Category Archives: Loveshoots

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.


Saeed en Saeedeh: A Romantic and Cozy Photoshoot in Rotterdam

Here comes the second part of the beautiful loveshoot photo story with Saeed and Saeedeh in Rotterdam.


We started our photo session in the park and had both sunshine and rain. When the rain got strong and we decided it was time for a cup of coffee. We went to a café, and I could not avoid making some photos in this nostalgic and cinematic atmosphere. The strong contrast between light and shadow also made me think of Edward Hopper paintings.


Saeed and Saeedeh: A Romantic Photoshoot in Rotterdam

Today I want to share a wonderful love story photo session in Rotterdam.

Saeed and Saeedeh originally come from Iran. They met each other as students, and academic career brought them to several countries. For the past years, they live and work in the Netherlands. It’s been ten years since their marriage, and it was certainly time for a special photoshoot together.



A Group Portrait with Character: Bussum Family Photography

Sandra and her brother Frank wanted to make a special gift for their father’s anniversary: a wall portrait of Sandra with her husband Chris and Frank with his wife Fabienne. The two couples together but not in a traditional group photo with “say cheese” smiles. It had to be an unconventional group portrait with character. Great attitude, I thought at once.

Black and white group portrait of two couples together


A Romantic Photo Session in Rotterdam Delfshaven

Irina wanted to make a special birthday present for her husband Johan – a romantic photo session of them together. Our location was Delfshaven in Rotterdam – a beautiful historic neighborhood with a canal full of picturesque boats.

Beloved photo shoot couple Rotterdam


Idyllic Countyside and Romantic Town: A Love Shoot in Kinderdijk and Kralingen

In the previous post I have shown you some photos from a the “trash the dress” session by Yi and Dong in Lisse and the Keukenhof castle park. But that wasn’t all!

Classic and nostalgic portrait of a couple at the windmills of Kinderdijk in Holland.

Our next stop was Kinderdijk. By the time we got there it was already very busy. Yi and Dong were immediately in the center of attention. They received lots of congratulations, and Yi’s beauty was praised in many languages as she walked pass the windmills. When you look at the idyllic and romantic mood in these photos you might think Yi and Dong had the whole place for themselves that day. In a way they did: this magic happens when you’re in love!


A Dutch Fairy Tale: Tulip Fields and Magic Park

Yi and Dong come from China but met each other and got married in Rotterdam. Their wedding took place in January and they decided to hold a separate romantic “trash the dress” photo session in the spring.

Portrait of a romantic couple in a flower field


Amsterdam Family Photography: Timeless Black and White

My previous story about a photo session with Jules, Barbara and Truus in Amsterdam was a colourful reportage: fresh, fun, romantic. But have you noticed that there were no black and white photos in it? Why not? Well, not without a reason. I just thought that black and white images from this reportage would make a special series.

Amsterdam is great both in color and in timeless black and white. So here are our Amsterdam moments in black and white: classic or vintage-like, stylish and nostalgic.

I love this photo of the couple: an unexpected moment when different realities cross. Doesn’t it seem as though the guys on the truck are looking at the gorgeous blonde from the future right in front of them?

Photo of a couple against a bakery truck. The picture on the truck presents a street scene from the early 20th century. There is a blond girl in front of the truck, en three working class guys depicted on the truck seem to be staring at her.

And here is more: Jules, Barbara and Truus with canals, bridges and bicycles, and that unique Amsterdam flavor.


Trash the Dress: A Romantic Photo Shoot in the Tulip Fields

A Brazilian love story in Holland

Daniel and Julia are a beautiful Brazilian couple living in Rotterdam. They knew each other back in Brazil but their love story unfolded in the Netherlands: Julia did her master and then also worked here, and Daniel is now completing his PhD at the RSM Erasmus University.

The couple got married in Brazil last year, and Holland – with its bicycles and wooden shoes – was the theme of their wedding party. When returning to Holland Julia took her wedding dress with her: she dreamt of a “trash the dress” romantic photo session among the colorful Dutch flower fields.

Trash the dress photo shoot in the Dutch


Martin and Esther: A Rotterdam Love Story

A Romantic Fairy Tale


After meeting each other they quickly realized that they were meant to be together: Esther, so angel-like and feminine, yet a strong personality (she is also a team leader at a big company) and Martin, a tall Viking (but also an IT expert and an accomplished photographer). An international marriage, and the baby that is to be born soon will have a mix of four cultures: Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian and Russian!

Martin and Esther truly are a romantic couple. They radiate love and care about each other – which you can see at every moment.


Romantic couple: Wendy & Chris

Chris and Wendy are a beautiful couple from Scheidam.  They are married for five years now, but photographing them felt much like a wedding photo shoot. So joyful and romantic! It is great to photograph a couple so intensely happy, spontaneous and open. And the Kralingse bos was a wonderful setting for this photo session.

A romantic portrait of a beautiful couple in a forest. Their faces come close to each other: a kiss is about to follow.