I met Kirsten a little less then a year ago and it felt like we knew each other for years already. She’s one of those women you immediatly have a girl crush on (or am I the only one who has those?!). She’s effortlessly stunning, and surprisingly unaware of her impact on people. Next to that she’s so creative, kind and uplifting.
So when she asked me if I wanted to photograph her newborn baby, I immediately accepted, and got a bit nervous at the same time.
I often hear that photographing small children is challenging to many people. I love it. I play with them, ask them to kiss their mom, let them jump on their bed, higher! I try to just let them be and have fun. And maybe a cookie or three. A 7 days old baby? A complete new ball game, or at least to me.
But I’m also very aware time is a joke when you have a newborn baby around. And it seems to go faster every baby you add... The time that those feet and toes are pink and wrinkly, their skinny legs curl up and that little butt fits in the palm of one hand is over before you know it. And you might think you remember every detail, but you know what? You don’t.
So this weekend I went, fell in love with even more people and met Beer. He was the sweetest, most cooperative child I ever met.
And I’m happy to report Belle and Bloem didn’t mind showing me how high they could jump!
Today a little over 4,5 years ago, I moved to the US and left everything I knew behind. It was an adventure, but definitely a lonely one. Thank god there was always Vie! In October 2014 we even had our love baby THE DOOR IN THE WALL.
We love what we created, we love what it meant to us, what it brought us. Staying connected with continents between us. And peeing our pants while doing so.
But in the meantime things changed. We live close again and can get on a train instead of the internet, we added babies, jobs, houses, friends. The only things that actually stayed the same are our friendship and daily chats through Whats app. And we will probably forever have those, but those conversations are not the ones we can share. Or want to share.
Vie sort of saved me, but I’m good on my own now. So she’s off saving other peoples sanity. And she’s extremely good at that. That door in the wall is still there, we are saving the key just in case!
But the truth is I needed the blog, the pressure, the deadline to document my own life. And looking back at these past almost two years in photos, I really want to keep doing this. It’s my diary, but in images. So if you are okay with it, I would like to keep doing my monthly photo blogs, but post them here, in my new little corner on the web.
January was rusty. But I will do my best to get back on that horse in February.
Still very much work in progress, but I’m so happy I’m here.
And even more happy you are!