portraits

City walks in Zurich

I don’t know why I never showed pictures taken during the last Summer photo session with absolutely stunning Odyssia. International Women’s Day is a a good occasion to do it, I am sure :)

To get up early in the morning when the city is empty and quiet… To walk for hours in the old part of Zurich getting to know and falling in love with the city again and again.

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After Christmas family photo session in Zurich // Family photographer in Zurich, Switzerland

It’s been such a long time since I have published pictures here, so I decided that sharing more of my experience as a wedding and family photographer should be a good New Year resolution.

During the first week of January I was invited to make pictures of a wonderful French family residing in a beautiful district of Zurich near Rietberg park. Marie of https://www.jollymama.fr contacted me first in Autumn with request to do a maternity photo session. She wanted some beautiful, intimate portraits with her husband and their sweet toddler daughter documenting tender moments during this unique time in their lives. The plan was to take pictures first at home and then move somewhere to the park or the lake, but unpredictable Zurich weather made us stay indoors. The setting could not been more gorgeous though! Despite all the rainy greyness outside, the beautiful apartment with distinct French flair was filled with cosy Christmas atmosphere. I love these relaxed and natural images and hope they will help to preserve sweet memories of this beautiful time …

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Fiona's family. The 7132 Hotel in Vals. // Destination family photographer in Switzerland.

Fiona and Jens live in Germany, and this December I had the pleasure of photographing them in Vals, Switzerland. When Fiona wrote me and invited to come to the Hotel 7132 to take pictures of her family, I was immediately very excited. 7132 Hotel is a fantastic place famous for its architecture and design, iconic thermal baths and spectacular panoramic view of the mountain valley. I loved every minute of this beautiful 3 hours session.

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If you are interested to know more about the hotel, I found this interesting article written by Epic Europe, a bespoke adventure travel operator based in the Alps and beyond, catering to the luxury experiential traveler. https://www.epiceurope.com/stay-detail/?item=thermes-vals-hotel-7132

The 5-star 7132 Hotel and the adjacent 7132 House of Architects features a unique collection of rooms designed by renowned architects: Tadao Ando, Peter Zumthor, Kengo Kuma and Thom Mayne. Its architect, Peter Zumthor, was awarded the world's most prestigious prize for architecture for this masterpiece.

 Layered stone upon stone, and presented magnificently with light effects, it was built in harmony with the mountain and the surrounding landscape: the green Therme Vals. The edifice is constructed of 60,000 quartz pieces from the local mountains. Together they form a mystical, sensual and surprisingly light vessel for the thermal waters. Pleasantly warm at 30-degree Celsius, the waters originate in the Valser Valley and are full of healing minerals.

 Stone and water at various temperatures (indoor pool 32°C, outdoor pool 30°C to 36°C) and the effect of the light as it changes in the course of the day, turn Therme Vals into a mystical oasis of peace. Blossom bath, sound grotto, cold and fire bath, steam baths and drinking stones are to be found side by side in this building of rock, the first edifice in Switzerland to be designated a protected monument shortly after it opened. 

Asked to describe his building, architect Peter Zumthor said: "Mountain, stone, water – building in stone, building with stone, building into the mountain, building out of the mountain, being in the mountain – how can all the associations and all the sensuousness which these words evoke be translated into a building, that is to say, interpreted in architectural terms? As we worked on the design of this building and saw it take shape, we gradually found answers to these questions."

One evening full of happiness at Vierwaldstättersee // Family and Portrait Film Photographer in Meggen, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland

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. 

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