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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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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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Free Photography Workshops for parents(to-be) at the Negenmaandenbeurs, Amsterdam RAI


Photography Workshops for parents(to-be) at the Negenmaandenbeurs, Amsterdam RAIAre you an expectant parent, or did you have a baby recently? If so, you might like to visit the Negenmaandenbeurs (Nine Months Fair) in Amsterdam later this month!

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 to take advantage of!

Workshops at the Puur Baby Plaza

BabyBeGood’s Puur Baby Plaza (Hall 8, Booth 123) is hosting another fabulous workshop programme this year, and i’ll be presenting once again.

Would you like to hear some tips on how to take better photos of your pregnancy and new baby? Visit the fair on Friday 27 February, and stop by the Puur Baby Plaza between 18:00 and 22:00 to take part in a short 20 minute photography workshop with me. They are free to attend.

There will also be an opportunity to chat with me about birth story photography, and look through an exquisite birth story album; see the true beauty and power of birth through my eyes.

I look forward to meeting with you!

With love,
~ Natalie

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

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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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From 3 to 4; and halfway there already!

Oh my goodness! Let’s play catch up…

With the exception of Instagram (because I simply can’t stop taking and sharing photos! ha!), you may have noticed I’ve been a little quieter on social media in the last months.

Amongst wonderful photo sessions with clients, workshop preparation, promotional events, networking events, a branding update(!) and email that is like a never-ending hike up a mountain, i’ve also been chasing after a busy little one whilst suffering with the most insane kind of exhaustion – the kind of exhaustion that hits in the first trimester!

Yes, our little family is growing! Baby #2 is due to arrive in October!

We’ve reached the halfway point and it’s just crazy that we’re here already! Those exhausting early days weeks felt like they were lasting forever, and now the weeks are rolling into each other in a blink! Wow. So exciting! It’s so amazing to feel a baby wriggling and kicking from the inside again :-)

pregnancy-maternity-2

If you’re also pregnant and in The Hague, come and join me at the Mommy is Fit aqua-natal classes on Thursday mornings at the Carlton Beach Health Club in Scheveningen. It will be great to meet you there :-)

With love,
~ Natalie

 

* photo from 2012 – pregnant with Rebekka (32 weeks)

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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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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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Preparing for a Mindful Birth Experience

I’ve been incorporating video into my work for some time, but more recently I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marie Vijendran and Stephanie Lowe of Mindful Birth to create a promotional video for their unique childbirth preparation course here in The Netherlands.

Mindful Birth Courses from Natalie Carstens | Photographer on Vimeo.

Working with Marie and Stephanie has given me a wonderful insight into how mindful techniques can help to minimise the discomfort of labour. If you are pregnant and looking for a course, I highly recommend this one by Mindful Birth.

The course combines a one-day workshop in Oegstgeest (between Amsterdam and The Hague, close to Leiden Central Station, just off the A44) with a 4-step home study programme, making it accessible to everyone.

Discover how being mindful (being aware of the present moment) is integral to a calm birth experience. Learn to know and trust your body. Feel positive, confident and empowered.

The next Mindful Birth workshop takes place on 18 August (2 places still available, details here) – I’ll be there, so if you’re attending this one you’ll get to meet me too! If you’re considering having your birth story photographed, I’ll be more than happy to chat with you and answer any questions you might have.

Have you attended this course before? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below!

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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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