There are so many reasons why I love family photography. First of all, it’s always fun! Whenever there are kids around there will be a reason to laugh. I also love to get to know all the different kinds of families with totally different personalities, interestes and taste. It’s always new and always exciting to me. Then there is the fact that I get to capture moments that will be with them for a lifetime. The first family photo together after the birth of their baby, a birthday or anniversary, or just a portrait of everyone together that is not a selfie. All these moments are so special and I feel honored to be a part of them.
If you’re after perfect, smooth and posed studio-type photographs, then I might not be the right photographer for you. I love natural lifestyle photography, in documentary style with a slight vintage (film) vibe. I like to capture real moments and real emotions. Of course, an arranged photoshoot is never 100% spontaneous. But your interactions, laughters and hugs – they can be real. So I like to create an atmosphere in which you can feel free and safe, to be who you are as a family, without feeling the need to create a certain pose or look for the camera.
Wherever you like to be together as a family is where I’ll go with my camera. This can be your home – especially for newborn sessions this is usually great, because you don’t need to move and bring the baby into a new environment – your favorite spot on the beach or somewhere in your city.
To create the kind of dreamy and soft vibe you can see in my photos, I recommend meeting on a sunny or slightly cloudy day, around an hour before sunset. This ‘golden hour’, as it’s called, creates the most beautiful natural light you can wish for in photography, with soft shadows and contrasts. If you’re more of a morning person also the first hour after sunrise is a great choice. Also cloudy days can be great for portraits, though. The clouds act like a massive softbox, filtering the sunlight and the advantage here is that the time is not as important as on sunny days.
Pictures say more than a thousand words. You probably already have an idea of what kind of family photos you would like to have. Great! During a call we get to know each other and discuss your wishes and the purpose of the shoot. Maybe you like a certain photo of mine or someone else that inspired you? Or you don’t know at all and want to leave it all up to me? That’s also totally fine!
Once we have determined the location you will receive a ‘style guide’ with tips for clothing and colours.
This way you know exactly what to expect before the shoot!