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I cannot say exactly where my passion for photography originated. For me, photos are valuable because of the memories they carry and the stories they can tell. My father used to have a darkroom in the attic, a mysterious place where my sister and I were not allowed to just come. But because of this darkroom and my father's hobby, I am lucky that there are entire albums full of photos with stories from my childhood. Besides the memories, I also have photos that belong to these memories. A precious possession, if you ask me. In the spring of 2019, I decided to change course. I felt I was just working and when I came home in the evening I had little energy left for other things. More balance was needed. In addition, I wanted to do more with my passion, photography. In recent years I have followed various photography courses and workshops. Also, I followed a part-time course in Photo Art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for 3 years. But now it was time to move on. I started to work less and to focus more on photography. That gives me energy, I can use my creativity and I can touch people in a positive way with that!
My first paid jobs were posed newborn photo shoots. Quickly I realized that making photos of the moments which are normally not being photographed are much more beautiful than the posed ones. Like hugging the baby when a bit sad, when struggling with the tiny buttons to dress the baby or just the quick kiss by the brother or sister. All kinds of moments when you really capture emotions and thats what I am enjoying a lot. 4 years ago I became mother for the first time and photos are far more valuable to me than before. So many funny, unexpected, cozy and definitely ‘frustrating’ family moments, which are every day different. I really enjoy having my oldest son around (4 years) when he comes of the toilet, while pulling up his pants up to to his armpits…. Or my youngest son (2 years) trying to put a sandwich at once in his mouth. These kind of moments have made my decision to specialise in documentary family photography incorporating Day In My Life Photography.
Making memories for families is my passion. My goal is to make ordinary life looks extraordinary on the photos. I see beauty in everything and catch little details. I photograph true life always with a sense of humor. As mother of five children I know as no other how life is with children.
How lucky am I to capture precious moments in a family’s day to day life. I am a real family photographer with a love for sincere emotion. I make a family document that shows how much love you spread. But more important, I'll make you realize that you also receive a lot in return from your loved ones. It is a lot of fun for me to be able to show you and your family the whole story of your day from a different perspective. That includes of course the laughter, the teasing, the giggles and the tears. I see it and I capture it.
Capturing family life is one of my biggest passions. Maybe because I love to photograph real moments in life. Maybe because I love the connections and love between family members or maybe because it's such an honest and pure way of photographing life. The idea of me capturing future memories for a whole family makes me want to try extra hard to find the little details and special moments of a family and photograph them. Next to that I also try to capture the biggest chaos as a perfect whole.
I take pictures like that. I have a great job! I have been able to photograph so many people and families and several of my photos have been awarded international awards. Super cool! I photograph in both a lifestyle and a documentary way. That is, in addition to capturing moments in an honest and artistic way, I also love capturing real moments. I am always inspired by you, the environment and the moment. I work passionately and am sharp when I take pictures of you. I take my work very seriously because I am someone who strives to take the best pictures. Although you will soon notice during photography, that result is often achieved with a lot of fun and pleasure. You can also describe my style as cozy, nice and loose, intimate and relaxed with atmospheric photos that are not too dark, not too light and sometimes artistic. Everything just delicious as it is and with a hint of Karen.
Willeke Kieft is a documentary family photographer who lives in the Netherlands. She has been photographing people for years now and developed a documentary style. Her passion: Connect | Capture real, pure moments in all-day life | Secure intimacy for life & generations | Represents unique family connection & interactions by storytelling photos. Willeke lives with her boyfriend Ralph and her two beloved energetic sons in Arnhem, the city she loves because of the green nature that surrounds it. She loves life; small things make her happy like a full moon, sunrays, a beautiful little bird in her garden, the smell of springtime, the smile of a stranger, kids conversations and kids fantasy plays. She looks forward meeting new people and discover new places. Also when this is outside the Netherlands, actually, she loves to!
My name is Miranda van Assema, 37 years old and together with Marcel I live in Medemblik. Through the Graphic profession, I came into contact with photography, in which I found my passion. The best thing about photography is to capture memories for life! My camera therefore rarely deviates from my side. I do not like posed pictures, but rather of real moments and real situations, just as it is. My style can be described as spontaneous, pure, unforced and journalistic. What I really enjoy is the small moments of happiness every day. In our daily hectic we sometimes forget it, but it is precisely in those little things that our happiness lies. Capturing these moments is the best thing I do.
My whole life I have been fond of photos and photography. That is why in 2010 I decided to develop myself further by following a photography study. In 2012 I obtained my diploma as a professional photographer. Here I became even more enthusiastic about photography. The fact that I can also make others happy with this and make them happy is something I love the most! It's nice that people dare to open up and let me into their lives. That they trust me to capture a part of their lives and see how beautiful it is to keep these valuable memories forever. I keep finding that special every time and that makes me truly happy and happy! My husband and I have a wonderful family with a son and daughter and our sweet dog Lola, which we love very much. We have a lovely family and are very happy with this. I love to travel a lot. There is so much to see in the world and that does not necessarily have to be very far away. There is something to discover everywhere and something to enjoy (and of course to photograph, because even then I want to capture as much as possible). I often use these photos again for the cards and posters that I make. I love black and white photos, which is reflected in my work, but I also love photos from the 50s and 60s. I also find street photography fascinating, I think it is beautiful that it reflects a time image and that it is real. In addition, I really like humor in photography. That is probably because I also think humor is very important.
Marieke Zentjens loves to document life, love and happily ever after. Capturing moments that are telling stories is what she loves to do most. Her goal is to capture life as it is with love, tenderness, craziness and tears. In her free time she loves to spent time with her husband, their 2 kids and her friends. She loves a little walk in the forest, sunsets, fresh flowers, dancing in the rain, building cabins, Netflix marathons, Tony Chocolonely and wine .
Hiske came into contact with photography at an early age. As the daughter of an artist, looking at an image, composition and light was introduced. As an experienced lifestyle photographer, she has an eye for detail and knows how to create an atmospheric report. Her method is casual and journalistic, making everyone feel at ease. She lives with her husband, 2 children and 2 rabbits, who are her hobby in addition to photography. She also works as a volunteer at the Earlybirds foundation, which also gives her a lot of satisfaction.
This is me, Natasja, married and mother of 3 young, sweet girls. Living in Breda with our cats and reptiles. My hobbies are hand lettering, reading, sports, and photography. I once graduated as a chemical analyst and worked in various laboratories for more than 7 years. In 2010 our first child was born and for the time being, I decided to stay home for her and later her sisters. After a few years, I thought it was time to make some space for myself and my creativity. I started taking a basic photography course. With this I could do what I like: photography. And also learn a lot there. After following the basic photography course in 2014 at the School for Photography, I decided to do the Photography course in 2016 as well. I proudly completed this at the beginning of 2017. Then the question is always asked; "What do you want to do with it?" I mainly followed both courses because I get a lot of positive energy from photography. And with a clear assignment in mind, it works just a little more effectively. By doing things that you like, that give you energy, you are more positive in life.
Jacqueline Dersjant (PHTGRPHR) is an international award winning photojournalist known for her candid, documentary approach to family photography. Jacqueline’s expressive photography is about capturing special moments and emotions between people. Her reportage style is up close with a great sense of humor. She is committed to capturing the reality and has an eye for spontaneous, once in a lifetime moments that feel honest.
My name is Marcel, professional photographer for more than 15 years. My father taught me to see... as a little boy he took me on walks and showed me nature. A little flower close to your feet or a falcon high up in the sky... And now 'seeing' is my profession; the best light, the funniest moment, emotion, love... That's what I want to capture in a photograph; the little things in life are BIG...
Gerhard Nel is an international award winning photographer based in The Hague in The Netherlands. In 2013 Gerhard has been ranked #1 in the world with the WPJA. Nel was born and raised in South Africa and served as an Indenti-kit artist for the Police for several years drawing faces of suspects. His search for real life and moments combined with his artistic and sensitive eye results in images that touches hearts and lives.
Of course, I am a mother.. two young daughters that are up to no good most of the time.. and that creates wonderful, real and true moments! Funny or sweet, naughty or nice, it's all there! So, therefore, I absolutely love shooting families. But for me... it goes a bit further.. in this day and time we are all so busy, on our phones, on social media and working. Therefore I believe we need these Family moments. We need to go outside.. shut down our phones, and play. Just have fun... let kids be kids. and my heart melts when I'm there capturing those wonderful, precious moments. I've always had a thing with kids, I seem to attract them and relate to them. Is it because I'm really short and up to their level? Or because I never lost the kid in myself? Anyway.. it really helps and I can capture kids how they truly are! Those little unique characters.. always amazing when parents tell me I've captured their true spirit!
I must have been about 5 years old when I walked through the zoo with my mother. Looking fascinated. Not to the monkey behind glass, who stared at me curiously, but at the man next to me, who was photographing the animal with a gigantic camera. I knew immediately: "I want that too!" From the moment in the zoo that passion for photography has only become stronger. And where many doubt about what training suits them, that doubt has not been there for me. I followed a graphic education and specialized in photography. Some people called me stubborn when I started my company in 2010 immediately after my training. I did it, of course not without a struggle, but now there is a healthy company and every day I can express my passion and creativity in my work. I love people and their stories. And I love to give back their story in pictures. The fantastic feature of photos is that they always last while time ticks. I photograph moments that are important to people. A wedding, a pregnancy, the first few weeks of a baby and his parents, or 'just' (family) love. People often find the photos that I take already very valuable. While they can become many times more important with time. For example, if someone in the pictures dies, or if children leave the house. Photos bring you back to the moment that they were made. I feel privileged to be able to do that for people.
The next word I learned after 'mommy' and 'daddy', was probably 'aperture'. My father is a photographer you see. And I spend quite a few hours in the darkroom watching the pictures he took showing up. But it was not until I was planning a trip to New York that I took an interest in photography myself. I borrowed my father's Pentax and asked him what exactly I should do with it, the day before leaving. Right. Not the best of my images, you can imagine ;-) So I took some photography classes and really got the hang of it. I developed an interest in people photography and documentary photography because I really like searching for the best possible images in a given situation, without interfering. The baby/family: The first weeks together. Despite sleep deprivation, maternity tears, physical discomfort, they may be the most beautiful and intense weeks of your life. Who would like to hold you in your memory? Some parents have their child photographed during this period (also known as newborn photography), but it is not nice if you also like the atmosphere, the baby room, the emotions, the visit, grandpa and grandma and the cards based on the pictures can capture? As it was, to always remember. And as a very valuable time document for your child (ren). A similar 'time document' with beautiful, special photos that show what it was like can also be made very nicely with, for example, a birthday party, anniversary, multi-year wedding party, in short when you celebrate life! Somewhere in the first few weeks with your baby, at a party or just when it suits you, iSi photography comes to your home, or wherever you are, to make a special and atmospheric report in a matter of hours.
I would like to record family memories for you. Fun, happiness, happiness, emotions, love ... life as it is, in all the little daily details. As simple as possible and preferably as daily as possible. So that - if you look at the pictures in thirty years - you will get that feeling of today. I like to tell the story. Your story, your story. Because everyone has a story. Why you are together, how you live as a family, what you connect, what you love and what you like to do. I like to observe, to be unobtrusive and to ensure that I can capture you completely at ease. As you are. With all the little things. With all connections and emotions. In addition to the various photoshoots on this website, I also shoot a lot of weddings, especially in the summer.
I am Anja Onstenk, a photographer who loves to take pictures of family moments that matter. I think even the daily and normal moments can be so worth it to document. I think it's important to capture moments that are valuable. Happy and crazy moments, but also moments with tears. After all, it is all part of our lives. Live is a story and I really like to document it.
My experience as a documentary family photographer started in Hong Kong 3 years ago. I lived there with my husband and was in the position to focus 100% on my photography business. Before that time I only would photograph as a side business. The last year I stayed in Hong Kong (2018) I mainly would use a documentary approach with families. This period of time in Hong Kong really influenced my vision of photography, it was such an amazing experience that I wanted to capture the essence of living abroad as a family. Living in small apartments with children en be creative with the space you have. It made me realise there is no perfect picture. Only a perfect story. Now I am back in the Netherlands. I would like to continue this way of photography. I want to take my personal experience and photography skills to different families and places in the world.
By taking pictures of my sons, the value of small everyday moments became and becomes really clear to me. I photograph them during game and mischief, during fun moments and crying parties, during fraternization and quarrels. These pictures say so much about them and their personality that I am sure that they will cherish these memories the most later. I also want to realize these memories with you. I live and work in Landegem near Ghent, but as a photographer, I come everywhere. A trip abroad is also perfectly possible.
Photography and people are Joshua’s two greatest passions. Utterly curious – a nice legacy she got from her grandmother – she loves to meet new people, observe them and capture what they are all about. She is both outgoing and calm so to make everyone feel at ease. Very patient, she has a special radar for shenanigans. Her goal is to document small but great moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, to capture the moment just as it felt that day. She is a visual storyteller. Mostly self-taught, she has been a professional photographer for the last 11 years, full time since 2013. She is based in Antwerp, Belgium, and travels in (and sometimes out) Europe for Family, Day in the Life sessions and Weddings. She is at her best when shooting true, unstaged and profound moments and events – in a relaxed atmosphere.
With my documentary family photography, I capture for you how life has felt with your children. Time flies by and often we are not aware of it in everyday life. Before we know it, our tiny newborn has become a curious explorer and schoolchild. Every time something new starts, it also means saying goodbye to something that works. As mean as it may sound, you are growing up fast, your children. The times when they sneak into your bed at night or cling to you with sticky ice paws on hot summer days and whisper in your ear how much they love you are only a brief moment in your life. In my pictures, you see in many years, as the head of your baby fits exactly in your hand, how the little fist has closed around your index finger and also what it was like with a hungry child on the arm to warm the vial and simultaneously to rummage for a fresh body. You can see the amazing Ceiling Castles and Legoberge your kindergartner produced in his room and feel what it was like to eat together. Happy ketchup-smeared mouths and crying broccoli protest included. It's the little things that make your time with your kids so special. And these little things are in constant change because little people want nothing more urgent than growing up very quickly. My photographs are a snapshot in this fast-paced roller coaster ride. They make possible what is really not possible: to stop time, to maintain a feeling and to experience happiness again and again.
Of course, I am passionate about family photography! You notice that when you see me working professionally. What do you get to see? A professional photographer who works professionally and efficiently, who knows how to behave correctly in every situation and who discreetly moves to take sneaky and almost invisible beautiful pictures for you. Someone who does not shy away from crawling or lying on the ground with one goal: the ideal photo. But behind the family photographer, there is also a person with his own personality. After all, you know who you can expect on the other side of the camera when you book me. Anyone can take photos, but to create images that are really overflowing with emotion, you have to be particularly comfortable with the lens and that is only possible if it clicks not only on the camera but also between us!
My passion for photography began long ago when I was gifted a camera for my 18th birthday. From this day I traveled around the world with my camera and the beautiful landscapes and wonderful light inspired me to take pictures. Then, the joy of becoming a mother reinforced my artistic eye. I discovered the happiness of seizing the present moments with my children growing up: their games and laughter, their imagination, their joy of discovery and the variety of emotions I could feel. My passion for capturing raw emotion and true moments grew more and more! And little by little it became obvious that I wanted to live my passion and to tell unique stories to last a lifetime. So, I decided to quit my position of professor in biomechanics to become a professional documentary photographer.
Professional family photographer since 2011. I love shooting authentic images, candid shots that capture real moments as they occur naturally throughout the day. These images are my main focus when shooting families. And I strongly believe they are the most important and the most relevant images of a family. I try to be as unintrusive as possible. Although I'm not “a fly on the wall” - I tend to stay in the middle of the action, working close to people with my wide-angle lens.