She is carrying a soul within her

Deze sunset was er echt eentje voor in de boeken. Dat licht was bijna niet te doen, als een vuur! En dan twee mensen samen (eigenlijk drie), die na een ietwat onwennig minuutje eigenlijk wel heel lekker vonden om juist te genieten van dit moment samen. Zo ontzettend bijzonder om dit vast te mogen leggen, want over een paar weken kunnen ze zich geen leven meer voorstellen zonder een klein mooi mensje erbij…


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Intimate wedding happiness

If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend.
– H. Nouwen

Celebrating the love in my hometown with this stunning bridal couple, so special.
Starting the day with the family, walking through our authentic, cozy and lovely city to the city hall (everyone was congratulating them with the good looks and the happy faces). It was kind of homecoming.

Location: Haarlem, Netherlands
Ceremony: Gravenzaal, City Hall, Haarlem
Flowers: Bloemenatelier Klavertje Vijf, Haarlem


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Amsterdam flower stories

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
– L. Burbank

What about the Amsterdam Flower School, flowers, people, stories at a randomly picked day on the streets of stunning Amsterdam?
A little preview below.

On a random Saturday Sukha Sofie (of the AFS) and I were strolling through Amsterdam looking for people and flowers. Asking them stories. About the name and the meaning of flowers, about the story behind. It made me so humbled of the life we live in, the city and the people that makes it so divers and unique.
It made my inspiration alive and kicking again.

The meaning of flowers is so beautiful. For example; the lotus. It is one of my favorite flowers.
The lotus is so beautiful, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud – the obstacles of life and it’s suffering.
The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life.

… Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faces with the same obstacles; sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness, and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.


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Signed, sealed and delivered

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party’.
Robin Williams

Deze dag begon heel lekker Hollands met af en toe een regendrupje. Maar juist daar wanneer de zon moest gaan schijnen deed zij haar uiterste best. Wat was dit een heerlijk lente huwelijk!


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A day in the studio with…

… Natasha!

This beautiful soul and founder of the best of the best yoga, movement and lifestyle studio, Studio 191. She’s a creative business woman, yoga teacher and writer.

The vision behind the studio:

We believe that
moving your body
should be fun.
That being here
in your free time
should lead to new encounters
and
inspiring conversations
That community brings
great vibes – as well as
unexpected support
during shit times.

What else could I wish for? Makes sports more fun and connected so many worlds.
And I had the honor to capture her and her work. It will be published in magazines and blogs. Results of that you can find on my Instagram.

With love,
Paulien


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Capturing the last days of summer with this family

‘Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.’

I’ve enjoyed this family photoshoot at the beautiful glowy, greenish heath.


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Something with skûtsjes and a lot of love

It’s a dream to shoot a wedding like this. The venue only was reachable by boat and was packed with flowers and the prettiest details, somewhere in Frylân. The wedding couple feels like friends I knew for years and their family and friends were really really friendly and pretty.
Till the ceremony we had a lot of rain, but from the moment the guests arrive there was sun and it was getting hot out there. We were surrounded by beautiful pretty skûtsjes, a lot of (green) happiness and so much love.
I was walking around the quiet wedding venue in the morning and after a great pre wedding dinner we had the night before I feel so humbled. I realized I feel so special to be part of such an important day and capture this once in a lifetime moment for the wedding couple. At the same time I always feel a high pressure, a huge responsibility. But those feelings working well together.
Love it forever.


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