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The one where I followed my heart.

I have given it a lot of thought and I have weighed pros and cons as one does when standing on the verge of a big decision. That’s what one is supposed to do…
But I am me… and I’m not one to live by lists and well-founded business decisions. I am a creative, always following my instincts.  I have this profound belief that people are best at the doing what they love.
We do a better job doing the things we are passionate about. So I followed my instinct and passion.

Interesting people, good design and photography are a few of the things that make me tick.

Some may remember last year’s personal post about the Gift of Time. A lot happened in the past year. I was honoured with an award, an interview and the respect from peers that I never thought possible.  They will forever be fond memories to treasure. Wedding photography has taught me to think quickly and has made me a better storyteller. I am truly grateful for all the weddings I had the honour of photographing.

However, in my heart I was always the lifetsyle photographer. A mom with a camera who initially wanted to take better photos of her kids. I am going back to that with a new passion and hope to capture your life with a fresh eye. As of this year my photography will be focused entirely on lifestyle.

I’m excited about the future and can’t wait for all the exciting projects that will cross my path!

Much love

T

PS: Since no blogpost should be without a picture, I’m sharing one of my three muses. They mean the world to me. And they deserve a mommy who is mindful, happy and never too busy to play!

Vanaf 2013 zal ik mij geheel specialiseren in lifestyle fotografie. Ik fotografeer babies, kinderen en jonge gezinnen.

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Baby Junior – a newborn session in Utrecht

I love this session so much! I had the pleasure of photographing new parents Rina and Bram a while back… And it warms my heart! You may remember the parents from when they were waiting for baby. I was blessed enough to capture their newborn baby boy a coulple of weeks after the maternity shoot.

Baby Bram Junior was eager to meet his mom and dad. Thus he was welcomed into this world early.

Here are some of my favorite shots of Rina, Bram and their baby Junior.

Much love,

T Een newborn sessie in het hart van Utrecht. Baby Bram was amper twee weken oud toen ik hem mocht fotograferen tijdens een homestory bij mama Rina Mae en papa Bram thuis.

 

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At home with baby Vic

Baby Vic had just turned one. He is his mommy and daddy’s little bundle of joy.

I was so happy to be invited into their home for a session with their little prince. I’m sharing a few of my favorites from the session I did at home with baby Vic!

xo Een wonderlijke homestory met baby Vic die net een jaar oud was geworden. Hij kroop rond en trok zich recht aan alles wat hij vond. Heerlijk om zo bij de mensen thuis te mogen fotograferen en deze bijzondere momenten vast te leggen.

T

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Moving in together – a loveshoot

Sometimes you find your soulmate when you’re not looking. Things happen – and they happen for a reason.

Seeing Ka and her man Wouter together makes my heart sing! He completes her. I couldn’t be happier to see them moving in together in their new house.

We got together for our annual shoot and decided we would theme it around the move.

Here’s to a new chapter for Ka and Wouter and the happily ever after – with the ever faithful golden retriever Bailey :-)

Love and kisses Deze sessie was zo leuk! Mijn vriendin Kristina en haar vriend Wouter Goossen hebben samen een huis gekocht. De nakende verhuizing werd meteen het thema voor hun kerstshoot. Wat hebben we gelachen en genoten! Ook hun trouwe golden retriever Bailey was erbij!

T

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This one’s to one of my fave pooches Bailey! One of the sweetest dogs in the world!

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Wintery family session

Caroline booked her family Christmas minisession in December hoping for snow. And guess what? It snowed that week! As a lifestyle photographer living in  Central Europe I am very much at the mercy of the weather. But on that particulare Saturday in December we lucked out! The Heide in Kalmthout was still covered in a thin layer of snow and the sun came out. Perfect for a wintery shoot!

Huge thanks to the gorgeous Caroline, Kris and their children Jack and Olivia. You are a beautiful family and it was a true pleasure to capture you all!

Hugs

Tanja

 

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Merry Christmas

It’s cliché to say that time flies but it’s true. Time seems to move faster as we grow up into adulthood. A week feels like an eternity for our children as they count down till Christmas.  Seems like it was yesterday that I sat down to write my last Christmas post.

This past year has been wonderful. Everything is easier somehow. Hard to put my finger on it. We’re getting things done both privately and professionally.  Pieces of our lives are slowly falling into place and it feels good.

We’re slowing down and taking time to enjoy.

Take a step back and apprecitate what you have.

Have a wonderful Christmas. Hug your loved ones.

Love,

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Way

This shoot touched me in sooooo many ways.

When Claire contacted me about a session with families and their adopted babies I was over the moon! I adore Claire. To me, mompreneur Claire checks all the boxes of fabulousness. This shoot is so me… It feels like this is what I was meant to do…

Mr Amazing and I have been blessed with 3 wonderful children. We decided to have a baby, and much to my husband’s joy, we conceived immediately. At the time, that seemed obvious. Two miscarriages and two gorgeous girls later, I know for a fact that each living being is a little miracle.

Each of my pregnancies felt like an eternity. Therefore I can only begin to imagine what it must be like to go through the lengthy process that is adoption. With ups and down, uncertainties and dissapointments… all in hope of the happily ever after. I was so touched by these families’ stories. Their babies will grow up in the comfort and safety of a loving family.

I’m sharing some of my favorites with you here.

Tons of thanks to Claire and Sanne from A New Way for  having me!

Much love,

T

PS : please check out the website of A New Way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liesbeth, Max and Ella

I met Liesbeth through Annelies when we photographed part of her maternity session at Liesbeth’s house. I was over the moon happy when she called me for a session with her two kids.

It was just so wonderful to see Ella warm up to my lens. I’m so blessed with the most amazing clients!

Liesbeth and Annelies are fellow mompreneurs who run Studio ToutPetit together. Be sure to check out their blog dedicated to European baby and kids’ style. Ik had het geluk gecontacteerd te worden door Liesbeth voor een sessie bij haar thuis. Haar huis is een droom om in te fotograferen, met veel licht, design meubelen en heerlijke grote ruimtes. Geniet mee van de sessie bij Liesbeth, Max en Ella.

Thank you Liesbeth, for having me as your photographer.

XO, T

 

 

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