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Fall Family Photos in Switzerland – Adventure at the Mont Blanc

OK, so the Mont Blanc is really in France, but this gorgeous mountain provides some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery from the Swiss side of Lake Geneva and is a constant source of inspiration for me. Soaring to over 4,000 meters, it is the highest mountain peak in the alps and the second most visited place in France (after Paris, of course). There are many, many adventures to go on in this region but, since we were only there for one day, we chose to take the train to the Mer de Glace / Sea of Ice. The train transports you to a viewing station directly above the end of the glacier.  Originally the train tracks ended with the glacier at your feet, but now you have to board a telecabin which descends about half way to the glacier.  To get to the glacier and the gorgeous ice cave – yes, you go inside the glacier! – you then walk down 500 more steps.  Additional steps have to be added each year as the glacier continues to melt.  Previous levels of the glacier are marked along the way, demonstrating the real life impact of climate change.  In the last three years alone, the glacier has diminished significantly.  If you are a bit of a science geek like me, you might like this website and accompanying short film comparing the glacier in 1909 to what it was last year.

For this quick trip, we stayed at the Hotel Eden, a lovely small hotel that has recently been completely modernized and transformed by a wonderful young couple.  The set up is very family friendly and the decor, service and food are all outstanding, as are the views of the Mont Blanc!  We walked a bit along the river close to Chamonix and spent part of the next morning in Chamonix itself.  Having these little tastes of this region only serve to entice me to go back again and again.  I am all set to explore several alpine lakes in this region in the next few weeks – I think they will be the perfect setting for another epic family photo session.  If you’d like me to join you on YOUR next family adventure and record your memories in photos, contact me at kate@katecphotography.com or by filling out the contact form in the main menu.  In the spirit of adventure, Kate.

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I am an Historian – Switzerland Family Photographer

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I am a curious person by nature.  Especially about people – what motivates them, how they change and evolve and the stories they tell.  This is probably what motivated me to pursue a bachelors degree in Psychology and later a masters degree in Social Work.  Over time I have found several tools that have helped me follow my natural curiosity into knowing more about myself and my own motivations and strengths.  Along the way I have found the Myers-Briggs inventory (I like this version) and the Enneagram to be particularly helpful, as well as the Strengths Finder.

Strengths Finder is based on the philosophy that the work of evolving as a person should be focused on finding one’s strengths and maximizing them versus overcoming weaknesses.  This in itself is revolutionary if you think about it in contrast to the western ideal of overcoming the odds to success, the heroic underdog and other similar themes.  The Strengths Finder inventory is based on a series of questions that results in the identification of your top five strengths out of a possible 34.

I wasn’t surprised to learn that one of my top five strengths is that of Context, which means I value history.  Specifically, “people who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.” And of course, this is why I am drawn to and value photography so much. As a child I remember pouring over old family photos and sharing stories with my siblings and parents.  I have continued this tradition with my own kids by taking lots and lots of photos (of course) but also printing them, hanging them on our walls, framing them for my kids’ personal spaces and making many, many photo albums and scrapbooks.  This is something I bring to my client work as well.  I can relate to you wanting to preserve your memories in photos.  I also value the record of my family history in time.  I hear you that you want, maybe even NEED to remember what your life was like when you look back at this moment 20 years in the future.  So, whether it’s the everyday episodes of home life, an adventure further afield in Switzerland or nearby France or a longer adventure abroad, let me help you remember this time.  Let me be your family historian.  Contact me soon to schedule your family session – xxoo Kate.

Switzerland Family Photographer – Our Adventure at Aletsch Glacier Day Two

We woke up early to make sure to get a spot on the telecabin directly from Fiesch on the second day of our glacier adventure.  If you read my post about Day One, you know that we missed the telecabin and walked 1.5 hours up to the Moosfluh viewing station.  I was pretty sure my kids weren’t going to go for that kind of hike again (nor was I)! This time we went up to the eastern most viewing station at Eggishorn and were treated to a much more developed area with a restaurant and larger viewing stations.  The only disappointment was having to share the view with hundreds of people after having the glacier all to ourselves the day before.  No worries, though!  We found some isolated places and walked further afield to get a proper view and experience the Energy Spots present at the summit. Rather than walking down, we descended by telecabin and then continued our adventure with a lunch picnic on the gorgeous Rhone River. We followed the river to the Goms Suspension Bridge which has been on my bucket list for two years now! Although it’s wobbly and can be a bit scary at the beginning, we crossed over and enjoyed the 92 meter high views of the river before resting on the far side and then heading back home, tired but exhilarated from our adventure!

Are You Ready for Your Own Epic Adventure?

Fall is the time when many people want family photos taken for the holidays.  Why not incorporate a family adventure into your family photo session?  Yes, you can get gorgeous family portraits while recording your authentic Swiss experience! Click here to discover all of the options and price points I have available then contact me at kate@katecphotography.com to schedule your session!  I can’t wait to go adventuring with you!  xxoo Kate.

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Aletsch Glacier Day 1 – Switzerland Family Adventure Photographer

Each summer we strive to go on at least one alpine adventure as a family.  In the past, this has included trips to Vitnau and the Rigi Kulm in the Lucerne region (twice), the Furka Pass and Rhone Glacier, and the Trient Glacier and Gorge.  This year we decided to see the mother of all glaciers, Aletsch – the largest glacier in the alps.

Our trip started with a picnic on the way in Valais at a little forest school, abandoned for the summer holidays.  From there we checked into our hotel in Fiesch, visited the Office of Tourism to inquire about lift tickets and then quickly got on the train to our departure point.  From the station we caught a telecabin to Bettmeralp, but soon discovered that we missed the last telecabin to the Moosfluh viewing station by five minutes!  However, there was one more option – an hour and twenty minute hike up to the summit!  With plenty of encouragement from my husband and me, several rest stops and lots of complaints, we all made it to the top in about ninety minutes.  I’m not going to lie and say it was easy for any of us, but the payoff was nothing short of extraordinary!  As an added bonus, because the lift wasn’t running anymore that day, we were completely alone with the glacier – no one there except the four of us.  I even carried a dress in my backpack so I could get a few shots for my P52 Self Portrait Project! On the way down we stopped at the gorgeous lake Blausee and walked into town just as dark descended.  Then we boarded the telecabin back down to the train station and fell into bed exhausted but exhilarated!

After trips like this, I’m always so happy to have taken my camera gear along (OK, lugged my gear along!) to capture not only our time together as a family, but our adventures in amazing places that we may never see again.  What about you dear friend?  Are you ready to go adventuring?  I would love to come with you and capture your time together as a family, group or couple.  I am currently filling my fall and winter schedule, but it’s not too early to discuss next summer.  Contact me at kate@katecphotography.com and also sign up for my newsletter while you’re at it (click “NEW! Get the Inside Scoop!) – I’m about to announce a special giveaway!

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Family Adventure in Switzerland – Col de Jaman

Summer is for relaxing, drinking in the long days and gorgeous nights, and most of all for travel and adventure.  Each winter and spring I add to my spreadsheet of places to go and things to do in Switzerland and close by (mostly) in France, as well as dream vacations further afield. My general rule is that I don’t like to go anywhere twice, but now that we’ve been in Switzerland for three years, we are starting to revisit some favorite places. The Col de Jaman is a thrilling hour car ride from home and on a moody, foggy day two weeks ago we had our second adventure there.  Unfortunately, it began raining in earnest only an hour into our hike and, as a result, our trip was cut short.  But, no worries, we made the best of our cancelled bonfire dinner with Chinese takeout closer to home. If you venture up to the Col du Jamon, you can enjoy some easy hikes and stunning views in proximity to chickens, cows and pigs, shop for locally produced cheese at the fromagerie and have a lovely little meal or snack at the restaurant.  What I love most about this place (besides how uncrowded it is) are the stunning views and the sense of peace that comes over me when I’m there.  To me that’s key – finding my happy place(s) so I can go there when I need a dose of bliss.  Scroll through this post and tell me if you see you and your family here.  I would love to spend a day or an afternoon with you while you soak it all in and spend time together as a family.  Let’s schedule your family adventure session soon!  xxoo Kate.switzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyswitzerland family photographyKate Cuénoud is a family adventure photographer in the Lac Leman/Lake Geneva region of Switzerland