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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..

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[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 ;-)

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

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[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”!!

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[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!

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[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.

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

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

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[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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Impressions from July & August : a personal project

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[1] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Haha! A new zoo exhibit :-D

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[2] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
Another one to add to the collection of  Rebekka’s “growing taller” series! :-)

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[3] Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen
The wind was rustling all the leaves that day.. it was beautiful.

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[4] Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen
Such a pretty view, I photograph it often! This is a place where I’ve stopped countless times to nurse Rebekka when she was a baby, with dog walkers and horse riders passing us by. (Somehow, Lea’s hunger always skipped this particular spot!) I remember those special times with Rebekka each time I walk by :-)

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[5a] Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen
I imagine the girls climbing up into the gnarled branches of this tree some day. I might even join them!

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..because this pathway is beautiful and I couldn’t decide which one to share! ;-)

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[6] World Chocolate Day
Did you know 7 July is World Chocolate Day?! Celebration includes the consumption of chocolate, of course, and what better excuse to try a new flavour! :-)

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[7] Catching bubbles
Little cutie was concentrating SO hard on catching those bubbles!

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[8] Summer toes
Nooooo.. it can’t be the end of Summer?!

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!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Hope for Nepal | Images to Inspire Hope

Images to Inspire Hope - Natalie Carstens & Vinita SalomeJust a few sentences in on an article written by the BBC and I’m already moved to tears.

More than 8 million people have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and the numbers are rising. That’s more than a quarter of the country’s population. It’s incredible to try and imagine it.

One million children are in urgent need of help.

Yesterday evening, I saw on CNN that a four month old baby boy was found alive after being buried under rubble for more than 22 hours. I’m so thankful to read that he’s been cleared of injuries and has been reunited with his parents. It touches my heart.

I think of this family whilst I’m breastfeeding my youngest in the night and under the weight of emotion I need to take a deep breath.

Whilst I cannot relate to their experiences, I see it in their eyes and feel deeply for all those affected by such tragedies. When I think of the children, and babies, my heart breaks for them.

Unquestionably, I am moved to action. Vinita too. Together we have launched a new project through our initiative, Images to Inspire Hope. We hope you will join us in bringing hope to the survivors in Nepal.

Please donate!

Our chosen fund is GIRO555 from De Stichting Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO). This organisation is a partnership of Dutch aid organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, Unicef, Cordaid and Red Cross Netherlands.

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Every little bit goes a long way to helping those in need. We urge you to donate.

You and your children could win a wonderful family photo session on-location in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague or Utrecht)!

For every 10 euros you donate to the GIRO555 fund for Nepal, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a wonderful family photo session with Vinita Salomé Photography and I, valued at 1000 euros! Increase your chance of winning; donate 100 euros and you’ll receive 10 entries!

The photo session will take place in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) in the month of September 2015 – I’m currently on maternity leave, hence the later date.

Please see our project announcement ‘Hope for Nepal‘ for all the details. The closing date for the prize draw is 31 May 2015. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on 1 June 2015.

Make a difference, today.

Images to Inspire Hope | Family Lifestyle Photo Session

We encourage you to share with your friends and networks, and are so grateful for your support.

With appreciation and love,
~Natalie and Vinita

 

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Impressions from May & June : a personal project

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:

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[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 :-)

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[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. 

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[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 ;-)

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[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!

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[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!)

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

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[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!

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[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

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Impressions from April : a personal project

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.

So here’s my selection for April:

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[1-4] Meijendal Dunes. Scheveningen.
It’s time to get back into balance. In the last few months I’ve come to realise I need to start carving out a little bit of me-time. So with Rebekka at the creche, I spent my lunch break wandering the dunes with my camera – it was pure bliss! Discarding all the ‘hats’ I wear so I could just wear my own was exactly what I needed. I even discovered a small cluster of bluebells in the woods – Spring is in the air and it’s so pretty. I stepped back into my home office feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated, and ready to get to work!

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[5] Rebekka’s 2nd Birthday! Opening presents with help from Grandad :-)
Two years flew by in a blink! It’s crazy! Rebekka’s birthday coincided with Easter so we had a wonderful long weekend with Rebekka’s Grandparents – my Dad and Denise, his wife, came to stay with us :-) We indulged in plenty of good food that weekend; spare ribs at Cocomo Beachclub, lots of Easter chocolate, my special homemade lasagne that always goes down a treat, and a chocolate fudge birthday cake. Rebekka was really excited about opening presents; I thought Neal from ADO for Expats might be impressed with her gifts in the photo above ;-) “ADO, ADO..” she says, all excited!

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[6] Kids Playground. Delft.
This is a new discovery for us – a fabulous indoor soft play adventure land for little explorers (and big ones too!) Rebekka is fearless! Climbing high, running, jumping…and me chasing after her. It’s a tiring workout for us both, but it’s a whole lot of fun!

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[7] Blijdorp Zoo. Rotterdam.
This view should be getting familiar by now… see it previously here and here. Rebekka is growing taller and taller! She loves exploring at the zoo. On this particular visit, she kept holding out her hands and asking for the animals to come to her, and getting a little impatient with them when they wouldn’t. Oh, she does make us smile :-)

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[8] Blijdorp Zoo. Rotterdam.
Oh look, another giant animal head! Let’s see Rebekka grow with this one too – haha! Ok, next time perhaps I’ll photograph and share photos of some real animals… ;-P

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

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Impressions from March (and February!) : a personal project

After missing the last round of Impressions in fact, everyone in the blog circle missed the last round! – I’m including photos from February as well as from March in this month’s post.

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.

So here’s my selection this month:

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[1] Exploring at Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
With Mr Rabbit of course! ;-)

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[2] Scheveningen Beach
Are you a regular visitor to the beach? Does this look familiar? Where is it? I’ll admit, I’ve lived here for years and didn’t notice this for a long time! Now every time I walk past it, I’m looking to see if the shadows look “pretty” … I have lots of photos of this little house now!

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[3] An escape to Amsterdam
Such lovely memories from this day… it was the 4th of February, the day before our 5th wedding anniversary, and a Tuesday, which meant that Rebekka was at the creche. My wonderful husband had taken the whole week off work, so we escaped off to Amsterdam for lunch, just the two of us! I was tempted to take the big camera with me, but actually left it behind to just enjoy the moments as they happened…so nice!

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[4] Madurodam. Scheveningen
It’s been a while since we last visited The Netherlands in miniature… and this was Rebekka’s first visit! Happy Anniversary to hubby and I… this was on our wedding anniversary – 5 years of marriage and 10 years together – wow!! Where on earth did all that time go?! :-)

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[5] Skies from my office window
I just can’t get enough of this view! Every day is different! The cloud display at sunset (when there are ‘nice’ clouds) always catches my eye if I happen to be working. Not only do the clouds catch my eye, I’ve also noticed the birds fly about just before sunset recently (a sky full of birds!!) but I’ve been busy and without my camera by my side – maybe I’ll capture the flurry of wings and the fancy air-acrobatics next time!

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[6] Scheveningse Bosjes
A change from the dunes and the beach… Rebekka and I walked in the woods on this day, and discovered snowdrops!

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[7] Tulips
Yay for fresh cut flowers… the first bunch of tulips to make it into our home this Spring :-)

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[8] Scheveningen Beach
Suddenly the weather is warm! It’s Summer?!! Absolutely loved watching these two play at the beach in their own private beach hut ;-)

 

Psssssst…. some bonus images for you! Just wanted to let you know.. the beach pavilions are back, and Cocomo Beachclub is OPEN! and serving the most delicious spare ribs you will have ever tasted! See you there sometime??

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hahaha! ;-)

Please continue through the circle and see what Leslie Huckey Sartan of Leslie Meadow 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…

Have a great week!

With love,
~ Natalie

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Impressions from January : a personal project

Waaaaaaaah! January went by in a flash and it’s already 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.

Here’s my selection for January:

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[1] Concentration.
Rebekka’s become an expert at puzzles. She learned to twirl the shapes around between her finger and thumb which means she’s now completing them in record time!

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[2] Sunset from our living room
I love our view over the rooftops!

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[3] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam
You might remember this same photo from October’s Impressions! It’s winter now and all the leaves are gone. And our little explorer is growing fast! She had a growth spurt at the end of January – all the clothes we bought too big during our Christmas trip to the UK.. are becoming small already!!! Her shoes as well! Crazy! Our little baby seems long gone…

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[4] Yoghurts – a favourite snack!
This little monkey is so proud when she gets to eat a yoghurt all by herself… amazingly, she barely makes a mess! This was the first time she held the spoon properly.. and only one tiny drop landed on her bib! Impressive! She’s now frequently grabbing hold of a finger to lead us to the fridge to get her yet another one! The peach ones are a big hit.. but she keeps calling it ‘apple’! That’s something we’re working on… ;-)

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[5] Scheveningen Beach
A particularly windy day at the beach where the sounds of the waves crashing could be heard from far away. One of my favourite sounds…

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[6] The bark of an old tree. Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen.
Whilst wandering in the dunes I was wondering how old the tallest trees might be… and then I noticed that the trees had different patterns in the bark – this particular one had a really interesting lattice-effect!

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[7] Sleeping! In the pushchair!
Not so long ago I would have sworn Rebekka would NEVER sleep in the pushchair/stroller/buggy… call it what you will! There are just too many interesting things to see! But she’s been refusing naps lately, and when she does, the fresh cold winter air steals her away to slumber-land! Rebekka missed most of this particular walk – because she was sleeping! I enjoyed it though, more time to stop and take photos ;-)

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[8] Winter berries. Meijendal Dunes, Scheveningen.
In the bleak winter landscape, these bright and cheery pearls of orange caught my eye :-)

Please continue through the circle and see what Vinita Salomé of Vinita Salomé Photography 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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Thinking of all those in the Philippines… and sending out a ray of hope

Images to Inspire Hope - Natalie Carstens & Vinita SalomeJust two weeks ago, Vinita Salomé and I were discussing the launch of a new project for our Images to Inspire Hope initiative. We are keen to make a difference to the lives of others through our initiative and have previously raised money to help families in Haiti and Japan.

A lot can happen in a few short days and in disbelief we watched news of a devastating SuperTyphoon sweeping through the central Philippines unfold over the weekend.

Seeing images of the aftermath shared by friends with connections to the Philippines brought it even closer to home. Our hearts go out to everyone affected and that is why we decided to take action and launch a new project sooner rather than later.

Please donate!

Our chosen fund is GIRO555 from De Stichting Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO). This organisation is a partnership of Dutch aid organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, Unicef and Red Cross Netherlands.

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In 2011, we raised $500 for Save the Children’s fund for Japan. Your generous donations have helped children and their families get through those dark days and have restored hope in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

We want to exceed that for the Philippines.

To do this we need YOUR help!

You and your children could win a wonderful family photo session on-location in the heart of the Randstad area (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht).

Family photographs are precious. Your memories are wrapped up tightly in each and every image. By capturing and freezing the treasured moments between children and families, we believe that a single image can heal hearts.

Vinita and I are donating our time and skill to make sure you have images that you will treasure for a lifetime. This is your chance to win a photo session with both of us!

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All you need to do is make a minimum donation of €10 to GIRO555. For every donation of €10 you will be entered into the prize draw. Increase your chance of winning; donate €50 and you’ll receive 5 entries! The closing date for the prize draw is midnight GMT+1 on 24 December 2013.

Please see our Project: Help victims of Philippine SuperTyphoon Haiyan over on the Images to Inspire Hope website for more details!

Let’s not forget those who desperately need our help, every little bit goes a long way to helping those in need.

With thanks,
~Natalie

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Impressions from October : a personal project

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.

When it came to choosing the images I wanted to share, I never imagined I would find it so difficult to choose only 8 images! Here is my selection for October:

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[1] The birth of Faye. Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG), Amsterdam.

In this moment, I remember my heart was overflowing with joy, gratitude and admiration. It’s such an honour and a privilege to be invited to share in the intimate moment of birth. I left the hospital completely in awe of the serene and peaceful manner in which Meg coped with the hard work of labour. It was a privilege to witness the partnership between these new parents as they brought their first baby into the world, united in love and strength. It was such a moving experience.

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[2] A dried thistle globe. Meijendal Duinen, Scheveningen.

I was out walking through the dunes with my daughter, Rebekka, and I saw these spikey globes out of the corner of my eye. I stopped, curious to know what it might be. Even though this weed is dying, it’s still pretty – and it just goes to show that there is beauty in everything when you look for it. I’ve walked along this path a few times since, but those dried thistle globes are no longer there, someone’s been along and tidied up the path in preparation for winter.

But this photo is not just about what you see, it holds a memory for me too.

While I had stopped to take this photograph, a little girl who was out walking her dog with her father stopped to talk to me – in Dutch of course. We’d passed each other earlier and I guess they were now returning home. After hearing me point out to Rebekka “look, a dog!”, she was very proud to tell me that her dog’s name was Sonja. It took me by surprise and gave my brain quite a workout as I tried to find the right words to say and in the right language! They continued on and I went back to taking a couple more photographs but I soon caught up with them. They were just a little further along the path and the little girl was asking her father to pick one of the tall grasses for her. She turned around and gifted it to me. She was so sweet!

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[3] A tree with a face, Clingendael Park.

Do you see it? :-) I love walking amongst old, tall trees with thick trunks and sprawling branches. Walking in this park and in the woods feels a little bit like being ‘home’ to me :-)

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[4] A walk in the dunes with Rebekka (and ‘Mr Rabbit’). Meijendal Duinen, Scheveningen.

Rebekka was patiently waiting whilst I stopped to take a few photos of a special place in the dunes – and when it came to choosing which images to share, I decided I like this one far more than the view I’d actually stopped to photograph ;-)

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[5] Owl Butterfly, Amazonica – Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam.

I love the delicate details in this butterfly’s wings; in some ways, the pattern reminds me of an aged map of the world. So pretty and perfect.

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[6] Blijdorp Zoo, Rotterdam.

I love watching Rebekka explore. She can be so curious sometimes. And quite determined in which direction it is that she wants to walk. Visiting the zoo becomes even more fun each time we go!

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[7] Reflections, Clingendael Park.

This was a visit to the park on my own. I’d just dropped Rebekka off at the creche and the warm sunshine, beautiful autumn colours and cloudless blue sky called me outdoors instead of to the computer to work, and so I indulged in a little time for myself. It was absolutely what I needed to start my work day!

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[8] Reflections, Clingendael Park.

Here, the reflection in the water stopped me in my tracks as I crossed over the bridge. I love the beautiful warm colours of autumn.

Through this project, I’ve discovered that not only do I take photographs to document something I see, but also something I feel. Many of the photographs I took during the last month were because I wanted to remember that moment, and how I was feeling at the time. My memories are strongly attached to the photographs. A single photograph can hold so much power, it’s fascinating to me how they can take you right back to that fleeting moment in time.

I’m so glad to be participating in this project, it’s a challenge to carry a camera and lenses with all the paraphernalia that goes along with a toddler! But it’s resulted in some beautiful memories that were best captured with a camera than with an iPhone. However, I was still busy taking photos with my iPhone, as you will see from my Instagram feed.

Please continue through the circle and see what Leslie Huckey Sarten of Leslie Meadow Photography 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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