Documentary Family Photography for Netherlands, Europe
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FAMILY COMES FIRST - Recently, some of our Europe family photojournalists have communicated their readiness to work with families who are able to carry on with their normal life and who want it documented. Family Photojournalist Association professional members offer a distinct and natural style of unobtrusive photography that will capture genuine, candid moments of you, your children, and even extended family enjoying time together...everyone gets in the pictures and you will likely forget the photographer is even there.
The purpose of documentary family photography is to tell a story — your story. You will be able to feel the love that you have for one another in the images. You will see the beauty that results when you are not posed or directed by your photographer to sit in a contrived position and smile on command at the camera. The FPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, Netherlands family photographers who are available right now. Find yours today!
Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving Netherlands
29 Available Documentary Family Photographers...
In the beginning, I have done almost only posed work, also with children and yes also newborns. Had a posing bag (as it is called so beautiful), countless hair bands, hats, and background cloths and so on. But something never clicked. I could not put my finger on it in the beginning. The beautiful moments during a session were always the moments that parents had with their children when they were waiting. The hugs, chatting together. That was what I wanted to record, I wanted this. Just like I always did with my own children and still do. I focus exclusively on documentary family photography (or day in the life reports): family, pregnancy, birth and newborn. Spontaneous, unconstrained and pure photography that captures your life as it is. My wedding photography also has these words as a theme. Show how the day really went; the emotions and the moments. What else can I tell you about me? I love cookbooks, I have a lot, some of them I mainly bought because of the photos that are in it. And another fact about me ... .I love quotes! Those who follow me on my facebook page or my Instagram know this. I use quotes mainly to emphasize a photo or a series of photos. They can really give power to a photo.
Hi, my name is Gaby and I live with my family, consisting of my husband Rick and daughter Dani in Woudrichem. I have been in the fortunate position to turn my hobby into my profession. Although I own not one but two of my own studios and sometimes divert to other disciplines within photography. I love to photograph my dear customers beautiful, pure, and creative. I am affiliated with various international wedding photography networks. And I can now call myself the winner of various international photo awards at international photo competitions. What makes me even more motivated to capture you beautifully on film. Female teacher? Besides my wedding reports and other photography work I also teach. I give workshops (bridal workshops, studio workshops) and courses (basic course and follow-up courses). I think teaching is one of the most wonderful things to do. Going through their creative and technical process together with people. Because don't forget, photography is 50% technique & 50% creativity. And the latter comes from within. I also enter the mentoring process with fellow photographers. Instead of training, I give them lessons in which the techniques, equipment, and creativity are high. Photo criticisms are therefore not lacking in these creative processes. I will tell you what is or is not technically possible and which lenses you may need for which form of photography. Workshops are available in groups and you can certainly book privately.
My name is Jolene. Yes, named after that Dolly Parton song. I live in Amsterdam with my family of 5 humans and 1 dog. I photograph as Jo. Different projects, but mainly children, people and families. Unposed photos tell the best story. I work ninja-style, recording what I see and capturing moments with my camera. I basically steal your small family moments. When I give those moments back to you, as a slideshow or in an album, you will realise they were not small at all. They are the beautiful real. The beauty that is your family life.
I love families, love, trust in each other, being able to be yourself and develop in families. And I think it's great to record that. Because growing up involves trial and error, discovering the world, first in your family and then an increasingly large world. And I think it's the best thing in the world to be able to capture that with photos.
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.
Our greatest wealth (Dennis) was born in 2016. It's great to watch him grow up and the best sound is his burst of laughter! Yes, literally all clichés are true (fair is fair, even the less fun)! Since we have our dog Floora Dennis seems to flourish even more and it is really beautiful to see the two together. I am secretly quite a house sparrow. We have the luxury that we live wonderfully outside on a farm (arable farming) and I can, therefore, be found in and around the house. Floora is a real working dog and once a week I am going to drive her sheep. That is really my way of discharging and getting new energy and inspiration. It's the little things in life that I love so much. Since those little things can actually be very big. That is why it has become my passion to capture moments in life. Whether this is a wedding, birth or just a normal day "taken from life". No posing and looking in the camera, but real life. Pure - Narrative - Real and also a bit raw.
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.
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.
HI! My name is Joosje Janssen and I'm a documentary family photographer from the Netherlands. JNSSN Photography stands for spontaneity and authenticity. As far as I am concerned, photos are best when they tell a story and when they show life as it really is; unpolished, realistic and above all not posed! Every family and every person has their own habits, their own rituals and that makes every family and every person unique. That is why documentary family photography stole my heart. Because by photographing life as it is, you show who you really are. And there is nothing more special than that! Photos are precious and tangible memories that can last a lifetime. If you ask me, ordinary life is more than worth remembering forever.
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 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!
Friends tell me I am a man with many hobbies. "You do everything, don't you?" Well, I can't deny that. I have a curious mind and I try a lot of different things and some things stick with me. That's how I started skateboarding, (wind)surfing, riding a motorcycle, learned to fix this motorcycle, and rebuild an old moped. Broadening my mind and learning different skills is what gives me energy. However varied these hobbies might seem, what I experience by mastering new skills is the rough, pure, and real sense of life. Jumping off a curb with your skateboard has something pure. No focus and you will fall, too tense and you will fall, a foggy head, and you will fall. This means there has to be some kind of balance between focus and relaxation. Unimportant elements of the day will disappear into the background and you only live this very moment, and that is 'real'. With my photography, I am looking for these pure and real moments. When I take pictures, I capture life how it is and goes. This means that in a family shoot everyone is allowed to decide for themselves what they wear that day, or how tidy the house is. Life consists of so many things that have to be done, that are supposed to be or that are not allowed. Leave it! Let it flow, it doesn't matter, beautiful moments arise everywhere, I'll capture them.
I like to take care of someone else. In the first place for my husband Frank and our beautiful, funny and sometimes somewhat stubborn daughter Noor. But also for my parents now that they can use my help so well. My sense of responsibility is great. When I go on vacation, I arrange everything down to the last detail. It feels good to be able to solve something for someone else, to make sure things are going well. You can also describe me as an emotional person. I feel other people effortlessly. Beautiful things quickly touch me, especially when skiing. Being active outdoors, the white mountains, beautiful sun, and audible silence. But also an afternoon swim with Noor, the tears that automatically come with a film or moving book. Even the piece of chocolate with a cup of warm tea is a pure pleasure for me. I have been very patient since Noor. Quite special if you consider that I absolutely did not have it before. Patience is a good quality, especially in birth photography. A birth simply cannot be controlled. It really is the art of the click at the right time. This also applies to the portraits of children. I playfully look for that one look, that precious moment to capture as a lasting memory in an all-encompassing image.
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...
Hi, I'm Adrienne. I was 12 years old when I bought my first camera from my self-earned savings. I always walked with 'that thing' ;) for fun, for my love of photography. I had already taken the photo in my head so how cool that I could finally capture it with my camera. Yet I went into healthcare and as a hobby, I have always been inextricably busy with my camera. I am a photographer with a love for family moments in the broadest sense. From birth to goodbye with all the diversity of emotions that go with it. Real-life is what matters to me... And looking back at my teenage images, that love has always been there. Spontaneous and casual, just the way it is. Just don't look into the lens :) Because of my previous work experience in care where I have cared for people with lots of love and patience, on the deathbed or during a disease process, I know how valuable the smallest moments or details can be. Nothing is strange to me, be yourself, that's beautiful! With a lot of love and patience, I photograph your most beautiful and purest moments. As a mother of 2, I know how fast time can go and how important it is to capture just this, in its purest form. I prefer to be there quietly to capture your most beautiful emotions and moments. Love Adrienne Buitendijk Ta Mémoire Photography
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.
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.
I was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. At a young age, I received my first camera as a birthday gift. Immediately, I started making pictures of everything and everybody around me. And I never stopped :) Now, being a father of two, I truly see the power of family photography. Not the posed portraits, that don't have any emotion in them, but the real moments. Moments that are not always beautiful (strawberries on a white rug, tantrums in the bathtub,...) but that I want to remember when my kids will be all grown up. Moments that show how a family sticks together, loves and comforts each other. And that's exactly what I want to give my clients.
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.
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!
I am Nina, a documentary family photographer based near Hamburg, Germany. I am specialized in full-day family reportages for which my heart always skips a beat. I want families to fall in love with their lives and I want to empower them for acknowledging their uniqueness. Creating art from true stories of real-life is what drives me and I want children to see where they come from. If you are looking for someone who follows you around for a day like the good friend who hasn't been visiting for a long time, ready for a chat when you are but otherwise happy with a piece of cake and a good cup of tea, then let's chat and make plans. I am looking forward to telling your stories. With love, Nina
We are also a family. Therefore, we know how important it is to have memories and to keep them, despite how quickly time passes. One day we wanted to photograph happiness, and we asked ourselves, where is it? At that moment we realized something that we had not been able to see. We were able to understand that happiness does not come from trips or specific things we can do, from an event or a celebration, but that real happiness is with us every day, in the routine of our life, of our home, together with the people we love the most: in games, in the bedtime story, in the afternoons lying on the couch watching a movie and eating popcorn, on walks to the park ...
Netherlands Outdoor Family Photography
Even in an age of restrictions and limitations, you can safely enjoy a photoshoot in an outdoor location with small groups of people or families. Your FPJA Netherlands family photographer can easily capture candid moments of the kids playing and interacting from a safe distance. These days, outdoor sessions are often the best option for sincere photographs, because people of all ages feel more comfortable and laid back while they are outside and unrestricted. In these large, open spaces, you and your family can simply spend time together doing your normal routine while your photographer focuses on the art of storytelling.
Netherlands Day in the Life Picture Sessions - DITL
There is something alluring about the imperfections in an ordinary day. The best gift that you can give your family now and in the years to come is the investment in authentic photographs that showcase a real day in your life. These stress-free sessions, designed to capture the realness and honesty of an average day for your family, produce the most genuine images, and these are the ones that you will cherish for years to come.
Netherlands Birth Sessions at Home or Hospital
The birth of your child is an experience that is filled with both beauty and chaos. It’s a moment in time that you won’t want to forget, yet it’s an experience in which the details may fade away in the coming weeks, months and years. To capture the first moments in which you meet your baby and those first special hours together, you should enlist the help of a Netherlands documentary birth photographer. An experienced family photographer who specializes in documentary birth sessions will be able to capture your labor journey, the birth experience and the immediate reaction that you have when you see your baby’s face for the first time — all while respecting your space. The right photographer will be able to use discretion while focusing on the fleeting moments that you will want to remember from your birth experience. Whether you plan to give birth at home or at the hospital, you can book a documentary birth session with a professional reportage-style birth photographer.