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Melanie Caitlin

Portrait & Wedding Photographer capturing romantic, timeless, classic love 🌿 Based in the Netherlands. Expecting a baby boy in November.

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To be thankful is a powerful thing. Today I want to take some time to express my gratefulness to this industry and the people in it. To the lovely couples who place their faith in me with their images, the awesome entrepreneurs that pour their creativity into creating beauty in all ways and my fellow photographers, some of whom have become true friends. I feel so lucky to be a part of it. ⠀ ⠀ On this last day before my pregnancy leave I am doing 4 (!) mentoring sessions. It’s absolutely crazy and I can’t believe I get to help so many people with what I’ve learned about photography and business. It’s going to be an awesome awesome day! ⠀ ⠀ Let’s take a minute on this Friday: what are you thankful for? ⠀ ⠀ Let’s start the weekend off right! ⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ #happyphotographer #fineartweddingphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer  #europeanweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #fineartwedding #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie  #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed #girlsofhonour  #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #magnoliarouge #greenweddingshoes #bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #thebridestory #shesaidyes  #soloverly #loveintentionally #thebridestory  #pursuepretty at Haarlem, Netherlands

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For some reason I love shooting these ‘walking’ shots. It’s the motion, the shoes, the flowiness of the dress. This couple is literally doing the most important walk of their day: they are on their way to their ceremony. It’s just a beautiful little unseen moment to capture in my opinion. ⠀ ⠀ Do you take any ‘weird’ photos?⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ #happyphotographer #fineartweddingphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer  #europeanweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #fineartwedding #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie  #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed #girlsofhonour  #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #magnoliarouge #greenweddingshoes #bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #thebridestory #shesaidyes  #soloverly #loveintentionally #thebridestory  #pursuepretty

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I love wedding rings. They’re so unique to each couple. I can’t wait to pick out our own and have been secretly looking at window displays lately 😏 I want something sparklyyyyy! Lots of diamonds - yes please. ⠀ ⠀ What’s your wedding ring like? ⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #weddingrings

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Saw these two gorgeous people and handed them their USB package yesterday and today I get to drop off an album to another one of my lovely couples. So much fun, I feel like Sinterklaas (for the Dutchies among you)! 🥕🐴🎁⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy

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Only one more week to go before my pregnancy leave starts. What a weird way to start this Monday. Can't believe how fast time has gone! I'm finishing off the last sessions and I get to create a couple of awesome wedding albums still. ⠀ ⠀ What will you be up to today? ⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy ⠀ at Landgoed Ravesteyn

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So excited about the two mentoring sessions I'm doing today! I love working with fellow photographers. The fact that they're tailor made and can be about anything is my favorite part. Today I'm talking business & pricing but it can also be about editing, your workflow or even a portfolio review. ⠀ ⠀ It's so valuable to sit down with a fellow business owner and talk through your insecurities. You know what, even with all your experience and enthusiasm sometimes just hearing someone else speak is enough. Planning a session of my own very soon and I can't wait to kick off 2018 with a bang! ⠀ ⠀ Have you ever considered a mentoring session?⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy at Landgoed Ravesteyn

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You know what, I'm really starting to appreciate our Dutch landscape and building style. Don't get me wrong - I would never say no to a chateau wedding, but this with the bike is just as beautiful! So much love for this wedding 💕⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #dutchwedding at Restaurant Hoecksack

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Happy Monday everyone! Friday was windy and rainy and sunny all at once but it was such a success thanks to three wonderful photographers. I can't believe they managed to take such lovely photos of me in those conditions. Photos that mean the world because they show me and my bump (will be sharing soon!) and some lovely portraits to use on my website and social media channels. Yay!! A special thanks to @renatefotografie for this one. I love it! ✨ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf#theprettyblog #fineartweddingphotographer #amsterdamphotographer #editorialphotographer #editorialphotography #portrait #portraitphotographer #gorgeouslight #entrefemmeur #discoverportrait #portrait_perfection #bwportrait #artofportrait #girlboss at Strand Wassenaarseslag

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This is by far my favorite ring shot ever you guuuys. I've been looking back at the past year and writing up 'favorite blogs' to share with you over the winter. ⠀ ⠀ I just love reflection time at the end of a year. To appreciate what the past season has brought me and to see the work I've created all bundled up. It's insane how much you grow and learn in twelve months. Which is why, ever since the start of my business, each year I also create a little photo album of favorite images I took that year. Just for me. Such a cool thing to be able to look back on all my years of business... And slightly depressing to see that first year now, but oh well 😏🙈⠀ ⠀ Do you take time to reflect after high season?⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #ringshot #weddingrings #weddingdetails at Haarlem, Netherlands

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Constantly feeling the need to be better, constantly dreaming and philosophizing, thinking up new ideas and executing them: I am a business owner and I am always on. ⠀ ⠀ Even when I'm craving time for myself, time spent enjoying my private life. Until I realized there is no sword dangling over my head. I realized the best thing about owning a business is being able to make your own rules. And I wondered why many of us don't use that privilege. Instead we let ourselves be at the mercy of whatever our businesses throw at us. ⠀ ⠀ I had an 'aha moment' and took back control! Today's blog is all about it: link in bio. ✨⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy at Canals of Amsterdam

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Did you know there's a Happy Photographer newsletter? Once every two months I send valuable marketing or business advice, my favorite weddings & portrait sessions and personal news #realitytvbutbetter⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ For photographers who want to continue learning and clients who want to see the latest while they wait for their big day!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Link in bio for signup 💕 Happy Monday! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ //⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed ⠀⠀ #bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais

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I love the way he looks at her. You can just tell there is so much love there. As a wedding photographer I look for moments like this, but as a bride to be I can only imagine how amazing it must be to have this photo and be able to look back every day 💕 It's these moments that count. ⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais

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Does SEO sound familiar to you? It's the art of making sure you can be found through search engines which is so important for us entrepreneurs without a store front. We live off of the internet and we need to make sure our clients can find us when they need us! There are so many different ways to do this and I'm teaching two very cool photographers about it today in a mentoring session 💪🏻 It all starts with knowing what kind of clients you want and a clear focus for your website. Is your SEO game on point? ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ #happyphotographer #familyshoot #familiefotografie #gezinsfotografie #familyphotographer #lifeandlensigfeature #thelifestylecollective #kennemerduinen #amsterdamphotographer #clicknmoms #lemonadeandlenses #familyphotographyworkshop #gezinsfotografieworkshop #momentdesign #familysession #letthembelittle #letthekids #humansofjoy #theprettyblog #darlingmovement at Haarlem, Netherlands

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I have a day off! An actual day off that I planned weeks ago 🙌🏻 I'm spending it treating myself to a massage and a facial, yummy food and lots of wedding planning. And possibly Starbucks. Yay for the Pumpkin Spice Latte! 🍁 ⠀ ⠀ How do you like to spend your days off?⠀ ⠀ //⠀ ⠀ ️ #happyphotographer #amsterdamweddingphotographer #bruidsfotograaf #bruidsfotografie #fineartweddingphotographer #marthastewartweddings #ruffledworthy #tpwbruiloft #forthisromance #weddingsparrow #bridalmusings #smpweddings #adornyourlove #theprettyblog #preppilyeverafter #bajanwed#bruiloftinspiratie #ikgatrouwen #trouwenin2018 #girlsofhonour #europeanweddingphotographer #darlingmovement #fineartbride #BRIDEbyanais at Haarlem, Netherlands

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