Children and their horses: a photo session in Apeldoorn

Today I want to share some photos from a recent children’s photo session in Apeldoorn.

It was great to meet gorgeous Josefina and Sylvana again and to see how their children have grown over the past time. The kids are awesome, I always have fun photographing them and having a chat. But they also have some very special skills and this is what I want to show in this blog post.

A girl and a horse

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Jane: Fun photo session in Rotterdam after lockdown

After a corona break, photo sessions are back! With necessary precautions and physical distancing, of course. For me as a photographer this is not a issue. I love outdoor adventures and my favorite lens for outdoor photoshoots is a long telelens that won’t even focus closer than 1,5 meters. In real life this lens demands even more space. That means you are safe with me and need not worry!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day today!

Dear mothers, you give the gift of life and unconditional love, you nurture and inspire.

You are beautiful beyond words!

Mother-daughter photography

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A Gift for Mother’s Birthday: Children’s portraits

Today I want to feature a photo session with four children in Berkel en Rodenrijs. You probably remember that I am always enthusiast when I learn that children’s photo shoot is meant to create a special gift for one’s partner or parents. With partners it also adds an element of surprise and is often kept secret. As a photographer I love that kind of projects!

Black and white portrait of a boy wearing boxing gloves

The photo session is planned when one of the parents is away for work or meeting friends (or something else is invented to keep them out of the house). Ideally, one does not know what is going on during their absence. Then we have the photo session at one’s home or outdoors and try to keep it secret. That surely adds an exciting element to the shoot.

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Zinzi: A lifestyle photo shoot in The Hague

A day in the life photo sessions belong to my favorite kinds as they are so full of possibilities. They are perfect for elaborate family reportages and loveshoots with many activities and locations. But it is an excellent option for individual photo shoots as well. It gives you plenty of time to combine indoor and outdoor portraits, visiting several locations and, of course, using more outfits.

Today I want to share some portraits from a half-day photo session I had with beautiful Zinzi in the centre of The Hague. Zinzi wanted to treat herself with a fun and relaxed lifestyle photo shoot. She has artistic taste and a wonderful sense of style, and it was a great pleasure for me to photograph such a lovely and gracious model.

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The Snow Nostalgia

Saying goodbye to the winter that wasn’t there.

White winter at the forest in Moscow suburb

To me, winter without snow is like coffee without caffeine. My Russian soul misses snowy winters, and when I visited Moscow last month I hoped to see enough snow.

We are all aware of climate change, but it was still a shock for me when artificial snow was used to decorate the center of Moscow for the New Year holidays. December 2019 was the warmest in Moscow since 1886 but January 2020 became the warmest January ever. Not a winter I was hoping to enjoy.

During my visit there was some snow after all but it was also humid and windy. I witnessed a single snowy moment that made me think of “normal” winters. I wanted to enjoy it with some nature around, so I went for a walk at a small forest at the outskirt of Moscow. White fluffy snow was everywhere. Such moments always make me feel happy. I made some photos and want to share a little “winter spirit” with you.

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Love Story Photography in Rotterdam: 25 years together

Today I have a special issue: my dear friends Karen and Marcel have been together for 25 years. They thought it was high time for a romantic photoshoot, and I couldn’t agree more.

The couple met each other in Rotterdam and lived here ever since. For them, the city is full of romantic memories. Some locations that have been important and symbolic for the couple were bound to appear in our pictures. We walked through different parts of Rotterdam, and it became one of the characters in our photo story.

timeless romantic portrait of a couple in the city

We started at the Maasboulevard enjoying the view on the river and the skyline behind it. Then it was time for a cup of coffee, and we went to Grand Café “Prachtig”. It had not only a speaking name (symbolic to use it in for a photo, isn’t it?) but also a panoramic view on the Maas. A Christmas tree was a nice feature too, I believe it was the only winter detail we’ve seen on this rather warm day.

One of the things I appreciate about wintertime photo sessions is that the Sun does not get too high. That means you don’t need to be up too early to get beautiful long shadows and dramatic silhouettes. One of my favourite photos from our reportage is the silhouette of Karen and Marcel against the Maas and the city skyline including Erasmus Bridge. It is nostalgic and timeless. If one did not know these impressive buildings were built over the past decades, one might think this picture is quite old.

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Nostalgic Children’s reportage in Delft

Today I want to feature a children’s photo session in the center of Delft. The atmosphere was so magical it fits Christmas holidays perfectly.

Timeless children's portrait in the center of Delft

Alaina called me for a photo session of her three children. An expat family from the US spent a few great years in the Netherlands and were now moving on to a new destination. Living in Holland was an important part in their children’s life. The youngest girl, Ella, was even born here. The family needed a beautiful photo story as a lasting memory of their beautiful time in the Netherlands.

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Sunset in Tivoli and magic olive garden

Today I want to share one of the personal moments I had this year. In September my husband and I went for holiday to Italy, and my mental batteries are still charged with sunshine and inspiration from that trip. I will have to make a couple of posts and I’m starting with Tivoli.

Sunset in Tivoli

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Children’s photo session in Rotterdam Schiebroek

Professional children’s photography is a wonderful gift for the grandparents. Roy and his sister had thought of such special present for their parents on a special date. We arranged a photo session with their little children in a park in Schiebroek, and today I am going to share some images from this fun reportage.

Naturally, we wanted to have a beautiful group picture of all four children together. The youngest, baby Thijs, was barely 5 months old. He could not stand yet, and the other children were too young to hold him. To make a nice group picture possible we had to let the kids sit together or, for example, lie on their belly. In the autumn the grass in the morning is mostly quite wet to sit on the ground. The answer was simple: to use a plaid and a layer to put under it. This worked very well: the children were dry and comfortable, and the photos turned out wonderful.

I wanted to incorporate that lovely moment of the children together into natural setting. Open field and trees far behind made a perfect timeless backdrop here. The photo is about the personalities of the children but also about childhood.

Four happy children in a park

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Maaike and Music: Poetic portraits

I have just shared images from a wonderful family photo session in Limburg. Now I wish to complete the story with a mini-series featuring charming Maaike playing ukulele.

playing music in a wonderful garden

If you have read my previous blog post, you know that Maaike’s family is fond of music and everybody plays several instruments. I wanted to capture the family playing music together and asked everybody to pick some music instruments (later I have counted at least 7 different ones used during the photoshoot). Maaike took a ukulele and was now playing in the garden while waiting for the others. I enjoyed the lovely music and of course made some photos. Let me share some of them.

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Fruit garden, blowballs and music: A Family photo session in Limburg

Today I want to feature a wonderful photo session in Limburg. It is usually the parents who initiate a family photo session with the kids. This time it were the children, students, who wanted to give a special present to their parents for a special date. My old client Maaike and her brother Cas knew a photo session is a kind of gift to combine memorable photos and fun family time together. And it worked out awesome!

A joyful family photo session

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Family photo shoot in an urban setting: a walk in Rotterdam

Today I want to share with you some photographs from a family photo shoot in Rotterdam. This reportage is so full of sunshine and happy smiles, it’s like a sip of carefree summer joy.

It was my third photo session with Tugce and her beautiful family. Little Deniz has turned 5, she is a schoolgirl now. When I look at her portraits through these years, I am once again amazed how quickly children grow and how photography can help you mark different stages of that special time and build up a story: of a person and a family.

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Going monumental: Monet’s water garden at Assumburg castle garden

I have very exciting news about the current “Wonderland” exposition at the Assumburg castle park in Heemskerk.

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Faas and Co: the Blue Wall Portraits

Let me feature a little moment from the family photo session I shared yesterday.

The boys had a very active time at the beach, and before we moved on to the dunes we went to a beach café for a cup of tea. I like combining indoor and outdoor portraits within a single photoshoot for a diversity of styles. This was an opportunity. The light inside the café was nicely soft, and I found the vibrant blue color of the wooden wall quite inspiring. It certainly added a special mood. So I asked the boys to seat against that wall for a moment and made a few photos.

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Family photo session at the beach in Kijkduin

Today I want to share some photos from a photo session with a wonderful family in The Hague.

Yvette contacted me for a photo reportage of her family and children. She was looking for natural portraits that show everyone’s characters and capture real moments. This is my favorite type of family pictures, and I was excited to hear there were four brothers from 6 to 14 years old.

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If you live close to the sea it is usually a natural decision to choose the beach as a location for the photos. It’s definitely a good idea when you have active sporty boys to photograph! So we met at Kijkduin on a sunny morning and had a great photo time playing football at the beach and walking in the dunes.

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Upcoming expositions: Rotterdam and Rome

Dear friends, in the next couple of weeks I take part in two nice group expositions and wanted to share the details.

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On Saturday 31 August, the Sehnsucht nomad gallery takes part in the Gallery Crawl programme in Rotterdam. It is an event with art, design, performances and artist talks at various gallery locations in the Old North. The exposition of the Sehnsucht nomads (including my work from the “Portals” series) is to be seen at Zwaanshals 470 from 1 PM. Take a look if you are in the city! it’s going to be festive atmosphere, and I hope you’d enjoy the art.

My next stop is going to be Rome. Loosenart contemporary visual arts platform is hosting a group exposition “The Game”. It will open on the 6thof September (the reception is free) and run till the 3rdof October. Save the date if you are there! Location: Millepiani, via N. Odero, 13, Rome.

In Rome I will exhibit a different kind of work: it is my first experience with mixed media, in this case photography and digital art. Of course, this exhibition is an awesome reason to visit Rome again! It’s one of my favorite places and a huge inspiration. Ah, la Grande Bellezza, here I come!

Amsterdam family photo session

Photographing families in their natural environment is own of my favorite genres. Today I want to share a few images from a family reportage in Amsterdam.

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Alain’s first communion

Recently I made a reportage of a first communion in Apeldoorn: let me share with you just one special moment from that wonderful day.

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Children’s photography in Utrecht: two little sisters

Today’s blog features a photo session two little sisters in Amelisweerd park in Utrecht.

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