Timon + Ursula | Engagement

I had the privilege of shooting my first couple of 2012! Timon & Ursula, you two look radiant together and bring so much life to those around you. Your obvious love for each other will keep you young and silly all through the wrinkles. I hope you enjoy these shots as much as I do!

Samuel-Rhys | Dothan, AL Children Photography

This Christmas was one of the best in the 26 years I’ve lived. One, because my husband could go with me to my hometown and experience the traditions, the craziness, the food, and the family that belongs to me. I was affirmed during this time that I am indeed a rich woman. The icing on the carrot cake was that I spent invaluable time with my nephew Samuel, laughing, cooing, playing, and of course sticking my camera in his face. His cuteness revolves around his big personality and his extremely expressive face, so of course I was thrilled to post these photos we took on Christmas Eve.

E Family + Dothan, AL Family Portraits

While visiting Dothan for the festive holiday time, I was honored to do this magical family session at Landmark Park. There are no words for how happy these pictures make me. I don’t know if it’s their charming honesty or the light or the cotton, but whatever it is, I’m not going to say too much. Just enjoy them.

Beverly + Kalen | Dothan, Alabama Engagement Photography

Alabama is a great place to enjoy crazy 65 degree weather and golden trees in December. It was a beautiful warmish day at Landmark Park with Kalen and Beverly as I shot their engagement photos and got to know them a little better as a couple. I am so happy to share this photos with you.

It’s such a funny and sweet story of how Kalen proposed to Beverly by a river in the woods under a make-shift bamboo gazeebo. He totally had her fooled. She suspected he may propose, but Kalen somehow tricked her into thinking he was just doing something “special” for her before leaving for his masters degree in a city four hours away. After a picnic lunch and an hour or so in the woods, he got the ring out of the cooler and asked her the big question. I’m so happy she said yes because just look at this love. Radiant.

Their wedding will take place next October and will be shot by the lovely Chelsea and Travis of Crazy Love Studios here at Maria’s Vineyard in Dothan. Beverly and Kalen, thank you both for letting me get a glimpse into your life and your story together. My hope is that your friendship and love for each other will continually deepen through laughter and the beauty you encounter in this world. Shootings you was a real treat.

B Family | Portaits

It’s neat to see how people are connected, and I was excited to find the sister of a previous groom wanted photos taken of her family. I really do love word-of-mouth referrals. Plus, these kids were stinkin’ cute so I was up for it. We started in their backyard and then went on to do a bit of shooting along a lake near Kleinandelfingen. We caught the last bit of the gorgeous fall light along the water and then finished up for the evening. These photos are saturated with Autumn, and I think that’s why I love them so much. Enjoy !

Naemi + Portraits

Since she is one of the most stunning women I know, truly, it was killing me to keep these photos hidden on my hard-drive while I traveled to America the past two weeks for work. Finally I think I’ve conquered the jet-lag and am back in full force to update my blog. Naemi, it is an understatement when I say you are beautiful in so many ways. Thank you for allowing me to glimpse into your new phase of life with these photos. You are radiant.

pigeons on the gate + house show

Pigeons on the Gate is an Irish folk band based in Switzerland, but if you ask them, they’ll probably tell you they’re Irish. Their translations of the traditional Irish melodies create dynamic shows that are outrageously fun, fronted by a band that is booming with talent. I was invited to join these guys at the front man’s housewarming/album release show, and it was such a good time. I/we all had so much fun and I couldn’t stop moving! For the slower folk songs, the fiddles turned to violins and we were invited to calm down with the melodic flutes and chilling vocals. That was the only time I felt it appropriate to grab a glass of wine and actually watch the show instead of poking my camera everywhere.

The instrumental songs invoked feelings of dancing down a dimly-lit street in Dublin at midnight, catching the last rhythms resonating from the pubs. I was reminded of home in the deep south, the current of my own heritage’s rich music’s history making it’s way through my roots and veins.

After hearing these guys live and sitting for an hour or two with their newly released album, “Last Night’s Craic”, I’ve come to the conclusion that each song tells its own tale, making it a collection that gives a rather generous glimpse into the heart of Ireland.

If you have a moment, check them out at www.pigeonsonthegate.com.

love + three years

It is a beautiful autumn morning here in Winterthur and I am thrilled to share that 3 years ago today my husband Gabriel and I joined as a team, as soulmates, as life-long friends and companions, and laughed deep belly laughs with the dearest friends and family members. Before God, we decided to go for it and get married, for the third time sorta since we had an American wedding, a court wedding, and a Swiss church wedding. I couldn’t be happier with where that decision has brought me in my life and my heart. Today I want to celebrate the awesomeness of God’s choice to bring us together, for his clear voice making it an easy decision, and the adventure it has been.

Gabriel, you are my best friend, the one to whom my heart belongs, and I adore you in all the ways a person can be adored. Thank you for choosing me, and for the lifelong gift you’ve given me as my husband. I trust you completely, and I want you to know that I will always choose you right back. You are a good man, you bring out the best and worst in me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy Anniversary babe.

Some shots from our honeymoon location trip to Bignasco, Switzerland.

 

W family

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”  – George Eliot

Sometimes I wish I could write long stories about the families I photograph and the things we talk about in those few hours of popping in on their life. If it weren’t for my mouth being so prone to jabber, I wouldn’t ask the questions that I do, and I would probably walk away feeling like I had only “worked” for this couple of hours.  Mind you, sometimes this happens. Sometimes it’s a quiet day and I just focus on getting the job done. The God of our universe chooses these moments, not me. On the other hand, sometimes  all the stars seem to align and shooting is just…easy. Had I kept my mouth shut in this last session, I wouldn’t have learned that the couple met over the internet (like my husband and I) and were completely in love before they’d ever met. It was AWESOME to meet someone who had such a similar story to mine.

B and T, (and your parents) thanks so much for choosing me to mark this moment in time for your family. Also, thank you for letting us use the brown couch and for your hard work driving it to the field on the top of your car. I am so excited to share these photos with you and let me know if you too can’t stop thinking about those blonde curls, blue eyes and ridiculously cute Swedish and English smiles.

M Family

Let me introduce to you the M family. Catching one of the last warm summer days, we met along the water in Pfäffikon for our session. This was such a fun and sweet shoot, especially because they bought me ice-cream when we were finished.

The kids played, fished, and didn’t seem to mind my camera in their face too much. It was a good time. Thank you M Family for inviting me to shoot you guys to mark a moment in your families’ time together. It was also nice to hang out for a little bit! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and will remember working with that American photographer that one day at the water when the kids are older.

Raphael + Autumn Afternoon

The season of the senses has arrived. We were given a beautiful autumn afternoon in Winterhur last week and a more than willing Raphael let me shoot him in his backyard as the sun went down. I loved his green autumn sweater and the scrape on his chin. I loved the way he put his hands in his pockets and how he gave me contemplative looks like a small man instead of a child.

I could tell the light was already changing with the season, introducing my camera to the coming cool nights and early sunsets. I look forward to the falling leaves, the pumpkins, the smell of cinnamon and clove, and of course the invitations to drink spiced wine and eat my favorite Appenzeller fondue.

Ruth + Stefan | Wedding

After a very busy two weeks, I am so excited to blog this very special couple who married September 3 in Diessenhofen at the Gasthaus Schupfen. I wasn’t anticipating rain, but I was prepared for it even though not a drop fell the entire day. The weather was amazing actually. Light and love everywhere.

Stefan waited patiently for his “first look” with Ruth beneath the sun-soaked leaves at romantic Schloss Hegi. Ruth looked so gorgeous even I was nervous for him. I actually had butterflies in my stomach. I kept thinking, “Why am I so excited???” Then I knew. I’m always reminded of my own marriage jitters and how beautiful the whole process is.

Swiss folk were floating in their tubes and rafts, watching with curious eyes at the current took them by, while Stefan and his beautiful lady Ruth married on a covered platform overlooking the River Rhein. I enjoyed the wedding so.darn.much. I didn’t want it to be over.

Ruth and Stefan, may your years be full to the brim with love for life and one another. Thank you for allowing me to be part of such a tremendous day.