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Oberohringen | Art Show

Here are a few shots from our art show in Oberohringen this past April. I didn’t exhibit any photography, but I did display my book, The Human Abstract which can still be purchased online. I also displayed a few of my favorite abstract paintings. You’ll see Gabriel’s work in and around the barn while my work can be found tucked away in the quiet, candle-lit foyer.

Hendrix Gabriel - May 4, 2011 - 2:30 am

Great week, great people, great pictures!

Marzano | Family

A few posts back I mentioned a wonderful family that was gracious enough to loan us their barn for our art exhibition. I.adore.this.family. Truly. It’s amazingly refreshing to have kids around who speak English with you instead of cocking their heads to the side when strange Swiss German comes out of my mouth. I find it hard to get back into the routine of work around the house and with my business because part of my heart is still at our art show from 6pm-8pm each evening. I look forward to another day of playing with Emma, Rafael, and Donatello and perhaps once again eating the remainders of their dinner on the back patio.

Emma made a great point when she dominated me at a game of Bob the Bilder “Memory” in her living room. I’ll be honest, when she pulled the game out I groaned a little. I’ve never been good at it and I think with age and learning another language my short term memory has only gotten worse. However, throughout the beginning of the game it was going rather well for me. I was picking up matching pieces left and right, and I was feeling quite good about myself. Emma said, “See, you are really good!” I felt validated by this six-year-old’s words, and we continued on till the last 14 pieces reminded on the floor. It was Emma’s turn, and she proceeded to pick up matching pair after matching pair with precision and speed until all the cards were gone. She had remembered 7 pairs in a row! I was impressed, and I asked her, “Why do you think kids are so much better at memory than adults?” and she replied, “…I think it’s because kids don’t have to remember important things like grown ups do. Grown-ups have to remember lots of hard things, and kids don’t, so there’s probably not a lot of space left in their brain.”

Sweet Emma’s 1st grade insight astounded me. We can learn to much from children. Simplicity, fun, freedom, carefreeness (not to be mistake with carelessness) and simple truths that are otherwise clouded by our adult tendencies to overanalyze. Irene and Gerry, you’ve created three amazing little people, and here is my photographic tribute to you both.

m.Lee - April 15, 2011 - 5:33 am

These are ANGELIC! I absolutely love the face that they’re not dressed “in their Sunday best”! I love that you captured the children as being children. Even the smudge of dirt, or food on Donatello’s (?) mouth is wonderful. Great job!

Workplay + Winterthur Fashion Workshop

Yesterday a few fellow photographers in the Winterthur area ventured out with the lovely Maria to experiment with light and posing. We worked on different ways to pose women (especially if they aren’t professional models and you want them to look fabulous on camera) and shot only with available light. Styling and shooting fashion is something I’ve always wanted to do, and yesterday proved to me how much fun it can be and how much creativity is involved. Fashion is an artform! We had a productive afternoon, and I can’t wait to do it again.

Donatello + Sunplay

This entire week Gabriel and I have been exhibiting a large selection of our paintings in a beautiful old barn belonging to a colleague at Gabe’s school. It has been a joy to get to know this family to whom the barn belongs and who also occupy the house next to it. We are greatly indebted to them for opening their home to us, for their kindness, and for the simple joys that come from conversation over tea and playing with their three children. Irene is an extraordinary artist and is gracious enough to teach art to young kids at a school here in Winterthur. She is also married to an American from Rochester, and their little ones come in and out of the gallery to entertain us when the crowds are slower. We’ve all felt the creative energy stirring, and I have been inspired to not only photograph more children, but to perhaps try painting one of my photos. Since I’ve moved here, the creative juices seem to always be flowing from my husband, and I am so thankful for the consistency that brings into my life. Even in times where I feel dried up and uninspired, an oddity, considering where I live, my husband is working on a painting or playing his guitar. I think we will always be “makers” of things, even throughout our “old” and “gray”. Being around other artists been a great learning experience, and I am totally inspired to start something new and fresh. But first, here are some shots of their youngest son.

Here are a few shots of Irene’s paintings of her three children. Her talent is truly incredible.

Vicky - April 7, 2011 - 7:22 am

Rachel these are beautiful! Once again you captured his spirit. I love them all. I also love the paintings. She is incredible! They even make me want to pick up a paintbrush!!! You also are very gifted in writing of the intros. Please start blogging again about your day to day adventures. It is the best way for us to share your life. Love you.

Kasey - April 8, 2011 - 7:19 am

So So lovely my friend. I love the colors and the emotion that you caught. Your are so talented.

Beat + Sonja | Wedding

2011 is proving to be an exciting year for my photography-life (a new word inspired by words like love-life and spiritual-life, etc.) Sonja and Beat’s wedding was especially lovely on so many levels. What I mean is the power of the bond between these two people made it obvious that capturing their affections on camera would be no problem.  I loved watching the love and respect they both had for their parents while the day progressed, both cherishable and rare gifts. Sonja was all smiles while Beat had a stomach full of butterflies.

They met on a sailboat, and last Saturday in the small mountain town of Bergün, Beat & Sonja committed their love to one another in front of a quaint gathering of friends and family. The apero and dinner took place at the historic “Jugendstil” hotel Kurhaus Bergün. (Art Nouveau in English) I’ve said many times that I am a perpetual lover of weddings, and once again I was blessed to walk away from the wedding feeling like I’ve taken a piece of that Love home with me.

I should also note that this first image design was inspired by the talented Stephanie Williams of Stephanie Williams Photography, specifically her RUCHE Spring lookbook.

Hair & Makeup: Roberto Giulio http://www.robertohairbeauty.ch
Flowers: Rebekka Ackermann of “Blumen Lotus” Wettswil
Beats suit: Sunitasuits http://www.sunitasuits.ch
Sonja’s gown: Sporer Brautmode, Winterthur
Catering: Kurhaus Bergün

Cara Brashier - March 24, 2011 - 8:32 am

Beautiful work, Rachel. I feel like I know the story of their whole day without even being there. Afterall that is our job.

naemi - March 24, 2011 - 12:21 pm

and i’ve said many times that I am a perpetual lover of your photography, and once again… amazing.

mandii - March 24, 2011 - 1:50 pm

SERIOUSLY EPIC! gorgeous photography!!!!
the image of them kissing in the church? best photograph ever ever ever!
love the location too! stunning and captured perfectly! great job rach!!!

Vicky Sharp - March 24, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Rachel these are beautiful! They look like shots from a movie set. I love the one where she is standing in front of the window …and I am with Mandi on the kissing in the church photo. I also love the earrings in the flowers! Who does that?? You are so creative!

Colleen - March 24, 2011 - 4:07 pm

You never cease to amaze me! Absolutely gorgeous! I felt like I was there!

Ilona Ingold - March 25, 2011 - 12:39 am

Your are great … I love these pictures, I love the story you made …
Big hug

Elizabeth Arnold - March 28, 2011 - 11:24 am

These pictures of absolutely stunning! I think everyone’s favorite is the kissing church scene. And I am with your mom on the earrings in the flowers! You are amazing girl, don’t ever think less :) Keep doing what you love and using the talent God has blessed you with the enrich other’s lives through your work. You’re awesome! Love you.

m.Lee - April 6, 2011 - 9:25 am

These are majestic. They are ethereal. You brought me close to tears with this shoot. You extracted the love that these two obviously feel for each other. Bravo! You are fantastic.

Beat + Sonja | Pure Romance

This couple is beyond words, and so was this photo session. Their adoration for each other made my job very easy as we embarked into temperatures that never rose above 0 degrees Celsius. These two were troppers! My fingers were freezing off, yet they kept smiling and kissing and charming the camera. It is with great joy that I announce my accompaniment to their wedding in Bergün in two weeks.

Tabea - March 7, 2011 - 11:54 am

Wonderful pictures of two wonderful people! You ve done such a great job again! I m looking forward to the wedding pictures! :-)

Colleen Trusler - March 7, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Gorgeous! I love how mystical it all feels! The lighting was amazing!

MiLee - March 7, 2011 - 4:11 pm

These are breathtaking! I particularly love the first photo with the pictures in the trinket box. That was a brilliant idea! You are amazing.

Vicky Sharp - March 7, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Great photos Rach. They look so happy and in love! You captured them.

Kasey - March 7, 2011 - 5:38 pm

pretty! I love your creativity.

Walking on Sunshine in Seen | Personal

Oh sun, you’ve found me amongst this winter gray and awakened my soul.

Most would agree that life tastes sweeter with sunshine, no? And, the icing on the life cake is a family that laughs and plays freely in the open air.  This afternoon was filled with a sweet visit from my brother-in-law, his wonderfully pregnant wife and their three kids. We went on a quick walk through where Gabriel and I frequent the woods or the fields that surround our village, and with this warmer weather I’ve been wanting to shoot outside as much as possible. I’m sure the trees are confused, but here is a glimpse of the little whisper of Spring amongst this Swiss February.

I really do love photographing the world.

jennifer - February 13, 2011 - 1:21 pm

i love this post. i think my favorite image is near the top, the one that is completely soft focus. love it. beautiful!

cindy - February 13, 2011 - 4:46 pm

beautiful as always…….Yes please always send updates! Thank you for portraying such beauty for us!

Vicky Sharp - February 13, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Very nice Rachel. I am glad you are getting out in the sunshine. There are lots of beautiful photos out there just waiting to be taken! My favorite is the gate…love it!

Kasey - February 15, 2011 - 7:35 am

I love this Rach. Such beautiful photos…I remember that walk. :)

Colleen Trusler - February 25, 2011 - 12:40 pm

I remember those places too! That was such a fun walk! :)

Joseph Donofro - April 12, 2011 - 3:29 am

Rachel you are incredible and I decided you can do my wedding pictures if that day ever comes :) You inspire me and I love seeing what the Lord has gifted you with. I feel and see Him in all you do bless you! :D

2010: A Year in Review

I am eternally grateful for all the lessons life teaches me.  I am truly grateful for the beauty and love that blesses every day of my life. What a gift it is to live and to experience life.

I’ve posted some of my favorite photographic moments in order to reminisce and be thankful for everything I experienced and saw over the 365 day span as a photographer in 2010. The recognized beauty of life is something with which to be eternally thankful. Even more so, my job allows me to connect with people and I am forever grateful for being able to contribute artistically to the lives of others.

Vicky Sharp - February 2, 2011 - 6:27 pm

You know that after your husband I am your biggest fan. I love all of these!

miranda - February 2, 2011 - 9:00 pm

aaaahhh…these are AMAZING!!! I never tire of of looking at your photos. I am jealous that I have yet to be made beautiful by your artistry. you’re doing a beautiful beautiful job.

Greg Hendrix - February 2, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Beautiful. After your husband and your mother I am your biggest fan. (I am really a bigger fan than your mother. lol)

Molissa Snell - February 3, 2011 - 7:18 am

Rachel, you are such a talented person. Thank you for sharing your gift and your love of Jesus with the world.

Colleen Trusler - February 8, 2011 - 8:10 am

You are so ridiculously talented my deary! I can’t wait to say “I know that girl!” When you are a famous actress/artist/photographer someday soon! You take my breath away!

mandii - February 26, 2011 - 9:58 pm

i will never stop lovin that belly picture with the hand.
oh my soul. favorite ever.

The Asendorfs | Family

I just love this family. For so many reasons. And, I’m blogging their photos because I think they deserve to be seen and it’s been a while since the photoshoot last May! I’m slowly catching up, and my goal this year is to stay on top of blogging each and every session. I photographed these lovely folks in some overgrown weeds, quite beautiful weeds, actually, in a village called Dickbuch, and I was very thankful that the person whom the land belonged to didn’t come out and yell at us.

I definitely plan on using that area for future shoots until someone tells me not to because it was AMAZING.

Check out all this gorgeous family love, and tell em’ what you think.

mandii - February 26, 2011 - 9:59 pm

what a beautiful family and an awesome variety of images!!!! so lovely!

Lurraine - June 25, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Heck of a job there, it ablsoutely helps me out.

Nicole - October 19, 2011 - 1:36 pm


Everage Family

After a few months pass and I get to organizing everything, I sometimes get the itch to go through photos from past sessions and play with them in a totally new way. And sometimes I find photos that are completely new and it’s like, “wow, I don’t remember this one!”

Back in June, a sweet mother of two approached me about taking photos of her family. She wanted to break out of the studio bubble and take a chance on some natural light photography, and bravo to her for doing so! These photos really tell the story of the relationship between this sweet family.  I just recently revisited the session and realized I never blogged about it!  Here I am, almost six months later showing you how these blonde-headed cutie-pies charmed both me and my camera.

Angie Everage - December 8, 2010 - 10:34 am

Hey Rachel,
Every time I see these pictures, it brings tears to my eyes. Oh how I wish they could stay little forever. Your photography is so amazing!!! We had such a great time with you. Hayden says she wants to do it all over again!! Hope to see you early next year.

Angie Everage

Sarah K - December 10, 2010 - 3:41 pm

I love the picture of the two children running. Just magical.

Vicky Sharp - December 10, 2010 - 4:19 pm

The website looks great and the photos are beautiful. I remember how hot it was that day!

Michelle from wedding photography - March 22, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Wow..these pictures are amazingly irresistible to look at..it makes the pictures more beautiful and sweet to look at.

The way the shots look, this is a work of art..one look of it and it catches all your attention.