First Look + Forbeyon Flushmount Albums

When shopping around for the best quality flush mount albums, Forbeyon had me at hello. The vibrant colors in their presentation photos made the albums seem so spectacularly modern and timeless at the same time. The first time I saw Forbeyon albums, they were presented in such a way that I didn’t know if I was looking at interior design or advertisements for of sushi. They were immediately impressive and unlike anything I’d see on the market to date. The cover options are endless and their signature metal cameos give a stylized first impression. My clients have been very impressed with these albums, and since I’m shipping them from the US to Switzerland, it’s important that I am working with a company who offers great customer service.

They also give an unlimited 50% studio sample discount on their flushmount albums and so a book-lover like me was giddy for some samples. So with no further adieu, I present to you my first documented Forbeyon sample album.

Jonathan + Manuela | Part Two

Weeping willows by the River Rhein, perfect high 70’s weather with a sunshine and a light breeze… laughter and happy tears… sacred love…all in one glorious day. Manuela was a relaxed and elegant bride from the first application of eyeliner to the bouquet-toss at the reception. They had no idea what was planned for the day after the ceremony, so it was exciting to watch them see what their maid of honor and best man had planned. In the late afternoon, we all piled in for boat ride up the Rhein with the entire wedding party. It relaxing and certainly enjoyable for me, someone who loves anything to do with water. I had to remind myself that I was actually working!

We had special permission to shoot the bride and grooms’ romantic shots in what I thought looked like a secret garden tucked away in the city of Schaffhausen. The light was perfect, and so were my lovely subjects, so in turn the photos are some of my favorites from the entire day.

Jonathan and Manuela, may you both live a rich, love-filled life that grows deeper each day together. Thank you for letting us be a part of such a momentous day.

Manuela + Jonathan | Part One

What a joy to see someone commit to one another after being together for 7 years! J&M celebrated their love and said “I do” on paper last Friday at the romantic Schlosspark in Andelfingen. It was a super quick session with ideal weather and a small gathering of family and friends. While I was shooting, we were even serenaded by another private parties’ brass band about 25 meters away which was special and romantic. There is something sweet and simple about the quietness of these images, and I am very much looking forward to photographing these two again at their big wedding next month. It will take place in an adorable chapel at Insel Rheinau alongside the river Rhein.

Valentina + Michael | Part Two

I’ve tried beginning this blog over and over, and I’ve just now realized why I can’t think of the right few sentences because I’m thinking in pictures! It makes perfect sense… this wedding was truly beautiful, from beginning to end. My favorite thing about it was the simplicity even though it took place in an extremely ornate place.

After Valentina and Michael came to me about shooting their wedding at the astounding cathedral at the St. Urban Kloster, I was set on doing everything in my power to not only capture them as a couple but to use the beauty of that place as emphasis. We had such a good time.  I even brought out my new/old fuji instax camera and loved every minute of instant gratification that comes with a “polaroid” type camera.

The evening meal took place at one of the oldest hotels in Switzerland, The Hotel Krone Solothurn and the food was simply perfect. Too bad I forgot to photograph the most amazing filet mignon I’ve tasted in my life.

Valentina & Michael, you are a beautiful couple and we wish you all the happiness in the world. Thank you for letting us be part of your wedding day.

Little Samuel

I had a sweet time following little Samuel around his house while he helped with the garden and explored on his own. I hid in the background and in some cases the bushes because the moment he noticed the camera, he wanted to press all of the buttons. Very curious and very smart for a 14 month old. This is one cute little man… and make sure to look closely at those eyelashes.

Valentina + Michael | Part One

I think it’s so cool that people who marry in Switzerland (myself included) often have two weddings: first, the civil/legal wedding where documents are signed and nerves are calmed and second, the pretty party with the dress, the church, the written vows, or in some cases the ringing of cow bells, and the fun! Michael & Valentina were focused on the most important thing yesterday for their “engagement session”, each other. (They technically still qualified for that title even though their “civil wedding” was an hour after our shoot.) We had a lot of fun on the historic old town of Olten, Switzerland, and I very much look forward to their wedding in the St. Urban Monastery this coming weekend.

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.

tobler | family

I haven’t seen swan babies since I was a little girl, but these brave little ducklings ventured out into the lake right as we were walking on a bridge at the Pfäffikersee. Quite appropriate scenery for a family and children photo-session, I’d agree. Everything about the setting fit perfectly with this family. The dreamy sun made our afternoon session very enjoyable while they played and laughed in the tall grass along the water. I’m pretty sure I was a mere tree in the background as far as the kids were concerned. They were very expressive and excited about everything going on around them, so I was able to steal mom and dad away for a few romance shots in the amber light. Afterall, who wouldn’t want to cuddle up and show some love near a lake with baby swans?

the dearest juliette | family

It’s about a ten minute drive from my house to the the lush country side where sheep graze and farmers grow a variety of things whether it be corn or cows. The landscapes reveal areas of freshly cut grass and patches where endangered wild orchids grow alongside clovers and giant dandelions. I would make this trip on a daily basis if it weren’t for gas prices, but luckily I could make the trip to photograph a family living in the region and take advantage of this “typical Swiss” scenery.

He is an commercial pilot and she is a professional florist, and while they watched their little girl play alone on a blanket, she looked at him and said, “We made that.”

With their backs to the sun and smiles on their face, Lea, Christian, and their daughter Juliette played in a field of wildflowers while I photographed their sweet moments. I wouldn’t change a thing about this session… it was truly perfect. They were all so in love with each other, and it shows. What a gift to have caught a glimpse into the spirit of this family.

Keep it Simple

Simplicity is a sweet thing, wouldn’t you agree? Running with no mp3 player… reading a book… walking down the street… the bold “red” of a Spring tulip… simple. Sweet. Uncomplicated. As you’ve probably noticed, this blog has undergone the “simple” treatment.

I want the focus to be where it should be: on the images. So, I’m keepin’ it simple and takin’ it slow, one step at a time. Comments and thoughts are more than welcome. Peace and love to you.

Noah + Helena | Mini Session

The more I photograph children, the more I want to photograph children. It’s such a fun challenge, one where you are forced to stay on your toes and come up with ideas in mere seconds. Moments are perpetually cute, and the shutter speed better be fast.  It was an honor and a privilege to collaborate with portrait artist Irene Marzano, who will work from one of these images for her next painting. Here are a few shots of Noah and his sister Helena.

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.