A classy bump!

You know when you talk on the phone with someone you have never met before and you instantly like the person? Well, that was exactly the case with Annelies. She was looking for a maternity shoot with a twist. Being an editor for a baby website, she sees a lot of images passing by. She knew exactly what she wanted.   So off I went to Limburg to shoot Annelies in her father’s workshop where he works on gorgeous vintage cars.

For the more contemporary part of the shoot, we went to her friend Liesbeth’s house. Liesbeth if you read this… I’ve been talking to the hubs for a week now about your house!

Thanks to Annelies, for being totally amazing!  Her mom and dad for the beautiful setting and little treasures we used as props – I especially loved dad’s teddybear.  And to Liesbeth for providing such a beautiful backdrop!

And a special smooch goes to the fabulous Oh La La (yes that is indeed the name of the cocker spaniel).


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

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!

Bruidsfoto Award Nomination

I am so proud to announce my nomination for the prestigious Bruidsdfoto Award!

Here’s the picture that has been nominated in the category “bruidskinderen” – children at weddings.  What an honour to be selected from almost 2000 entries!

Click here if you would like to cast your vote ! Please vote for images you like (even if it’s not the one below)

Love has no borders

Belgian Suzanne and German Beshar live and work in Switzerland. They were friends and roommates while studying in sunny San Diego before they fell in love. Could there possibly be a more solid basis for a relationship?  Totally romantic! I just love international love stories… Maybe because I am the result of one.

We spent a few hours in wintery fairytale settings at the castle of Brasschaat to do a pre-wedding shoot. This will also be the venue for there wedding reception in August.

I had so much fun with this amazing couple! I can hardly wait to shoot their wedding next summer!