MEET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
mindful, gentle, sentimental
I’m Natalie, a storytelling photographer for families welcoming a new baby into their lives. I’m based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
I believe there is no bond stronger than mother and child.
One day in the future, these storytelling photographs will be treasured beyond what you can imagine today.
Photography is a beautiful gift. A gift of memories. I feel very fortunate to call this my work.
Originally from Bolton in the UK, the combination of post-graduate employment and a Masters degree sponsorship from the UK Ministry of Defence brought me to The Netherlands initially; I was on secondment to the NATO C3 Agency in The Hague.
I went on to work for the NATO C3 Agency as a digital forensics and security accreditation specialist; receiving recognition for outstanding service by the NATO HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation for my untiring devotion to duty and distinct accomplishments as the Deputy Security Lead for NATO’s premier interoperability Exercise.
Then at the age of 26, I took a leap of faith and changed my career trajectory because I had fallen deep in love with photography.
Now happily married to my German husband, we have two daughters who are growing up Dutch. Two cats complete our family, although we are now down to one.
I photograph our everyday ordinary moments, not only for me, but for our daughters too.
One day, 30 years from now, I believe they will be as nostalgic and curious about the years gone by as I am today. The photographs I take are my gift to them.
I look through my own childhood and family photographs often. They transport me back to a time when my mother was still alive. These precious photographs help fill the depths of a painful loss. Her memory lives on in photos displayed throughout our home, along with many albums and boxes of prints that are shared between my father, brother and I.
Just as my father did for us, I photograph our lives for our children (and future grandchildren!)
I do the same for you too.
I’ve been photographing families for over a decade. I feel privileged to document your stories, and to be part of them.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
love Natalie xx
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A unique blend of documentary family photography and guided lifestyle family photography for sentimental families.