please visit Claude Smekens Fotografie HERE.
More of Claude and Magda’s work, you will find at the website of Magda : Magda De Smet Interior Styling HERE.
To any editor-in-chief of interior design & lifestyle magazines reading this post, and who might be interested in featuring Belgian interior design and architecture, contact Claude Smekens to get your password to browse into his gorgeous gallery of photoshoots of Belgian houses. (Photographer’s gallery : here).
A couple of days ago Claude and Magda have finished a photoshoot of my sister’s home, which will be featured in the next issue of the Belgian Interior Design Magazine TIJDLOOS. And you will love it!! I will post about it within a few days!
My sister’s house. Picture by me!
I decided to renew the website of our company www.lefevre.be in the next coming weeks and so I asked Claude to take several new pictures !
What do you think? Did I made the right choice by asking this Belgian photographer for the next photoshoot?
All images posted with permission of Claude Smekens.
Een heel talentvol duo…prachtige foto's Greet!
Een fijne avond gewenst! Lieve groet, Ingrid
Amazing! Greet, I think that most likely a lot of your readers don't know how technically difficult such interior photography really is. He balances the light so beautifully that he makes it look effortless. And I really appreciate that Magda's styling is never overwhelming. As always, you introduce us to the best of Belgian talents!
you certainly did. the word that keeps springing up in my brain as i take in the beauty of the images is ATMOSPHERIC which i so love and which is so descriptive of Belgian design. understated elegance and always a serene backdrop for life to be lived.
i always learn so much here, greet! smiles to you from stormy chicago-land!
Beautiful indeed, Greet! I particularly love the green patina on those paneled walls! Stunning!
Have a wonderful week!
I could look at these pictures a hundred times over and never get enough. Claude's able to capture so much with one image, I wish I knew how to do that. Even his close up shots are amazing, to have that kind of eye. I'm off to roam both sites because I'm dying to see more. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, I certainly do think you made the right choice to ask these people to do the photography for your companies website. They will be brilliant, I'm quite certain!
Have a wonderful day, my friend.
Love and hugs, Cindy
Wonderful Amazing photography
Thanks for posting.
What a visual treat Greet……………..sublime. XO
Talented is an understatement! He is amazing! I love these images. Such a nice way to end a Monday and the images of your home are stunning.
Can't wait to see your sister's home.
Have a nice evening.
Belgium has real talent!!! and yes you made the good choice for your home!
STUNNING AS ALWAYS GREET!!!!! Anita
You always find the most divine decor pics:) I hope everything is ok with you..here in Gothenburgh its sunny but chilly all the time..I want warmer weather now. If you want some summertime mood you can check out my new post:)
I wish you a great week.
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Emotional and evocative are the adjectives that come to mind. The very best photographers know how to photograph a room/home in ways that tell its story.They know how to light a room so that we as viewers are not aware of the additional lighting. They understand that a camera sees very differently than we do and they know what lense is appropriate for each shot, to bring out the best in a room. The same can be said of the best stylists. Claude and Magda have it in spades.
Your sister's house will be beautifully photographed. Can't wait to see the finished shots!
Wat een prachtige foto's en je huis ook, zo elegant. En de gang! wow!! een schitterende doorkijk naar de kamer toe. Hier kan ik dus alleen maar van dromen. Ben ontzettend benieuwd naar de foto's van je zus, en zo te zien ook heel stijlvol en chic. Ik kijk er nu al naar uit.
N'hésite surtout pas!!!!
Gros bisous, jolie Greet…
Greet…..beyond stunning. There is just something about Belgian design…..the colours, composition, simplicity, refined elegance…that make it stand apart. This is why I like the design of Dries Van Notten…another fabulous Belgian designer. So much to learn from these photographs. Merci beaucoup.
Yes, you made the right choice my friend! (:
I look forward to seeing all the new pics from your stunning home and from your sister's house.
Love to you,
Hello,I just today found your blog.Very pretty to peruse around at My leisure.Several years ago I bought a buffet table from an antique shop,because it was just what I needed,and I liked it's looks.The dealer told Me it was from Belgium.Well, I'm not one to put a lot of trust in dealers so I filed it in the back of My brain as-"Oh yah right,you'll tell Me anything.Not on paper-not true."Can't wait to browse enough your blog to tell for myself.Denise
Hello Greet – Thank you for introducing Claude and Magda! What a talented and gifted photographer!! And, a brilliant stylist / decorator. The husband and wife team is amazing. Your home is divine. With cheers from DC, Loi
You most certainly DID make the right choice asking Claude to take photographs for your website! His work is amazing – the detail and quality of his pictures is stunning. And so are the rooms and vignettes in the pictures.
Looking forward to seeing Claude's pictures of your sister's home 🙂
Claude's work is beautiful. Wow, what an eye. The spaces are so beautiful I wonder if it would be possible to take a bad picture. haha. 🙂
There sure belong the the most spectacular images there are! Love your hall way in your own house and your regency fireplace with a dog human paininting above it((:
Thank you for the introduction. Such a talented photographer…these images are all yummy..particularly, your home. Can't wait to see your Sister's home. I know that it's awesome. XO, Mona
Awesome photos and designs. A feast to the eyes. I am drooling here as I take many inspirations. Exquisite pieces, truly a work of art. Most of them can work so well even in condo units. Everything was captured perfectly, the lighting, the positioning. Each of the photos can tell you a story. Amazing talent. Cheers!
I have no words! This is the kind of post that makes you speechless. Seriously! Wow!
Your talent is evident in every single shot. Bravo!
Have a great day, my friend!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Absolutely Gorgeous photographs!!!
Oh my! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous photography with us! I'm blown away by the hot pink walls…what an extraordinary photo…thank you!
So beautiful! Truly stunning and I wish I get to live in a place like that someday. Your photos are gorgeous like always. 🙂
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Very nice interior! The photograhper Claude Smekens has an eye for detail. I wonder how Glass stairs would fit in this house. Nice post!
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