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The Princess of all Things Pink!

Emma Louise, the princess of the pink universe – my little thinker – turned 5 recently. As with all things in her life, she knew exactly what she wanted to do for her party. She told me she wanted to make cupcakes and play in a jumping castle. And as with kids parties in our house – they get to wish on their special day! Thus, mom got creative.  From invites to treat bags to straws… all done in Em’s fave colour: pink!

I had never decorated a cupcake in my entire life… so apologies to any conoisseurs out there, hehe! It was all about having fun really.  In order to avoid our kitchen turning into a warzone, I made the cupcakes on beforehand so the kids would only have to decorate. Oh yeah, I was in total Martha-mode!

Everything went exceptionally well and I felt we had rocked this party. Everybody happy for yet another year!

The next day Emma announced that she was turning six the next week… :- )

I love you my dear princess… may all your birthdays be for the age you wish to be – and may you live happily ever after!

xoxo,  your mama




Simmy and Sefa

Simmy booked me all the way from Japan. We had never met but had been connecting through email and facebook for a while now. I cannot express how much I love social media! Simmy and I chatted about all sorts of things.  And when she posted a snapshot of her weddingshoes, well… let’s just say knew she was going to be amazing!  Although Simmy and Sefa are getting married next week, I still wanted to do a pre-wedding session with them. Just a relaxed shoot to get to know eachother.

Both Simmy and Sefa were dressed to kill… and I wanted to give the shoot an urban-park-look. I am over the moon happy with the images and hope they are too.

Can’t wait to photograph your wedding next week! Love you guys!

Big hug, T


When 2 become 3

Natalie and Jochen were married on a beautiful sunny September day in 2009.  They were blessed with the arrival of a beautiful baby girl Louise-Emilie last June.  She was born with intestinal complications. But this little fighter recovered so well from surgery that she was allowed to go home only 5 days after her birth.

It’s an honour to be there as their photographer with them on this journey that is parenthood. I’m sharing some of the joyful moments I’ve had the privilege to capture for this sweet and amazing couple. My heart goes out to litte Louise-Emilie who is scheduled for surgery on March 11th. This will be her last surgery and prospects are very good.

I usually don’t use props in my shoots, but mom got some fairy wings for her first birthday invitation shots. Daddy’s a pilot, so it’s only natural that baby gets her wings, right?

Sharing with you some of my fondest memories of this supersweet couple and the little girl who has stolen this photographer’s heart.

More than words ‘-‘ Tina and Wouter

Weather predictions were grim. When Tina and I spoke on the phone earlier in the week she seemed at peace with having a rainy wedding day. Well… let’s call it intuition, but I had a feeling we would get a break from all the rain we’d been having. And so it happened that Saturday was a dry day.

Tina and Wouter, thank you for letting us be a part of your beautiful day. Thank you for making us feel like guests. Thank you for your trust. You are truly a wonderful couple!
Enjoy your honeymoon – enjoy eachother!

Fondly, Tanja

Sweetness on four legs

I was in the middle of doing some pre-spring gardening work on Saturday when Arjan told me to “get ready we’re going shopping”. Panic… I was dressed for GAR-DE-NING!!! Didn’t he see that?  There was to be no discussion.
So a shower and some interrogative style questions later we were off…

Just to give you an idea of the conversation that followed:

-Me: Is it in Antwerp?   A: Not in the city centre exactly?
-A: I should empty the trunk of the car first.   Me: Seriously??how big is it anyway?
-Me: Shouldn’t we drop off the kids at my parent’s? (thinking we were getting a lamp or chair and dreading the idea of three kids in a design store!)
-A: Don’t worry, kids are allowed
-Me: Do I look worried? – followed by a very fake smile.

It went on for a while and I must have looked like I had a giant question mark over my head! I was in agony – seriously.

But I was not to worry… for the gift my amazingly sweet husband had in store was a puppy!!!  The little baby Shi Tzu that I had been wishing for for so long.

And there she was…  looking.right.at.me.

Meet …Willow –  The puppy who stole my heart! Not only was she the perfect birthday gift, she is a gift to all of us.

PS: Arjan.. I love you and sorry for calling you sweet on here but you are totally sweet and amazing, so get over it. I WOOF you! ;-) Oh and gardening is totally dorky and I love it. So there!

Workshop Zach and Jody Gray Photography

When I heard that Anouschka from Lifestyle Fotografie invited Nashville based photographers Zach and Jody Gray over to the Netherlands, I booked my seat for their workshops straight away! Not only are they rockstars when it comes to lighting, they are also seriously awesome people! So off to The Hague for some serious lighting aha-moments!

Zach and Jody were such sweet people! Loved that Jody had lived in Belgium as a child… Expats are my kinda people somehow!  If you read this, guys, can’t wait to see you again!

Just had to share a few shots from this fun and exciting workshop! Please keep in mind that I will always remain a lover of natural light. But wow did I learn a zillion new things that I can put into practice in low light situations.

Left is one that Zach took at “Het Binnenhof” where the Dutch Parliament has its head quarters. Notice the security guards in the background on the right hand picture!

Jody snapped this one of us. Don’t we look like some serious students! ;-)

Model Angela brought some stunning red heels!

This was taken midday… seriously.

The amazing and sweet Ray taking care of our freezing models!

Junebug Weddings Best of 2010

Honestly, if my dear friend Nancy from Pink9Design hadn’t told me to enter Junebug.com’s Best of 2010 contest, I wouldn’t even have considered entering! I sent in some images and didn’t hear anything, of course I wasn’t expecting to hear anything.  Oh well.

Yesterday I got a phonecall from the talented Gerhard Nel who mentioned all the talent on Junebugs best of list. So today headed of to their page and saw 50 of the most awesome wedding photographs I have ever seen! Imagine my surprise as I flicked through the list of honourable mentions! There it was, my little image on a site packed with awesome photographs!

Thank you dear people at Junebug Weddings! I am truly humbled  by all the talent on there. It’s a great honour to be mentioned.

Please head over to Junebug to check out the Best of the Best 2010 wedding photos of the year.

Excerpt from www.junebugweddings.com

Here’s the shot of this couple in the Flemish Ardennes. This image was one of those spontaneous moments.

The images was taken on a vintage English bus on a very bumpy cobbledstone road in the hills around Oudenaarde – Belgium.