Herbst Mini Sessions | Basel Family Photography

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Herbst Mini Sessions | Basel Family Photography

We had absolutely spectacular weather last weekend which made for some gorgeous family photos in Basel's Lange Erlen.  The leaves were a plenty and we got so many great shots. If you want to make the most of the Autumn colours - book your session today. I know just the spots to go for some beautiful pictures! 

Here are my favourites from the mini sessions:

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Hallan-Nickel Family

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Hallan-Nickel Family

This family was a total dream!  We went to one of my favourite locations in Basel for a family session - Lange Erlen Park.  It was so many beautiful spots and right now, the leaves are starting to turn orange.   We had a lot of fun making our way through the park, stopping at the river to throw some rocks in, before heading to a big corn field for some more.  

Couldn't be happier in how these photos turned out. Let me know if you want your own family session before the weather gets too cold!

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La Desalpe de Charmey 2017

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La Desalpe de Charmey 2017

One of the top activities I had to see in Switzerland was the annual cow descent.  There are numerous throughout Switzerland but we chose Charmey - a french speaking town in the canton of Fribourg.  The cows here make the tasty, world renowned Gruyere cheese, and is said to be one of the best festivals around.  

The descent has been taking place each year for centuries, and the festival in Charmey has been running for almost 40 years.  After 100 summer days grazing in the Alps, the farmers return the cows to their valley pastures before the winter arrives.  Apparently these cows produce over 3,000 tonnes of cheese every summer.   Alpine cheese is highly prized due to the quality of the milk - the cows graze on only grass and herbs which gives the milk and cheese a great taste and excellent quality.

We ended up getting a hotel in Fribourg as the Charmey hotels were all booked out.  A sign of how popular this festival is.  We made our way early to charmey village via train and bus.  The first group of animals came shortly afterward.  Crowds and TV Stations watched on as the cows (and some goats) were celebrated, adorned with flower headdresses and cowbells.  The farmers wear traditional dress including hand-stitched leather satchels (which the farmers apparently keep salt for cheese-making). 

These days, there aren't many days in which we show gratitude and respect to animals which serve us humans.  These cows give us milk, and a source of food.  They are a livelihood for many farmers and an important part of the swiss culture and trade.  It makes me so happy to see a community (and many visitors) get behind it.  (A side note:  even through Gruyere cheese is relatively cheap and plentiful in Switzerland, it sells for roughly AUD$90 a kilo in Australia!)

There were also many stands for wine, crafts, and of course - cheese! Alphorn players and brass bands entertained the crowds as the cows, horses and goats made their way through the village.  Traffic was backed up as the cows took precedence.  I felt like a had a true Swiss experience and I hope many others get to see it!

I made a little video from some of my photos and video clippings which hopefully give you a good glimpse of what the day is like. 

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Bramwell Family

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Bramwell Family

Forgive me while I catch up on some older family sessions.  This is the Bramwell family in the heart of the Alt Stadt in Basel.  We had a great time wondering the cobblestoned streets and capturing some beautiful family moments.  The youngest child, Jaxon really wanted to have a picture with a Basel tram - and making dreams come true is what i'm all about!  :-P

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Football and Scouts

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Football and Scouts

I love love love the concept of this shoot. Lillian and Emily's mother, Heather, wanted to capture her daughters hobbies!  Lillian enjoys playing football and is part of 2 different Swiss teams.  Emily is part of Scouts in Basel.  So we used nature and a football field to showcase and capture what they do best.  Completely adore this location - it was the perfect setting for each of their hobbies.  

I love that the focus of this shoot was on the girls' passions - it celebrates their individuality.  Every child should get the opportunity for this.  

Check out my favourites from the shoot:

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Assya & Matt

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Assya & Matt

When I met Assya and Matt, it was sweltering!  It was the hottest hour of an already hot day, and they were absolute troopers.  They chose the beautiful botanical gardens as it was a place they loved and I do too. Seriously... i think i could shoot there all day.  

These photos are something to treasure... it shows love, joy and beauty.  My top 3 things to photograph.  I love when couples invest in themselves and get photos capturing their love for each other.  For generations to come, these photos will be there. How much would you treasure photos like these of your parents or grandparents?  Don't let life pass you by and regret not treasuring moments like these!

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Oliwia & Jose

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Oliwia & Jose

I'm so excited to share this session!  Oliwia and Jose were such a joy to photograph at the University Botanical Gardens.  They're kind, gorgeous people (inside and out), and their love is infectious and oh-so-romantic.  It was touch and go whether we could shoot that day due to rain, but ended up going for it.  As I waited for them at the gardens, a storm showed up over head and I took for cover in the cactus greenhouse.  There I discovered how beautiful the light was while cloudy and knew we had to head back in there for some shots.  

Oliwia is a talented piano player regularly travelling back to Poland for performances, and Jose stars on a telenovela show in Guatemala!  Okay, maybe he isn't but i said he should be with his looks.  Speaking of Jose's looks, once it was pointed out to me that he looks like Roger Federer i couldn't un-see it!  Check out the photos below and see for yourself!

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Salina and Maleah

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Salina and Maleah

Salina and Maleah have to be the sweetest mother/daughter duo ever!  Maleah is like a mini-Salina, their outfits perfectly complemented each other, and you can see by these photos how much fun they have in each others company.  

This shoot was so much fun with ice cream eating, lots of laughing, dancing in old town basel, and taking bites out of a baguette. 

This is only a THIRD of the images I delivered - I think this is a record number for an hour-long photoshoot, and it was so hard to pick, but if i included them all it would have been a really long blog post!  This just demonstrates how easy these two were to work with. Enjoy taking a glimpse into the shoot:

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Art Basel

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Art Basel

I was so excited to be in town for Art Basel this year.  Patrick surprised me with tickets so we made our way there this morning to make the most of the day. It was so much bigger than I expected - the equivalent to 3 floors of art exhibitions plus Art Basal Miami.  The collection of art were modern, a lot of them interactive and most with meaningful messages.  Art Basel featured works from over 4,000 artists from 291 of the worlds best galleries. 

I love that Basel comes alive this time of year - there's people out everywhere enjoying themselves, pop up restaurants in full swing and the rhine is lined with people soaking up the sunshine. My fitbit tells me i walked 14,000 steps today... and i'm not even mad - it's what happens when the sun shines 15 hours a day!  

Here are a few images from my first Art Basel experience.

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Gaio Family

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Gaio Family

I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing Martha & Deigo and their 3 children, Finley, Chiara and Devin in Basel's Lange Erlen on the weekend.  They are a multicultural family with heritage in the USA and Italy while living in Basel, Switzerland. They're all bi-lingual - something I marvel at as (so far) only speak one language!  Finley, the oldest of the three kids also represents Switzerland in athletic events! This family is seriously talented!!

Even though it was humid and hot (even after 7:30pm!) we had so much fun together. This family has a whole lot of love for one another and it really showed through in these photos. 

 

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Kevin & Katie

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Kevin & Katie

These two!  Outstanding photographers. Soulful creatives. Intelligent. A caring mother and father. Bookworms. Complementary. Resilient.  Never had professional photos despite being married for 13 years!  Just some of the things I learnt about Kevin and Katie on our week long getaway in Italy.  

It's quite intimidating photographing for two photographers!  However, on our last night in Italy, I really wanted to experiment with some new couple posing and also to give something special to Kevin and Katie.   

Because we were surrounded by mountains of Cinque Terre, after sunset we were left with a beautiful long twilight.  Katie found some gorgeous dresses in Vernazza that afternoon, and Kevin surprised Katie with a timeless string of pearls.

I am in love with these photos and I hope you can feel the love when you look at them!

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Italian Getaway

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Italian Getaway

A last minute decision for a quick weeks holiday in Italy was a great one!  

Our wedding photographers, Kevin & Katie from K Hulett Photography were flying into Zurich from the U.S. and driving down to Lake Como (where we were married two years ago)  to photograph another wedding (in the same hotel we were).  They were also headed to Cinque Terre for a couple of days - a place where I've always wanted to go.  I cheekily asked if we could join them to share some expenses.   They were so lovely to say yes, and Patrick was lucky to get a bit of time off work too.  

I can't tell you how lovely this trip was!!  It was the perfect mix between relaxing, exploring, delicious food (at great prices) and we couldn't have asked for two better people to share our time with - great conversation and lots of laughs. With 3 out of the 4 of us being photographers, we spent our last night taking some couple shots of each other (in a blog post coming soon).  

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite pictures from the trip.  

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Dalglish Family

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Dalglish Family

As a kid, I grew up only a couple of streets away from Luke, and now, 20 years later, I had the pleasure of photographing his family!  Luke, his gorgeous fiance Rachael, and their 3 children - Quinn, Vea and Leon.  

These girls look quite perfect in their white matching dresses sitting on the floral swing.  And gorgeous Leon stole the show dressed so handsome in his suspenders!  

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Switzerland Winterland

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Switzerland Winterland

I spent Christmas and new year in my new home in Switzerland (before a brief hiatus back in Perth). For an Australian, 15 degrees is pretty chilly and on those cold Perth mornings, 8 degrees is blistering cold! Well, my Aussie wardrobe wasn't really holding up in the Swiss winter.  In December, the temperature barely rose above 1 degree and if it did, it was for half an hour at 3pm, when it got to 3 degrees. 

As cold as it was, Switzerland has a charm about it.  I could look at that icy looking skyline forever (well, maybe if i was out of the wind and cold!). The christmas markets are spectacular. We enjoyed hot roasted salmon in bread rolls while looking at the stalls.  Enjoyed Gluhwein at crowded tables - everyone out enjoying themselves. I was sad to see it all packed down after christmas.  Nevertheless, I will be waiting for the next christmas markets to return!

Here are my favourite photos i took of our wintertime in Switzerland.

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Thompson Family

On a lovely summers day, I met the Thompson Family for their first proper family photoshoot.  Little Xavier was so well behaved and smiling for me all the time which made our shoot super productive.  We not only got some great shots, but it was great family time for them too.  I loved the props that Wayne and Fleur brought along - a wooden truck (thats been passed down in his family) and a pin-wheel.  These types of props keep children amused, but also look so good in photos - I think i have to invest in a few of these items myself!

Take a look at some of the best shots from the day:

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I'm leaving Perth again in mid-march so lock in your photoshoot before then!  Contact me today

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In Perth for a limited time

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I'm back in Perth for a limited time starting from the 1st of February.  To celebrate, I'm running some not-to-be-missed specials!  If you've been waiting to get your family portrait done, now is the time! Offering 25% of all Family sessions.  You can see my price information here. 

Otherwise, I'm excited to continue to offer my Floral Swing mini sessions, with a special marathon event on 18th February.  I have only 4 mini sessions available at a special price of $100.  Plus one extra special extended mini session that will include extra time and extra images.  You can book a session below:


Floral Swing Mini Session - Burswood 18th February
100.00 130.00

Have your children's portrait taken in our custom gold swing decorated in pretty pastel flowers and foliage.  20 minute session located at Burswood Foreshore on Saturday 18th February Includes best 7 images (selected by Suzy-Lou Photography) in high resolution format so you can get it printed for your home. 

Extended Mini Session will run in the evening close to sunset to capture that beautiful golden light.  It will be 40 minutes long to include children/family photos on and off the floral swing.  

Limited spaces so get in quick to secure your spot!

The swing will fit 2-3 children on at once.  Max 1 adult. 
Suitable for children 2.5 years and over (unless accompanied by an adult).

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Warren Family

Had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Warren Family.  Photographing adult families is so much more efficient than ones that include children, so we can pack so many photos in an hour session.  We were able to explore lots of locations at UWA!  Loved all the details of this shoot.  This family got the colours all right, were joyful, loving and it shows in their photographs.  

Feel the love and view the photos:

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Team Vincent!

I've been photographing this family for years now, Zara is my little muse and now they have a new addition to their family - Marlee.  As you can see, she's as wide-eyed and adorable as Zara. Altogether, they are the most beautiful family and I love watching them grow. 

Even cooler, is the fact they made family shirts with their birth dates... what a great idea!!! We got so many great shots from this session, and these are just a handful of my favourites.

 

By the way, if you're wondering where that gorgeous playmat is from - click here.

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Headshots Galore

I've been so busy lately with headshots and personal brand photoshoots lately.  I absolutely love doing these types of shoots as clients continually underestimate how important a great headshot is - you get so much use out of them - resumes, linked in, facebook and if you're an entrepreneur, you can use it on your website and in advertising.  When my clients receive their image, their reaction is usually "Why didn't I do this earlier!?"

Here are some of my favourite images from recent photoshoots:

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Bloss & Co Styled Shoot

Last weekend i took part in a beautiful collaborative shoot with some awesome girlbosses. We were all drooling at how beautiful this set up was.  Coordinated by Bloss & Co to launch their amazing floral wall which would be so perfect for any wedding or birthday (Does it remind anyone else of Kim And Kanye's wedding?)

Here's the lowdown on the talent involved:

  • Flower wall/floral crowns/floral frames: Bloss & Co
  • Makeup & Hair: Faces by Lisa Thomas
  • Jewellery: Jewels by Gypsy Heart
  • Models: Pearl Prior & Emily Hunter
  • Photography: Suzy-Lou Photography
  • Clothing courtesy of Styled by Bella
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