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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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From 3 to 4; waiting for baby

We’re getting close now! It’s October – that means it’s baby month for our family!

It’s time for me to enjoy my maternity leave, and relax. As we wait for baby, I thought it would be nice to share a small collection of photos from our maternity session with the very talented, Eline Visscher.

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

Natalie Carstens - 34 weeks pregnant - maternity portraits by photographer Eline Visscher

I adore Eline’s vision; her photographic style and image processing are beautiful. I’m so in love with all these images that capture our family, just as we are, waiting for baby.. thank you, Eline!

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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Breastfeeding Information Market at Bronovo Hospital

It was lovely to meet with so many expectant parents at the Feel at Home in The Hague fair a couple of weekends ago – and congratulations to the prize draw winners, who should now be in possession of those wonderful gifts that were generously donated by BabyBeGood, Babyconcertjes and Mindful Birth.

Just a quick note that tomorrow, Friday 27 September, there is a Breastfeeding Information Market at Bronovo Hospital. It takes place between 13:00-16:00 in the Auditorium on the 4th floor. All are welcome, admission is free.

Newborn baby breastfeeding | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

The Breastfeeding Information Market is in preparation for World Breastfeeding Week (which for The Netherlands, takes place next week). This year’s theme emphasises the importance of a community support system to help mothers establish and sustain breastfeeding.

The lactation consultant and nurses of the maternity and pediatric wards will be there throughout the afternoon to answer your questions, and you’ll also have a chance to meet with representatives from breastfeeding organisations such as Vereniging Borstvoeding Natuurlijk and La Leche League.

It’s a nice opportunity to discover businesses with products and services that you may be interested in – meet a sling consultant, discover Belly Fashion, learn about baby gestures and the benefits of baby massage. I’ll also be there to share my work and talk with you about birth story photography.

If you’re subscribed to ‘Letters from Natalie’, you’ll have received an earlybird notice about the event. If you’re not subscribed and would like to receive occasional news updates related to pregnancy, birth and parenting, enter your name and email address here!

I look forward to meeting you there!

Warm wishes,
~ 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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waiting for baby – our maternity session with Tanja

Now a dear friend, Tanja de Maesschalk and I first met during a photography workshop early last year; Tanja has the gift of making you feel instantly like a friend, she’s open and honest, she wrinkles her nose when she laughs, and she loves life.

It wasn’t till after that initial meeting that I viewed Tanja’s work for the first time and I was instantly captivated by the beauty of it. Her soft, pure style of photography is romantic and timeless with an air of magic about it. Right then and there, I longed for my husband and I to be photographed by Tanja. We are so rarely in front of the camera. Photos of us together are scarce; you might even say we’re elusive like leopards ;-)

Tanja has a wonderful natural way of working with couples, whether they are newly engaged, celebrating their wedding day, or expecting their first child. With our baby girl on the way, she gave us the perfect reason to arrange a photo session with Tanja …so we did!

Below are just a few of our favourites…

Am I happy? Oh yes! ;-)

That’s a 32 week belly right there.. it’s a wee bit bigger now I’m 38 weeks! ;-)

The one above makes me SMILE every time I see it, in fact most times I see it I have a little giggle to myself :-))))) I love to laugh, and I especially love to laugh with my hubby, love him so much!!

love love *LOVE* all the fabulous photos we now have of hubby and I together :-)

These photos aren’t just for our memories, they’re for our daughter too. We want her to know who we were before she arrived, to see how much we love each other and how excited we are as we wait for the day she decides it’s time to meet us.

Every kick, wriggle, summersault and hiccup is amazing, but more than anything now, we can’t wait to meet her.

Tanja, thank you so very much for capturing this wonderful time in our lives so beautifully :-)

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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