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Impressions from September & October : a personal project

Whilst selecting images for this month’s blog circle, it hit me. My girls are growing up. Fast. Woah!

My mama-heart made me choose only photos of them to share with you for this round of Impressions. These are memories I hold dear to my heart. Enjoy..


[1] Toes, and upside down reading.
Oh goodness, my heart flipped at seeing Lea studying our local newspaper. Those little pointed toes!! Swoon! My little dynamo doesn’t stay still for long but she sure stayed a while to enjoy the paper! If you look closely, you’ll see she appears to have the gift of reading upside down. What a clever little thing she is ;-)


[2] Scrunchy toes.
Honestly. Baby toes are the cutest. But these baby toes are getting bigger.. ohhh but they are still so cute!


[3] A visit from Flip de Beer (Flip the Bear)
Flip de Beer (from school) loves adventures and stays with a different family each weekend. It’s such a great concept, and we had a lot of fun when he came to stay with us. We took him on the new ferris wheel at the pier. Now whenever I’m driving to school via the beach (a diversion because of roadworks) and we see the ferris wheel, an excited voice from the back of the car shouts to look out of the window, “we went there with Flip de Beer”!!


[4] Lea is TWO!!
My baby is two. Where in the world have those two years gone?! Two! Really! As instructed by Rebekka, the girls stood on chairs for the singing of Happy Birthday in English and Dutch. Several renditions later (because it’s so exciting and they know all the words!), we also sang the German version.

Lea sings a lot, and loudly. Ever since her birthday I’ve been hearing random parts of the birthday songs. I love how she sings “to youuuu” :-) She does such a great “hoera”(hooray) for “hieperdepiep” too!


[5] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
It was a lovely autumnal day, and not too cold. Perfect for a visit to the zoo. Rebekka had a list of must-see animals so we had a good long walk in order to see them all.


[6] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Both of them up to mischief..


[7] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Sisterly love.. Rebekka is the best big sister!


[8] Halloween preparations
This year’s pumpkin wasn’t so scary-looking. At Rebekka’s request, I carved hearts for eyes :-)

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 bi-monthly posts.

Every other 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.

Say hello in the comments below and then hop on over to see what Antonina Mamzenko in London, UK,  is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Celebrating five years in business!

Father and Newborn Daughter | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

I always knew, before I even started my business, that working with newborns would be a great passion of mine. I’m so grateful to those early clients who entrusted my vision and allowed me to photograph such beautiful moments as you see in the photo above.

I adore the connection you see here between father and daughter; it is one of pride, of love, and wonder.

This is Frøya, just 11 days new.

She just recently turned 5!

And as Frøya celebrates her 5th birthday, I too celebrate.

On this day, 5 years ago, I registered Tigs Creations Photography at the KvK. I was officially in business and I haven’t looked back since.

Working with parents-to-be and witnessing the pure love and adoration they have for their newborn babies is a dream come true.

And then in 2011, I had the opportunity to photograph the birth story of Lola Anne. What an amazing honour it was to be invited to share in such an intimate moment. It was an incredibly moving experience, and one I will always hold dear to my heart.

In documenting Lola’s birth story, I discovered the very core of who I am and I decided to work under my own name, as Natalie Carstens | The Birth Photographer, specialising exclusively in birth story photography.

I’ve since become a mother myself, which in turn brings a whole new meaning to my work.

Each birth I photograph has a unique and special story. To welcome a baby into the world is magical, it’s all-consuming, and powerful. This is what I want to document. These are the stories I want to tell.

I simply can’t imagine having a different career.

This is who I am.

This is where I belong.

This is a life I love.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.

With love,

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birthday wishes…

Hip Hip Hooray, Happy 1st Birthday dear Olivia :)

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the day you were born!

Sending you, and your Mama, Papa and big sister, lots of love today, and wishing you a wonderful first birthday!

With love,

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celebrating a special birthday today!

Hip Hip Hooray, Happy 1st Birthday dear Lola!
And congratulations to Holly and Dirk on one fabulously successful year of parenthood! :-)

It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since the day Lola was born; I feel blessed to have shared such incredibly special moments with her parents, Holly and Dirk, and with Holly’s best friend Lauren, who’d travelled all the way from Australia to be with them for Lola’s birth.

It’s been wonderful watching Lola growing up too… seeing all the little milestones like rolling over, crawling, standing… walking!

Lauren has spent the past year collecting images taken during her Skype sessions with Holly and Lola, to compile this wonderful video documenting Lola’s first year; I’m delighted to share it with you here!

I absolutely ADORE this video! Genius idea, Lauren! What a wonderful collection of images; I loved watching it :-)

Skype (and Apple’s FaceTime too!) is such a fabulous way of connecting family and friends around the world! It’s a wonderful way to watch little ones grow up when the distance between you is great. Simply could not imagine life without it!

To dear sweet little Lola… sending you lots of love today, and wishing you a magical first birthday!!!

With love,

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Introducing… our beautiful daughter :-)

My husband and I are delighted to share the news that our gorgeous baby girl has arrived!

Rebekka Nicole Monika Janet Carstens
born at 21:08 on 21 April 2012
weighing 4110g (9lb)
51cm (20″) long

As you can see, our little Rebekka is already a fan of ADO Den Haag Football Club – which is no surprise; she was always very active in my belly during the matches we attended at Kyocera Stadion – thank you to Neal, his wife Helen, and John for the lovely ADO rompertje and Storky!

Pssssssst! Check out ADO for EXPATS, Rebekka is featured as ADO’s newest and youngest Expat fan!

Thank you also to Vinita for the “Bad Hair Day” hat – anyone want to take a guess at the colour of her hair??! ;-)

Thank you so much to everyone for all the lovely messages of congratulations that we’ve received. Life as a family of three, is wonderful :-)

With love

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