Ilona | Golden Portraits

I kept repeating in my head “Don’t shoot with the 50,” before leaving to make family and personal photos for Ilona. It was a beautifully warm day, and I wanted to try something new. I have an amazing portrait lens that I never use, so instead of shooting everything on my nifty fifty, which is was I LOVE to do because you can hardly beat the 1.8 depth of field, I decided to pull out my 80-200 and see what happened. I felt very comfortable shooting with the heavy thing since I had lots of practice borrowing this lens in college. The results, the bokeh, the lighting, the depth of field, were all great! I love my fifty, but it may be going on a break for a while. It was fun to lay on the ground and shoot through the hay and thistles to get these gorgeous golden shots. And Ilona… can I just say, “wow!” This is just a sneak peak, though, so make sure to come back for more of luminous Ilona and her awesome family in a few days.

John + Family

I’ve been itching to post these for the last couple of days and finally, here they are! The John family and I went to the beautiful Pfäffikonsee to walk around and take some pictures in the natural environment. It’s really fun learning about these different locations, especially because they are all so close to where I live. From the mini-red sailboat to the hot air balloon that launched half a kilometer from us, this one particular place was so beautiful it was almost ridiculous. As the sun began it’s descent, I let everyone just do their thing and play and only posed the whole family every few minutes or so. What a great looking family, right?

Donat + Myriam | Pure Romance

The weather finally warmed up enough for me to shoot outside in these vibrant spring colors. It was very eye-pleasing to see Myriam and Donat dressed in very Spring-like gentle pastels for their engagement session, and we drove to a nice spot in Stein am Rhine to shoot near the river at sundown. The monk in charge was kind enough to let us shoot some photos on the Kloster (monastery) grounds which seemed to have exploded with blooming trees and flowers. Myriam and Donat have a love story very similar to me and my husband’s, and it was sweet to see them interact together with a rare gentleness. Their love truly stands out. Plus, the pictures turned out amazing which I can attribute only to their willingness to be themselves and have fun.

Corinne and her Sunshine

Covered in a smile, outstanding at singing (I’m talking about a voice so powerful the first time I heard her, my heart almost leapt out of my chest.. with a “cry-your-face-off-at-the-Italian-opera” kind of voice) incredible wife and mother, a fluent Swiss-German speaker and a good friend, this is Corinne. She’s another American living in Winterthur and the little one running around in some of the pictures is Trixibelle, her first daughter.

With the trees blooming and color sprouting up everywhere, I found it appropriate and exciting to celebrate the beauty of the new life growing in Corinne. She is due any moment with her second daughter, so we took the afternoon to casually make some pictures and document her expanded belly. Pregnancy looks so good on her!

I not only wanted to celebrate the new addition due to arrive any day, but I wanted to show a little about Corinne as a mother and as the sensitive, colorful, and alive woman she is!

oh, the joys of spring

Spring is just around the corner (and trust me, I’m itching just as bad as you to get outside and play) so book your photo session now because my calendar is filling up fast. Also, visit for an updated 2010 pricelist. I may post them here on my blog sometime this afternoon.

Have a beautiful sunshine day.

pigeons on the gate

Roger, Lajescha, Rebecca, Simon, Jérémie, and Isabelle. This is Pigeons on the Gate. Traditional and original Irish folk music that speaks softly and carries a big stick. This is what happens when talented people, who don’t take themselves too seriously, come together and do what they do best: play. These are some promo photos from a shoot we did a couple days ago. Shooting bands is something I really enjoy because it combines the worlds of music and photography, two things I happen to love doing.

You can see them play live 11:00AM Saturday, April 10th, My Place in Zürich, or visit their website at

a morning with christelle

Below are some of my favorite shots from my session with the talented and lovely Christelle. She was born in France but is now living in Winterthur, Switzerland. She came to me about doing a photoshoot of her and I just about jumped out of my seat for the opportunity. I knew a little of her powerful jazz voice from her work with Soma Sonic, which is luscious and beat-induced music, guaranteed to get you moving, and her harp-playing. She teaches music and voice lessons at the same school as my husband, so we knew each other a little bit before meeting on this cold February morning. You can listen to her here and see her face on the cover of the “Simplicity” album. “Simplicity” by Soma Sonic is also available on Itunes… and I’m telling you, it’s really great stuff.

I’m sure you can see why I was so excited to get these up for the world to see. These images tell such a beautiful story about who she is as a musician and a strong woman, comfortable in her own skin. She played the harp and sang in the middle of a public sidewalk and it was as if we were the only two people in the world.

the brilliant naemi

“New” is the word of the day. Other words like, “waiting” and “frigid cold” have also frequented my vocabulary as of late, so while I wait and take baby steps, I continue with what I know: photographing people. It is not ideal to work with someone in uncomfortable weather conditions, for the subject or for the shooter, but when the weather is never anything but uncomfortable, and a photo must be made, then in the snow we go. This photo-shoot was spontaneous and fun! White on white can be magic in itself, so I set out to use my surroundings to my advantage. The snow will melt in a month, the trees with bombard us with color, and I’m certain this blog will be overflowing with delicious photo goodies and sunshine! However, as most artists find ways to make something from not much, right now I have to work with what I’ve got.

These are a few shots from my portrait session with Naemi, a beautiful and dear friend of mine who not only shines brilliantly on camera, but adds a certain luminance to my life as well. People like her make being a photographer easy and joyous. Thank you Naemi for a tremendous time and for these beautiful, radiant images that speak of your soul.

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.

NPF Photography Competition 2009

Hello dear friends.

I need your help in choosing which photos to enter into the Dothan National Peanut Festival Photography Competition. No, this is not a joke. There is such a thing as a peanut festival and yes, the winner gets some money.

Truthfully, it’s about heritage. Roots and all. I do come from the peanut capital of the world even though I currently live in the land of cheese and honey.