portraits in the park with Lana

ohhhhh this little one truly melted my heart during her newborn session, here she is again at 8 months old. She’s still a total sweetheart :)

If you weren’t smiling before.. surely you’re smiling right now :-)

Just tooooooo cute!! :-)

Hope you enjoyed the peek!

Best wishes,
~Natalie

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Adrian, 7 months old and absolutely adorable!

*big smile* do you remember Adrian’s newborn session…?

I’m so happy he’s one of my Baby’s First Year clients, especially after seeing his mama posting beautiful photos of him growing up on Facebook. I really couldn’t wait to photograph him again!

Now he’s 7 months old… sitting up… and being as cute and adorable as can be! :-)

I loved how happy and excited he was when one of his favourite toys made an appearance :-)

…and then he found the tag and I just adored the look of concentration on his face (and those gorgeous long eyelashes!)

Adrian loved giving his mama open mouth baby kisses too, so sweet :-)

A quick outfit change and one last sneak peek..

Are you smiling? I sure am! Hope you enjoyed the peek! :-)

Best wishes,
~Natalie

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welcome to the world, baby Alena

“I’m expecting two newborns, any time now” I would excitedly reply, whenever someone asked about my work. I have newborn babies on my mind. All the time. Seriously. I love it! :D

I couldn’t wait to meet Alena, one of my newest clients. She was just 9 days new when I travelled to Amsterdam to photograph her and her beautiful family.

Isn’t she just GORGEOUS!

and those teeny tiny toes… *love*

Once we had her sleeping, she slept sooooo soundly :)

She’s so beautiful… *ahhh* :)

Let me share a couple of her big sister too, meet Sophie.

Sophie was all smiles when she was inside one of my baskets…also known as “the boat”. She loved it when Daddy spun her around in it ;)

And just one more of Alena, because I can’t resist ;)

Hope you enjoyed the peek!

Best wishes
~Natalie

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tasting is believing – Katie’s Cookies

Look what arrived in the post today…!!

:-)

and underneath the wrapping…

I lifted the lid….and WOW – I was hit smack in the face with the most delicious smells!!! absolutely mouth-watering!

Oooooh which one to try first… they all look so good! and I am *loving* their names! :-)

mmm Gingerbread Sweet & Spicy.. mmm Pumpkin Holy Moly… mmm Avocado Blimey… mmm Strawberry Shortbread….

Nearly 100% organic and all incredibly delicious, I found two unexpected favourites… the Cranberry Orange WTF and the Lemon Lekkerding – so packed full of flavour! YUM!

My husband is going to have to fight me for the rest! Though, truth be told…he already told me he’s expecting an empty box by the time he comes home from work… I’m trying to save him a Chewy Chocolate Whoa-Baby, and maybe a Chocolate Chip OMG too… maybe… ;-)

I.am.in.food.heaven.

Thank you, Katie!!

Visit Katie’s Cookies and order some for yourself or for a friend! I assure you, you will certainly not be disappointed!! They are DELICIOUS!

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launching Images to Inspire Hope – let’s help Japan!

On 11 March 2011,  an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit Japan, and devastation through the tsunami followed.

Along with fears of radiation; food, water and fuel are in short supply. The death toll has passed 10,000. More than 17,440 people are missing. Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless.

It’s heartbreaking.

Vinita and I are back! This time as a team filled with loads of ideas for an exciting new initiative!

Do you remember last year when we took part in Helping hearts for Haiti?

We’ve decided to go bigger and better, and are therefore, launching our own initiative so that we can help raise funds for Japan, and for future projects too.

Introducing… Images to Inspire Hope

We’ve got our mojo on! We have a brand new website (www.imagestoinspirehope.org), a logo and a big plan!!

But this plan cannot succeed until we have your cooperation or help.

Our chosen charity is Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund (Save the Children). As family and children photographers, this is our way of using photography to give back.

And this is how you can help…

You and your children could win a wonderful family photo session on-location in the heart of Den Haag, Gouda or Utrecht!

  • This session will be photographed by myself AND Vinita and will be held on Saturday 02 July 2011. Celebrate the start of the Summer holidays! This gives you plenty of time to shop for new outfits too, if need be ;-) If you are not available on this date, don’t worry, we can make alternative plans!
  • Session is for up to 5 members of the same immediate family and will last between 1-2 hours.
  • Winner will also receive all their proof images in medium resolution on CD. Print to your heart’s content!
  • Valued at €675!!

How to win:

  • Make a MINIMUM donation of $10 to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund
  • For every donation of $10 you will be entered into the prize draw. Increase your chance of winning; donate $30 and you’ll receive 3 entries!
  • Forward a copy of your donation confirmation email to help@imagestoinspirehope.org.
  • All entries must be RECEIVED by midnight (GMT+1) on Tuesday 31 May 2011.
  • Winner will be drawn at random and announced on Wednesday 01 June 2011.
  • You can enter as many times as you’d like, but each entry must be the minimum $10 donation.

Other details:

  • Session participants must sign a model release. This allows us to showcase our favourite images from your session on our blogs and on the Images to Inspire Hope website.
  • Session must be held in Den Haag, Gouda or Utrecht.
  • If the winner does not claim his/her prize by Friday 10 June 2011 or cannot claim the prize, then another winner will be drawn.
  • This program is not sponsored or promoted by Save the Children and we are not receiving anything in return for this effort.

But wait! There’s more!

Please feel free to blog, tweet or share the link to this blog post and the Images to Inspire Hope website! Together we can help those in need.

Thank you SO much!!

Best wishes,
~ Natalie and Vinita

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Amazing lighting workshop in The Hague with Zach & Jody Gray

Wow! The past two days have been phenomenal! I have so many blog posts waiting to be written and client sessions I want to share, but this, this I have to blog about right NOW!

I just spent two amazing days with Zach and Jody Gray from Gray Photography – and these guys are just incredible, they’re so inspiring and such great fun to be around. I’m absolutely elated that they brought their IN-CAMERA: Light and their Business and Marketing: Executing the Dream workshops to The Hague and was able to attend. Huge thanks to Anouschka and Ray from Lifestyle Fotografie for making it all happen!! I had an absolute blast, and loved meeting all the other photographers too, many of whom I knew from Twitter and Facebook – it was so great to connect in person.

As a result of the workshop, and especially the shoot in The Hague, I now see in a completely different way and I’m totally excited to put all these new tricks into practice. It was so great to work with a high-powered strobe outdoors and it’s definitely something I’d like to do more of. I’m totally inspired! I’m totally giddy too! ;-)

Let me share some of the photos I took… enjoy!

Here’s a before (natural light only):

And the rest are after (natural daylight + one high-powered studio strobe = awesome!)

The models, Stephanie and Angela were fabulous to work with! Thanks girls! :)

Be sure to head over to Zach and Jody’s blog to check out a couple of my behind-the-scenes photos and some of their awesome photos from Tuesday’s lighting shoot!

Best wishes
~ Natalie

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A time to celebrate! Happy New Year!

Many thanks to my wonderful clients for making 2010 a fabulous year! And thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement, and kind comments here on my blog, on Facebook, Twitter and in person, it’s much appreciated!

Here’s wishing you a fabulously Happy New Year celebration tonight. See you in 2011, may it be a bright and prosperous New Year for you all!!

With love and best wishes,
~Natalie

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Autumn in The Hague

I don’t know about where you are, but here in The Hague, autumn seemed to pass in the blink of an eye! On a damp and drizzly day in November, I met the beautiful H. Family. They were absolutely fabulous, and totally rocked their family session in Clingendael Park, even braving the rain!

Having endured several days of stormy winds, there weren’t so many leaves left on the trees, but the floor was a sea of gold. So beautiful!

Finding shelter from the rain…

They were an absolute delight to photograph!

:-)

And when we were done, it was (finally!) time to climb trees… ;-)

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Best wishes,

~Natalie

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oh Dexter, you’re a sweetheart!

Remember this gorgeous mama-to-be? I was delighted to hear of baby’s safe arrival.. A boy.. and with a gorgeous name too!

Welcome to the world Dexter! :)

A wonderfully adorable little brother for a delightful big sister!

I just want to *kiss* those gorgeous cheeks of his! Sweet dreams little one..

It was lovely to receive his birth announcement in the post too! :-)

Designed by Jolette of Mamamila with photography by Tigs Creations! We just recently started working together. Her designs and cards are simply gorgeous and I’m so happy to offer her services to my clients!

Hope you enjoyed the peek…

Best wishes,

~Natalie

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 – Meet the Dragons

Thank you to Stephanie Ward (Firefly Coaching) and her retweet on Twitter about the ‘Meet the Dragons‘ event – I was intrigued!

My good friend and fellow photographer, Vinita Salomé and I signed up for the FREE event and excitedly waited for the day to arrive!

That day, was yesterday: Monday 15 November 2010!

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. The week is a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, with millions unleashing their entreprising talents and turning their ideas into reality.

The Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII) also takes part in GEW and so I headed over to the WBII for their GEW Kick Off Business Lunch where the topic of the round table was “Magnify your Marketing Message, how to effectively use your personal network and social media tools to grow your business”. Then it was a quick dash to the train station to meet Vinita and we were on our way to an aircraft hanger at Rotterdam – The Hague Airport for the official opening of GEW Netherlands and Meet the Dragons!

The event was much bigger than I had anticipated and we were so happy to be part of the audience. It was all very exciting!!

The dragons were introduced and took to the stage: Arjen de Koning (Founder & CEO Paradigit Group), Henk Keilman (Founder & CEO RIG Investments), Willem Sijthoff (Renowned Media Entrepreneur) and Rachel Elnaugh (Renowned Serial Entrepreneur, and also a Dragon on the first two series of BBC’s Dragon’s Den). It was all very dramatic with big music and big lighting, quite spectacular!

Four pitches were presented to the Dragons by CityHub Hotels, Tinypay.me, Aquaculture Benin City and Aesthetic Interactions.

But without a doubt, the highlight of the event was the official opening by UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the keynote speech by Rachel Elnaugh.

Nick Clegg stressed the importance of entrepreneurship as an essential ingredient for economic recovery, and surprised the audience by speaking in Dutch too. You can watch his opening speech here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Rachel Elnaugh captivated the audience with her keynote about ‘The Extrepreneurial Rollercoaster Ride’. Speaking of her first entrepreneurial venture, Red Letter Days, which was generating £1million profit per year at it’s height; she showed incredible strength in recovering from it’s failure and her story was extremely inspiring.

She shared the following fabulous tips.. take note!

  • Find your passion
  • Go it alone, put yourself at the helm of your business
  • Dare to be different
  • Strong brands sell – you have 7 seconds to engage a potential customer
  • Focus on sales, sales, sales
  • Your customers are your biggest marketing department
  • Defend your energy, stay positive and manage your motivation
  • Never say die – there is always a solution, there is always an answer, if you look for it

You can watch her keynote speech here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Be sure to visit her website at www.rachelelnaugh.com

Most certainly, it was an incredibly inspiring and motivating event! When can I sign up for next year? and who’s coming with me? :-)

Best wishes,
~Natalie

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