Back into the past with Family Costume Adventures

I met Hanne online a while ago via a mutual acquaintance who is also a photographer. Hanne and her family do modelling in fantastic theme outfits and I would love to be able to collaborate with them. 

If you want to see more about this fantastic family, check them out at:

I can fully recommend that you do take a nice beverage and look at these images. I promise you it is totally worth it. 

And finally my wish came true. Hanne asked me if I was able to do a shoot with them at a Japanese garden at the Clingendael estate In The Hague. This Japanese garden is only opened to the public a few weeks in the year. I was happy that my schedule allowed for this great opportunity. 

Hanne, Harmen and Franka dressed up in fantastic Edwardian outfits from around the 1900’s. They looked amazing. These outfits are inspired by clothes that used to be worn in our area (Netherlands) from around the transition of the 19th to the 20th century.  The colours of the outfits became happier and brighter when King Edward VII in the United Kingdom came to power. The gents wore linen suits with boaters (the hats) and for the ladies it were pastel colours and lost of lace. 

We did some shots in the Japanese garden but the fact that we were not the only ones who were interested in that beautiful Japanese garden was a big challenge. It was almost impossible to create portraits without people in the background. So we decided to go to the open gardens also belonging to the Clingendael estate which are amazing too. The autumn vides added up to the great results. 

Here are some of the results:

A big thank you to Hanne, Harmen and Franka for being such great models and the heartwarming and cozy lunch.