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Behind the scenes I worked hard to finish my new info magazine. It gives you information on what to expect when you book a photoshoot wth me.

Here you can get it or email me so I can send you your copy.  Can’t wait to photograph you.

info magazine Hilde van der Sterren Photography

Please have a look at my magazine (click here).

hilde van der sterren magazine cover

January 16, 2014

Oh time goes fast… the little lady inside this mummy’s belly is already a few months old. I loved this session. We started with just some maternity photo’s with mum (also some more artistic ones as I think a pregnant body is beautiful, but I will not show these on the blog). And then we included the rest of the family.

October 03, 2013

It took a bit of time to update the blog. But we are all set again. The kids are back in school. Before the summer holiday I photographed some nice families. And although we saw the first snow of the season already, I still wait for the Indian Summer, a girl can wish right?  There are some families waiting to be photographed.  I hope some bright skies will appear….like soon. 

Unfortunately the L. family have left Moscow and they will be missed. But luckily they left with a nice memory of Moscow in their minds and in their home.

March 10, 2013

Friday afternoon I did this lovely session. I am doing a course to get certified in a certain style of photography. And  I needed a couple to complete the first course. The timing was a bit of a challenge, just after a children’s party. And outside it was minus 15 degrees or so. But D & D were troopers. We went upstairs to find a quiet place and another couple stayed downstairs to watch the children. And as soon as we started talking, we got in our own little world. And later we stepped outside for a moment.

I ask all kind of questions to get past the photography smile and aim to get authentic reactions. Besides nice images is also gives the couple something to talk about during and after the session. And usually a feeling of appreciation comes. You know why you appreciate each other (again). In the rush of daily life this can easily be forgotten.


February 04, 2013

I read this article with tears in my eyes. Boy did it hit home…

How often we don’t want to be in the picture because… fill out your own reason like – quote article – we’re not as young as we used to be. We don’t always have time to blow dry our hair, apply make-up, perhaps even bathe (ducking). The kids are so much cuter than we are; better to just take their pictures, we think.

But we really need to make an effort to get in the picture. Our sons need to see how young and beautiful and human their mamas were. Our daughters need to see us vulnerable and open and just being ourselves — women, mamas, people living lives. Avoiding the camera because we don’t like to see our own pictures? How can that be okay?

Too much of a mama’s life goes undocumented and unseen.

Someday, I want them to see me, documented, sitting right there beside them: me, the woman who gave birth to them, whom they can thank for their ample thighs and their pretty hair; me, the woman who nursed them all for the first years of their lives, who ran around gathering snacks to be the week’s parent reader or planning the class Valentine’s Day party; me, who cried when I dropped them off at preschool, breathed in the smell of their post-bath hair when I read them bedtime stories, and defied speeding laws when I had to rush them to the pediatric ER in the middle of the night for fill-in-the-blank (ear infections, croup, rotavirus).

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

When I look at pictures of my own mother, I don’t look at cellulite or hair debacles. I just see her — her kind eyes, her open-mouthed, joyful smile, her familiar clothes. That’s the mother I remember. My mother’s body is the vessel that carries all the memories of my childhood. I always loved that her stomach was soft, her skin freckled, her fingers long. I didn’t care that she didn’t look like a model. She was my mama.

So when all is said and done, if I can’t do it for myself, I want to do it for my kids. I want to be in the picture, to give them that visual memory of me. I want them to see how much I am here, how my body looks wrapped around them in a hug, how loved they are.

And this is why I love what I do. I love to take pictures to preserve the memory. I can totally relate to the fact that most woman don’t like to get their picture taken. Guess what!! I don’t like to get my pictures taken. But it is SO important to have images, so your story will be told and will be remembered. I study how to pose a certain body type to make it look it’s best. I pay attention to the little details, like how your shirt falls, how you can hold your arms so they don’t look ‘big’. So if you are very self conscious; have your images taken by a professional who works with you and make you look your best. Or do it your self, but make sure there are images of YOU because at the end of the day that is all what matters to your loved ones.

Hilde and family photo taken by Hilke van Lieshout

Me and my family photo taken by Hilke van Lieshout


January 31, 2013

What to give for Valentine’s? Well what about a gift voucher. A gift voucher which is valid for 6 months

valentine voucher

January 22, 2013

They are married for nearly 50 years. So they know each other quite well. It was so nice to hear the things they had to say to each other after I started to ask some questions. I love to see howt the focus shifts off the awareness of the camera and it becomes more about them.

beloved shoot older couple

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beloved shoot older couple

I believe in this kind of photography because this is what matters. Seeing the connection you have, seeing the way he/she holds her/his head when you look at each other, it is so much more than just your camera face.

How cool is that!

I offer a new service that puts your chosen images from the session into your own app. You get a download link that will put your app on your Iphone (or Android) and/or on your Ipad.

This way you have the images with you where ever you go. You can even share them with family and friends.

your own app

January 13, 2013

So besides a new blogsite, the main focus in 2013 is on couples and women. In the summer I would love to do family sessions again but because of the weather and the traveling routine of my husband it is easier to focus on couples and women for now. Couples shoots can be done during the week (take a day off to do the shoot and then go to a lunch together?) or on a weekend day.  With the crazy work hours here in Moscow I assume couple shoots will be mostly done on the weekend mornings. I feel it is very important to celebrate the love you share. And wouldn’t it be great to have documentation of your love? Also for your children later in life? To have these images of your parents. But also for your self to focus on what you have.

couple shoot beloved b en s

Women shoots will be done during the week. Who would not like to have some nice images of her self? Time goes by so quickly and with the focus on so many other things it is nice to make some time for YOU. The goal is to photograph you in for instance jeans and a top and in a beautiful dress, like an evening dress. It would be great if you come in with beautiful hair and make-up. As I recently moved to Moscow I don’t now anyone (yet) who offers this service, but maybe you do your self? You come to my studio, and we go and create. If you like we can do some more boudoir style (google it ;-))

women in see