the birth photographer?
Hi, my name is Settia!
I am a birth photographer from The Hague and I am 28 years old. I studied photography at art school (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and Willem de Kooning Academy) and after graduating I realised I wanted to become a birth photographer. In my years at art school I wasn’t focussed on pregnant women or babies, but on capturing raw and real emotions. This led me to the idea to capturing moments of birth. With one only side note: I didn’t know what to expect, as I am not a mother myself (yet).
The first birth I was allowed to attend was a test for myself. And, wow, I saw something that was beyond my knowledge of birth (which I based on watching movies). I realised that a birth was so incredibly beautiful to witness! And yes, a birth is also painful, but I was taken by the power of the woman, the unconditional support of her partner and the intense happiness of the family. Every moment was picture perfect.
Once I was told that the photos I took were of priceless value to the family, as they tell the narrative of how their child arrived, I knew that I made the right choice of becoming a birth photographer. Hello Baby was born in 2016.
I am based in my hometown the Hague and can work up until 1 hour of travelling away. For example, I work in Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden and Zoetermeer among other places in Zuid Holland.
- intuitive; due to my sensitive nature I am able to capture emotions on images
- personal; one of the most important things I value in birth photography is my connection with my clients. This ensures that people feel good about my presence and do not worry about the quality of my work. I also personally deliver the photo albums to my clients at their homes.
- passive; the birth is about my clients, not about me. So I blend into the background and make sure not the disturb the delivery.
- modest; I am hardly on the forefront. During the delivery my presence is barely noticable and if it is, it’s not experienced as disturbing.
‘She is very professional and great at what she does, as well as friendly and accessible: she is great to work with.’ – Kim Koekkoek
‘We barely noticed Settia’s presence, she still managed to capture every important moment.’ – Arjen Oord