Today we bring you a Q&A with photographer and mama, Berber Theunissen – before she heads off on a family road trip across the States. Berber shares with us not only her journey into photography but also motherhood. A pregnancy loss, a wish for a love child and the arrival of her gorgeous son, Buddy (now 1 and a half years old).
There’s no glossing over the fact that she never imagined herself as a ‘family photographer’ – but no denying that she’s no ordinary ‘family photographer’…
Keep reading for a glimpse of Berber’s stunning photos and a little about the woman behind the lens:
FIRST THINGS FIRST, HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?
Black, only coffee it is.
WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? ORIGINALLY AND NOW?
Was born and raised in Otterlo, a small village in the countryside of the Netherlands. Moved to Amsterdam as soon as possible when I was 18. Five years ago I really started missing the quiet and the smells of the woods, so I moved back to the countryside. First, we lived in a village near Germany and last summer we moved back to my home village, Otterlo.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY…
My husband, Boy, and I met six years ago in Amsterdam. He builds custom motorbikes, but he also had a thing for photography back in the day – that is how we met. 2,5 years ago we had an unexpected pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage. It was heartbreaking, but for us an eye opener that we really wanted a lovechild. 1,5 years later, our son Buddy was here. He brings so much joy in our life, we couldn’t be any happier. We work both from home, so we spend a lot of time together. Very grateful for that.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR LITTLE ONE’S NAME?
Back in our days in Amsterdam we saw a movie about a elf named Buddy. We said to each other, if we ever have a baby boy we’ll call him Buddy.. So we knew his name already for years, ha. His middle name is Teun, from Theunissen.
WE’D LOVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY INTO PHOTOGRAPHY…
When I was younger I found an old camera in my grandparents’ attic. It was a Yashica, tucked in between a bunch of slides. I always played with it but never with the intention of one day becoming a photographer. After secondary school I had no clue about what I wanted to do professionally. I ended up studying at the styling academy. That wasn’t really my calling, taking pictures of the things we styled was more interesting to me than the actual styling. I followed through though, but my graduation project ended up being a photography project, photographed with my grandparents’ Yashica. This is when I decided to study photography at ‘De Fotoacademie.’ There I developed photography the way I do now.
I capture the situations I have little grasp of. Through photography, I create my own hold fast to view my life more objectively. This approach is placed directly next to my research and curiosity into ‘the other’.
HOW DOES MOTHERHOOD INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?
Well, I really expected that my personal work would be all about my journey into motherhood. But lately I have so many commissions from other mothers/mothers to be. I never expected that, I never saw myself as a family photographer ha. I love it though!
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?
The unconditional love…
…AND HARDEST THING?
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU – BUSINESS OR PERSONAL – FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
Right now I’m preparing for our one month road trip across the states with my family. After that we’ll see what life brings…
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Inspiration/Image Credits: Berber Theunissen