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Baby Leonie

I first met Leonie when she was only two weeks old.

7 months later I was lucky enough to photograph her at her home with mom and dad. Little does she know that she will be a big sister this summer… This little babygirl stole my heart! With smiles and giggles, she can brighten up even the dreariest of days.

Here’s to Leonie,

Smiles

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Juliet

This is part 1 of a gorgeous session. I was hired to photograph Juliet for her first communion. And after we would do some additional shots with her two little sisters. There are just too many images so I decided to make this a two-part post.

Love,

T

Het eerste deel van de communiefotografie in Kapellen van de kleine Juliet. Zij deed haar eerste communie en wilde een fotoshoot voor haar communiekaartjes.

 

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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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Waiting for baby

I had the privilege of spending an afternoon in Utrecht with Rina Mae and Bram, documenting them as a couple… waiting for their first born son. They are such amazing people and I feel so blessed to be their photographer during these special and life changing times.

These moments are precious… Having your first baby is a lifechanging and rewarding experience.

You only have your first baby once. Cherish every moment.

Take it from a mom who knows. De bolle buiken sessie van Rina Mae en Bram. Zij verwachten in mei een baby en wilden deze bijzondere momenten met z’n tweetjes graag laten vastleggen. Een baby krijgen verandert alles. Het is wonderlijk en mooi.

Fondly,
Tanja

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Christmas minishoots

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Christmas minishoots have become a tradition of mine. And this year is no different!

Christmas shoots are on location in Heide Kalmthout or in Moretusbos in Putte on the dutch border.

This special is valid from today through December 5 2012!

Book your minisession here.

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Het is een traditie geworden dat ik kerstminishoots houd. En ook dit jaar doe ik ze weer!

Een kerstshoot is steeds op locatie aan de Heide in Kalmthout of in het Moretusbos in Putte op de Nederlandse grens.

Deze special loopt vanaf vandaag t.e.m 5 december 2012!

Klik hier om een sessie te boeken.

Tanja

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Interviewed by Bruid&Bruidegom Magazine

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Target Practice

My kids are hardly impressed by my camera… They are my most challenging subjects.

Photographing children takes practice – a lot of practice. And what better way to practice than shooting my own lovelies. So off I went with my girls to this little field at the end of our street.

Here I’m sharing a few shots from my most recent target practice session with Emma and Lisa. They gave me a good run for the money.

Enjoy
xoxo

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Beach shoot in Cadzand

What a lovely family Ann and Yves have! Their kids are in the same school as ours and are good friends. I was delighted when they asked me to photograph them. Due to bad weather we had to reschedule… and on the day of the shoot we headed out to the beach in 28degrees C only to arrive in a dense fog at about 15degrees. It was freezing and the sun was nowhere to be found. Although fog is amazing to shoot in, it is cold, and can quickly become too chilly for small children. Thankfully the sun came out after a while. Here are a few shots from an amazing day at the beach in Zeeland in The Netherlands.

Thank you Ann and Yves for having me as your family photographer.

<3 you guys! De wonderlijke shoot met Ann en Yves en hun drie kinderen in Cadzand. We hebben genoten tijdens de ochtenduren aan het bijna lege strand. Het was zo fijn  om een voormiddag met dit fijne gezin door te brengen.

xoxo, T

 

 

 

 

Sarah and Tom – a loveshoot in Antwerp

Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing Sarah and Tom in Antwerp. Again we lucked out on the weather, and what had been a day of rain and dreary weather ended in a gorgeous evening with warm light.
These images are taken at het Eilandje and the MAS museum, one of Antwerp’s most recent landmarks. De loveshoot van Sarah en Tom aan het eilandje in Antwerpen. Tijdens de avond aan de Schelde, met de voeten in het zand aan een strandbar. Heerlijk toeven was het samen met dit verloofde stel.

Winner of the Bruidsfoto Award 2012 – Emotions category, people’s choice award.

Last night, my photograph was awarded with the prestigious Bruidsfoto Award in the Emotions category.

I’m humbled and very happy with the public’s award for the best wedding image in the emotions category. This was a category with 10 amazing and very powerful images. Each and every one telling a story in one shot.

A huge thanks to all of the lovely people who cast their vote for my image! I am truly touched by your support.

Here are a few impressions from last night as well as the winning image.

With gratitude,

Tanja

 

Thanks to Lesley Stefanski for shooting and sharing the event images!
More about the other winners can be found on the official site for the Bruidsfoto Award

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Dance

My girls will dance whenever they get a chance.
Commanding their faithful audience (that’s us!) to watch closely as they twirl around in their little tutus.

So dance… my girls.

Be carefree and enjoy!

Love,

mama.

wonderful tutu by my friend Wendy

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Emma’s communion

My friend Els and I go way back… we were once in the same class. She found love early and soon had two beautiful girls.  I had the privilege of shooting her girl Giulia two years ago, and now it was her Emma’s turn.

Emma always hated to have her picture taken… until that day.

Els, thank you for having me as your photographer… maybe one day you will let me photograph you together with your fabulous girls!

Much love, De communieshoot van Emma voor haar plechtige communie.

T

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When did you turn 6?

This is a hard one to write. Why, I’m not sure.

Emma is our second child.  I cannot explain how wonderful it was to know that we were having a girl after an amazing little boy.  Emma came into our lives and made everything pink!

Emma Louise is such an amazing little girl. She’s our little thinker. The girl who communicates with butterflies and God and comes up with the most amazing storylines for Ken and Barbie’s life.  Being gifted never comes without baggage. And her sensitivity is something we’ve learned to help her with. Being able to talk about her feelings has been a huge outlet for her.

This little girl is growing up so fast – almost too fast. Maybe that’s why it has taken me forever to write this post. I get so emotional when I see time slipping away and my children growing up. Each new year is celebrated, but a part of me just wants to rewind and cuddle my babies just once more.  I wish I could.

I’m sharing a few shots of my Em – who never seizes to amaze me.

xoxo

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A day in Paris

I met fellow photographer Lesley last year soon after she and Mister moved to The Netherlands.  Chatting over coffee in Breda we instantly connected. She’s one of the people who gets it and I feel blessed to call her my friend.

Paris is where she and her Mister love to be. Their travels have led them here many times, and each time they felt this sense of belonging.

In January I had the privilege of photographing them in this city they love so much.

Here’s to finding that special place in the world! And to Lesley and Mister:  You’re fab…the end.

Have an amazing Easter!

xo

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BIG workshop – couple shoot

Here’s the second leg of our very first BIG workshop.

These were taken outside. In the freezing cold! Marion and Gijs were such troopers posing for us. Their energy is amazing an truly contributed to the shoot.

 

We are overwhelmed by the response to the BIG workshop. The participants have blown us away with their talent and enthousiasm.  This has inspired us to start planning a second BIG workshop in the fall. If you would like to be informed of the next BIG workshop, please leave your email address. You will be the first to know! Promise.

 

 

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Wedding dress 1 :Pronovias

Wedding dress 2: Olvi’s -the lace collection

Our civil Marie France you we’re amazing! www.trouwplechtigheid.nl

Location Castle Oud Wassenaar

Visagie Marjan van Houten, thank you for all your enthusiasm you rock with the badassflash!!

Videography by Quint Pijlman

Ristorante Italia, the best “MAMMA” Italia in the world

Gerdien Bos van Bruid en Bruidegom en van Het Album voor al tips feiten en inspiratie.

We want to thank all our great and talented students for your enthousiasm! Here’s a groupshot of the whole gang!

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BIG Workshop – Bridal shoot

Last week I had the  pleasure of co-hosting the very first BIG workshop together with amazing photographers Damon Pijlman and Frans Nijssen.

A two-day wedding photography workshop in a gorgeous castle in the Dutch city of Wassenaar.

The concept of BIG is new and real and consists of 1 shooting day and one business and marketing day. Two information-packed days for our workshop participants.

On day 1 we photograph a wedding day from start to finish. We work with a newlywed couple – no professional models. It’s the real deal from start to finish. We explain our approach to wedding photography and our different styles of photography. We look for available light and teach off-camera flash techniques throughout the day. Day two is a day dedicated to business and marketing, with in depth information about how we calculate our wedding photography pricing and why it works. We also cover marketing and social media, blogging and contests. To finish it all up every participant gets a complete portfolio review of his or her website.

We are overwhelmed by the response to the BIG workshop. The participants have blown us away with their talent and enthousiasm.  This has inspired us to start planning a second BIG workshop in the fall. If you would like to be informed of the next BIG workshop, please leave your email address. You will be the first to know! Promise.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Damon for asking me to join him on this venture. D, you’re an inspiration to us all! To Frans, I’m so happy that you shared your wisdom and talent with us all!

Marion, your gorgeousness! We are so grateful that you and Gijs were there to model for us. Not only are you a stunning couple, you’re incredibly sweet and patient! You both did an amazing job in very cold conditions! <3

And last but not least… to our amazing participants. We couldn’t have wished for a more enthousiastic and warm group! We look forward to seeing how you all grow your photography!

It’s with a warm heart that I leave you with these images from the bridal shoot. The images from the couple shoot will follow shortly.

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Wedding dress 1 :Pronovias

Wedding dress 2: Olvi’s -the lace collection

Our civil Marie France you we’re amazing! www.trouwplechtigheid.nl

Location Castle Oud Wassenaar

Visagie Marjan van Houten, thank you for all your enthusiasm you rock with the badassflash!!

Videography by Quint Pijlman

Ristorante Italia, the best “MAMMA” Italia in the world

Gerdien Bos van Bruid en Bruidegom en van Het Album voor al tips feiten en inspiratie.

We want to thank all our great and talented students for your enthousiasm!

Geertje VierhoutMoniek Slagter , Mel Sikkema , Peter van der Lingen , Rika Conradi , Jacqueline Dersjant , Nicole Bosch , Liesbeth Parlevliet , Sonja Stengewis , Nico van Velden

Kids in Trees

If I told you these were taken in November you probably wouldn’t believe it. We lucked out on the weather for sure.  I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family a number of times now, and every time is a pleasure. You may remember mom and dad’s stolen moments.

So here’s one for the 4 lovelies.

xoxo

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