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Instagram, horses, Animals, Photography, how i shoot, holland,

How I Shoot: Horses with @lindalaughs

How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about their photo-taking process. This week, @lindalaughs shares her tips for taking photos of horses.

“Horses are very honest and pure. They have a calming effect on me. They respond to feelings,” says Instagrammer Linda Heidema (@lindalaughs), who likes to convey human emotions and expressions through her photos of horses.

Once a week, Linda gets four hours away from her hectic life as a mother and youth justice officer in Groningen, Holland, and drives out to the countryside to photograph animals in the meadow. “I used to ride horses, when I was a young teenager myself, but I had to quit,” she says. “When I discovered Instagram I started photographing nature. I came across the enjoyment of photographing horses by accident.”

Here are Linda’s tips for capturing these calm beings up close:

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Location Feature, Keukenhof, first day of spring, Holland,

The Netherlands Celebrates the Start of Spring at Keukenhof

Want to see more photographs of spring in bloom? Be sure to visit the Keukenhof location page!

Today marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This date, known as the vernal equinox, also marks the annual opening of Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden, in the Netherlands. Though the park is only open for eight weeks every year, it attracts around 800,000 visitors looking to photograph the world famous Holland tulips. Home to seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs that span over 32 hectares, Keukenhof is the place to see—and photograph—spring in bloom!