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.

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!

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.

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.