Impressions from May & June 2014 : a personal project

Jul 8, 2014

It’s time for another round of Impressions!

Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

On the 8th of each month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

For many reasons, it’s been a challenge to take personal photos, especially during the month of June. We’ve had travel and illness (horrible chicken pox!), all the extra appointments pregnancy brings, as well as several client photo sessions and the start of a second job for me!

I haven’t had chance to escape out for a walk with my camera for some ‘me-time’. Most personal photos I’ve taken over the last few weeks are simply from the iPhone – and the most recent ones are of a very spotty Rebekka (but I won’t be sharing those).

Here’s my selection and a quick recap of family life in May and June:


[1] Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
This was my first ever trip away from Rebekka. I’ve been away from her for long periods before, although it’s usually been overnight (because that’s when babies like to be born). But leaving to go to work, even when the number of hours i’ll be away is unknown, is very different.

Saying goodbye to a tearful Rebekka (who’d come to wave goodbye to me at the train station), getting on a train, heading to the airport, getting on a plane, and being gone for a whole weekend – leaving was harder than I thought it would be. It was as though an invisible thread tying us together was stretched out and cut into two separate pieces. Rebekka was fine of course; she had Papa all to herself for the weekend. And on landing at the airport at the other side, the sad feelings I had were soon replaced with excitement about the reason for my travels.

But it was hard… I missed seeing Rebekka on Mother’s Day, and it was even harder still because Rebekka became ill with fever that weekend. Though because she was ill, she was still awake when I returned home late on the Sunday night and so I still got my Mother’s Day kiss :-)


[2] “Apple”.
My favourite little person had been asking for an apple all day. “apple.. apple.. apple” over and over. But we didn’t have chance to go to the shops till late-afternoon. Rebekka was absolutely delighted to finally get her hands on an apple and I love the content little grin she had after her first bite. 


[3] Baking cookies.
Shaping crumbly cookie dough into cookies wasn’t so easy for little hands – unless you want crumb-sized cookies that is. Rolling out the dough, cutting out shapes and decorating them with icing and sweets is much more fun (and something I loved to do with my Grandma when I was little). We need a different recipe for next time. More fun and more mess is definitely required – we stayed far too clean for a baking session with a toddler! The chocolate chip cookies tasted good though ;-)


[4] A new bed for Rebekka.
We took a trip to Ikea so Rebekka could choose a big bed and a new duvet set. She was all excited watching Papa set it up for her and imitating him, she tried to help fix the screws into place. Turned out, she was much more interested in climbing and jumping on the bed than laying down and going to sleep. Once asleep she was fine and slept well, but getting her to lay down and stay in the bed was so hard.

After a good few nap times and nights struggling we gave up and brought the cot back into her room, and all three of us were able to enjoy a blissful night of sleep. We will try again another time soon, hopefully next time will be much more successful!


[5] Introducing Monkey to Monkey. Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam.
Mr Rabbit is still a clear favourite, but Rebekka has recently taken to another cuddly toy – “Monkey”. Immediately after seeing the colobus monkeys in an enclosure at the zoo, Rebekka made a beeline to find her Monkey, excitedly holding him up to show him the monkeys in the enclosure, whilst also shouting “Monkey” (and in an adorable Northern English accent too! I’m proud!)


[6] My little fashionista.
Some days the cuteness factor goes into overload – this was one of those days ;-)


[7] Scheveningen Beach.
We went for lunch at the beach and Rebekka spent the whole time playing in the sand next to our table. Here, she is just getting started. By the time we returned home, half the beach had made it’s way home with us and a bath instead of nap time was very necessary!


[8] The moon.
Our view over the rooftops towards The Hague on a perfectly calm evening, just before sunset.

Please continue through the circle and see what Kim Rogers of Brink Street Photography is sharing this month :) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

Say hello in the comments below…

With love,
~ Natalie


  1. Vinita

    Lovely images Natalie! Loved reading all of it too!
    R is too cute! Xx

    • Natalie

      Thank you, Vinita! Totally agree with you that R is too cute! ;-) xx

  2. Leslie

    Love it! Such fun images and I loved reading stories with them <3


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