waiting for baby – our maternity session with Tanja

Now a dear friend, Tanja de Maesschalk and I first met during a photography workshop early last year; Tanja has the gift of making you feel instantly like a friend, she’s open and honest, she wrinkles her nose when she laughs, and she loves life.

It wasn’t till after that initial meeting that I viewed Tanja’s work for the first time and I was instantly captivated by the beauty of it. Her soft, pure style of photography is romantic and timeless with an air of magic about it. Right then and there, I longed for my husband and I to be photographed by Tanja. We are so rarely in front of the camera. Photos of us together are scarce; you might even say we’re elusive like leopards ;-)

Tanja has a wonderful natural way of working with couples, whether they are newly engaged, celebrating their wedding day, or expecting their first child. With our baby girl on the way, she gave us the perfect reason to arrange a photo session with Tanja …so we did!

Below are just a few of our favourites…

Am I happy? Oh yes! ;-)

That’s a 32 week belly right there.. it’s a wee bit bigger now I’m 38 weeks! ;-)

The one above makes me SMILE every time I see it, in fact most times I see it I have a little giggle to myself :-))))) I love to laugh, and I especially love to laugh with my hubby, love him so much!!

love love *LOVE* all the fabulous photos we now have of hubby and I together :-)

These photos aren’t just for our memories, they’re for our daughter too. We want her to know who we were before she arrived, to see how much we love each other and how excited we are as we wait for the day she decides it’s time to meet us.

Every kick, wriggle, summersault and hiccup is amazing, but more than anything now, we can’t wait to meet her.

Tanja, thank you so very much for capturing this wonderful time in our lives so beautifully :-)

With love,
~Natalie

** this post appeared first on Natalie Carstens | The Birth Photographer **

29 Comments

  1. lesley

    Oh Natalie, these are just wonderful and I’m so happy you chose Tanja…she is the perfect person to capture who you are as a couple!! Great job, as always, Tanja!

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    • Natalie

      Tanja is fabulous, isn’t she! :) thanks Lesley!

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  2. Malinder

    What a sweet collection! Tanja truly captured the love and happiness in the photos above. You look lovely, Natalie!

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    • Natalie

      Thanks so much, Malinder! :)

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  3. Anouschka

    What a beautiful series Natalie! Bet you’re very happy with each and every photo!

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    • Natalie

      Absolutely! Had the hardest time ever just choosing these few to share!! Thanks, Anouschka! :)

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  4. Vinita

    You both look great and amazing! Looks like it was a fab day and bravo to Tanja for capturing the both of you just as you are!

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    • Natalie

      Thank you, Vini! :-) You know the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ – totally flew by that day! :-)

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  5. Christa

    what beautiful photos – you look so happy, such lovely images to treasure. x

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    • Natalie

      Thank you, Christa! :)

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  6. Charlotte

    Wow. Those photos are beautiful!
    Tanja captured you two so well!

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    • Natalie

      Thanks so much, Charlotte! :-)

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  7. Anne

    So wonderful, Natalie!! Love the pics and you two look so happy!

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    • Natalie

      Thank you Anne :-)

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  8. Kevan Harrison

    Magical Natalie they show the love you both have for each other

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    • Natalie

      :-) just waiting now for 2 to become 3…

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  9. Willie

    Mooi hoor Natalie!!

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    • Natalie

      Hi Willie, thank you! :)

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  10. Kirsty-Abu Dhabi

    You look so gorgeous, and so happy!!! – she did a wonderful job for you

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    • Natalie

      Thanks so much, Kirsty! :-) can’t wait to meet the little one… so close now!

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  11. Bettina

    So beautiful pictures…so much love to see in both of your faces!!! Your daugther will love to see the pictures…

    Lots of love
    Bettina

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    • Natalie

      Thank you Bettina! Look forward to seeing you soon – I just replied to your email :)

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  12. suzy

    These are great! Love that you shot them near your “beach house” but where are the Cocomos pics??? ;-)
    We can’t wait to meet her too!!

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    • Natalie

      Thanks Suzy! These were taken back in February..no beach huts then…perhaps some newborn photos at Cocomo’s instead? LOL ;-) *sigh* now I fancy eating ribs…mmm!

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  13. Holly

    Stunning photos Natalie! You’re going to be the most wonderful parents. Good luck for the next exciting few weeks!! Can’t wait to meet Miss Carstens xoxo

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    • Natalie

      Thanks so much, Holly! :-) xx

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  14. Anita

    oh Natalie, i’ve just seen these! wow!!
    you’re looking amazing!!!
    not long now :)
    Beautiful photos!
    anita
    x

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    • Natalie

      Thanks so much, Anita! :-) not long at all.. playing a waiting game now, we’ll see when she’s ready.. hope to see you sometime this spring/summer, either here or in Friesland, will be really nice to catch up :) xx

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  15. Linda

    Your daughter has chosen the right parents, I can tell from the pictures! What a lovely couple you are!
    Compliments for Tanja, you made a beautiful, unforgettable memory.

    Reply

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