BellaVie PhotoArt
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Last week I returned from the amazing BellaVie Photoart tour to Golegã, the horse capital of the country.My goal was to further explore horse photography, fill my portfolio and put together a series of horse photos to possibly exhibit. Martine helped me extra on this trip with ideas and seeing interesting compositions. I really felt seen and helped.I am impressed how Martine has arranged the most beautiful horses and the most beautiful locations.We made good use of all the time from start to finish and I came home with a hard drive full of beautiful photos. As far as I'm concerned, it's worth repeating!
Valérie De StefanoValérie De Stefano
11:32 15 May 24
Hey ! What can I say more than what a fantastic journey in Portugal! Martine is an amazing human being, full of life and ideas. I am super happy that I made the decision to do this photo-tour in Portugal. Out of my confort zone, I learned new things, I saw new perspectives, new way of traveling too. And that's good! At the end of the journey, we are tired, yes, but full of happiness, memories and new friends
Louise FoxLouise Fox
15:39 14 May 24
Absolutely wonderful photography tour organised by Martine who finds the best locations and the most amazing horses to photograph. The hospitality offered by Martine and her family was second to none, I was made to feel like one of the family. The attention to detail in the organisation of the tour meant that I had every opportunity to get the best images possible, ably supported by Martine and the horse owners who put everything into making their stunning horses look a million dollars. Can’t wait for next year!
Ellen de JongEllen de Jong
09:13 05 May 24
Recently had photos taken of my dog ​​Kayan with his brother Tambo, 2 beautiful Rhodesian Ridgebacks. It was casual and we were able to talk about many of our wishes. Although it is always difficult to get them to do exactly what we want to see (especially when they are both in the photo), it has resulted in very nice photos. We took photos in the studio and outside in the woods, both of the two dogs separately and together. Very happy with it!
Dafne BoonDafne Boon
17:45 15 Apr 24
Last week I had a photo shoot with a Friesian horse in Lelystad with Martine from BellaVie Photoart and what a fun, unique but also professional shoot it was.We had a lot of consultation/contact in advance so that it was very clear.The horse was relaxed and the shoot didn't take too long. Martine knew exactly what had to be done and you can really see that in the results.The photos are really beautiful.
Tia MageeTia Magee
19:09 26 Oct 23
We were very grateful to have Martine as our photographer on our wedding day. She captured all of our special moments and all of the emotions very well. Not only is she professional, but very homey. She made us feel super comfortable and relaxed at all times. We definitely recommend her and will definitely come back for more pics when is needed. Thank you Martine! You are amazing with you skills and personality😊
Emely FeysEmely Feys
16:12 18 Oct 23
Such an amazing experience to join her on the photo trip to Andalusia. Every setting was different, which gave me the opportunity to have so many different types of pictures for my portfolio. Real pieces of art. She is both professional, friendly and accessible for all types of explanations during the trip. Memories and lessons who will last a lifetime.
Ida HIda H
14:18 18 Oct 23
Went on a photo trip to Andalusia with BellaVie photoart at the beginning of October. Everything was super organised, from the hotel to the models and locations, everything was arranged down to the last detail. I will definitely come again next year.
Henk SchefferHenk Scheffer
10:06 14 Oct 23
I looked at the photos of the wedding and the video, they all looked great. Does excellent work. Super nice and takes the time for you.
Anne BanteAnne Bante
08:05 06 Oct 23
Do you know a wonderful, sweet and fantastic photographer, yes I do, namely Martine. Had her capture our wedding on August 19th. one word Great. I have never had such a nice experience taking photos before. patience, rest and above all everything just went smoothly. I am so very happy that Martine and Yvette made this day perfect together.I therefore 1000% definitely recommend BellaVie!Do you want beautiful photos that are taken in a relaxed manner without you having to worry about this yourself? Will this go well? then Martine is the right place for you.
Valentijn LastValentijn Last
13:28 02 Oct 23
Dear Martine,What an incredibly sweet person you are!How you helped us all day, apart from taking the photos at our wedding, was really great! Including how we were still able to hold the ceremony on the beach, partly thanks to your help. We are very grateful to you for that. The way you thought along with everything, looked for solutions and constantly tried to find the perfect picture was very pleasant. And your enormous enthusiasm even made being in front of the camera fun instead of awkward.We can't wait to receive the photos, but we are confident that they will be a great success!
Mirjam HeshusiusMirjam Heshusius
12:33 31 Aug 23
I was helped very kindly.I always feel uncomfortable, but during this shoot that was gone in 10 minutes!Even after the shoot I had the photos with 2 days!That's really fast!My compliments!Definitely book a shoot here more often 🥰
annemarie van Tilborgannemarie van Tilborg
12:38 06 Aug 23
Very nice photographer to work with and turns photos into gems!
Maaike KeulartzMaaike Keulartz
06:23 25 Jul 23
What an educational and fun day!I followed the basic manual photography course with Martine.Where I started as a layman in the morning, I was able to deliver a well-exposed sharp photo at the end of the day! Even some super good action shots!Continue with this and who knows, maybe a step further with the next course in a while!
For Haarsharp Photography I did a editing course. I learned new things again, but also gained a lot of inspiration. Recommended!
Romy BoterbloemRomy Boterbloem
09:02 10 Jul 23
Martine is a really nice person, always smiling and welcoming. The photos she takes are always perfect, she really loves animals and the photo's of dogs and horses she takes reflect this. Perfect timing and light and setting etc.
Tabe KooistraTabe Kooistra
07:44 10 Jul 23
From automatic mode to manual settings on your camera. The workshop was just what I needed to learn the camera and its capabilities. Very educational, fun and the practical part was super! For me it was the step I had to take to develop further. Professional, good atmosphere, I will definitely go back for workshops!
Aga KarmolinskaAga Karmolinska
07:33 02 Jun 23
Recently, I attended BellaVie PhotoArt's photo tour to Portugal. We shot beautiful horses in interesting places, but most of all, the atmosphere that Martine created was amazing. She is a very easy-going person, full of positive energy and able to address and resolve all the situations that might happen.She is keen to share her knowledge and she helps the inexperienced photographers to get their shots properly.I am planning to go for more tours with BellaVie PhotoArt!Edit to add:I am now after two more photo tours with Bellavie Photo Art (3 altogether) - and I am planning even more! Martine can organise beautiful horse models, and their owners are keen to go an "extra mile" for the photographers. Horses during International Photo tour in The Netherlands were spectacular and the cooperation with owners was exceptional.On top of that, her tours are fun, with a lot of laugh and good energy. Highly recommended to equine photographers of all levels!
Sue McIntoshSue McIntosh
11:38 01 May 23
I really didn't want to do this review, only because it would allow others to share this incredible experience I had with 5 other amazing ladies and Martine of course !The tour was amazing multiple different horses in different settings at different times of the day. Accommodation was fantastic too and the food and hospitality was first class4 days of total immersion in to the photography of horses jammed packed with incredible horses, owners and like minded people.I've mad some fantastic friends from around Europe and Martine and her family are just such fabulous hostsIf you get a chance to do any of the tours you won't be disappointed ...........memories to last a lifetimeThank you !
10:26 26 Apr 23
I participated in the April'23 International Photo Journey and I'm very happy to award BellaVie PhotoArt with a 5* rating. Martine and her team welcomed us at her home very warmly, arranged a beautiful overnight stay in a nearby B&B and apartments. We had breakfast and most dinners at her home were served by her family members who have spoiled us with delicious food.Surrounded by peace and nature, we were given a briefing about the program which, just as expected, held a lot of wonderful shooting opportunities in store for us. Martine is super well organized, has a very light and positive contact not only with us group members and clients, but also with her coworkers, horse owners and whoever else is involved in the process. I found it very nice that we got quick reply on our emails and overall communication worked out super smoothly and efficiently. Everything happened on time, no delays, great shooting places and beatiful horses with experienced human and equine models, owners and handlers. It was really an enriching experience on all levels. During the shooting Martine was always concerned with everyone leaving the scene with nice pictures and a feeling of success and accomplishment, helping out with technology or photographic doubts, accompanying us to the photo store if anyone needed to buy card supply or technical assistance. On the very last day we had the opportunity to have an editing session together and to clarify any doubt or question we might have. I find Martine very attentive, kind, intelligent, warm and welcoming - She treats everyone like a new friend. I loved these 4 intense days and I'd be more than happy to attend more photo journeys with her. These days were packed with great photoshoots. Loved it!!! Thank you!Andalusia'23 Tour - 5*Small group of interesting people, positive vibes, very well chosen B&Bs, very nice shooting locations, charismatic photo models (both horses and owners). Looking foward to participating in future tours with BellaVie! Thank you so much for yet another wonderful equine photography experience ! It's not just about an ever growing and diversified portfolio; these tours are somehow very emotional for me, because they combine lots of good things in one week only!Switzerland'24 Photojourney - 5*I wasn't expecting myself to be booking yet another trip with Martine in such a short period of time! And here again - 4 days filled with beautiful places, horses, SNOW. Even if we had had a streak of bad luck Snow-wise, I'm sure that Martine would have arranged a stunning plan B. You rock, Martine!!! Thank you! Looking forward to meeting you in Portugal in May of this year.
Gunnel AndersonGunnel Anderson
15:55 25 Apr 23
Everything about the workshop was wonderful. Martine is such an inspirating instructor, and very well organised. We had beautiful horses in beautiful locations. Very dedicated owners with a good relationship with the horses. The apartment we stayed in was of a very high standard. And the food Martine gave her at her house was excellent. All in all a truly marvellous experience with a very good atmosphere amongst all the participants
Rebecca de MendoncaRebecca de Mendonca
13:02 25 Apr 23
We had a truly wonderful few days with Martine de Leeuw on her Bellavie International Phototour in the Netherlands 2023.Martine is an incredibly helpful tutor, and creates a culture of positivity, inclusion and fun, while generously sharing her knowledge and expertise. The models and locations were all excellent, and the accommodation was perfect.It was a great privilege to be welcomed into Martine's home everyday for great food provided by her lovely mother and husband.We had a very special few days, and I cannot recommend it enough. It surpassed my expectations and was great value for money. I cannot wait to do another Phototour with Martine.
Maureen FliellerMaureen Flieller
10:10 24 Jan 23
Not only is Martine a very talented photographer, but she is also a very kind and gentle person. I was lucky enough to host a photo tour for her in Switzerland, and I was amazed by the way she is so empathetic with all participants, ensuring each one would learn interesting things, feel good at all times and be happy of their photos. I am so grateful she gave me that chance to work with her, and I can only recommend this amazing photographer to you.

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John Hyland uit UK schreef op 16 april 2024 om 10:33
I very rarely post reviews of any kind but I have to make an exception for Martine de Leeuw of BellaVie PhotoArt. I gave her quite a specific brief, which was met perfectly. Communication was faultless as was her professionalism. From hiring the model/horse and sorting the location. I would have no problem in hiring her again (which I intend doing but she doesn’t know it yet).
Lisa uit Lelystad schreef op 24 december 2022 om 15:39
Wat doet Martine het leuk! Ze had een cursus en ik kwam samen met een vriendin model staan. We hebben een hele leuke middag gehad en er word heel professioneel gewerkt maar ook met een dolletje! Wij vonden het erg leuk en zijn heel benieuwd naar de eind foto’s (;
Mandy Newby uit UK schreef op 21 maart 2022 om 16:06
I am a professional photographer from the UK that was looking to find a portfolio building exercise for equine photography as I predominantly photograph dogs. I asked a number of workshop providers locally to see if they could help but they could only offer me a place on a group photography training workshop which wasn´t what I was after. I saw that Martine was offering a workshop for foreign photographers and wondered if she might be able to help with my request. Martine was super helpful from the first enquiry and was happy to ´create´ a bespoke portfolio builder for me. She even sent me local B_B´s I could stay in and even said she would offer a full refund if Covid caused travel issues. Martine arranged three different, beautiful locations and four stunning and willing horses, to say I had a blast is an understatement. I had the most amazing two days with great company and wonderful horses to shoot. One of the horses owners even let my daughter sit on her 5 year old Friesian for a photo. It´s an experience I will never forget. If anyone is thinking of arranging a portfolio building trip like me, or would like to attend one of Martines photography training and editing workshops, I can whole hearty say it will be the best decision you will ever make. Martine ensures you have the best possible locations and models (it is not easy to find well behaved horse models). She is so friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and willing to help, you will not only have the time of your life but come away with some breathtaking photographs too. Thank you Martine for a wonderful experience. I cannot wait to return and see you again.
Anna schreef op 7 maart 2022 om 14:12
Veel kunnen vragen en veel indrukken opgedaan. Het was een leerzame en leuke dag!
Cilia Erling uit Hoorn schreef op 26 februari 2022 om 18:47
Wat een mooie ervaring heb ik opgedaan bij BellaVie PhotoArt! Ik had een privéworkshop gedaan en heb enorm veel geleerd in een gezellige maar leerzame sfeer. Het model (paard) was ook prachtig en de locatie was ook heel mooi aan een klein strandje. Ik wil zeker nog een keer terug voor een meeloopdag! Echt een aanrader!
Petra S uit Nederhorst den Berg schreef op 26 februari 2022 om 13:16
Last minute meeloopdag “kinderen en grote honden” gevolgd. Heel erg leuk. Weer veel geleerd en de kans gekregen om kinderen en honden te fotograferen. Later nog tips ontvangen hoe de foto’s te bewerken in Lightroom en Photoshop.
Petra Slagt uit Amsterdam schreef op 8 februari 2022 om 08:20
Afgelopen week een privé studioworkshop bij Martine gedaan. Wat was dat leuk en leerzaam!
Patricia Schellevis uit Nieuw Beijerland schreef op 2 februari 2022 om 08:18
Ik heb een hele leuke workshop studiofotografie gevolgd en heb een super gezellige, leerzame en fijne dag gehad! Zeker een aanrader!
Quincy Ruiter uit Hoorn schreef op 5 januari 2022 om 07:50
Vandaag m’n eerste workshop studio fotografie gehad bij Bellavie! Heel veel geleerd, super veel modellen gehad voor me lens en verschillende achtergronden. Ook werd alles goed uitgelegd en kon ik alles vragen. Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar! Heel erg bedankt!
Peter uit Lelystad schreef op 10 december 2021 om 13:24
Voor mijn verjaardag een fotoshoot kado gekregen van een vriendin bij Bellavie in Lelystad. Wist niet wat ik moest verwachten, maar na een telefonische afspraak werd het allemaal duidelijk. De fotoshoot was heel leuk om te doen en Martine deed het heel professioneel. Ik ben zeer tevreden over het resultaat. Fantastische mooie foto's. Dank je wel Martine. Peter
Anouk en Erik Gosselink schreef op 6 december 2021 om 18:35
We willen je nogmaals ontzettend bedanken voor de mooie foto's welke je hebt geleverd voor onze bruiloft, en kijken ook uit naar het eindproduct van het fotoboek!
Franciska Druijff uit Amerongen schreef op 3 november 2021 om 16:51
Hoi Martine, Bedankt voor de super leuke en leerzame workshop studiofotografie!! En natuurlijk de leuke modellen die het fantastisch deden.
Simone Karis schreef op 7 september 2021 om 07:59
Bedankt Martine de Leeuw voor je fijne les vandaag. Ik weet nu veel meer uit mijn camera te halen dan ik deed. Ook als niet 100% beginner was het leerzaam!
Mireille Knippers schreef op 7 september 2021 om 07:57
Bedankt Martine de Leeuw voor deze zeer leerzame basiscursus. Heel fijn om nu te weten hoe mijn camera werkt. We gaan heel veel oefenen!!
Monique Honders schreef op 7 september 2021 om 07:54
Wat was de basiscursus een super leuke cursus! Bedankt Martine de Leeuw voor deze erg gezellige en leerzame dag. Vandaag gelijk al volop aan het oefenen geslagen. Zo leuk!!!