Category Archives: Child Photography and Families

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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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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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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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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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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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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Children’s and family photography in Utrecht

Today I want to share another beautiful family photo session that brings back sunny moments into a grey day.

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It was our third photo session with Anna-Maria and her family, and the second photoshoot with their extended family. I was happy to meet everybody again and to see how the children had grown. You can feel it at once when you look at the youngest kids. Little Filippa had changed from a sweet baby into a small princess with a strong character behind an angelic face.

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In the Dunes of Scheveningen: A Story behind a Photo

Today I wanted to feature a moment from the beautiful photo session in The Hague I shared yesterday.

In this photo you see brother and sister sitting in the dunes. If you think about how this photo was made you will probably think about photographer positioning the children in a picturesque way. But it’s so far from how it really went!

We went down to the beach through the dunes. The children and grownups were having fun, and I walked among them recording special moments. With a big family like that you have to look around really well to follow all the parallel stories unfolding at different sides and not miss any of them. And then you are given a show you absolutely cannot miss.

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Family photoshoot at the beach of Scheveningen

The summer is definitely gone now, but I am lagging behind with my blog. I hope you will excuse me, it’s been such a busy time. I absolutely wanted to share this beautiful family photo session at the sea.

The beach of Scheveningen and adjacent dunes is such a wonderful location for a relaxed photo shoot for children and grownups alike. This time it was at a walking distance from my client’s home in The Hague, so the fun started right away.

Everyone enjoyed their time together, and I was happy to be part of it and to record the happy moments. As I have photographed this family before, I was happy to catch up with everyone, to see how the children grow, observe who has similar traits, and of course greet the youngest brother for the first time.

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Children’s Character Portraits in The Hague

In my previous blog posts I featured brothers and boy stories. Today I want to proceed with this topic and introduce little brothers Tom and Coen.

The dunes and beach of Scheveningen are definitely a great location for family photography. The sea inspires such a sense of freedom, and there is so much space to run and play. We held an extended family session here and it was a lot of fun. This wonderful and lengthy reportage is impossible to fit into a blog post. So today I made a small photo selection just with Tom and Coen. These are character portraits that are all about the boys’ world and capture their personality through the mood of the moment.

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Rotterdam family photography: Boys’ portraits

I my previous post I have featured the story of twins and now want to share portraits of their elder and younger brothers Sem and Bram.

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Family photography in Rotterdam: Featuring Twin Brothers

Karien contacted me for a photoshoot of her family in Rotterdam. Karien and her husband Henri enjoy active lifestyle. They and their four sons like sport and movement, so it was a natural choice to opt for an outdoor photo session in a spacious park such as the park at the Euromast.

There was an adventurous weather forecast that day, so we took umbrellas with us. But luckily the pleasant sunny morning was interrupted by rain drops for only ten minutes or so, and also then it was fine to move around the park. The family took a walk, played football and enjoyed their good time together as I made photos of them as a group, solo portraits of each of the boys, the brothers together and with the parents.

It was relaxed and fun photo session and everybody did great, so that we have a beautiful reportage. I would like to split this family blog story in two parts and start with a special issue about the two brothers, Thomas and David. As you can see, the boys are twins.

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A Fun Photo Session in The Hague

Today I want to share a series of photos from a wonderful family reportage in The Hague.

Little boy laughing during a family photo shoot in The Hague.

The photo session was a special father’s day present from Gerda to her husband Dirk to have a memorable family moment preserved in beautiful photos. Gerda and Dirk have five children aged from 8 to 16 years old. It was a good occasion for new family pictures and children’s portraits to decorate the walls of their beautiful home, and for a session album to record a happy day together.

The location of our photo shoot was the picturesque Clingendael estate, not far from the family’s house in The Hague. The estate has some elegant classic architectural details, which I eagerly accommodated in the portraits and family pictures. And, of course, in a park like that you can expect plenty of space to play and relax. So the family wisely took a picnic set with them, and the boys had a ball to play.

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Children’s portraiture in Delft

As much as I like to capture interaction during a children’s photoshoot, I always look for solo portraits of each child to reveal more of their character and personality. I usually do it in several manners. For example, during this photo session in Delftse Hout, the children where playing in a field of high grass, and such moments can be perfect for semi-candid portraits. And later, during the photo walk, I asked each child for a moment to make dedicated portraits.

I really like to photograph children in both camera-aware and less aware situations as they result in different expressions. Candids can be sparkling with all sorts of emotions or, on the opposite, record a moment of dreamy mental absence. And a straight into the camera look can be as different and vary from confident to thoughtful, from vulnerable to impish. We all have many sides in us, and I love to explore children’s character through a series of portraits.

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Children photo session in Delft

Yvette and Manon were looking for a special present for their parents’ wedding anniversary. They decided a series of beautiful and natural portraits of his grandchildren will make a wonderful gift, and I couldn’t agree more.

Yvette’s family lives in the surroundings of Delft, while Manon and her children came for a visit from Germany. Yvette had a great location in mind: Delftse Hout, not far from her home. It has a lake, park and forest area which is perfect for an outdoor photo session.

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First Birthday photo session in Apeldoorn

Last August I photographed Nicky’s baptism party, and now the little guy is turning one year old. Saying goodbye to one’s baby time is a special moment to celebrate and to capture for the future.

Nicky’s mother didn’t want a typical staged cake smash photo shoot but a more natural and spontaneous photo session outdoors. Our location was the forest next to Apenheul in Apeldoorn. A wonderful place for walking, picnicking and some adventure.

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A Cosy November Day: Rotterdam Family Photography

As promised, here comes the second part of the reportage with Monique and her family in Rotterdam a few weeks ago.

At the beginning of our photoshoot the kids played at home, and then we went for a walk to the Heemraadspark. We had just enough time to enjoy the autumn colors and some sunshine before it got really grey and started to rain.

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