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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Happy Thanksloving

“There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”

This whole week, namely because the Thanksgiving holidays are on my mind, I am reminded that I have a mountain load of things to be grateful for. Just so you know, this is about to get a little personal. Being in another place far away from family has me relishing in the simple joys of family-hood: Presence. I live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but the tradition of a Southern- American Thanksgiving has me longing for my first home.

First of all, I serve a God who loves me beyond my wildest imagination. Secondly, I am totally in love with my husband who out-does my affections on a daily basis. I am thankful that we laugh together, and I hope we always find something worth laughing about. I wake up every morning with the freedom to be an artist and to create, and I get to do it for a living! My friends are loyal and love my unconditionally, as do my families on both sides. And one of the most exciting things is that I will be welcoming my first nephew next Spring. I’m seriously tempted to buy him every single crocheted hat for newborns on etsy.com.
I find that it is so important to sit down and put life into perspective and see that yes, we have it so good.

“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” ~Ray Stannard Baker

What are you thankful for?

Ah, fair Verona! Northern Italy Photography

We hadn’t planned on going to Italy. When Colleen and Kasey began planning their European vacation, Paris was on their minds. I have personally never been to Paris, so I was ready to jump on the wagon and go with them. Well, as they sometimes do, plans changed and Paris was no longer an option for various reasons. Because the girls were intent on traveling to as many countries as possible, we spontaneously decided it would be a good idea to drive to Verona, Italy in our 98′ Peugot, a mere 6 hour drive in mild traffic, located between Milan and Venice. Gabriel put his work aside for the weekend and came with us, awesome for me. Italy, husband, sweater weather, American lady friends, pizza and sunshine… it doesn’t get more “ideal” than that.

We brought our walking boots and spent an entire weekend exploring Verona, a city known as Shakespeare’s inspiration for writing Romeo & Juliet, a couple that may or may not have existed. Verona has one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters, the third largest in all of Italy, known as the Arena di Verona. Yep, gladiators fought there. We had a brief but delightful encounter with the romantic city and headed back to Winterthur on Sunday afternoon.

I also must mention that the lovely Kasey Brennan took some of the photos in this blog, but I cannot be sure as to which ones since we were all sharing cameras over the trip. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and don’t forget to continue checking for more updates. Ciao beautiful friends!

Jens’s Baptism + Malans, Switzerland

I had a sweet time seeing some of my huge family in Malans a few weekends ago. With so much traveling going on these past two weeks, I’ve made it a priority to create some personal posts to show everyone the happenings around here. These photos are from Jens’s baptism at the Reformed Church in Malans, Switzerland and the lunch afterwards at the Gasthaus Krone.

Here in Switzerland it is customary for the Godmother and Godfather to participate in the Baptism and vocally commit themselves to being a part of the child’s life. After doing so, we receive an official paper and and become their legal Godparents.

Malans, Switzerland | Vineyard Country

Two weeks ago, Gabriel and I traveled to Malans, Switzerland to visit my sister-in-law and celebrate the Baptism of her youngest child, Jens. Back in May, I posted photos of Jens’s a few days after his birth and this was my first time seeing him since then. He’s so big now! Serena says he hardly fits in his clothes and is about half the weight of his 5 year old sister, Mia. I made lots of photos of the family as we walked around the vineyards in their village. The scenery in Malans is breathtaking, rain or shine, but this time of year is significantly beautiful because the vines are fat with grapes awaiting their picking. Mia taught me how to find fallen chestnuts on the ground and we collected a bunch to roast in the evening. We caught glimpses of people harvesting the grapes as we strolled along and ended our adventure with a tour at the local winery with fistfuls of chestnuts. Tomorrow I will post photos from the actual Babtism, but today the focus is on the beauty of Malans and the simple joys of a long walk with family. Stay tuned because a lovely trip to the romantic Verona, Italy is coming up soon!

Autumn Thistles and the Man at my Side

Autumn is the season to take a deep breath and ponder the beauty of creation. The orange, red, and yellow leaves, the clean crisp air laced with the smell of chimney bricks and burnt wood, the festivals, and sweaters. Oh how I love sweaters.

Gabriel and I explored the small village where we live, and let me photograph him in the color.