Let’s go on an adventure together!

switzerland adventure photographyAre you planning a fun family adventure soon and want to record it in photos?  Do you have a plan or just maybe a dream to take your tribe strawberry picking, on a boat trip on the lake, to Europa Park or maybe just to Geneva for the day? Are you tired of always *taking* the pictures and never *being IN* the pictures?  I have great news for you! In a few months, I plan to start offering a new type of photography session for families, but first I need to build my portfolio.  I’m currently looking for THREE adventurous families to plan fantastically fun family outings and take me with you!  Is your heart racing yet?  Then read on!

Who are you?  You are an English speaking family living in or soon visiting Switzerland, preferably (but not necessarily) the Lake Geneva area.  You are fun, laid back, affectionate with each other, like to laugh, and want to capture a day in the life of your family enjoying a fun adventure. You are comfortable having your photo taken, even in public.  Even in front of strangers.  Even in Switzerland. If you have kids, they are toddlers or older and can walk on their own. Ideally, the three families chosen will represent the diversity of people who live in and visit Switzerland.  I am open to and want to attract a variety of nationalities and family compositions.

Who am I?  I am an American photographer recently transplanted to Switzerland.  In the US, I had a small but growing family photography business.  I love nature and travel and recording my family’s life through images. I am fun and funky and friendly.

What you get. Free (no cost, no catch, no conditions) photography and professional photo editing services plus 20 free digital files to print and/or use online with the option to purchase more files. You get amazing, beautiful images of your family running, exploring, smiling, hugging, laughing and relaxing together.  You will not get posed portraits. You will probably get dirty. You get a phone or Skype consultation session with me to help you prepare for your session.

What I get.  Unlimited use of your images for my website, social media accounts, print materials and other business related purposes that may arise in the future.  We will sign forms together. You will also complete a short survey after our session so I can learn what worked for you and what didn’t.

What’s next.  Still interested?  If you have a partner is he/she on board?  OK!  The first thing to do is look through my portfolio and my blog posts here on my website and check out my Instagram to see what my shooting and editing style is.  Your images will look like that.

Still excited?  Ready to jump?  Then please send me an email at kate@katecphotography.com by MAY 10TH that contains the following:

  1. Your name and the names and ages of your family members going on your adventure
  2. Your idea for your adventure and when it is taking place (or could take place)
  3. Your assurance that everyone in your family is enthusiastic about this endeavor
  4. Your assurance that you are OK paying for me to join you on your adventure if costs are incurred such as train fares, entrance fees, amusement park ride tickets (!) or any other associated costs.
  5. A recent photo of everyone who will be there.
  6. Where you saw the announcement that led you here.

I cannot WAIT to get started!  Thank you for reading to the end (I would give you chocolate if I could).  I look forward to hearing from you!  xxoo Kate.

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Les Gorges de la Jogne – The Gorges of the Jogne

Each Sunday we go on an adventure as a family – usually somewhere in nature.  In the winter you can find us sledding or skiing and in summer we typically spend Sundays swimming at the lake.  But in spring and fall we like to explore and Switzerland does not disappoint in the abundance of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature.  Last weekend we made a short 30 minute drive to the Gruyere region to the Gorge of the Jogne – a lovely walk that took us along the Jogne River, through stone tunnels, across suspension bridges, past waterfalls and up, up, up to a beautiful dam or barrage as it is called in French.  There is something special about the light in Gruyere, probably because the area opens up a bit and the mountains are softer and less dramatic.  We spent three hours hiking and exploring and returned to the river for a campfire and cookout into the evening.

Even after living here for almost two years, I am still in awe of my new home country.  I take hundreds and hundreds of photos each week because I am hungry to capture every moment of our life here and the opportunities we have to travel in Europe.  I hope  you enjoy these little travelogs and feel like you are having an adventure too.  xxoo Kate.

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Project 365 Week 14

I realized today that like anything arduous and (let’s be honest) at times really boring, a project that requires someone to do the same thing every day for a year is not only about doing that thing.  Whether you are making a sacred pilgrimage, parenting a child, eating healthier, or writing a novel, at some point you realize that the POINT of the exercise is not the exercise itself, and a deeper meaning begins to emerge.  I am starting to get some glimmers of what that is for me.  I believe, at the end of this project, I will have learned an awful lot about honesty and gratitude and perspective.  Oh, and I hope to improve my photography too. xxoo Kate.lausanne adventure photography

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Project 365 Week 13

I really love shooting at the end of the day, at a time referred to by photographers as the “golden hour” where the sun is low or has just set and the light is soft and golden. However….I very rarely get to shoot at this time of day because I am a mom and I am the one responsible right now for homework, after school activities and making dinner and these things typically occupy me from 3:30 – 8:30 most evenings.  Recently, with the change to Daylight Savings Time, I have been able to get out and shoot during this magical time, usually because we are somewhere in between two things and I *always* have my camera with me.  Lovely light and shadows appear to be the theme this week.  Yum!  I want more of this!  xxoo Kate.

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Project 365 Week 12

Wow!  I made it through Week 12 of this amazing project.  I am learning so much about photography, refining some of the more difficult skills I’m trying to learn and also learning a lot about my process as an artist.  And, let’s just say, it doesn’t pay to be stubborn (for example) as an artist.  Not that I know anything about that…..

Also this week, I had the honor of being featured on the Snap Maven blog. Snap Maven is an awesome online photography community that hosts weekly themes on Facebook.  I was chosen to judge the theme “This Adventure Called Life” earlier this year and there were so many marvelous entries!  Check out my feature and learn a bit more about me if you like.  You can see more of my work there too.

I’m very excited for what this year will bring.  I am getting ready to announce some new features and services.  Look for announcements beginning near the end of April.

I’m going to wait until lucky Week 13 to make one more announcement because I am reverse superstitious like that.  Stay tuned!

xxoo

Kate.lausanne adventure photographer

 

 

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