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