Day in the Life

Capturing moments that matter

Memories are perhaps the most valuable assets in our lives. Time goes fast (especially with children) and how we would love to relive those beautiful moments of the past. Not just the familiar highlights, such as weddings and births, but the little moments in between. The precious moments together, the rituals, the frolics, the hugs. I capture these important moments full of love for you and your family so that they will never be forgotten. In a pure and real way, and exactly as you are.

At home

With an activity

On vacation

The beauty of real life

Does the idea of posing for photos give you chills? If so, then Day in the Life photography (or Documentary Family Photography) is your type of photography. Day in the Life photography captures life in a documentary style, which means it doesn’t influence the scene and the subjects. Family stories are told at their purest and most emotional because you are allowed to be yourselves. The bond between family members is shown visibly and palpably in the photographs and often moves parents (and children) to tears. There is an amazing beauty in real life and Day in the Life photography captures that for you.

Everything is possible

Your family shoot, your wishes

3 to 12 hours

During a family photo shoot, I’ll be a part of your life and that of your loved ones for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 12 hours. During that time you live your life as you always do and I'll be like a fun aunt who comes to visit and happens to tag a camera along. Before we start photographing, I make sure that everyone knows me and that I know what is important to you and your family.

Your favourite location

During the shoot we will go to one or multiple of your favorite places, such as the beach, the forest or the boat. Or we can stay cozy at home. I leave that entirely up to you.

Your preferred moment

When is your favourite day and moment together? A sporty Saturday morning? Or a lazy Sunday afternoon? For me, every day and every moment of the week is possible to photograph your family life. Together we’ll discuss the possibilities in the free intake.

Your work of art

Photo books rarely get tucked away. They are often proudly displayed in the heart of the living room: the bookcase. Your photo book will become a true work of art to be displayed on the coffee table or in the bookcase, and will be invaluable to your (grand)children in the future.

About me

Let's start with the fact that I am the mother of the most stubborn 7-year-old living on this planet. But even so, I love him and he is my muse. I am a co-parent and enjoy life together with my son in my apartment in the center of Haarlem, The Netherlands. My son is the reason I became a professional photographer: two years after I started photographing him in documentary style and posting his photos on Instagram, I got booked as an (international) family photographer and mentor in the same field.

My father is the one who introduced me to photography at a young age, back then we were still developing our own rolls of film. I always saw photography as a hobby and when I graduated from Art School I was an illustrator and sculptor for 6 years before I fell in love with photography again. And thank god for that, because it turned out to be the greatest passion in my life. And with that same passion, I now create the most beautiful memories for other families.

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED

Because of my unique photographic style, I get booked all over the world for photo shoots, no distance is too far for me to create family memories.

10 YEARS EXPERIENCE

For 4 years I photograph families for the most part, but I have been a professional photographer for over 10 years and photography has been my passion for 20 years

MENTOR FOR PROFESSIONALS

Besides photographing all over the world, I pass on my knowledge of photography to beginning and professional photographers worldwide.

Expat or vacation?

Going on vacation, living abroad as an expat or just in the Netherlands as an expat? Then a documentary family photo session is really something for you and your loved ones! Let me capture the story of your adventure abroad or of your Dutch adventure far away from home. Longer or shorter periods abroad are very formative for children, that's where the strongest memories are made. As a family, you are also more dependent on each other, which only strengthens your bond. This special period, short or long, deserves to be captured in a beautiful way. I have already photographed (expat) families or families on vacation in Poland, Sweden, Lithuania and even Singapore! No distance is too far for me to create a beautiful family story for you!

Why families invest in professional family photos

Why is a Day in the Life photo session so much more enjoyable, beautiful and interesting than a posed photo session or a photos that you take yourself? Here are the six main reasons why families choose for documentary family photography:

A documentary family shoot is much more relaxed for your family than a posed or lifestyle session. Nothing is expected of you, just that you be yourselves. Your kids don't have to be perfectly dressed and well behaved, they can just live their normal life. And because there is no pressure on the kids, the photo session is also very relaxing for the parents!

Photos taken in a documentary, storytelling way are deeply moving because they show who you really are and how you love and connect with your family. It is very special to see the deep emotions you have for your partner, parents or children reflected in an image taken by a photographer who truly sees you and appreciates you for who you are.

Unlike posed and lifestyle photography, there is a strong narrative element present in documentary family photography. Posed photos only show your "outside"; but not who you really are, how you live and your relationships with others. Documentary family photography does: it tells the visual story of your special family bond and habits in an environment that is important to you.

Another big difference is that documentary family photography does not take place in front of a white screen or in a field of flowers, but in an environment that actually means something to you and your family, such as in your home or another favorite place. Photos taken in your natural and favorite environment increase the emotional value of the entire photo series.

Some parents are insecure about being photographed because they are afraid that they will look "ugly" in pictures. To be honest, I don’t like the way I look in photos. So why do I have Day in the Life photo sessions taken of me and my son myself? Because the love and connection in those photos is so much more important than the way I look. I feel beautiful as a mom! And so are other parents.

A very big advantage of hiring a professional photographer: everyone is in the picture! So if you are the one in the family who always takes all the photos, this is your chance to see yourself in the family photos for once!

A documentary family shoot is much more relaxed for your family than a posed or lifestyle session. Nothing is expected of you, just that you be yourselves. Your kids don't have to be perfectly dressed and well behaved, they can just live their normal life. And because there is no pressure on the kids, the photo session is also very relaxing for the parents!

Photos taken in a documentary, storytelling way are deeply moving because they show who you really are and how you love and connect with your family. It is very special to see the deep emotions you have for your partner, parents or children reflected in an image taken by a photographer who truly sees you and appreciates you for who you are.

Unlike posed and lifestyle photography, there is a strong narrative element present in documentary family photography. Posed photos only show your "outside"; but not who you really are, how you live and your relationships with others. Documentary family photography does: it tells the visual story of your special family bond and habits in an environment that is important to you.

Another big difference is that documentary family photography does not take place in front of a white screen or in a field of flowers, but in an environment that actually means something to you and your family, such as in your home or another favourite place. Photos taken in your natural and favourite environment increase the emotional value of the entire photo series.

Some parents are insecure about being photographed because they are afraid that they will look "ugly" in pictures. To be honest, I don’t like the way I look in photos. So why do I have Day in the Life photo sessions taken of me and my son myself? Because the love and connection in those photos is so much more important than the way I look. I feel beautiful as a mom! And so are other parents.

A very big advantage of hiring a professional photographer: everyone is in the picture! So if you are the one in the family who always takes all the photos, this is your chance to see yourself in the family photos for once!

In short, documentary family photography shows a deeper and more complete family story than any other genre of family photography.

In short, documentary family photography shows a deeper and more complete family story than any other genre of family photography.

Day in the Life family photoshoot

Your family story can look like this:

Tangible memories

After the photo session, I print your unique family story in a in a professional photo book. This way your memories become tangible and don't remain on the computer, among all the other files. The book will probably become a showpiece on the coffee table or in the bookcase, and is guaranteed to become one of the children's most treasured family possessions.

What are your wishes?

Choose the package matches your needs:

Do you prefer another package? Do you have something else in mind? A free consultation is always possible. Click on the button 'your photo session request' in one of the packages below and indicate your wishes in the form. I will contact you as soon as possible.

My Moment

750
Per session
  • 3 HOURS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • 40 photos printed in a professional album of 8 x 8 inches (40 pages) in a luxury slipcase - worth € 250,- OR 40 digital photos (high resolution)
  • Slideshow (your family story on music)
  • All photos edited professionally
  • Multiple options to purchase professional prints, larger size and luxury albums and high resolution digitals
  • Free personal consultation by phone or via video chat
  • You choose the location of the shoot
  • Not including: travel costs (from Haarlem to any location in The Netherlands)

International shoots

International photo shoot

Are you living abroad or going on an adventure and want your daily life at home or far away from home captured as a beautiful family memory? As this video from Singapore shows, no distance is too far for me to create a beautiful family story for you!

Expat

When you live abroad as an expat, your family story is unique and an important part of the family history of you and your loved ones. To create a lasting and emotional memory of this special period, I like to create a visual story for you so you can remember this period for a lifetime. And you can share this unique period with friends and family. The photo book will become a tangible memento of this important part of your family history.

Vacation

Vacations are often the most memorable and happiest times experienced as a family. Let me capture the fun and togetherness in your home away from home. Snow, beach, camping or Disneyland: take me to the places that make you and your loved ones happiest and I will make sure you can continue to relive that happiness.

Sleepover

To keep costs down and to really get to know you and your family before the photo session, I like to sleep over. This way you only have to pay for the photo session and travel expenses. Do you prefer that I sleep outside of your home? That’s possible too, of course. When family photo shoots take place in Europe, I can often shoot the day after I arrive. With photo shoots outside of Europe I always take an extra day between the day of arrival and your family shoot. Then I am fit and rested and can capture your day as beautifully as possible.

Visual family story

My international family shoots start from 6 hours of photography and go up to photo sessions of 12 hours. You choose the length of the photo session. During photo sessions of 6 hours and longer we have enough time to create a beautiful visual story that shows the deeper connections within your family and can beautifully capture the activities and rituals that are unique to you and your loved ones.

Do you have questions or do you want more information? 

Please press the button ‘request your photo session’ me when you are interested in an international photo session. Let’s talk about what I can do for you and your family!

FAQ

You can expect the slideshow of your photo session within 4 to 6 weeks. After I have sent the slideshow, we will make an appointment via Zoom or I will visit you in person so you can choose which type of album you prefer and which photo products are your favorite. Ordering the photo products takes up to 3 weeks extra. Are you in a hurry? Let me know and I’ll check my calendar to see if I can make sure the whole process goes faster.

No you don’t. You don’t have to prepare before the photo shoot and on the day of the shoot you don’t have to do anything special too. I take the most beautiful photos when everyone is relaxed and their true self. The only thing that I do before the shoot is taking the time to get to know your family. First, we have an introductory meeting via phone or Zoom at the time the session is booked. In addition, a few days before the photo session, we all go on Zoom or Facetime together for a bit, so that each family member already knows me before I step through your door on the day of the session. If that is not possible, I will send you a personal video so everyone has seen my face before we start photographing.

Of course we have to get used to each other in the beginning of the shoot. And of course you are aware of my presence for a while. But talking from years of experience, I know that you get used to my presence pretty quickly. At some point, people even forget I’m there!  Besides that, I’m a social and relaxed person, so my presence will never get uncomfortable. And most of the time kids don’t want me to go home after a photo session. I think that says enough.

Documentary family sessions capture real, normal life. The emphasis is on photographing your family bond and the rituals that are unique to your family. So just be yourself and don’t feel obligated to anything and I will make sure to create a beautiful visual story of your life.

The moment you are cuddling with your child or laughing with your partner, you are always beautiful. Documentary photography is not about a perfect outside, but about the beauty of the inside. About feelings, connection and emotion. And the beauty of real life. But rest assured, through my years of experience I really do know from which angle to photograph so you will always look beautiful.

It takes a while for everyone to relax and show their real self and I need the time to investigate and properly capture your connections. In addition: the longer the session lasts, the more interesting moments take place and the better I can tell your family’s story. It is an investment in terms of time, but you will definitely see it reflected in the quality of the photos!

I’ll leave that entirely up to you. You can opt for a completely unposed, documentary session, or you can choose to have some portrait photos taken during the photo session. Just let me know your wishes before the photo session, and I will make sure you get beautiful and spontaneous portraits that you will be proud of!

As a photographer, it is incredibly important to me that you have a tangible memory of the photo session in your hands. This is the reason that with every family photo session, a high-quality photo book is included in the session price. You’ll receive a professional photo book: I have my photos printed in photo labs that are only accessible to professional photographers. This way you are assured of a tangible memory of very high quality that will be enjoyed enjoy for generations to come!

In addition to the photo book, you will also receive all the photos that are printed in the book as a digital file. Social media size. If you prefer high-resolution digital files, these can be purchased for an additional price, please ask for me for the prices.

Yes you can! I have invested a lot of time in selecting the most beautiful and high-quality photo products for my clients. The photo products are all made in photo labs that are only accessible to professional photographers. You can choose multiple types of dibond (photo on aluminum), framed prints and photo prints. You can also purchase your photos as high-resolution digital files if you wish. Please contact me for the pricing of the photo products.

Great that you want to book a photo session with me! Before we start the actual booking process, we will have a free consultation meeting, so you are not committing to a photo session yet. You can contact me in several ways: by pressing the buttons ‘Request your photo session’ or you can send me an email directly: info@nienkekoedijk.com. You can also call me, my phone number is +31 6 14 11 92 98. See you soon!

Capture your unique
family story!