www.nataliecarstens.com Natalie Carstens ~ Pregnancy, Birth Story, and Newborn Baby Photographer
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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 :-)
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…!
I was going to wait till tomorrow to blog but honestly, I can’t wait that long… I want to share these right now!! :-)
If you are a cat lover you are sure to fall in love with these handsome boys…
such a cutie, and a real poser too! He knows he’s handsome!
….and here’s Nourri..
Nourri enjoyed grooming himself during our photo session… over and over again! And just when we thought he had finished.. he would start over on a new spot! So funny!
…and then of course, I also took some portraits of their owner, Nadja :)
Nadja, thank you sooooo much for a really great afternoon, I loved getting to know your two handsome kitties! Here’s a few more sneak peeks for you..
Here’s Nourri hiding in his tent… he loved that tent!! It was so funny to watch him guard it!
Ok.. last one is of Armanie… he loooooooved to be groomed :)
Nadja, your gallery is *almost* ready.. I’ll be sending you an email very very soon! :-) hope you enjoyed the 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 :-)
Ohhh… just look at this little cutie-pie!
Meet the gorgeous Matteo… doesn’t he just make your heart melt?! It took quite some time before he slept, but once he drifted off into dreamland he was a little angel.. let’s take a closer look at those gorgeous lips….
*kiss kiss* :-)
sleep peacefully little angel…
I love this next one, so precious.. ohhh.. those beautiful lips!
and the last one in the sneak peak, here he is safe in daddy’s hands..
I hope you enjoyed them.. I’m smiling a big smile, as I always do when I’m editing newborn photos…!
Thank you to my clients for your patience, I’m a little later than normal with a sneak peek but I’m quickly catching up and there are plenty more beautiful photos arriving in your gallery very soon… I will be in touch!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone! :-)
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!!
Pregnancy is so beautiful, don’t you agree?
I absolutely love pregnancy sessions, and I’m enjoying editing photos from this session so much, so many beautiful images. And when the little one makes an appearance I get to photograph him too – I can’t wait to meet him, with such gorgeous parents he’s going to be such a cutie :)
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!
Just a little over a week ago I photographed Frøya’s 12 months portraits as part of her Baby Plan package. Oh, how much do I love watching her grow up? Soooo much! Here’s a quick sneak peek from her session…
I am sooo loving black and white photos lately ;) but…. I really love this outfit too, so I have to share a colour version as well!
Oh the concentration! :)
It was so much fun to watch her read her books. In this one she was happily pointing out all the animals to me… the lion, the giraffe, the rabbit…. :)
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!
Congratulations to Edwin and Ingrid – they’re getting married in May…. in Jamaica! I had the pleasure of meeting their wonderful family of seven (eight if you include their dog) last week for a photo session. Here’s a quick sneak peek of ‘the girls’…
The rest I’ll keep ssshhhh…. because today I’m busy designing something special for them ;-)
Ingrid – your gallery will be ready very soon. I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek!
I just HAD to, couldn’t help myself! I am sooooo loving the *different* processing effects that I used for Julie’s photos that I just HAD to share some more from her session! I hope you enjoy them as much as me!! :)
I wish I could post more, I have so many favourites…. Julie, I hope you are loving browsing through your gallery!!