BE INSPIRED| Couples Session feature by Diana Lubbers

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you

I began Diana Lubbers Photography 2.5 years ago. I was born in Vancouver but I was raised on Salt Spring Island, a very small island tucked between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia and dreamed of seeing the world. I turned that dream into a reality and started working on cruise ships when I was 21. 7 years, 70+ countries that I had dreamed of visiting, falling in love with my now husband, meeting some of the most inspiring people and hearing some pretty incredible stories later we decided to settle down in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and start a family. Photography was something that I was always intrigued by and it wasn’t until the birth of my daughter that I started to take it seriously. I learned the ins and outs of my camera, asked family and friends if they were interested in sessions, invested in an amazing mentor, Eva Cherneff, and found my own style. I tried to zero in on one genre however, I found that I love everything! From the beautiful chaos of a family session to the details of food photography to those special moments with new life at a newborn session to capturing, witnessing and being part of an incredible love story on a wedding day to that beautiful connection in an intimate couples session. I love it all! I find inspiration in my husband, our 3.5-year-old daughter and 8-month-old son and they push me to pick up my camera and capture life’s most precious moments.

What makes you the most nervous during a session? 

Being an introvert I always worry before a session that maybe I’ll speak too little/too much, be awkward or that I’ll miss a moment or a detail however, once the session begins I put all of that behind me and just enjoy hearing my clients stories and creating memories with them.

What about this session was most memorable?

I have worked with Sharmaine and Alvin twice since I began my photography journey. They were one of my first model calls and we instantly clicked. Sharmaine and Alvin are so genuine, down to earth and in love. They are not just clients, they are friends. I feel so fortunate to know them and have shared in some very special moments in their lives, including when they were expecting their first child. We sat over coffee, caught up and chatted life before our session in their beautiful home.

Were there any hurdles?

Scheduling was a little challenging. I was pregnant and quiet sick so we had to postpone until after my baby was born. In the end, we found a date that worked for all of us. A perfect, cozy winter day.

Your best photographer/session advice?

I create a plan a few days before my session. During the session I’ll refer back to my phone a once to make sure I’m not missing anything because I just get right into the moments. The biggest thing is to relax. Communication with your clients before, during and after your session is so important.

What is one goal for your business ?

My family and I are relocating to Seattle, Washington so I am working hard to build my new website to reflect my new city. I will also be working hard building a new client base, making new photographer friends, finding my way in a new city and continuing to grow and develop.

What gear was used to achieve these?

 My trusty Canon 70D and Canon 35mm 1.4 

Any presets used or hand editing?

I love LXC presets from Tribe Archipelago for my color images, tweaked, and Slate and Ivory, love these presets so much, for my b&w images!


Diana Lubbers is a Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer currently based out of Rotterdam, The Netherlands however, relocating to Seattle, Washington. Diana is born in Vancouver, British Columbia and a true West Coast girl. Diana loves hearing and sharing her clients stories, capturing every detail and that beautiful connection. Diana is married to a handsome Dutch man, a mama of two, loves traveling, spending time and going on adventures with her family, baking, the sea and craft beer. 


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