When I visited Mia, Marie and their lovely Mummy in the city of Potsdam on a freezing Saturday in February, the two girls immediately took to me. “Can the photographer stay a bit longer?”, asked the older sister, time and time again. And yes, I did indeed stay for a while … for a lot longer, in fact. I ended up spending nearly the entire day capturing the everyday life of Isabelle, her girls, their cat and their rabbit. We played, chatted and drank coffee. Sometimes the two girls came and sat on my lap or the cat purred contently and after a while, the three ladies seemed to slightly forget that I was there and simply went about their day-to-day life. The main aim behind my visit has actually already been perfectly summarised by Isabelle herself, who wrote this wonderful description on Instagram: “There are moments and rituals in our daily life which we will slowly forget about when our children are grown up. Reportage storytelling holds moments of a period in life for a lifetime.” Thank you, Isabelle, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Family photos in Potsdam – A stroll down to the café

It’s important to get outdoors and get some fresh air every day, even on days as shiveringly cold as those in February 2018 and even when it is just a simple walk down to the local café. In our case, this ‘simple’ walk turned out to be a true treat for the taste buds. The cappuccino at the Buena Vida Coffee Club ticks all the boxes and the two girls certainly seemed to enjoy their hot chocolate too.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank-you to Isabelle, Marie and Mia for letting me spend nearly the whole day with you and allowing me to publish some of my favourite moments of the day here. I had so much fun visiting you in Potsdam!

Would you also like me to provide you with authentic documentary family photos in Potsdam, Berlin or somewhere else? If so, feel free to take a look at some of my family stories told in photos, to read more about my approach to photography and to find out why I’ve now also decided to make reportage photography my sole focus when it comes to families. I look forward to hearing from you!