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Project 365 Week 21

Week 21!  Week 21?  I have neglected to post weeks 19 and 20, but the collages are on my Instagram account for all to see!  A friend (OK, my sister…) suggested that I share my images full size on the blog, so that’s what I’m going to do starting now.  Enjoy!  xxoo Kate.

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Into Something Better • St-George, Switzerland • May, 2017

I’m thrilled to be part of a new monthly 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 specific technique of freelensing during these adventures.  Those of you who follow me know that I use freelensing a lot.  I love how freelensing creates a dreamlike effect in photos.  In freelensing, the lens is detached from the body of the camera and floated and rotated in front of the sensor to capture slices of focus amidst a background of bokeh, or blur.
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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Thank you so much for your support!  Now please head over to Nadia Stone’s blog for more from our collaborative.  xxoo Kate.

Joan Seivert - I am so excited about this. Congratulations for being part of it. How I enjoy watching the kids explore,play,be with one another in such a wholesome and sacred place.
Mary Oliver is such a great poet and you are such a great photographer. Quite the pair. Makes me happy.
The symbolism in the photos is rich. Sending you hugs!

Amanda Voelker - What a wonderful place to be. These images are beautiful and filled with so much love. I love seeing your children interact with one another and the stunning scenery that surrounds them. Man I miss the woods.

Anna - These are gorgeous! Moss, moss and more moss. My favorite!

Beth Urban - Kate, I love every image. Such beautiful colors and I can feel the laughter <3

Lea Jones - when I looked at these first, I thought: wow these look like home, then realised you are in Switzerland. (I am from France). Such a lovely outing, and you captured the kids’ relationship so wonderfully! xo, Léa

Heather Robinson - I just knew I was going to love seeing your images each month. I mean c’mon you are in the forest in Switzerland!! Like a fairly tale. And your kids are so happy.

Joni - These are beautiful. The landscape looks familiar and now I want to revisit Switzerland even more! Love the quiet beauty in these.

Nikki - Our landscapes are so similar Kate! I’m totally at home in your earthy shades, and the spirit of adventure and exploration your children are experiencing. Sometimes you just see an image and evokes memories of home.

Melissa L - Wow, so much eye candy to take in. I’ve never been to Switzerland but it is enchanting. I loved that diptych of the same image in color and black and white, so creative and fun to look at. ALso, the multiple exposures and the incredible very last image….exquisitely beautiful.

Kate - Thank you so much, Melissa! Your comment means a great deal to me. xxoo Kate.

Kate - That is precisely why I love freelensing, Nikki! It has a quality to it outside of time and space. Thank you for your comment. xxoo Kate.

Kate - Thank you so much Joni. I would love to see what you do with the Swiss landscape. xxoo Kate.

Kate - I do often feel as if I’m living in an enchanted place, Heather. Thank you for creating this amazing project and including my work. xxoo Kate.

Kate - Merci, beaucoup Léa!

Kate - Thank you Beth!

Kate - Mine too! Thank you Anna!

Kate - Thank you so much, Amanda. I am thrilled that my images evoke this in you. xxoo Kate.

Kate - Thank you my sweet friend for your support and encouragement! xxoo Kate.

Project 365 week 18

Week 18 is in the bag and with wet and cold weather this week, I had to get pretty creative like I was in January and February because I didn’t get outside much this week. I have learned to just take my camera everywhere and pull over when the sky clears.  I notice that I’ve been taking a lot of shots of the sky, probably because I want to remember these blue and sunny skies when they happen, which is not very often lately!  I also challenged myself to shoot at 1.4 this week in order to work on nailing focus (a never-ending battle for me) and I worked with my 85mm lens a bit too.

I’ve been invited to join a freelensing blog collaborative that includes some fabulous photographers from all over the world.  Our first post will be published in a few weeks and will include only freelensed images of our children in nature.  I can’t think of anything more beautiful (and I hope my kids cooperate!).

Today I will also be notifying the three families who have won a free adventure session with me!  I am so excited to explore this genre of family photography and perhaps develop it further into a business.  Stay tuned for that!  xxoo Kate.

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Family Adventure in Provence

We took the long Easter weekend and set out on our longest roadtrip yet in Europe – 4.5 hours to Provence!  Specifically, we ventured to Arles, Nîmes, St-Rémy, and Sts-Maries de la Mer.

The last time my husband went to Arles was on a high school field trip, so he was a pretty good guide. We started our adventure at Le Pont du Gard, a magnificent Roman bridge and aqueduct over the Rhone River.  We actually needed more time there to explore the museum properly, but that’s a great excuse to go back!

We headed into the old town of Arles for dinner, took a look at the Arena and called it a night.  The weather was incredibly cold and windy and the town had just had a long Easter weekend celebration, so there was literally no one around!

The following morning, our adventure began in St-Rémy for the weekly market.  And, of course, my son Rémy thought this was the coolest thing ever!  The market was crowded with people and vendors and lots and lots of things to look at and I was completely uninspired to shoot any images.  I had no way of accessing a high enough vantage point to make any coherent pictures, so I left my camera in my bag and simply enjoyed the day.  We got some great African baskets and some yummy local treats and had a fabulous bistro lunch with amazing music.  I loved the energy of St-Rémy!

That afternoon we headed toward the Camargue – a beautiful area where the river meets the Mediterranean Sea.  The Camargue is really a network of waterways that create a marshy swampland.  But this extraordinary place is home to a collection of amazing wildlife, including flocks of flamingos and the famous white horses of the Camargue.  The weather continued cold and very, very windy, but we managed to get all the way to the beach and enjoyed the town of Sts Maries de la Mer in the late afternoon and evening, after all the tourists had gone.We spent the following day in Nîmes. For me, this small city was the perfect destination.  It reminds me of a little Paris with clean, wide boulevards, tiny narrow side streets and alleys, museums and public art and plenty of history and amazing monuments.  It also has a charming downtown with pedestrian-only streets that include large central squares with plenty of restaurants.  We enjoyed the Arena and the Jardin de la Fountaine with its Temple of Diana and Tour Magne. My dream is to return by train and stay in the city center where you can walk anywhere you please! 

Thank you for coming on another adventure with me!  I would love to go with your family on your next adventure and record it for you in photos!  Have you entered my adventure session giveaway yet?  There’s no time to lost – winners will be announced tomorrow, May 10th!

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.