Category Archives: Pregnancy

Family photography sessions to document pregnancy

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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Motherhood. A celebration.

Growing a baby; it’s extraordinary, and so beautiful. The rain kept us indoors on one of the greyist days in winter, and yet there was so much beauty to be seen. Here’s a few favourites from a wonderful maternity session at 33 weeks of pregnancy.

Pregnancy, maternity portrait | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Pregnancy, maternity portrait | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Pregnancy, maternity portrait | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Pregnancy, maternity portrait with pet dog | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Pregnancy, maternity portrait with pet dog | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

Pregnancy is beautiful, but as an animal lover, it was also beautiful to see the relationship between this gorgeous mama-to-be and her loyal companion, her dog :-)

I can’t for the little one, still snug in mama’s belly, to be welcomed into the world.

Wishing this mama a smooth journey through labour and birth.

With love,
Natalie

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unscripted moments of a family waiting for baby

Family maternity portrait session in The Hague with Natalie Carstens | The Birth Photographer

Family maternity portrait session in The Hague with Natalie Carstens | The Birth Photographer

Family maternity portrait session in The Hague with Natalie Carstens | The Birth Photographer

Oh, such wonderful memories!

I was just browsing through client images with the intention to update my product samples and came across these images of a wonderful family I had the pleasure to work with and they made me smile so SO much.

I love these special little moments you see here, I just had to share!

With love,
~Natalie

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that beautiful pregnancy glow

On a mild autumn day, just a few short weeks ago, I spent a wonderful afternoon with this beautiful couple and their son. Baby #2 is arriving in the New Year and will be a fabulous start to 2012. I can’t wait to meet the little one!

Here’s a few teasers from their maternity session in Clingendael Park, enjoy!

Mama certainly has that beautiful pregnancy glow, she looks stunning! :)

With love,
~Natalie

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quiet anticipation

I’m just processing the order for this very gorgeous mama who’s due date is this coming Sunday. She’s glowing in all of her images, and whilst I have so many favourites from her maternity session, I love this one of her standing by the window in quiet anticipation.

I can’t wait to hear of baby’s safe arrival. Sending my best wishes to her and her family in Chile and around the world.

With love,
~Natalie

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waiting for baby

Outside the rain poured down and the wind howled. You would never have thought it was Summer. All cosy and warm inside, I met a wonderful family for their maternity session. Baby number two is due to arrive next month, and I can’t wait to meet him!

Here’s a little preview from our session:


Pregnancy is so beautiful. Mama-to-be looked absolutely stunning, and it was a joy to capture these happy moments as they wait for baby to arrive.

D. you look amazing! I’m so excited to share your images with you :)

With love,
~ Natalie

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