About me

zon zee paradijsHi!  My name is Jetty Smolders. I am a Portrait Photographer, and owner of a small company called: Personal Portrait. I’m a happy dreamer and I love to create things! My hobbies are drawing and painting. Photography is a kind of second nature to me and I like to do it by profession.

My partner is Paul, we have two grown up kids in their twenties. In 2008 we bought a Rustico, an old farmhouse, in the region of Alessandria which is part of the Piemont, one of the most beautiful, unspoiled regions of Italy. The small town of Acqui Terme is 15 minutes by car and  the Italian Flower Riviera is also within easy driving distance. The house was already a little bit restored when we bought it, so we could move in right away. We go there whenever we can to enjoy the Italian way of life.

We discovered the region bit by bit. I made lots of pictures of the Piedmontese landscape, villages and towns.

I fell in love with the beautiful characteristic balconies that grace so many Italian houses and apartments. They are often the only place available where Italians can enjoy outdoor life while being at home. That is why they have used such passion, talent and decoration skills to make their balconies really special places.