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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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Impressions from May & June : a personal project

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[1] Scheveningen Beach, North of the pier
A solo walk along the water’s edge is food for the soul. The waves lapping around my feet was lovely! Later that afternoon, I received a sunny photo of Belmont’s Blue Lagoon (Lancashire, UK) from my Dad, and then my brother sent one from Chorley (Lancashire, UK) too. This was the photo I then shared with them. We’d all enjoyed some time outdoors that day and it was lovely to share where we’d been in our group chat. 

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[2] Scootin’
A new scooter for Lea! Her legs were too short to be able to sit on the seat so she sat on the frame (she still does that now even though her legs are long enough!) Too cute!

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[3] Hi
That little raised hand…. *swoon* !! Oh goodness, I am in love with the photos from a recent client’s maternity and newborn sessions.. absolutely cannot wait for her beautiful fine art album to arrive!!

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[4] Roadtrip to Sylt, Germany
This was a fun but quick stop for the girls on what turned out to be an 11-hour roadtrip through Germany. It was a much needed stretch of the legs – especially for Lea, who is constantly on the go. Time was slipping away fast though and with multiple stops and travel through rush hour traffic, we ended up only just making the last car-train to the island! What a relief to be on that last train! And really, the girls were amazing having spent an entire day in the car!

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[5] Tickle Tickle..
Happy times for the girls as they played with Tante Karin and Onkel Holger! We enjoyed a lovely bbq on this beautiful summer evening. 

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[6] Caught!
Stealth mode fail. I was spotted! Rebekka was reading to Lea, and Lea was sitting very still on the sofa, quietly listening. It was a rare moment and a memory I wanted to keep. I was able to get a couple of photos of them completely unaware of my camera but as I made my way closer to the sofa, Lea totally busted me. At first, only her eyes moved to look at me. Suspicious of the big black thing I was hiding behind, she gave me her “what are you doing?” kind of look. Then, as I peered over my camera, she was quickly up and climbing off the sofa to run over to me. The fleeting moment of stillness and sweet sisterhood, gone. Of the photos I took, it’s this one where I was caught out that brings a smile to my face.

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[7] Lea and Eddy
As I looked back over the photos I’d taken in the last few months, this was a memory that made me linger. Lea was so attentive to Eddy on that day. Quietly chatting to him in her own little language, stroking him, and sitting on the bottom step to wait for him to do his ‘business’ on the loo. It’s a different story now. A few days ago I caught her wagging her finger at him and telling him “niet doen” as he reacted to her teasing with a quick swipe of his paw! 

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[8] Freedom!
There’s no stopping her now! Rebekka’s so proud to be cycling on her own. And we’re proud parents too :-)

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

Have a lovely summer!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from March & April : a personal project

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[1] Little hands and Duplo
I love watching Lea’s little hands work as she builds. It’s fascinating!

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[2] Playing ‘can you find..’ with Papa
My 3 loves.. ok, 4. I love books too ;-)

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[3] Noodles.
Quicker than you can say the word ‘noodles’, they’re are all gone. Honest. Blink and you’ll miss them. She’s had me looking under her chair and in her seat for them but no, her tummy is full! The first time Lea speedily polished off her plate I was in shock. This little lady has been the fussiest of little eaters.. till now. Ok. She is still fussy. But she is eating a whole lotta different foods these days! Yay!

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[4] Welcome Baby
I was so excited to photograph this family who are also great friends of ours.. little Maeby was born in early March. I’ve cherished every opportunity for her sleepy snuggles and the chance to inhale her brand new baby scent since then. Look how tiny she is in her Papa’s arms. Sweet newborn bliss!

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[5] Little details.
You’re going to have to wait for the full reveal. Maeby needs her own blog post ;-)

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[6] Hungry Frogs
Whose frog is the hungriest of them all?? 

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[6] Where there’s a will there’s a way.
I quietly observed Lea seek out her little yellow snack box from the cupboard. I wondered what she was up to since normally she empties this cupboard’s contents all over the kitchen floor. I watched as she pushed the stool to just the right spot. Then up she climbed to throw her snack box into the sink. Now she’s unstoppable with climbing on the stool to reach the counter. Growing so fast..!

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[8] Party time!
Birthdays are magical and exciting for 4-year-olds! I love the wonder of it all. Four is fabulous! Shout out to Nermina at Perfect Pastry – thank you for the beautiful and delicious cake! :-)

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 Leslie Huckey Sarten of Lelise Meadow Photography in Alaska is sharing this month :-) Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here – I hope you enjoy all our posts!

Till next time..!

With love,
~ Natalie

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From 3 to 4; welcome to our family, little Lea

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Now we are four, and so in love! Lea fits into our family perfectly, like she was always here.

Thank you for these beautiful images, Eline.

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from September & October : a personal project

There have been lots of memorable moments in the last couple of months so it was certainly a challenge choosing which photos to share in this month’s Impressions blog post! ;-)

Here’s my selection and a quick recap of family life in September and October (I couldn’t quite stick to 8 so you’re getting a couple of bonus images in this round-up!):

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[1] Kinderboerderij, Delftse Hout
“hello chicken…” ;-)

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[2] First checkup at the dentist
Rebekka was sat at the children’s table in the waiting area colouring in a picture of a tooth, toothbrush and toothpaste when the dentist came out to introduce herself and joined Rebekka in colouring in the picture. In the dentist’s room, Rebekka got to go up-and-down on the chair and she played with a blown-up glove that had a face on it. She was also given a new toothbrush and shown how to clean her teeth (which was brilliant – it made brushing her teeth in the following weeks really easy, she loved the new toothbrush that the nice dentist had given her!) And just as we were leaving, Rebekka got to choose a little present – a pink ring! It was a really fun experience for Rebekka :-)

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[3] Apple-picking at Landgoed de Olmenhorst
It was a surprisingly warm and sunny day when we visited Olmenhorst at the end of September – Summer was lingering a little longer this year, it was lovely. We met up with friends in the cafe and first enjoyed coffee and cake, then stopped by the playground for the little ones to have some fun and picnicked on the grass before heading off to the orchard to pick apples. Can you spot Papa in this photo? haha! The best apples were high up, so Rebekka was sat on Papa’s shoulders to pick them. I’m not sure this was the most pleasant experience for Papa, who was repeatedly smothered by either a faceful of leaves or the bag in which Rebekka was collecting the apples!

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[4] Apple-picking (and eating!) at Landgoed de Olmenhost
Bonus photo! Even more fun than picking apples was sharing the day with friends.

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[5] Meijandal Dunes, Scheveningen
We’ve been shopping! Rebekka selected the pinkest helmet she could find to go with her pink bike (and pink coat and pink shoes!) – seems pink is her favourite colour for clothing and accessories! Seemingly the result of a new ‘go-faster’ helmet, she’s become a bit of a dare devil as she balances and glides along at speed!

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[6] 41 weeks pregnant
I was in need of some me-time so while Papa stayed home with Rebekka at nap-time, I took to my bike and cycled through the dunes, stopping at one of the tallest sand dunes and climbing the steps to admire the view. Turns out this was the last belly photo – Lea was born the following day!

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[7] Bronovo Ziekenhuis. Ready to go home!
Another bonus photo! Lea is just two hours old here and we’re waiting to leave the hospital. Obviously, this is not a photo that I took – I have my husband to thank for this one ;-)

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Rebekka woke up in the morning to discover a ‘real’ baby! She is so sweet with her little sister and loves to hold her. So adorable!

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[9] Lea’s first bath, 3 days old
Our kraamverzorgster (maternity nurse) gave Lea her first bath, proudly assisted by Rebekka.

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[10] Big sister duties
“Sssshhhh.. it’s okay…”  I am seriously *melting* every time I see how sweet Rebekka is with Lea! :-)

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 Vinita of Vinita Salomé Photography is sharing this month :)

With love,
~ Natalie

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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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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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Photography Workshops at the Negenmaandenbeurs, Amsterdam RAI

Photography Workshops at the Negenmaandenbeurs, Amsterdam RAI

What are your plans this week? If you’re an expectant parent, or just gave birth, you might like to visit the Negenmaandenbeurs (Nine Months Fair) in Amsterdam!

There’s lots to discover; all kinds of new products, maternity and baby clothing, fashion shows, styling advice for your nursery, and experts ready to answer all your questions. And of course, lots of great deals!

Workshops at the Puur Baby Plaza

BabyBeGood’s Puur Baby Plaza (Hall 8, Booth 123) has a fabulous workshop programme this year. Discover and learn about baby sign language, belly painting, healthy food choices, breastfeeding, babywearing, photography and more. You’ll also receive a free goody-bag in the workshop area! And who doesn’t like free stuff? ;-)

I’m delighted to share that on Friday evening, 21 February, I’ll be giving short photography workshops for parents and parents-to-be to help you take better photos of your pregnancy and new baby. There will also be an opportunity to chat with me about birth story photography, and I’ll share with you some new products that I’m offering this year.

Prize Draw: Win a childbirth preparation course

Visit me at the Puur Baby Plaza between 18:00 and 22:00 on Friday 21 February to enter a prize draw for a chance to win a childbirth preparation course with Mindful Birth: two half-day workshops supported by a programme of home study with a collection of MP3’s, a detailed workbook and access to an Intranet for further support. It’s a wonderful prize, and I highly recommend this course, even if you’re not the lucky winner.

I hope you find a wealth of helpful information at the fair, some good deals for shopping, and lots of inspiration. I look forward to meeting you there!

With love,
~ Natalie

ps. save a few euros by buying your tickets via Uitmetkorting.nl !

 

 

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celebrating one year!

Happy 1st Birthday, dear Zéphyrin! :)

The Birth of a Baby Boy, Hagaziekenhuis, The Hague | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

What a blessing it was to share your journey earthside.

The Birth of a Baby Boy, Hagaziekenhuis, Den Haag | Natalie Carstens, The Birth Photographer

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

With love,
~ Natalie

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