Surrey Wedding Photographer
The road that has lead to who I am and what I do today has been one filled with many exciting adventures in many different countries. Born in the Netherlands, raised in Belgium, flew off to Italy, moved to Egypt, back to Holland and since a while now I can call the Surrey Hills in the UK my home.
The Red Sea in Egypt is where my photography career began and where my English husband Mark and I had our own business in underwater photography and film. But even a clear blue sky gets boring after a while and so after 9 years of making photo reportages and film documentaries we decided to accept a new challenge. We moved back to Europe, together with our two Egyptian dogs and settled in the Netherlands. After an intense re-education in the UK with The Trained Eye our work evolved ‘From Beaches to Brides’ and Defining Moments Photography was born.
That was quite a few years and a significant amount of weddings ago and I am still happy we made that choice. For me, it has given me the opportunity to discover the field of photography were I truly feel at home. Every wedding season I embrace it with full enthusiasm because working with people fills me with positive energy.
Travel is still an integral part of my life though, and I like to combine work with new destinations in the world. So if you have planned your big day abroad, I will always be happy to accompany you on your journey. My mother tongues are Dutch and English but I am also fluent in Italian and can get by in French and German, so don’t hesitate to let me know if I can be of any help with your wedding abroad.
When I’m not working I truly enjoy the opportunity to keep developing my photography skills by regularly participating in workshops, conferences and seminars given by international top wedding photographers. I also enjoy the challenge of submitting my work in national and international wedding photography competitions (see the ’Awards’ section). The feeling you get when you hear that you’ve won something is still the same as when you were a child… yay! I am proud to say I can call myself an international award-winning Surrey wedding photographer.
But at the end of the day there is no award that can beat a wonderful review by a happy client. A client that I have been able to give priceless memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. And that’s why I consider myself to be a privileged person. Because I can make people happy by capturing the defining moments of their lives for them. Curious to read what other brides and grooms have to say? Have a look at the ‘Kind words’ page.
‘I love how a photograph can capture a moment and a collection of images can tell a beautiful story.’
Dear Canoë, Just looked at all the pictures, we got the exact same feelings back as we experienced on our wedding day :) So we re-lived everything! WOW! They’re gorgeous! ! We’re gonna get on with the selection for the album now, though I already know it is going to be tough. See you soon! Love, […]
Dear Canoë, On Saturday the postman FI-NAL-LY drove into the street with his little van!!! The package was a treat, even just unwrapping it was an experience on its own! Then we spent the rest of the afternoon looking at all the pictures… they are stunning! And every time that emotion… you capture that so […]
Hi Canoë, Thank you so much for all the images. We have looked at all of them with so much pleasure and it is really cool to re-live the day again. Thanks again, the pictures are beautiful!!!! Love from Frans en Anita ✣ Kind words for Surrey wedding photographer from ANITA & FRANS ✣
Dear Canoë, We are incredibly happy with the super cute package that we receibed!! The album looks very lush, it is really nice to receive this as a present, as well as they usb drive which was packages with so much care, what a surprise! In the meantime, the whole family has your pictures in […]
Woooooooooooooooowwwwwww!!!!! ???????????? Love love love – thank you so much!!!!! Yes indeed we landed Yesterday and therefore this was such a lovely gift to come home to!!! Today we had to start work again but I was still walking around with my head in the clouds and the pictures allow us to keep that going […]
Hi Canoë, We did indeed receive the photos and only got to view them a few days ago. They are so wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for better pictures! Absolutely stunning! Also, thank you so much for the album, so lovely. Much appreciated! Cheers, Tuan & Alice ✣ Kind words for Surrey wedding photographer from […]
We got referred by friends to Defining Moments because they had had such good experience with Canoë. We are also very happy with the results. We had booked a pre-wedding shoot, wedding reportage and a wedding album and Canoë has had a very good feel for our wishes throughout. On such happy days it is […]
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Unbelievable, we are sitting here with tears in our eyes and are both completely speechless, the pictures are fantastically gorgeous! You have done an amazing job, really wonderful! We’re now looking forward to Tuesday even more, because we’ll receive all the images then and we know already now that it […]
Dear Canoë en Fiona, O wow these pictures are beautiful! Gorgeous! That promises to become a stunning reportage. And so cool that we got this sneak preview so son after the wedding. We are so happy that we ‘found’ you guys, first of all because of the pre-wedding shoot, but also because we think that […]