This year I had quite a few love stories in France. This one happened in Paris this April.
... For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt on her lips. (Jose Chaves)
Can we speak in flowers.
It will be easier for me to understand.
– Nayyirah Waheed
I'm waiting for you, jump in.
It’s colder when you’re out there.
Still waiting on the first step. T
ake my hand. Swim to me.
Say this night swim, will last for an eternity.
-"Nightswim", Owl Eyes
Paris is the city of constant inspiration, and I always wanted to photograph a love story there. Something rather simple, almost minimalistic, but with chic details, something very Parisian (at least in my imagination :) We planned lots of walking, which was limited in reality due to heavy rain (it was snowing as well for about 3 minutes and sunny for another 5). So now I know that Paris in the middle of January is grey, gloomy and rainy but still breathtakingly stunning, as well as my couple (and the Bride's dress!)
My dear Swedish friends moved recently to New York, I miss them, and these pictures taken one Summer day are very special to me. Our portrait session started at their beautiful flat in Enge, and afterwards we walked to the beautiful park of the Rietberg Museum. I hope you will enjoy this love story in Zurich as much as I did :)
Film processing: Richard Photo Lab
Last year I had an opportunity to photograph this lovely family at Vierwaldstättersee, one of the most beautiful lakes of Switzerland. The mom of this wonderful family reached out to me asking about a family portrait session in Meggen, where she spent her childhood with her parents. The Summer (as far as I remember :) was unstable last year, and we had to postpone our photo session several times, but eventually we were lucky with weather. We had a beach just for us. It was a celebration of summer, family gathering and making of the best memories. The pictures were taken on medium format film, and I must confess, I love them so much, the soft magic of film makes every single shot very intimate and authentic, presenting it as an effortless piece of art.
It's such a wonderful experience to document the growth of the family of my former wedding couples. I'm always so honoured when I get asked to photograph their families a year (or two or three etc :) after the wedding. Last Spring I had a wonderful pleasure of photographing the new addition to the family of Hilary and Paul, baby Clayton, I loved spending time with them capturing their happiness and smiles, discovering their immense obsession with the tiny human being, their new family member ...
I love how being a wedding photographer in Switzerland helps me to discover new people and new places! Debi and Florian's wedding was exactly the case. I met Deborah at her home, while she and her bridesmaids were getting ready. It was the second time I was photographing a bride who was taken care by hair & makeup artist Melanie Volkart, I really love Melanie's work. And I fell in love with Debi's wedding dress, so soft and delicate with effortless, carefree look. Beautifully paired with the red flower crown accented with baby's breath and crisp greenery made her a perfect bohemian bride. After a classic church ceremony, that was conducted by their friend, there was an outdoor Apéro in the church garden decorated with lovely rustic details. Guests were served with Swiss and Chinese food and ice-cream. After lots of funny games and competitions, the bride and groom left the party in their cute wedding car, red vintage Fiat 500, to Husemersee for the couple portraits. Our final point of destination was Kartause Ittingen, and I could not believe how beautiful the place was. It's a former Carthusian order monastery in Canton Thurgau, Switzerland, that was founded almost nine hundred years ago, and now it can be used as an ideal wedding venue.
Rich colours of oleander gardens, sparkling lake and the cutest couple, this is to summarise this engagement shooting in Zurich. I met Debi and Florian to discuss their wedding plans at Zürichhorn, the recreational area with parks and gardens in the Seefeld quarter of Zurich. We walked along the lake taking in the beauty around us. It was a wonderful late May evening filled with that magical golden light that is so good for the portraits. And I should not forget to mention the oleanders, yes, we did lots of kissing portraits in the bushes! :)