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Project 365 Weeks 34 and 35 – Switzerland Family Adventure Photographer

I knew it would happen and it did.  I have officially become tired of this project.  It’s ok, though.  I am not afraid of this inevitable stage.  It was bound to happen as does frequently with anything requiring a long-term commitment on my part.  It’s simply an opportunity to re-invest and re-invigorate myself.  As I often tell my children, boredom is the key to creativity. This is part of the adventure of photography.  An adventure that keeps me learning, exploring, and growing both professionally and personally.  Both as an artist and a technician.  Although my growth curve is long and methodical, it is there and I see it.  I see the development of a style that is now becoming recognizable to others. I see consistency in my images and a high level of technical achievement.  I see experimentation and fun.  I see emotion and connection.  I see my story.  Do you?

Week 34

Switzerland family photographerOur first and only trip to the pool this summer.  My little guy learned lots of tricks on the new diving platform at the lake this summer and was keen on trying them on a proper diving board.  I am in awe of the power of his little body.  Aubonne, SwitzerlandSwitzerland family photographerStuff happens.  Especially in my home.  A LOT of stuff happens!  St-Prex, SwitzerlandSwitzerland family photographerOh, gosh.  Be still my heart!  This might be one of the most special images I have taken of my family so far this year.  One of my goals with this project is to finish the year with 12 really great images.  Could this one be a contender?  I love the sun flare and his connection to the camera.  These shot are NOT easy to take and I was laying on the ground under the swingset hoping he didn’t kick me! Prangins, SwitzerlandSwitzerland travel photographerEnd of the day sun and smoke.  A magical combination.  St-George, SwitzerlandSwitzerland family photographerThree out of four of us like to shop.  Guess which one doesn’t.  Lausanne, SwitzerlandSwitzerland nature photographerFreelensing in the forest.  Yes, we find shells in the forest – lots of them!  St-George, SwitzerlandSwitzerland family photographerNew school, new teacher, new classroom, new classmates. This is what the REAL first day of school looks like for many kids, I suspect.        St-Prex, Switzerland

 

Week 35Switzerland family photographerI turn off a lot of lights in my house.  St-Prex, Switzerland.  From the “Ghost Mom” series.Switzerland family photographerI continue to focus on shadow and reflection as a way of capturing interesting images in full sun. Prangins, SwitzerlandSwitzerland nature photographerSpiders are a staple of town life.  St-Prex, SwitzerlandSwitzerland family photographerWe took the train to Lausanne to visit a proper bookstore and she bought her first book in two years after reading on her Kindle since we moved to Switzerland.  She was so happy!  Lausanne, SwitzerlandSwitzerland travel photographerA creative twist on a shot I’ve taken dozens of times – the lake boat arriving at the port.  For this shot, I set my prism under my lens and turned it until I got this lovely rainbow effect.  Prisms are really affordable and super-fun to play with.  You can achieve similar effects with other simple objects like the surface of your cell phone or discarded chandelier crystals.  St-Prex, Switzerland.Switzerland family photographerHe got to pick out a new French book to read with Papa, although what he really wanted was a new Lego book. Lausanne, SwitzerlandSwitzerland family photographerLong exposures create a mysterious effect that I love. St-Prex, Switzerland

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

 

woollykindknits - So thrilled that A got a real book in hand again…nothing like it! Love that R is holding the hand of the mannequin as if a port key! And of course, every shot – a treasure! xoxo

Project 365 Weeks 30-33 Switzerland Adventure Photographer

I guess if Paris can shut down in August, I can too, right? 🙂 Truth be told, I have so many happy reasons for falling behind on posting collages from my Project 365.  Primarily, I have just been shooting tons.  For this project, for some client families (more from these Family Adventure Sessions soon!) and for my own family who have also been out adventuring and squeezing every single moment from every single day that my oldest daughter was here with us in Switzerland.  We have also been just really enjoying the final days of summer vacation and also enjoying recording the first days of school and sports activities in pictures.  I take my job as family historian very seriously – and my cupboards crammed with photo albums and scrapbooks are proof of that!

So, here is Month Eight of my 2017 Project 365.  There seems to be enough excitement in here for an entire year.  We believe in utilizing all of the adventures available to us – and there are so many here in Switzerland and close by in Europe!  Our days at the lake continue, although our days are shorter.  We are between seasons and the children are feeling this so intensely trying to balance with responsibilities of studies and activities with the strong desire to be wild and free outside. There is sometimes a haze over the lake – portending the autumn fog and winter blah to come – but the sun and the heat are still strong.

Many thanks to everyone who peeks at these collages and encourages me to keep going.  I never lack for material or photographic opportunities and I am profoundly grateful for my gear, my gift and my place in the world.  xxoo Kate.switzerland family photographer

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

Into Something Better – Apples, Switzerland August 2017

Summer is coming to an end.  We can already feel the cool of the mornings and evenings and the mood is just a bit more introspective, a bit less exuberant. Welcome to the August edition of the international blog circle celebrating mothers and children 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. This month I took advantage of the earlier fading light and incorporated some long exposure work into my session.  I never thought that freelensing would serve as a jumping off point for the integration of other techniques, but I love the unique results.

As usual, we find ourselves in the woods close to home for a Sunday Daycamp (as we call it). This month’s images were taken at the St. Pierre refuge in Apples, Canton Vaud, Switzerland. Our typical routine includes walks and playtime, boredom that leads to inspiration and creativity, food cooked over the fire, relaxation and wine for the adults and s’mores as a finale.

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. You can contact Kate by email at kate AT katecphotography DOT com

Barb Toyama - These are so dreamy Kate! They definitely have that end of summer feel to them. I love how you integrated the long exposures into your freelensing, that is incredibly inspiring! They turned out beautiful.

Nadia - Love to see all this green !

Nikki - The sparkler, the bun, the hands cradling lichen, swoon! So good Kate XOX

Kate - Thank you so much Nikki!

Kate - Yes, the green! I love the blue undertones and depth of the shadows.

Kate - Thank you my sweet friend! xxoo

Cindy - I love all the details of your story that you captured Kate. Beautiful

Joni Burtt - Wow! I struggle with still life/landscape and these are all just so beautifully done. Feels like home even though we’re on different continents. <3

Kate - Thank you so much, Joni – and I am in awe of your portraits!

Kate - Thank you so much Cindy!

Sherri - What a tranquil day. I can smell the forest and the campfire

Project 365 Week 30 – Switzerland adventure photographer

Today actually marks the end of week 31 (!), but my daughter was here in Switzerland this past week and, although I took over 1,300 pictures, I haven’t edited any of them.  Add to that an Adventure Session for a client and publishing this project has been pushed down slightly on my “to do” list.  Speaking of Adventure Sessions…I am really excited to be getting this aspect of my business going.  I am developing it slowly, but so far I am so pleased with the results and the wonderful families that I am meeting and who are allowing me the privilege of capturing their adventures (near and far) here in Switzerland.  I can’t wait to show you all the amazing images that we are creating together!  Stay tuned for that and for next week’s blog featuring cute goats, underwater photography and much more.  xxoo Kate.My son learned to play chess and couldn’t wait to teach all his friends at the lake.  St-Prex, SwitzerlandWe went to a church built into the side of a mountain (not kidding) and found this gratitude wall.  This is something very common in European churches.  I loved this one in particular, as my daughter was born in 1997. Freelensed. Grandvillard, SwitzerlandThe waterfall of the Taouna at the grotto to the Madonna.  Freelensed.  Grandvillard, SwitzerlandFinding and sharing wild raspberries.  Gruyere, SwitzerlandWe found an amazing place for our daycamp that included lots of stones, a forest, a stream and a little waterfall right off the road, but hidden from view.  My favorite kind of place.  Gruyere, SwitzerlandThere is a little town nearby that has a fantastic sports complex that includes soccer fields, basketball hoops, tennis courts, a skatepark and a baby foot / fussball table.  There is also always wind and often stormy skies overlooking the lake.  Etoy, SwitzerlandThe Gruyere region is so special to me.  The light is amazing and the trees and shadows are more blue than yellow, which I love.  We did a pretty challenging hike, but were rewarded with views like this and some yummy meringues.  Gruyere, Switzerland

 

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

woollykindknits - Amazing as ever. Love to L and the rest of the gang! Can’t wait for more (and a catch up soon, I hope)!

Joan - I am so grateful that you are a dedicated and very good photographer. I feel blessed to see thru your eyes often and happy to witness your travels, the kids and know your work. What a friend you are to me. It’s comforting to know I can come to your blog and find photos from each month and relish them. Missing you❣️

Into Something Better – Tolochenaz, Switzerland – July, 2017

Month three of the international blog circle celebrating mothers and children in nature is upon us.  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. In addition to freelensing this month, I added a prism to some of my shots just to add another level of distortion.  I like the results – mysterious and maybe a little creepy.

Once again, we find ourselves in the woods close to home for a Sunday Daycamp (as we call it). This month’s images were taken at the Tolochenaz refuge close to home in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. Our typical routine includes walks and playtime, boredom that leads to inspiration and creativity, food cooked over the fire, relaxation and wine for the adults and s’mores as a finale.

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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Anna - So pretty! It looks so similar to where I live <3 Moss, moss and more moss!

Barb - Kate, I have to tell you I adore this project so much! Everyone’s photos and words are beautiful and inspiring. Absolutely love it.

Kate - Thank you so much Barb. I love the thought of you reading our posts from your gorgeous Hawaiian home. xxoo

Kate - Thank you Anna. I love all that texture. xxoo

Joan - The water drops on the back of a leaf contain me today. Watching Remi grow up each month and wishing photographers would get a selfie for those of us who miss you so much. Seeing smoke,fire,circles of those I love and miss..thanks girlfriend

Kate - This comment is everything to me. Miss and love you soooo much!

Joni - Oh Kate. These are breathtaking. Taking things to the extraordinary. The one of the boy in the tree took my breath away.

Kate - This means so much to me, Joni! Thank you!

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