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Into Something Better – Orbe, Switzerland September, 2017

I am so fortunate to be part of an amazing online community of English-speaking mothers here in Switzerland.  Through that group, I can find just about any resource that I need or want, including recommendations for travel and local adventure.   A few weeks ago, a local blogger named Dada KS recommended an excursion to the Saut du Day, a gorgeous waterfall and collection of still pools which we accessed by hiking by a military base, through a forest, over a suspension bridge and through a tunnel.  It was worth it to see this majestic site and capture images of my family there.  We explored and paddled around (the water was COLD!) and after hiking out, we found a forest refuge as we usually do and ended the day with more walking, a fire and a lovely meal. These autumn days are so fleeting, we take the opportunity to spend them outside while we can. Although this year, I imagine that we will keep going through the winter and spring.  Last weekend, we visited American friends visiting France and this weekend we are moving.  Just two weekends of not being in the forest, and I already feel the void.

This is the September edition of the international blog circle that celebrates families in nature.  The group was created to provide an escape from technology for our children and an opportunity for mothers who are photographers to use the technique of freelensing during these adventures. On any given Sunday, you will find my husband and myself with our two little kids somewhere in nature.  Most often, we are in the forest.

Sleeping In The Forest
by Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
Into something better.

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Kate Cuénoud is a family adventure and travel photographer and photo editor based in the Lake Geneva / Lac Leman region of Switzerland.

 

woollykindknits - Staggeringly beautiful as always, Kate! Good luck today!! xoxox

Barb Toyama - Wow what a gorgeous spot Kate! I love the scale of the large, majestic landscape alongside of all the tiny details. That little mushroom closeup is magical! An adventure captured beautifully as always.

Dada - I am so glad you guys liked it at the Saut du Day! Your photos are gorgeous as usually! Keep enjoy your family activities outdoor and let me know if you ever find a hidden gem nearby!❤️

Melissa L - What an incredible and majestic place you were able to travel to. Your images captured the beauty so perfectly. I feel like I just went there too after scrolling through all the vivid colors and lush scenery. It seems like a place from a far off land where fairies could live. the portraits of your children interspersed throughout were so lovely too.

Project 365 Week 38 – Switzerland Family Adventure Photographer

I admit I have been struggling with this project, which I wrote about last week. I continued to shoot through the pain, though, because…well…what else can a photographer do?  The only cure for a shooting slump is to keep shooting. I’m so glad I did, because this week I captured some of my favorite images of the year and now I have renewed confidence and energy and may have pushed myself to another level. In addition to these images, in the next couple days I’ll be publishing my contribution to September’s Into Something Better international blog circle project and those images are among my favorites since I joined the circle in May.  If you are curious about what an entire freelensed session looks like, you can go to my August post and then check back here in the next couple of days for September’s post.

I also recently announced a 50% discount on sessions booked before the end of 2017 for anyone signing up for my email newsletter.  Just use the sign up form to the right!  In my non-spammy newsletter, you will get previews of blog posts, access to discounts and specials and pro photography tips. I get the chance to connect more with those who are interested in my work, which I love.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s images!  Thank you for visiting and for coming back.  I really do appreciate your interest and support!  xxoo Kate.

boy standing by bat graffitiMy son on an ancient street.  There is a meringue in that sack 🙂 Freelensed.  Annecy, Francebridge castleWe spent the weekend in Annecy and on the way home stopped by the bridge that I have a seen a dozen times, but never stopped at.  You can see a freelensed version of both ends of the bridge on my Instagram page.  Pont de la Caille, Allonzier-la-Caille, France.

girl jumping with hair flyingWhen my big girl gives me just five minutes of her time, we end up with some fabulous images. St-Prex, Switzerlandstone bridge and streamAs my daughter prepared for her football game with her team, I explored this little stream by the woods. Freelensed. Prangins, Switzerland.kitchen gardenAnd several nights later I headed to the Château de Prangins to check out harvest time at the incredible kitchen garden. Freelensed.  Prangins, Switzerland.young boy in cornfield with golden lightMy golden boy at golden hour. Etoy, Switzerland

dome building at sunsetAllllmost, but not quite straight out of camera.  See what amazing light can do?  Geneva, Switzerland

Kate Cuénoud is a family adventure and travel photographer and photo editor based in the Lake Geneva / Lac Leman region of Switzerland.

Rocher de Naye Family Adventure PART II – Switzerland Family Adventure Photographer

When we last saw them, this amazing family was posing sweetly for a group photo.  Many times people ask if I do posed photography.  I usually answer “no, but…” because the reality is that parents and grandparents want that shot.  It’s perfectly reasonable to expect that by enlisting the services of a photographer, no matter their style, you can come away with an image for your holiday card.  However, (and maybe I’m biased), I don’t think these images tell the complete story of a family.  To do that, we need to see how everyone relates to each other and their environment.  Don’t you think so?  That’s why I love taking family photos at locations that have meaning to the family when they are doing something together. With just the simplest activity, a magic is created that relaxes everyone and showcases the authentic heart of that family.  Relationships are illuminated and connections revealed. Over time, the images that have the most meaning for my family are those that tell our story.  And, it turns out they are very frame-worthy (even holiday card-worthy).

The adventure continues at the Rocher de Naye, including the discovery of the alpine garden, a petit repas on the terrace, two more amazing view discoveries, a tour of the yurts and some very tame birds. If you want to see more from this session, simply click here .

Wait!  There is some news!  I am currently offering a 50% discount on sessions booked before the end of the year for everyone who signs up for my mailing list.  Just fill in the little form to the right to receive news, discounts and specials and pro photo tips.  I look forward to connecting with you!  xxoo Kate.

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Kate Cuénoud is a family adventure and travel photographer and photo editor based in the Lake Geneva / Lac Leman region of Switzerland.

 

Project 365 week 37

The current word I would use to describe this project is….relentless.  Add to that, unforgiving and demanding and that pretty much sums up my perspective lately.  Like anything else that requires persistence and commitment, I *kinda* knew there would be challenging times this year when I committed to taking a photo every day, but I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  How could I?  But, isn’t that how most rewarding project are?  If we knew the downside, we would never sign up for it!  Or maybe we would, because in the end, the good outweighs the bad.  Anyway, I am packing and moving house next week, but I am still following through on my commitment to this project.  I am nothing if not committed. Until next time~xxoo Kate.

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Rocher de Naye Family Adventure PART I – Switzerland Family Adventure Photographer

Sometimes finding your ideal client as a photographer feels a lot like I imagine online dating does. When I posted in my favorite Facebook group looking for three families to go on Adventure Sessions with me, I got tons of responses, and I just *knew* this family would be one of the three.

I described myself as friendly, funky and fun.  She described her family as laid back and adventurous.  She sent a picture of her darling children – each born in a different country.  I cautioned that they would get dirty and be allowed to act like kids.  She was game for that.  I asked her to look at my blog and Instagram accounts to preview what her final images would look like.  She actually looked and told me she loved my work. And when the time came for our pre-session consultation, we talked on the phone like old friends.  She asked lots of great questions and listened to my advice.  I could tell this family would be adventurous, curious and open. And they turned out to be just that.

On a gorgeous summer day, I accompanied this amazing group from Montreux by train to the Rocher de Naye mountain peak.  In addition to enjoying the thrill of riding the train up the mountain, they also took turns taking photos which provided a wonderful activity to keep three active kids occupied for an hour. Once up at the peak, they hiked, discovered the Buddhist stupa and the alpine garden, walked to the lookouts, fed the birds, fed themselves on the restaurant terrace and walked through the tunnel to the other side.  There were fidget spinners and maps and crazy hair and daubing and lots of laughs and teasing and loving.

My hope was that their love for each other and for Switzerland came through in these photos.  Based on their reaction, I think it did.


“Hi Kate! Great photos – so exciting! I love them! Not posed, just the real us. An adventure…

They are nicer every time I look at them. We have gone through all of them over and over again.

They are all lovely and very special. Thanks so much!”


 

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Stay tuned for Part II of this adventure, coming next week.  Want to get a notification of that post and information about session discounts and photography tips?  Just subscribe to my email list next to the top of this post.

Ready to book your own adventure session?  I offer full day, half day and at-home sessions.  Check out my guide here and then contact me at kate@katecphotography.com.


Kate Cuénoud is a family adventure and travel photographer and photo editor based in the Lake Geneva / Lac Leman region of Switzerland.

Familyearthtrek - What a fun day! The pictures are amazing! Like the family said, they are natural and not posed!

Meisha - I love this idea! Definitely something this family will never forget!

woollykindknits - These are so special! Found myself nearly in tears (and I don’t even know these folks!. Bravo!! And congratulations! Your work is a triumph, Kate! xoxo

Joan - The essence of love is captured often for this family and what great memories they will share. I love this idea. Working with families on an adventure is a win win situation…you are an inspiration Kate!

Jen Schultz - What a lovely family! The black and whites are my VERY favorite!!

Glenda Shaeffer - I enjoyed a vicarious journey through your wonderful photos. Glad you are able to share it all through the great invention of. the Internet. The adventure trip is a great idea. Congratulations.

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