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.

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.

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.

the benevolent Andrea | Portraits

I am honored to be given the opportunity to tell someone’s story with an image, and I find it equally challenging and rewarding to do so. I am not often hired to take head shots or put a subject on a stool in a studio (although those things are completely fine and useful for many people) and depending on the weather, the sun, and the client, golden hour sessions can be an incredible tool to capture the essence of a person and their radiant uniqueness.

I know I often talk about how “special” portrait sessions are, (perhaps I’m sometimes the only one who feels special) and I suppose I could use a thesaurus and find another word, but the reality is that my initiative during a portrait session is to capture a person as they are. In this case, I believe I have only scratched the surface of who Andrea truly is. I met her a couple of years ago when she was handing out delicious produce from Israel at our church (I know, because I ate some)  and since then I have heard her sing notes of perfection, I have watched children gravitate to her, and I’ve performed in a musical with her. I have also been the recipient of many hugs from her which speaks strongly of her spirit in a country where hugging is generally not the method of showing love. After all, her last name is literally “Sunshine” (in German, of course.) Thank you Andrea for giving me this opportunity to show who you are, beautifully you, the best I could.

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.

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.

Natalie + Beautiful

Natalie is all grown up! I sound like a typical nostalgic grandmother when I say it seems like only yesterday Natalie was 5 years old and I was feeding her vanilla wafers in my mom’s Sunday school class. She has truly blossomed into a beautiful woman and will graduate from high school in the coming May. This post isn’t too long because it was only a mini session, but I’m thrilled with the pictures we got!