Author Archives: Olga Rook

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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“Wonderland” Exhibition at the Baroque Gardens of Assumburg Castle

I have always enjoyed visiting baroque gardens, and was really excited when I was approached to exhibit my fine art photography at the Assumburg castle park in Heemskerk.

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Rhoon Baby Photography: Little Simon

Today I want to share a lovely family photo session with Bettine, Koen and baby Simon.

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We started our photo shoot at Bettine’s house in Rhoon. I often like combining outdoor adventure with indoor moments. Home is a trusted environment where everyone naturally feels relaxed, and it certainly works for young children. Besides, we can accommodate some details of the interior into the photos, and year later these details can help bring back the atmosphere of one’s growing up.

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Barcelona vibes

The last month was packed with events and awesome photoshoots. I will share some of them soon. Today I wanted to share some impressions from my recent trip to Barcelona.

As you might remember, my Neon Space series with jellyfish had an Honorable mention in the Pollux Awards, so my work was also part of the group exhibition this month in Barcelona.

Travel, art and meeting people are all great sources of inspiration for me. And I’ve never been to Barcelona! So I was excited to go to the opening reception and the artist dinner and meet other photo artists from around the world. It was a lot of inspiration, and we had a good time.

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Camera Time

I am into the themed posts lately and hope you like it. Today’s post is inspired by an old home video my mother re-discovered recently. It’s made by my granddad and makes me very nostalgic. At one point I had to laugh and say: that must have been the moment I was holding the camera for the first time! I will share that photo at the end of the post (and comment on the camera model too). But first let me share a couple of favorite photos on this topic from my client’s photo shoots.

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Children’s portraiture and Music

Some time ago I had a special blog post featuring portraits with pets. Our relationship with animals says a lot about us. And so do things we enjoy doing, our interests and hobbies. They can add an extra dimension, a story to the photo. That is why I like to incorporate one’s favourite activities into a photo session.

Today’s post is about portraits with music instruments. I have quite a few “music portraits” of grownups, but today I wanted to show you a selection from family and children’s photoshoots.

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Rotterdam portrait photo session: Marjan

When you put together a profile on a dating website, you want it to show who you are right away to connect with similar-minded people. Photographs – if you chose them right – can introduce you in seconds.

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Marjan was looking for new portraits to use for her dating site profile. She is a beautiful 60-year old lady, stylish, intellectual, outgoing and full of energy. Marjan found it important that the photos should be natural and reflect her personality.

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Saint-Malo

More travel impressions from France. This time from visit to Saint-Malo, the famous “cité corsaire”, a citadel of privateers and pirates in North Brittany.

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Today I want to share some photos I made at Mont-Saint-Michel last February. I had no time to blog it back then, but now it seems like a good moment again. It is the same time of the year, and I would certainly recommend visiting this spectacular monument during an off-season like January-March.

A view from Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel had been on my to-see list for a long time, but I always postponed going there during my summer holidays. Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in France, it is visited by some 3 million people annually. For an island of less than one square km it can be really crowded!

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Pet portraits

Today I have a special issue. I wanted to share this photo I made during a children’s photo session in Amsterdam: a moment when two little cousins hold fluffy guinea pig Nina in their hands. So quiet and serene. But then I realized I like to make a theme post featuring more portraits with pets.

Nostalgic portrait of two little children with a guinea pig.

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Winter Poetry

Each time it snows in Holland I know it won’t last long, so I grab my camera when I go for a walk. The Loet forest is a picturesque nature resort I like to photograph at all seasons.

A lonely apple tree in the winter.

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Amsterdam Children’s Photography: Little Sisters Noor and Maud

Today I want to share more portraits from the childrens’ photoshoot in Amsterdam featuring amazing Noor and Maud.

We had a very varied photo session where the girls could choose what to wear and demonstrated their many talents. These sisters are so creative and were a huge pleasure to photograph! They are both sporty and excellent at rhythmic gymnastics, and Noor also takes classic ballet classes. The girls loved to change outfits, and I enjoyed capturing the colors and styles they chose, as it reflects their personality.

Noor put on her special dress to show me her dancing and gymnastics skills, and looked like a bird of paradise with the bright colors and sparkles. We took a peacock feather from a vase and it fitted the Noor’s costume and artistic mood perfectly.

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Cozy children’s photo session in Amsterdam: natural portraits and fun moments together

Today I want to share a beautiful indoor children’s photo session. Tjerk and Nienke wanted to give their parents a special gift: a collection of portraits of their four grandchildren, Tjerk’s sons and Nienke’s daughters.

We had a wonderful photo shoot at Nienke’s home in Amsterdam. During the colder season more photo sessions take place indoors, and I always enjoy the combination of fun and coziness of such days.

Two little brothers playing at home.

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Snow and holiday mood in Karlovy Vary

There will be no white Christmas in Holland this year. So I will share some winter travel photography with snowy moments for more holiday mood.

Precisely one year ago my husband and I made a short trip to Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) in Czech Republic. It is a charming spa town, and we spent wonderful time there. The weather was also perfect for a winter holiday. There came a snowfall and the next day the trees and colorful houses where decorated with a layer of snow snow.

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Loetje the Labrador

My last story would be incomplete if I wouldn’t share with you some dog portraits from the recent children’s photo session in Rotterdam. Here they come, as promised.

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Children photo session in Hillegersberg

Today I will share some photos of three wonderful children from a recent photo session in Hillegersberg in Rotterdam. The idea was a surprise gift for the father: new wall portraits of the children in natural and classic style.

All of us enjoyed this surprise project. We made both individual portraits and some photos of the children together, both indoors and in the garden. Here are some photos.

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Neon space, 12th Pollux Awards and an exhibition in Barcelona

Last summer I spent a day in Stralsund, a picturesque Hanseatic town. One of its biggest attractions is Ozeaneum, which is quite new, only 10 years old. It combines an aquarium and a fantastic oceanographic museum. If you happen to be in this region, I would highly recommend visiting it.

Naturally, I took a camera with me to this spectacular attraction. One of the displays that left me totally fascinated was dedicated to jellyfish. It presented the jellyfish in beautiful spotlights, and their movement mesmerized me. I spent quite a time admiring these creatures while most visitors quickly moved on to see a spectacular shark on the opposite side.

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Cozy family photo session in Rotterdam

Today I want to share a beautiful family photo session in Rotterdam.

I photographed Zanya’s family annually during the past four years. Each time we made family photos for Christmas cards, wall photos and story-telling photo albums.

As a family photographer I love annual photo sessions. They are great to see the children grow and develop. And for expats with children it is double important to record their time spent in the Netherlands.

We had already held our photo shoots with Zanya’s family at the city park in Rotterdam, at a beautiful botanic garden and at the beach and in the dunes. Now it was time for a cozy indoor photo session.

A cozy moment with two little sisters at home.

Photo sessions at home are always relaxed and fun for children. Besides, they also let you capture some details that will later bring back the atmosphere of the house and the warm feeling of happy childhood. Next year Sophia and Emma will leave the Netherlands, and these photos will become an anchor to their later memories of this period in their life.

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