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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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Vienna, Austria | Courthouse Wedding Portraits

Vienna, Austria | Courthouse Wedding Portraits

Joshua and Réka reached out to me while they were planning a very simple and quiet morning wedding ceremony at one of Vienna's Standesamt (aka courthouses). They wanted to capture a few pictures of themselves before they went to the Standesamt and had their civil ceremony. I was more than happy to oblige, of course. (I love courthouse portrait sessions!) Joshua met Réka while on tour in Europe and ever since then it was love at first sight for the both of them. It was also clear from the start that they both had met their match. Joshua has a cheeky personality and Réka is impeccably calm and sweet. Both her sweetness and his spice are perfectly balanced out in their relationship.

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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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Prater Hauptallee, Vienna | Fall Family Portrait Session

Prater Hauptallee, Vienna | Fall Family Portrait Session

Friends and fall colors captured on film make me raise my cup of coffee and say “awwwhhh yiiisssss.” I came to know Sophie through the organization Women of Vienna. She is a sincere, sweet, smart human with a penchant for murder mystery podcasts. Her family is just an exquisite extension of who she is as a person.

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