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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!
Remember my peek-a-boo post last week? Here’s the official sneak peek for a wonderful family that I met in the centre of The Hague on the day of the World Cup Final (this explains the orange nail varnish ;-))
These two little girls were absolutely A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. and they totally stole my heart. Look at the smile from Kirsten (above), and I’m thinking big sister, Laura (below), is perhaps a model in the making.. gorgeous!
Such a beautiful family :-)
As we walked through the Binnenhof, Kirsten was cute beyond words!
Doesn’t she put a huge smile on your face?
And the next image, technically an ‘out-take’, but just look at that little face and the pointing finger!
A gorgeous couple :-)
After a walk along the Lange Voorhout we went to find a cafe on the Denneweg…
What a fabulous Sunday morning! I had a wonderful time *thank you, Melinda* :-)
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!
I’ve had so many photo sessions lately that I’m a little behind on blogging sneak peeks (in fact some may actually become post-peeks!) so watch out for several coming your way…
Just a few short weeks ago, on Father’s Day, I travelled to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel (a lovely little village near Amstelveen) to meet this wonderful family, including Grandma :-)
Just look at that adorable face, doesn’t he make you smile?! :-)
We had a fun afternoon together – drawing pictures of Hello Kitty, blowing bubbles, making a hideaway from umbrellas and blankets, we also did some hula hooping too! ;-)
For the family photos we headed for the bedroom; the light was just gorgeous, streaming in from two large windows.
Such a happy family, it was lovely to spend the afternoon with them.
Oh, and I loved Monty’s t-shirt – it says “Dad is my Hero” :-)
Megan had a mountain of energy, barely staying still for a nano-second. However, after a series of forward rolls I caught her eye for a brief moment…
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek! There are more peeks coming soon so keep your eyes peeled! ;-)
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Summer has arrived and I have a fabulously summery sneak peek for you, and an extended sneak peek at that. Earlier this month I spent a wonderful morning at Kijkduin Beach with the M. Family. Their 4 children were adorable, playing in the sand, building sandcastles with their parents and splashing in the sea together :-)
We barely had sand between our toes when the three youngest ran across the beach with their bag of goodies, so sweet to watch them :-)
We had a lot of fun, though there was the odd grumpy moment too, but even those moments made me smile. In the photo above, E. had decided he didn’t want to be in the family portrait; he left us to sit with his back to everyone whilst quietly tossing sand in the air… his grumpiness didn’t last very long though, and he soon joined the others and was having fun jumping the waves *splish splash* :-)
There is so much love in this family, it was wonderful to watch them play together.
They’re a beautiful family :-)
We also took a moment to photograph the children individually. Here’s P. the eldest..
and the youngest, twins A. and K. – they were so sweet, holding onto my hand and walking with me across the sand :-)
E.’s eyes really sparkled, a total cutie!
Of course, we needed a beautiful photo of Mum and Dad too :-)
That’s all for now ;-) hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!
I was really looking forward to photographing this family; I received their request for a portrait session via the Littlest Heroes Project (our littlest heroes are children suffering from any type of serious illness or life altering disability). Their youngest daughter Britt, a wonderful and very loving little girl, has Down’s Syndrome.
We arranged to have an outdoor session in the park but it started raining just before their session and when they arrived to meet me there was no sign that the rain would stop any time soon. Since we weren’t far from Scheveningen, I suggested that we go to the Sea Life Centre at the beach; it would be fun for the girls and we’d escape the rain too! So off we went…
There are going to be lots of sneak peeks in this post, I really found it soooo very difficult to just choose a few photos to share!
Little fish, big fish, sharks and stingrays. It was so much fun to watch Britt explore with her big sister, Claire.
Britt and Claire found some “bubble” windows to look through…
…and here’s my view of Britt from the other side :-)
When we came out of the Sea Life Centre, the rain had stopped and the sun was peeking through the clouds. It was perfect for some portraits on the beach.
Britt and Claire had fun collecting shells and filling their pockets with them.
Here’s Mom with her two beautiful daughters; and a funny face from Britt!
These beautiful girls made me smile the whole day, I really love this one of them together :-)
Ok, last one in the sneak peek. Here’s Britt, drawing in the sand.
Thank you so much for a wonderful Littlest Heroes Project session! Hope you enjoyed your sneak peek!! Hope Dad did too, shame he couldn’t be there to join you on the day. There will be many more beautiful portraits in your gallery, it’s coming very soon!
Have a good weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by :-)
Earlier in the year the Family Solutions Netherlands Initiative held the first of their conference series. As well as being a Sponsor for the event, Tigs Creations Photography also donated ‘the gift of custom portraiture’ as a raffle prize. Congratulations to the winners, here’s a sneak peek from their session…
There are so many beautiful images that it was hard choosing which ones to share! Such a gorgeous family, it was really wonderful to meet you all.
For me, this next one really sums up the whole session with this little guy – just *had* to share it! :-)
LOVE his expression! He was a lot of fun, and amazing how much energy he had! :-)
Can I sneak in one more….
Just look at those eyes, so beautiful, she’s gorgeous!
I really had a big smile after this session – hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!
This beautiful family had just returned from a holiday on the west coast of the USA and although they were still jet-lagged they had oodles of energy during their session. It was Mom’s birthday and we celebrated with a fun photosession in the park :-)
It was a gorgeous day, and although it was still technically summer, this was a session for Christmas portraits so the discovery of autumn leaves was a welcome one and out came some warm winter coats for a few of the photos.
After the park we moved to their home for a quick studio session, here’s a couple of my favourites…
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek! :-)
Just a quick update on my availability… I’m now booking sessions late-October and November so if you’re thinking of sending portraits as Christmas gifts for your families, don’t wait to secure your date! For newborns, please contact me asap and before your due date – I always try to make room in my schedule for newborn sessions :)
and….. whilst on the subject of newborns…
Just a few short weeks ago I met this gorgeous family. Here’s a few of my faves from our session: meet Sami, and his little brother, Dani, 25 days new.
So so sweet.. and I love those cute little newborn toes too!
Just look at those gorgeous eyes, Sami is going to melt some hearts with those, for sure!
This one makes me smile :) these are two very handsome little boys!
And here’s the family of four:
It was a pleasure to meet you all, I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek…!
After several days of gorgeous sunshine and warm weather, it was suddenly a very wet morning in The Hague… the sky was grey in all directions, and not the slightest hint of sun or blue sky in sight… should we reschedule, should we not… we decided to go ahead anyway but with a change of location, so I headed off to Gouda (where it was a little less rainy) to meet Vinita, JK, and their son, Vivaan :-)
Vinita is one of my closest friends and a great photographer, I’m sure many of you will have seen photos of her on my blog before – we have a lot of fun on our photo days ;-) I am truly honored that she chose me to photograph her family :-)
Vini… I hope you enjoy your sneak peek :-)
Our first stop was the park and there was a children’s play area there… Vivaan was too cute, he wanted to play on EVERYTHING! His lovely white shirt didn’t stay white for long!! ;-)
(clickety click on the image above to see the three pics bigger ;) I soooo need to upgrade my blog to allow for bigger pics! hopefully soon…)
I looooove this one.. you’re both so happy and smiley, this is really how I know you :-))
I think Vivaan was getting tired.. oh no… wait…. ;)
haha! so FUN! I sure would like to know where Vivaan gets all his energy from..!! ;-)
Vini and JK – it really was a blast to spend the morning with you and to capture all those images that are rare in a photographer’s family.. I’m so glad we went out and braved the rain! Hope you love your sneak peek, I can’t wait to share all the images with you :-)
It’s time for another sneak peak!
Last weekend I had a really fun time photographing a wonderful family from Australia. We first visited the Japanese Garden for some photos there but we ended up sharing the garden with a film crew and I don’t think they were overly enthusiastic about our rendition of baa baa black sheep, so we left for an adventure in Clingendael Park instead…
But first, since I love the bright red bridges in the Japanese Garden, meet Finn, Ronan and Declan…
There is a gorgeous staircase and a beautifully kept garden in Clingendael so we spent some time there, playing catch and blowing bubbles… and I kept catching Declan resting his hands on his hips, such a cutie!
And, here’s another one, hands on hips again… and looking a little curious about the bubbles his mum was blowing..
So, in an attempt to have all three boys smiling at the same time….
I couldn’t see what mum and dad were up to behind me but it was evidently very funny!
- pssst. out of the corner of my eye I caught dad dancing an irish jig! shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!
*teehee* the boys were laughing so hard; every time I see this photo I remember their infectious laughter and a smile spreads across my face – it was definitely a fun morning!
We had some time to go and visit the playground too…
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!!