Ship life. It's a constant change. People come and go. The ones that stick are the ones that are stuck with you for life haha! Michelle and I met in 2008 while I was working for a major cruise line. She was sailing with her husband, Matthijs, a Navigation Officer. We chatted a few times at dinner and in the crew bar, connected on Facebook however, we did not cross paths again until 2010 when I began dating, my now husband, and was visiting Rotterdam while on vacation. Michelle was expecting their first child and settling into life in The Netherlands. We met for lunch, reconnected, and I picked her brain about life 'on this side of the pond.'
Michelle is originally from Daventry, England and Matthijs is from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Michelle began working on cruise ships in 2001 for the spa team and Matthijs began working for a major cruise line immediately following his apprenticeship, the same cruise line he works for now and the same cruise line he did his apprenticeship for, upon completion of college. They began dating in 2004, traveled the world together, were married in 2007, had their first daughter, Eva, in 2010 and welcomed their second daughter, Sienna, in 2012! Phew! Michelle and I reconnected yet again, haha, when she and the girls sailed with Matthijs, which they LOVE to do, who happened to be working on the ship Joris and I were working on. As always, we stayed in touch and now that I am living on land and have a more set schedule see each other far more frequently!
Michelle and Matthijs wanted some special images of their daughters and she told me 'they, her and Matthijs, didn't like being in pictures.' Luckily, I was able to sneak in a few family shots towards the end of our session and I am sure glad I did! We had a glorious sunny afternoon in Prinses Beatrixpark in Schiedam. Another perfect fall day in the books! The colors were fantastic, the light was great and the park was quiet! Michelle, Matthijs, Eva and Sienna: I had such a great afternoon creating memories with you all! Enjoy and I look forward to catching up soon! xx
Adore this image of Michelle and her girls!
Sienna was giving the BEST cheeses ever!!!!