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Susanne + Philippe Maternity | Basel Photographer

Susanne + Philippe are new in our apartment building and hosted an apero for their friends and tenants of our apartment building to get to know us! When I found out she was pregnant and has pretty much the same name, I took it as a sign that I should go! SO glad I did because not only are they lovely, but I also got to know quite a few others from the apartment building too! Was a really fun night!

Another pleasant surprise is that they were wanting some maternity pictures which I was more than happy to do for them. We split the shoot between indoor and outdoor and I think it gave them some great variety - we got the classic maternity portraits as well as some lifestyle shots inside the home. We also had such nice weather which was lucky because rain had become a familiar friend at that point.

I’m so looking forward to capturing their newborn soon! Our little ones will be around a month apart so it will be baby mania soon! These are my favourites from the session:

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Carla's Dreamy Maternity Shoot - Basel Photographer

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Carla's Dreamy Maternity Shoot - Basel Photographer

Carla has a talent for creating visual feasts for the eyes - with flowers, invitations and styling - so i was absolutely ecstatic when she asked me to take some pictures of her to remember her pregnancy. I love that we have the same taste in style and picture taking and I think we really make a good team working together to create some beautiful images. So its no surprise i absolutely adore these photos - they’re light, soft, feminine and oh so dreamy.

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with beautiful maternity pictures - as they really do speak to how incredible the journey is. How a woman’s body can nurture a tiny cell by growing a whole new organ to sustain and give energy and love to grow a whole new person. However, unlike the photos, the whole pregnancy journey is not all pretty dresses, perfect hair and flowers - its an up and down mix of emotions, lack of comfort, a whole host of weird body changes and a flurry of medical appointments but it’s really not as fun to look at those pictures! haha. While i whole-heartedly believe in, and love creating these maternity pictures (every pregnant woman needs to bask in the beauty of her body’s capabilities), I need to remind every pregnant woman out there feeling ‘less than’ (me, right now!) - that all pregnant women feel the lows and the highs. We need to sit with those lows (and know we have the strength to get through them) but we should damn-well celebrate those highs and thats what i try and do with maternity shoots!

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Life in Switzerland: Two years on

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Life in Switzerland: Two years on

I’m a little late with this blog - so much so, it’s almost 2 and a half years now! This last year has really flown by since my 1 year anniversary blog post: An Australians experience living in Switzerland. I wanted to again - stop and reflect for a moment on our current circumstances - on the good we have here, and also the frustrating things I encounter here too. I won’t repeat what i wrote in my first blog post (linked above) but they still ring very true so check it out. So here’s a little summary on what’s on my mind two years in from my big move to Switzerland.

Having a baby in Switzerland

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To be honest not a whole lot has changed circumstantially for us here, apart from the fact we’ll be welcoming our first baby (a girl) here in June! It’s an exciting time for us, an adventure of a different kind. It’s brought up all different thoughts for me in terms of what it will be like for this little girl to grow up here in Switzerland. For me, I always envisioned having a family in Australia, having a similar childhood to my own. I never anticipated, even a few years back, that i would be having a baby in another country and that baby will be bilingual and whose first culture will be different to my own. I went through all the emotions when I first got pregnant (i’m mostly going to blame all the hormones here) but I was grieving, not only for the childhood i thought my daughter would have in Australia close by to my family, but also at how I envisioned my own motherhood journey to be - a place supported by my family and friends, a place where i felt comfortable, and knew what activities were available to kids. Essentially, in Australia, I know exactly what that time in my/our lives would look like. But here, it is relatively unknown. I still don’t have many close friends here, even less that are mothers, there are only a limited amount of activities for kids in English (where i’d be most comfortable without Patrick), and a medical system I am relatively unfamiliar with. I do have a fear that i will feel isolated here and to be honest, that fear could very well be realised.

But like with homesickness, I really feel like perspective and gratitude is that only thing that can get us through these moments. I need to choose to see all the positives we have by being here, because:

  1. This daughter will be bi-lingual - I don’t know how many times I wished i was exposed to another language from birth. Bi-lingual kids put in all the hard work before they even realise it, and will reap the benefits of two languages for their whole life.

  2. She’ll have two passports - some may say they are the worlds most coveted (might be biased here). She will always have the choice of these two beautiful countries. She will always feel more at home in Switzerland than I ever will - she’ll know the language and culture natively.

  3. I can stay at home with her with less financial worries than we would in Australia. A privilege that is becoming less and less common in todays society. Switzerland is giving us an amazing gift of financial freedom and one that I don’t take lightly. It will mean that one day we can return to Australia and be in a very good position, and give our child/ren a good head start.

  4. We can do all these amazing short trips together- showing her the world when she is young. I believe travel is one of our greatest teachers of compassion, open-mindedness and tolerance (amongst many other things) and above all my wishes for my her - I hope she is kind and compassionate.

Nothing is ever 100% perfect no matter where you live, and you have to choose to see the good in any situation. I do get sad, anxious and stressed about my worries of the unknown sometimes, but the most important thing is that i come back to the positives before my worries do too much damage.

The medical care here in Switzerland is amazing and a little different from Australia - I think this is something i’ll talk more about after the baby is here.

Swiss Postal Delivery

As everyone knows, living in Switzerland is expensive - everything costs more - so naturally, people go online to find products. I also go online because Switzerland doesn’t have much variety. When I was in Australia, i used to think living in Europe would be so much better in terms of shopping - more variety, less cost etc. But I was wrong. I am still frequently buying things from America, Australia or the UK. And because Switzerland needs more money (insert eye roll), they apply customs charges to everything!! I might buy something for $80, then pay $20 postage, and then when it gets to Switzerland, I have to pay an extra CHF20-40 (AU$30-60) just to receive it! There are some rules around it (and a few exceptions), but it’s pretty complex so it’s hard to know if you’ll get hit by it and by how much. We also found problems in getting things shipped to Switzerland because Switzerland is not technically part of the EU, so often times they won’t even post here! Don’t worry, we have a work around - we have a mailbox in Germany and we get things shipped there instead. I still find it weird though that we have no problems in receiving things in Germany which is less than 5 minutes away from our apartment.

Politeness to the extreme

Me having my first Rösti in Switzerland in 2012.

Me having my first Rösti in Switzerland in 2012.

Swiss politeness is a little strange. Even though the swiss don’t like queuing, they push in to get on the bus and tram before people get off, and leave passive aggressive notes to their neighbours, when it comes to saying ‘En guete’ (equivalent to ‘bon apetit’) and 'Gesundheit’ (equivalent to ‘bless you’) they are 1000% committed. I was in the supermarket and seemingly alone when I sneezed. I heard a “gesundheit” shouted at me from a few aisles down. At every meal with others, you could be at Maccas or a 5 star restaurant, the swiss will wish you ‘En guete’. Patrick told me that when he enjoyed a 4 course meal with co-workers recently, they wished each other ‘En guete’ at every course! Haha. No… too much for me. I think in Australia its just a “2, 4,6,8.. dig in, don’t wait”.



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Bread vs Toast

It’s a little thing really… but kind of strange to an aussie. They don’t really toast bread here - I’m sure people have toasters at home, but if you’re out at a cafe or the supermarket - when they sell ‘toast’ it really just means pre-packaged bread. It’s taken me some time to get used to the fact that i will probably never get a piece of toast with my scrambled eggs at a cafe (thats the one of two places they actually sell scrambled eggs!). as they just bring you regular untoasted bread, even if it says toast.

Also - how can you call it toast when its not technically toasted? Its like selling bottled water as ice…

Final Thoughts

I can already feel myself noticing less ‘weird’ things about Switzerland now. Its becoming a normal way of life - the church bells blend into the normal living sounds, catching the trams/busses is my normal life (i’m only annoyed when its cold and rainy!) and I can easily walk past the old buildings in the ‘altstadt’ without taking a picture each and every time!

I’m not sure it will ever feel like ‘home’ here - without as much independence, sunny weather and english speakers…. But i’m grateful for the experience of being here everyday. Not many people in Australia have the pleasure or opportunity to live in Europe (much less Switzerland) for an extended period of time. It has taught me much about culture, history and beauty.

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At home with the Haüsler's

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At home with the Haüsler's

This sweet family shoot has stayed on my mind for quite a while. They have a beautiful home in Oberägeri, Switzerland that overlooks the beautiful Ägerisee and mountains. Their home was nice and bright but cosy and full of love. And Ursi is one home decorator! Just beautiful! We took the photos in their home and then finished the shoot walking back to the town and lake.

I really love these home shoots as they really show life how it is… comfy clothes, in your own home, just spending quality time with each other doing the things you do every day - snacks, reading books, lazing on the couch and going for walks in the park. I’ve put soo many photos from the shoot up here because i just can’t narrow it down any more! But i hope this gives you a great glimpse in what sort of images to expect after a home shoot.

P.S.Anyone thats had a shoot with me generally knows i see famous people in my clients all the time and couldn’t stop seeing Kaley Cuoco in the gorgeous Ursi, What do you think?

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Hello 2019!

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Hello 2019!

I know we’re already over 2 weeks into the new year but i’ve been taking things at a leisurely pace. It’s been a pretty good start to the New Year. On January 1st, I told the world (or maybe just my followers) that i’m pregnant. I’m nearly half way now and it’s kind of scary how fast the time goes. I was pretty sick in the 1st trimester but now that it’s calmed down i can enjoy it a bit more - Like seeing the baby wave to us on the ultrasound, the little bubble kicks i’m feeling and browsing the internet for cute little clothes and nursery items. I know that soon my tummy will grow uncomfortably big so i’m trying to enjoy the now while things are great.

We had an awesome session with Amanda Joy Photography (fellow Basel Photographer - Thank you Amanda!) at the christmas markets. I used these pictures to give to our family’s and announce our pregnancy. Here are my faves:


I’ve had time to organise our home a bit (Marie Kondo anyone!?) and set some goals for the year - even though that’s probably naive given we will be first time parents and people always underestimate the challenges that will bring. But all in all, I’m feeling good about 2019.

Photography-wise, I’m hoping to explore video - taking on a few clients at a discounted rate while I build my portfolio. I want my sessions to really focus in on family and motherhood and how precious and fleeting time can feel. I want to freeze time for you so instead of saying ‘don’t grow up’ to your littlies, you can continue to enjoy every day knowing you’ve captured this time in their (and your) life. Feeling free to revisit these beautiful memories any time you want. If you’re interested in a family film or photography. Please get in touch, I’d love to work with you!

I’ll be blogging a little more about my own journey to motherhood, some material things like the ultra cute baby items and some more reflective thoughts on this shift in my life. Having a baby is this weird mixture of feeling terrified and excited but for me, an overwhelming sense of being ready for this new chapter. I know i’m not the first person to have a baby, but I feel this is a great place to share what i’m learning along this road. So stay tuned if you want, and if you’re not interested, it’s okay for you to just scroll by!

I hope you all have a wonderful 2019 and I hope you are all taking the time to capture your life so it won’t forgotten! Treasure the good times.


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