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Love and laughter; an in-home maternity session in The Hague

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Documentary Maternity Photography by Natalie Carstens #nataliecarstensphotographer #maternityphotographer #pregnancy #denhaag #thehague #zuidholland #netherlands

Their labour playlist filled the room with a wonderful Brazilian beat as bright sun rays streamed in through the windows. A bottle of red wine was opened and a glass poured for the father-to-be. Freshly cut gerberas and tulips were placed on the dining table and on windowsills, perfectly complimenting the sunny February afternoon.

This maternity session in The Hague has quickly become one of my favourites. The afternoon was so relaxed. It’s a privilege to witness the love and affection of a couple anticipating the arrival of their first baby; to capture it in photographs for them to treasure always is such a joy.

With the passing of time, photographs come to be a beautiful piece of your family history. One day, I imagine their son will look back with curiosity to see what his parents’ lives were like while they were awaiting his arrival. Perhaps one day far from now, these images will be discovered by a grandchild too.

If you’re expecting a baby this Spring and are ready to have this fleeting moment captured in photographs, drop me a line and we’ll make it happen!

With love,
Natalie xx

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Family Life: a season of special memories as this family welcomes their fourth baby

three siblings hugging on the sofa | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

three children playing on the floor | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

pregnant mother building train tracks with her children | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

father and son playing with a train set | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

pregnant mother and father feeling baby kicking | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

father with his son who is pretending to have a baby in his tummy | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

family playing with cushions under their tops pretending they have a baby in their belly | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

a mother with her daughters, one girl playing a guitar while the other one hugs her mama | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

family with young children | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

pregnant mother and her young daughter | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

father kissing his newborn baby boy | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

a newborn baby boy laying on a big bed | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

toes and feet from all the family, from papa and mama to the children and the newborn baby. the mother has a tattoo on one foot | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

newborn baby wearing a dinosaur romper/onesie/vest and laying in his parents' arms. the father is kissing his son's hand | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

siblings. baby is sleeping and is being cuddled by his big sister | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

baby boy is sleeping in a Leander hanging cradle | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

grandmother holding her sleeping baby grandson | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

all the family on the sofa with grandma | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

grandma is on the sofa holding her baby grandson and looking towards another of her grandchildren with a big smile on her face | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

newborn baby boy is sleeping in his baby box /crib | Photographer: Natalie Carstens, nataliecarstens.com

I love working with this family. They were anticipating the arrival of their second baby when we first met. Now they have welcomed their fourth.

Their home is a wonderful blend of cultures and heritage, changing and evolving over time. We include special items in their photos – a blanket, earrings, clothing, a train set – each piece with it’s own history and story to tell.

They inspire me with the beautiful way that everyone comes together – to play, to eat, to rest. They exude the perfect blend of chaos and calm.

I’m truly captivated by the way the children play and dance in front of my camera, all the while chatting in a language unknown to me. We speak together in actions and a simple mix of Dutch and German. They are happy and I feel their joy.

My heart is full.

These photos tell a piece of their family story, and I am grateful to capture it for them.

You can have memories like these too! Interested? Or ready to book? Send me a message, let’s make plans!

With love,
Natalie

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Hope for Nepal | Images to Inspire Hope

Images to Inspire Hope - Natalie Carstens & Vinita SalomeJust a few sentences in on an article written by the BBC and I’m already moved to tears.

More than 8 million people have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and the numbers are rising. That’s more than a quarter of the country’s population. It’s incredible to try and imagine it.

One million children are in urgent need of help.

Yesterday evening, I saw on CNN that a four month old baby boy was found alive after being buried under rubble for more than 22 hours. I’m so thankful to read that he’s been cleared of injuries and has been reunited with his parents. It touches my heart.

I think of this family whilst I’m breastfeeding my youngest in the night and under the weight of emotion I need to take a deep breath.

Whilst I cannot relate to their experiences, I see it in their eyes and feel deeply for all those affected by such tragedies. When I think of the children, and babies, my heart breaks for them.

Unquestionably, I am moved to action. Vinita too. Together we have launched a new project through our initiative, Images to Inspire Hope. We hope you will join us in bringing hope to the survivors in Nepal.

Please donate!

Our chosen fund is GIRO555 from De Stichting Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO). This organisation is a partnership of Dutch aid organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, Unicef, Cordaid and Red Cross Netherlands.

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Every little bit goes a long way to helping those in need. We urge you to donate.

You and your children could win a wonderful family photo session on-location in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague or Utrecht)!

For every 10 euros you donate to the GIRO555 fund for Nepal, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a wonderful family photo session with Vinita Salomé Photography and I, valued at 1000 euros! Increase your chance of winning; donate 100 euros and you’ll receive 10 entries!

The photo session will take place in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) in the month of September 2015 – I’m currently on maternity leave, hence the later date.

Please see our project announcement ‘Hope for Nepal‘ for all the details. The closing date for the prize draw is 31 May 2015. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on 1 June 2015.

Make a difference, today.

Images to Inspire Hope | Family Lifestyle Photo Session

We encourage you to share with your friends and networks, and are so grateful for your support.

With appreciation and love,
~Natalie and Vinita

 

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From 3 to 4; introducing Lea Renee | 10 days new

I’m absolutely delighted to share the news that our baby girl has arrived – and swiftly I might add! We made a hasty dash to the hospital and only just got there in time, and in the midst of Hurricane Gonzalo too! Lea’s birth was incredible and I’m so grateful for such an amazing experience, and for those that shared it with us.

We are totally overwhelmed with love, and big sister Rebekka is so sweet with her little sister – honestly, watching the two of them sometimes I feel my heart might burst!! Rebekka has grown up so much in these last couple of weeks, she’s amazing!

Two girls! We are a family of four! *LOVE*

We’ve been keeping little Lea all to ourselves and for our early visitors, and so many of you have been asking for photos (and for visits!) – well, here she is!

Introducing Lea Renee…

Newborn Baby Girl - Natalie Carstens

Newborn Baby Girl - Natalie Carstens

Newborn Baby Girl - Natalie Carstens

Lea Renee
born at 22:00 on 21 October 2014
weighing 4035g (8lb 14oz)
53cm (20 ¾ inches) long

Thank you so much to everyone for all your lovely messages of congratulations. We are very blessed and so happy!

With love,
~Natalie

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First birthday celebrations for Faye!

One year ago today, I had the amazing honour to witness a most serene and peaceful birth; an experience that will stay with me always.

Happy 1st Birthday to Faye!

The Birth of a Baby Girl - Natalie Carstens

The Birth Story of Faye, OLVG Amsterdam

There was a beautiful calmness in the room that day, and so much love. I reflect back on those special moments, still in awe and admiration of how incredible this mama was as she embraced her journey to motherhood. It was such a privilege to silently observe family bonds begin to envelop them as I quietly documented their first moments as a family. Truly special.

Wishing Panos, Meg and Faye, a magical first birthday celebration, sending much love to you all.

With love,
~Natalie

 

Psssst. Did you miss their birth story? You can see it here!

 

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Welcome, Dash!

Oh isn’t he just the sweetest! I very much enjoyed snuggles with this little man :-)

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He looks mighty edible, doesn’t he? Soft cheeks, little nose, belly wrinkles and tiny toes…

Oh, I’m so ready to be a mama to a newborn again! ;-)

With love,
~Natalie

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Birthday wishes for Finn!

Welcomed with love, one year ago today… what a privilege it was to be there and to share in these special moments.

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I remember the phone call waking me in the night like it was yesterday… how fast a year goes by!

Happy 1st Birthday, dear Finn! Sending you, your Mama, Papa and big sister, lots of love today and wishing you a wonderful first birthday!

With love,
~Natalie

 

Psssst! Curious to see their birth story? It’s here!

 

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Making a difference, one photo session at a time | Images to Inspire Hope

Images to Inspire Hope | Family Lifestyle Photo Session

Working together once again, Vinita and I were thrilled to finally meet this family who had won the family portrait session in our prize draw to help the survivors of the SuperTyphoon which hit the Philippines late last year. It was a bright and sunny morning as we wandered through the park together, enjoying the warmth of the sun whilst the children played.

Visit our latest blog post over on Images to Inspire Hope to take a peek at their session and to leave a loving comment for our winning family.

Thank you so much to everyone for supporting our initiative and for your donations. With your help, we raised over 700 euros for the Giro555 fund! As always, your generosity and encouragement is so much appreciated!

We are bursting with lots of new ideas for our initiative and are working behind the scenes to realise this. We’re also accepting submissions for our next project, so if there’s a cause that’s dear to your heart, please let us know. We would love to hear from you!

We couldn’t have come this far without your support, and would like to once again say a huge Thank You!

Much love,
~Natalie

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quietly dreaming | a newborn baby girl, 6 days new

Newborn Baby Girl | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Introducing Grace, a sleepy little bundle of absolute perfection. She was truly a delight to photograph.

Newborn Baby Girl | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

I witnessed such beautiful ‘in-between’ moments too, like the one above. It was so lovely to watch mama love and take care of her little girl.

Newborn Baby Girl | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Hope you enjoyed this little preview…

With love,
~Natalie

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sweet newborn goodness. a baby boy | 9 days new

Need a smile today?

I am sure this Mama’s beautiful baby boy will melt your heart in the same way he does mine…

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Dante was such a delight to photograph, it’s been wonderful to share in his early weeks of life; photographing him when he was just 9 days new, seeing him growing bigger when we met a second time during a personalised ordering session, and again when I delivered the photos to his Mama. He is adorable, I love the big smiles he’s giving now, so cute! His family are certainly blessed to have him in their lives.

I hope we meet again, little one… in the meantime, I will enjoy seeing updates from your Mama via Facebook :-)

With love,
~ Natalie

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