Austria

Vienna, Austria | von Feilitzsch Portrait Session

Vienna, Austria | von Feilitzsch Portrait Session

This post might border a little more on the personal side but I feel it is essential to know how much I valued Fabian and Mina and the time I spent with them during their photo session. When Mina (who is a talented photographer herself!) had emailed me wanting to book a session for her and her husband I was experiencing a season in my life which I had never experienced or encountered before and consequently, I had a lot of misgivings about finalizing a session for them. Life after loss affects every aspect of your life and I had just begun to discover that when a little more than a year ago my twin sons passed away.
Loss shattered my world and shredded away any meaning that it could have for a long stretch of time. It was hard to see the purpose, the beauty, the promise of anything in life when so much was taken away from me. Since the boys passed away, I noticed my levels of creativity (if I can claim to possess any) were nonexistent. I couldn't pick up my camera, nor did I want to. It seemed so very purposeless to attempt to try and even more so when the world was absent of color. I could only see things in sadness and in the darkening light of things I had lost. To attempt to see it otherwise or even pretend otherwise would have taken a superhuman strength that I did not possess. But life doesn’t stop even when you feel it has. And Mina and Fabian were one of the first clients to reach out to me and want to book with me shortly after all that had happened.

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Votivkirche, Vienna | Winter Family Session

Votivkirche, Vienna | Winter Family Session

The days are getting longer and it’s beginning to warm up here in Vienna, but I’m reminiscing back on one of my favourite winter family sessions. Kate reached out to me shortly after she and her husband Greg, and two boys, Conor and Ryan, and their super cute Papillon, Scout, moved to Vienna. She confessed it had been a few years since they had family photos taken and she wanted some new ones now that they’ve settled into Vienna.

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Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna | Blogger Fall Portraits

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna | Blogger Fall Portraits

Lydia needed some brand spankin’ new photos for her blog and I was more than happy to oblige. There’s a special place in my heart for creatives and artists in Vienna. The more artists, writers, painters, and creatives I meet in Vienna, the more I realize they pour their hearts and souls into their work and sometimes it’s incredibly hard to step out from behind it and show the world who you are. Mostly because they’re up to their eyeballs in work and also because they’re so passionate about it, it’s hard to step away. So it’s always nice when one of them is lured out from behind their stacks of work, projects, deadlines, etc. and I get to meet them, find out what they’re passionate about, and what makes them keep at it when it seems overwhelming.

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Belvedere, Vienna | Wong Family Session

Belvedere, Vienna | Wong Family Session

Alethia and Dave's story spans not only time but various countries. They both went to Oxford where they met each other while pursuing their MBA. They settled back in the States where they then tied the knot on August 30th, 2014 (you can see their gorgeous wedding here on Michelle Lange Photography). And every year for their anniversary they plan a trip to a country where they spend time focusing on each other and exploring. Even after having welcoming their daughter Rose earlier this year they decided to still keep up the tradition and brought her along on their anniversary trip. 

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Vienna, Austria | Coffee and Head Shots with Aneta of Hey Ho

Vienna, Austria | Coffee and Head Shots with Aneta of Hey Ho

Coffee and head shots; I couldn't think of a better title for this other than that, because that's exactly what this hangout session was all about. Makes you think the beginning of my coffee date with Aneta of Hey Ho turned deadly, but I assure you it did not. She was looking for someone to take some updated shots of herself on her camera and I heartily offered to take a few of them with her camera (what can I say, I like pressing shutter buttons on cameras; it's so exciting) . The day of her session at Das Mobel I still had some film in my camera that I wanted to use so I used the remaining film on her gorgeous face. I am very pleased with the outcome of them, but I enjoyed even more her company.

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