Renate & Michiel

It feels like yesterday the day Renate and Michiel came home to talk about their wedding! Now it is almost their big day!

It promises to be a beautiful special wedding, with a great location and a couple in love with each other!! Can I wait? 😉

Renate & Michiel, once again thanks for the nice meeting and we see each other soon!


Helen Navajas


Willie & Jens

An absolutely beautiful day and a perfect one to get married! Willie & Jens were radiant, top to bottom!!

There was so much love throughout the day that it was contagious… one moment in the church I felt my heart so big it would’ve exploded! Family, friends, sunshine day! To end up, a great party at the Josef with – of course – the Volendammers Wensen, my favorite part of all may I say it (and not posted yet as I have so many good pics).

Willie & Jens, how amazing to see your love and to witness this great celebration! It was an honor! I wish you happiness and joy!

See you soon,


Helen Navajas

Photographs from Helen N. and Maria Formigos

Laura & Henk

What to say about love… about two lovely people in love with each other? Difficult to express in words. So I will do it with photographs 😉

Laura & Henk, and the whole family! I cannot thank you enough for sharing so much with us! For letting us register such precious moments of your lives! Many times I felt really emotional and looking once more to the photos those feelings come along – there are only appreciation and a deep desire you will have a happy life together! You guys rock!

We see each other soon!


Helen Navajas

Photographs from Helen N. and Maria Formigos



Ik Kras Op!

After 46 years of an unconditional committed work  to his family business, Henk Kras has passed his baton to the next generation!

To celebrate it, an unforgettable evening party was prepared and done last Friday at the Kras Stadion in Volendam – a celebration with family, friends and co-workers. Many  thankful words, videos and a delightful buffet was served – not to forget the fantastic presentations by Volendams Operakoor, and Jan Smit to close the night!

The company possesses the expertise to manage company’s waste streams more effectively, also been designed with sustainability in mind. Great values passed through generations. For more information, check out their website Kras-Recycling.

Mr Kras, a pleasure to see you again! A deep admiration to your character, to your family values and for what you have done for the city!

Dora, thanks again for the invitation and opportunity!

xoxoxo, Helen


Copycat: a photo reference or an exact replica?

Here and there people ask me and tell me about photographers who try to copy my style, and if I get bother with it.

Personally this fact really flatters me, as I find it nice someone is using my photos as a reference. So I take it as a big compliment and it gives me a huge smile on my face!

If you aim to be a professional photographer, of just like to make beautiful photos as a hobby, using photos as a reference will give you some inspiration or even orientation to what you are aiming for. I do it with my clients too – I show photos of other photographers, and they also show me what they are looking for. It is a great help to know their likes and dislikes, and to know if we are a real match!

However my advice will be to find your own style, once it will be your “true self” imprinted on the photos. Let’s remember that photography is a strong media of communication, and your photographs should also say something about yourself – rather than only coping what others are “communicating”.

If you really want to follow a photographer career, go deep and go to school!!! There is a world of information behind and inside the camera. Knowledge will make all difference between someone with just a good camera and someone capable to deliver good quality photographs. And believe me, clients look for your portfolio and all the courses you have done!

Some does and don’ts:

  • Use other photographer’s photos as a photo reference, as guidance. Describe to yourself what you like the most: composition, color, poses, etc.
  • Try to produce images that reveal your own style. And if you still don’t know what is your photography style, make a selection of photographers who are more appealing to you. If there is something you like in them that means it truly speaks to your soul!
  • Remember that not everyone will enjoy your photos: your style will “speak” to some people more than others – that is just fantastic! You will find your own niche and your own public.
  • Scratching the surface of the copycat behavior and/or psychologically speaking, we can describe them as the person who has no sense of self. Extreme copying reveals low self-esteem to no self-esteem at all, and an inferiority complex. On some level, it’s a way to avoid feeling downgraded.
  • Appreciate what others are doing and even mention who is your photographer reference. That only shows your respect and admiration for other photographer’s body of work.
  • Most important of all, YOU ARE UNIQUE: there is something about you that no one else has! What you see, the way you interpreted things, the way you feel – nothing is the same. So, it is worth to invest your time finding your true self and also in the images you produce.

Many kisses and much love to you all!