Rotterdam, Doula | Birth Photography
I had given birth to my son through cesarean section due to his breech presentation. But during my second pregnancy, my daughter was in the right position, and I finally had the chance to realize my natural birth dream. I wanted my husband to stay with my son during birth. I needed a doula to support me during the birth because no family had a chance to come [to the Netherlands], and the birth would take place at the hospital due to the fact that it was a VBAC, in which case my midwife could not support me. So I met Semin through a friend's recommendation. I felt that my birth would be comfortable. Thanks to the birth plan we made with Semin, I felt even safer. When my contractions became regular, Semin picked me up from my house, and the two of us went to the hospital. We were alone except for the hospital staff who came to help and connect the NST during delivery. Semin’s massages were very relaxing when my contractions were intense. She was also invisible during the intense moments when I didn't want to be touched. She gave critical advice and information at the right moments as she mastered the whole process. For example: “They will connect you to the NST soon, so if you want to take a shower, you can do it now, and it will relax you.” or “You have a pause between the contractions, the baby and you can rest.” Or when I said, “Oh Semin, this is very difficult,” she said “It’s going very well; you're doing great; just a few more contractions, and the head of the baby will be out.” Hospital staff came to help with the last moments of birth. I did everything together with Semin. And she also took beautiful pictures of my little girl. I don't understand how she took all those wonderful photos between all the sweat and tears. We shared very special moments together. I wish our friendship will last a lifetime. Love.
Rotterdam, Pregnancy Photography | Newborn Lifestyle Photography
I had the opportunity to have a shoot with Semin first in my pregnancy and it was very relaxing, spontaneous and nice. She was very professional and could capture very nice moment from us. After the delivery I decided to have the second shots with my new daughter Liza and again the result was amazing. Thanks a lot Semin. Love, Isaura, Martijn, Iris and Liza
Rotterdam, Doula | Pregnancy Photography
I was lucky from very beginning on with respect to my pregnancy and birth. Meeting Semin was one of those lucks. With the book suggestions and information she gave during pregnancy, I could prepare for my birth process from within. The fact that a respectful, wise woman who knew the process was by my side during my birth as an observer changed my energy during the birth. Looking at myself from the outside from her eyes made me to calm down. After the birth, she continued to provide psychological support and share her knowledge. I am grateful for all of this sincere help. As to her photography, she was calm, natural, prepared for and patient with the difficulties of shooting with a small child. She has eternalized a very important period of our family life on a sunny Dutch day with our 6 year old son. Thanks for supporting my little girl and me in all of these moments that are very special for us. I will enjoy our friendship from now on.
Rotterdam, Pregnancy Photography
I loved it! The shooting was relaxing to do and the results are amazing! The pictures seem spontaneous, happy and very professional! Thank you so much, Semin!
Romy, Jordi & Seb
Krimpen aan den Ijssel, Family Lifestyle Photography
As a birth gift we got a photoshoot, and after our contact we decided to go for a shoot in the spring. Our little guy would be 6 months old by then. Together with Semin we searched for a good location, and we found it. Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam is certainly a photogenic place at this time of the year. The shoot itself was really relaxed. Seb found the flowers and the grass very interesting. Semin also brought nice attributes! The time flew and before we knew it our Seb was taking a nap, the life of a model .. :) Within a week we got to see the result, and we are very happy with it. Beautiful pictures of our family and especially beautiful pictures of our son. They deserve an large spot on the wall. Semin, thank you very much for everything and good luck! Love, Jordi, Romy & Seb
Rotterdam, Fertility Coaching
The two sessions with Semin have helped us a lot! It felt very nice, familiar, and easy to talk about our wish to have a baby with an experienced expert. There is room for every emotion, and you can fill in the sessions yourself. Although we talked a lot about this issue together, the conversations with Semin gave us other insights on how we both dealt with the challenges of this process. Semin helped us to put things into perspective, also through sharing her own story. Semin was also able to meet on weekends and evenings, which was very handy.
Jason & Rebecca
Bergschenhoek, Pregnancy Photography | Birth Photography | Newborn Lifestyle Photography
Semin attended for the entire day of the birth of our firstborn son, before, during, and after the birth. We were initially a little sceptical, but this all went away very quickly once Semin explained the process and reassured us of everything. It was truly amazing, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. We have photos we could never imagine now being without, some of them very intimate, nearly all of them candid and natural. Our son's first seconds in the world were captured beautifully and professionally, as well as every single emotion (pensive, anxious, excited, happy, etc.) leading up to that moment, and the outpouring of joyful emotions afterwards as well. Semin is always sensitive to our feelings and knows when to keep her distance as well. We loved the photos and Semin’s personal service so much that we asked her to come again to do an additional shoot when our son was a week old. These were also beautiful and amazing photos. We will certainly be using her for a full service again when our next one comes along.
Rotterdam, Fertility Coaching
Semin has guided us together at the beginning of our fertility treatments. Thanks to the counselling sessions, we gained insight into what our wish to have a child means to us and how we can deal with this. Pleasant that the conversations can take place in the evening. Semin is in that sense very flexible.
Amsterdam, Birth Photography
It was such a right decision that we chose Semin as a birth photographer. Thanks a lot for your great effort and the perfect captures!
Voorhout, Portrait Photography
I got to know Semin during my counselling study, and we kept on seeing each other, also when a beautiful grandson came into our life to live with us together with his mother. Semin accompanied us during the pregnancy and has also been a listening ear for me during difficult times. For me, these meetings have led to a warm friendship with Semin – I feel comfortable with her. This has also made me say ‘Yes’ to a photoshoot because I knew I could relax and that Semin could capture the glow I was looking for. The photoshoot was on a sunny morning at the Kralingse Bos, a perfect location. All of these elements have resulted in Semin making beautiful photos. Relaxed, sparkling, and natural. Photos worth showing !!! And that will happen on my website and social media. Thank you very much dear Semin for this beautiful photoshoot.
The Hague, Family Lifestyle Photography
Last December  we asked Semin from Birth Wish to make a photoshoot of our daughter Demi who was almost one year then. We wanted photos to put in her baby album and to enlarge. Semin told me that she mainly focuses on birth and newborn photography, but she was also willing to do this shoot! The shoot was made at our house while our daughter was playing and running around because we love spontaneous, not posed pictures. Semin really took the time to take the pictures. Photographing a toddler can be very difficult because they do not sit still, but the pictures were really super beautiful! We've got all the pictures that were made that day!! Really great. Highly recommended!
Dordrecht, Birth Photography
Semin, you were at the birth of Wolfgang, our wonderful son! No regrets that we have chosen for your work. Those pictures ..... What breathtakingly beautiful to see! The tears ran down my cheeks when I first saw the pictures. And they still do! So intense and special. So beautifully and purely documented. I really hope you will make a lot parents happy with such beautiful photography because really, they will have no regrets!! You are great at what you do. We are grateful that you captured a priceless moment in our lives. Warm greetings, Antoinette
Amsterdam, Fertility Coaching
A brief note on Semin: A friend in need is a friend in deed. And we do not know all the time how or where we would meet this friend. For me, it was at a time when life was all over me like a sweet puppy trying to catch attention and show love. Of course, I was then focused on her saliva and the fact that I was on the floor; rather realizing the rejuvenating experience. I was trying to cope with stress at work, stress at home, and yes stress at the hospital too. I was through three iui and one ivf treatments when I met this knowledgeable and caring person. As an expat living in the NL for three years, I missed my own doctor, my family, and was craving for some (any?!) support. We have met only three times yet that made a lot of difference. And in between she was always in touch; checking with me to offer further advise. She was open about sharing her personal story and helped me build mine. I went through another yet this time more relaxed and fun ivf cycle with this supportive person. I have not fully come out still; yet all looks much brighter now. Like I said before, all songs end with a happy note if you have loving souls around you. And Semin was one of them for me. I wholeheartedly thank you dear friend for everything. Sorry that it took so much time for me to write this back to you.
Finally I get some time for writing. 8 weeks before, 19th October  My Ilham born. That was a day which was not easy for me and also for my son. But we did that. After all the complication God blessed me. I want to say thanks ''Birth Wish" from my heart. Dear Semin, you did lot for me. I'm alone in Netherland, but for your support I didn't felt that. I pray for you and your "Birth Wish". Some people thought without Doula baby can born. Of course baby can born without Doula's help. But Doula makes ur day easy and beautiful. Doula give u courage and support. Semin u remember I put lipstick that day when I went to hospital? Ha ha ha.... I think I'm the only one who put lipstick at such critical condition ;p Actually I felt courage for you. I thought what ever happen Semin will help me. And you did that. Today Ilham 8 weeks old and he can recognize his mom :) it's a beautiful feeling. Thank you Dear for everything.
Amsterdam, Photography | Newborn Lifestyle Photography
Semin photographed several significant moments for our family, from our wedding (with a bump) to my pregnancy and finally our newborn baby Aksel. She compiled these moments in an extremely well-prepared album re-telling our family story in such a moving manner. Semin has a unique eye for creating a beautiful setting in her photographs. I am grateful for her eye in photographing. She sees things others do not and capture these unexpected precious moments. Not only does Semin have the skills, but she is also sweet, gentle and patient. My son has been extremely alert since he was born and did not sleep very well during the day. So, getting a newborn shoot was extremely challenging. Semin was extremely patient and creative during the entire photo shoot and we were able to get most gorgeous pictures. I would recommend Semin to anyone and everyone looking for a photographer to capture beautifully and professionally once in a lifetime moments.
Steenbergen, Pregnancy Photography
It was lovely having Semin taking photos on a sunny Sunday afternoon. She was very hospitable from the start. Before we met we were in contact over e-mail, so she could find out what kind of photos we liked. We also spoke on the phone to set all the details. We felt very comfortable taking the photos. It was great she came to our house to take them. After the photoshoot, she was so excited that it took her almost no time to edit and send them to us. A lovely experience altogether.
Rotterdam, Pregnancy Photography | Birth Photography
Semin made birth photos for us 4 months ago. I was enthusiastic about it right away, but my boyfriend was less enthusiastic first. He found birth something personal. He wanted to first have an introductory meeting which I also found a good idea. During our meeting we already felt very comfortable with her. She also made a few photos of us as a family. We had to get used to being photographed, but then it was nice. On 19 December , my labor began. I had to go fast to the hospital as I was almost 10 cm. dilated. My midwife Petra called Semin that she had to hurry up as the baby was almost coming. We thought really that she would not make it, but she was there in no time. I greeted her and was glad she was there. She began to take pictures right away. I heard her make the first photos, but then not any more. She was there, but she wasn’t – she kept herself in the background. But she also helped us a bit as it was a tough labor. In the end, I got a C-section, and unfortunately she was not allowed to go with us. I found that very unfortunate. Luckily, she waited for us to come back and made very beautiful pictures of us and our beautiful little man Jayvin. She even waited until my parents-in-law arrived with our daughter. She also made beautiful pictures of the meeting of my parents-in-law and daughter with Jayvin. I wish I had met Semin 3 years ago when my daughter was born, but if I have one more child, then I will definitely call her to ask her if she would like to be with us again.
Dordrecht, Birth Coaching | Doula | Birth Photography
I’m so glad you were there for the birth! You listened to me and asked good questions to process my previous birth. I would recommend everybody who is either going to give birth for the first time or who had a previous traumatic birth to contact you. You were a great support before and during the birth. You also took fantastic photos of the birth and our baby!