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Just Checking In – Switzerland Adventure Photographer

Hi all!  It’s February 1st (finally) and while I realize that we are still in the depths of winter, there is promise in the air.  Can you feel it?  Already I see the tiniest buds on trees and a green haze over the forest.  Even while the air is heavy with fog and gloom, there is the lightest hint of (dare I say it?) springtime.  The sap is starting to run, I like to say.  I can feel it in myself as well and see it in my kids.  They are restless and itching to be outside playing and having adventures.  I am starting to make plans for going on some exciting long distance trips as well as special outings close to home.  With tens of thousands of years of history to learn about, pristine forests, lakes and rivers to explore and ancient AND new towns to visit, the choices are endless.  Of course, my enthusiasm is hampered by the challenges of time and budget, but I am ambitious in my desire to see new places, experiences new tastes and cultures and practice my French!

I’ve started three new personal photography projects this year that include a self-portrait project, a Project 52 which is a weekly project focused on taking family photos, and a masterclass with Annie Leibovitz. I am enjoying these challenges, but spending too much time at the computer and confronting sore hands, wrists and elbows.  I am determined to improve my desktop and photo mechanics so I can continue doing what I love.  Here is some work that I created in January.  Thanks for checking in!  xxoo Kate.

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as does the crazy double exposure making!

 

 

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

Joan - I love you in your happy place and being in the forest is always so inviting. Master class with Annie will be fun for you. So happy I will see more of you in 2018.

Thank you for sharing and yes it is February at the farm and little buds,flowers,birds and many shades of green catch my attention. New chicks have arrived and they are precious little critters. Ducks out on the pond will get a visit from me today and we are entering a warm spell in the high 60,s so it is spring in southern Oregon!
Daffodils are going to bloom soon….
Love,

2017 Project 365 – Mission Accomplished!

For those of you who have followed this project for the past year – first of all, thank you!  I honestly can’t believe that I completed a daily photo project and honestly, now that it’s over, I do miss it a bit.  Looking back over all 51 weeks (remember how I somehow lost week 25?) I feel a bit overwhelmed emotionally.  I love seeing my world, my photo experiments and my family’s year all put together in a book, but I’m actually not sure if I grew as an artist.  I do see that I started out rather tentatively and grew bolder and more confident as the year progressed, which really pleases me and is quite enough.  As I begin new photo projects and a master class on portraiture for 2018, I also wonder what will come of my photography.  Efforts I made in 2017 to launch both a family adventure photo business and a photo editing business have been frustratingly fruitless, but I know enough by now to know when to yield to what life has in store for me, which I look forward to with great anticipation! In my mind’s eye I am happily sharing my images with those who want to see them, helping people decorate their homes and offices with my artwork, traveling and working with families and supporting other photographers with their client work. My process has never been what I would call fast, so I hope to gain some clarity this year as to my professional pursuits. Cheers to 2018 and happy new year to you! xxoo Kate.

Vaud photographerKate Cuénoud is a photographer living in the Lac Leman/Lake Geneva area of Switzerland.

Into Something Better – Col de Marchairuz, Switzerland – January 2018

Ah, winter! I bet you think since I live in Switzerland, I am surrounded by snow and more snow from November to March.  I hate to disappoint you, but I’m not!  I actually live by an enormous body of water at low elevation that keeps our climate temperate. As a matter of fact, people landscape with palm trees here!  BUT, when we are in need of winter fun, it is a short 20 minute drive to the alps or the Jura Mountains where sledding, snow shoeing and skiing await us.

Shooting in the snow is another story.  Active, wet snow and cold temperatures make freelensing difficult since the lens is detached from the body of the camera.  I typically wear a big scarf when I shoot in winter and keep my camera covered when I’m not using it.  However, this can create big temperature differences between warm and cold that can cause condensation and also damage my equipment.  All this to say, this month I’m presenting fewer images, but I hope you enjoy them just the same.  There is ONE other reason I didn’t shoot as much this day – I wanted to spend most of my time sledding, snowshoeing and having snowball fights with my family.  You understand, right?

This is the January edition of Into Something Better – 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.

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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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Now, please follow the circle by visiting the amazing Heather Robinson.  You can also see my featured image today on Instagram!

Until next time….xxoo Kate.

 

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

Barb - Oh Kate. Each single one of these is a dreamy piece of art. You take winter wonderland to the next level! I’m so impressed you’re freelensing in these conditions, and so happy to read that you took lots of time to just have fun with your family too withe the camera packed away. Beautiful in every way.

Into Something Better – Apples, Vaud, Switzerland – November, 2017

Moving house last month and traveling to Italy caused me to miss the October edition of this global blog circle, and miss it I did!  All month long, I felt like I was without a treasured friend. In November, my family was able to get back to a routine that includes weekend outings to the forest.  This time, although we went to a familiar place, I challenged myself to shoot with a different lens in order to get more light leaks, rainbows and sun flares in my images.  I think I achieved this, but I was really uncomfortable shooting with my 50mm and quickly realized that I like the results I get with my 35mm better.

This is the November edition of Into Something Better – 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.

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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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Until next time….xxoo Kate.

 

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

 

Nikki - Your images always look so cosy and inviting! The lens flare through the trees is magical and have you freelansed falling leaves in one shot? >jaw drop< Nikki XOX

Kelly Sutton - I could smell the forest through your images. What a beautiful memory to document through this magic of freelensing. Stunning!

Cindy - Kate, I love being able to see the world and especially through the eyes of talented artists. This is a stunning place and I would love to walk it with you one day

Kate - Thank you Cindy. I felt that way looking at your images of the sea today. xxoo

Kate - Thank you so much Kelly!

Lea - Kate, so many beautiful images! i love all the different textures, lines, colours and how you make them work together. that second diptych is so good with the leaf that looks just like her coat. and am always in love with wood. Lovely post. xo, Léa

Kate - Happy accidents, all! The magic of freelensing, right? xxoo

Kate - Thank you so much Léa. xxoo

Barb - Oh Kate, looking through your beautiful images is always like taking a walk through my childhood. I can smell the forest, feel the cool air and hear the fire crackle through these. That diptych of your daughter and the red leaf is brilliant! And the light streaming through the trees, the way you caught little bugs dancing in the sunlight, the double exposure – amazing. What a gift these are.

Sherri - I always love getting a glimpse into your Swiss life. I can’t wait for winter!!!!!

Celeste Pavlik - Wow, these are so magical, I love every one of them!

Anna - These images are really something special. They are so gorgeous. Well done!

Claire - Wow, amazing pics. I love the one with the silhouette and the first fire one. Whatever freelensing is, keep doing it!

Tamara - Wow, gorgeous nature photography AND poetry! You went all the way here.
Glad you’re settling in. Moving is so stressful.
I fell like “Fall” only lasted for about two days or three – good for you to catch the beauty! Love all the wood related pictures best. Trees, logs, the fire! Very earthy and cozy! Isn’t it amazing what emotions you can provoke with a couple of pictures?

Hanka - Your photos are magical! I´m looking forward to your pictures of the forest covered by snow 😉

sunstylefiles - your pictures are just stunning and creates such a cosy winter mood that kind of makes us want to love winter more!

Pragati - My god! How talented are you…
the words…the pictures…everything about this post is magical.

Manuela - The fire pictures look great, and most pictures offer such a good glimpse into your life outdoors. Thanks for sharing!

Project 365 Week 46 – Switzerland Adventure Photographer

I admit that the first couple of years living in Europe I enjoyed not celebrating Thanksgiving.  I’ve never been fond of Thanksgiving food and we usually found ourselves alone without extended family around. This year feels different, though.  It’s probably because I have become quite homesick for the US recently.  This is pretty complicated for me to explain, because I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that is causing these feelings.  It’s likely a combination of not liking living in Switzerland as much as I hoped, missing the few friends who have kept in touch with me and realizing that I will most likely not live again on the same continent as my oldest daughter, who is studying in the US.  We are also tentatively planning our first family trip back to the US in 2018 and I am beginning to allow myself to think about what I want to do when I’m there, which adds to the anticipation, excitement and nostalgia.  So to all of you celebrating today, Happy Thanksgiving!  I am so very grateful for so many things in my life – my family, my health, my camera, the natural beauty that surrounds me every day, and the gift of people who appreciate the art that I put out into the world and show their support. Thank you for going on this Project 365 journey with me this year. xxoo Kate.

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woollykindknits - Thinking of you today with so much gratitude. Missing you tons and hoping that 2018 brings us together again. Hugs and love to you all!

Kate - Love you and miss you!