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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?