Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Tour du Lac Annecy ... Lets Ride

The Tour du Lac Annecy ...  
Tips to make your bike ride a Safe and Memorable one.  
 I imagine as May 11th gets closer there will be more people using their bikes to explore Annecy. After being confined since March, the hope of being able to ride around the lake has given me something to look forward to and I am sure those of you reading this as well.

         (Mero Mero the perfect bag for carrying my camera if I want to cruise ... find it here)

The Tour du Lac in Annecy is about 42 kilometers around. The day before confinement I made it around in 1:47. I was riding and out for a workout. The weather happened to be perfect and earlier that week I road the tour du lac but at a more leisurely pace to stop and take some photos.

What Direction Should you Go? You can ride in direction of Sevrier if you feel like your bike level is good enough to get up the infamous hill of Talloires. The reverse direction towards Veyrier du Lac will have you cruising down the hill but there is a chance to get stuck in some strong wind in the afternoon passing Duingt. Both directions are beautiful and will have you enjoying some spectacular views. There are pluses and minuses to each direction and I have found it is a personal preference. I switch it up depending on my mood. I also do half tours often direction Talloires and then I get the hill (great workout).



Depending on your cycling level the ride can take you anywhere from 2 to 9+ hours (this is an approximation and depends on your level, bike, etc). I say 9 hours more jokingly because I had a friend in one of my French classes make the mistake of riding the lake with a city bike, nonetheless it was a story for her to tell and we all laughed with her and her choice of riding around the lake on a cruiser. She had a good attitude about it and wanted a journey. A journey is definitely what she got. 

 The Ride: I ride the Tour du Lac often and have learned some tips that have helped make the ride more enjoyable and also safer. I am amazed with how many people I see without proper gear and when I say proper gear I mean a good ole helmet. There are some segments where you are sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles and cars (I've been almost side swiped several times from cars passing each other) and to think of not wearing a helmet terrifies me. The number one thing I will tell people is wear a helmet. If you want to look cute like you are starring in your own romantic comedy with a baguette in your basket sans helmet remember nothing ends up being as cute as a romantic comedy, but there is something cute about wearing a helmet. :)

 My tips for riding around the lake ... these are just recommendations that I HIGHLY suggest :)
1. WEAR a helmet ... this also includes having your children wear a helmet, your friends, your wife, boyfriend, girlfriend and friends. I have found peer pressure works wonders and if you peer pressure those you care about to wear a helmet ... WELL DONE!

2. Bring a bike pump ... you can find a small bike pump that can fit alongside your water bottle. I have one small enough so you don't notice it. (I might be speaking from experience after asking a man named Jean to use his pump as my front tire went flat one ride. I luckily ran into Jean and after he helped me pump my tire he says:  you know you have the same one right there (bike pump) HA never did I make this mistake again. But in all seriousness ... make sure your tires are pumped, and that you have a patch kit. Most people will help you if something were to happen but I feel being prepared just gives you an ease and confidence when you ride.


 3. Clothes ... this is a suggestion that wearing proper workout gear is best when riding around the lake if you plan to do the full tour. It's 42k around and you will sweat. Some sections are windy, some hot, some shady, just wear clothes that absorb sweat and keep you warm. I always carry a lightweight windbreaker even when I ride in summer.

4. Cruising ... if you are cruising on the same bicycle path as others (runners, skateboarders, rollerbladers, people walking) share the road and be mindful of others. Pay attention to the lane you are in, and if you are in a big group pay attention to the people in front of you, to the side, and behind you. Just be courteous and this makes for smooth cruising.
 
 5. Water ... I always say have a bottle of water even if you plan to stop at a restaurant, or perhaps you think you can stop at a market. You never know if the markets will be closed, or if the restaurant will even give you enough water. You are riding around the lake and the worst thing is to find yourself in a situation where you don't have water. Bring water, you can thank me later :)


 6. Check your bike, the tires, the frame, give a good look over and make sure everything is running properly before you head out. If you need a tune up Basecamp in Talloires offers great services.

7. Shoes ... wear proper shoes that are closed toed. Sure if you are riding for 10-15 minutes to go to the beach I am sure you will wear sandals but if you are riding around the lake I suggest shoes. You never know if you might fall, have to put your foot down quickly, or just for pure comfort for 42 kilometers  athletic shoes make the ride more comfortable which in the end makes it more fun. If you have clip ins don't bother reading this suggestion because you know the importance of shoes. 

8. Have fun, enjoy the views, and take in everything the lake has to offer. Be mindful of others on the road and I am positive you will have an incredible time. 



 9. Stops ... if you do need to stop make sure you look where you are stopping, move from the bike path and find a place that is safe and clear from others. For leisurely stops there are plenty of places to stop along the way. I love stopping in Sevrier and admiring the views. Stopping in Talloires is a must for me at Basecamp for an espresso or a flat white.


 It's the little jolt needed to get me around the lake.  If you can't make it around the lake it's ok. It's all about the ride right? Ride safely eveyrone and enjoy the journey. 

Happy Riding, Cruising, and Cycling,
Caroline

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Weddings + Collaboration in Annecy France

At the beginning of the year I organized a styled wedding shoot to bring together local women I work with in the wedding industry in Annecy, France. Through experience collaborating with others is a great way to support each other.

2020 being a year where a lot of my clients have moved their wedding dates I am so grateful that I was able to create content before the confinement. This styled shoot serves as inspiration for the next coming months.  So to keep things light I thought I would share some tips to keep in mind when working with a photographer or vendors for your wedding.


 For your wedding keep your theme true to who you are. For this styled shoot our idea was Crazy in Love with some sweet and romantic edginess.  I love when brides and grooms do what they want regardless of what is popular. If it fits who you are go for it your authenticity will be reflected into everything.


The people you choose to hire for your wedding matter. They all add their energy to your day and will be with your family and friends that matter most. Make sure you are comfortable with them. I feel this is one of the most important things I can tell you.



Details are even better when they speak to your story. The little details make a huge difference and this will add an ambiance that surpasses time. Think about the month you are getting married in? What are some details you could add that fit the season. What are personal touches you can add that tell guests exactly who you are as a couple. For our styled shoot details mattered but not so much that they over power the moment.


When it comes to Wedding Photos meet with your photographer before your wedding. I love meeting with clients several times before so on wedding day they are 100 percent comfortable with me. Your photographer will be with you most of your wedding day so make sure you are comfortable with them. Have fun when it comes to photos and it's ok if you don't want posed photos or if you do. For this styled shoot we wanted edgy, fun, and playful. I always ask couples to give me three words to describe their wedding and this helps me get a clear picture of how to photograph. Every couple is different so photos should be different and reflect that based on who they are.



 Convey what you enjoy to your photographer. How do you see yourselves?  On wedding day I love focusing on the little details, the moments in between, and capturing journalistic moments that make your heart skip a beat when you look back at your images. Your photos must tell a story and to me that is the job of being a photographer.




Your wedding day is your day. Think about what colors or details make you happy. For this styled shoot we chose shades of pink, black, and warm hues which I feel speaks to Romance ...
details we kept simple with a touch of whimsy.

I always say less is more and quality over quantity.  

These are my mantras that I enjoy but I suggest finding a mantra and sticking with that through your wedding planning. This will help create a cohesiveness in every wedding detail.



I feel lucky to work in a city, Annecy France with a group of women that are extremely creative, passionate, and talented. when it comes to weddings. This has allowed all of our work to push the limits and evolve. Most importantly creating signature weddings that are sincere, intimate, and original.


 The clients I work with march to the beat of their own drum and think outside of the box. These  weddings are completely original to the couple ... I love this.

The Team for this Styled Shoot: 
I have to sincerely thank Pauline of Prune Wedding who helped me put the finishing touches on details. She is an incredible wedding planner I have had the privilege to work with. Flowers were created by Laurie of Flowers and Papers. Her work with flowers is limitless, creative, and her flowers speak for themselves, extraordinary. For wedding details, invitations, save the dates, and anything in between is Save the Date. Everything is perfection and the attention to detail is unlike anything I have seen. Make up was done by Beatrice Carroz who is an artist with her makeup and extremely professional. Last but not least jewlery is Manarola and her work is romantic, authentic and the perfect touch of originality needed on wedding day. Photography: yours truly :)  These are the women that made up our styled shoot.  

We are all based in Annecy France 
 and continually creating & booking weddings 
for the 2020 and 2021. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading.
Caroline

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Back to Where it all Started ... Baking

Time and time again I said I would put together recipes and revamp my food photography portfolio.  I would put it on my list of to do's but never fully jump into recipe creation. Sure I would photograph a recipe for freelancing or occasionally for personal enjoyment but I never really got my hands dirty as when I first started food photography.

I remember the first days of food photography when my hands were covered in dough, sugar on my work space, and endless notes written on recipes of what to do and what not to do. 
For example, if I see a recipe with baking soda and baking powder it's an absolute red flag. 

I just told myself I don't have enough time. However the universe would yield time and  it was on the fist day of confinement here in France that I dove into making homemade gnocchi and ravioli.
 I had time for the first time in awhile. A bit overwhelmed by the situation I took to baking and cooking something I always do when I want to control my emotions, it is meditative for me.  



The ability to focus solely on ingredients and directions 
takes away overthinking and I always end up feeling accomplished,
 and grateful.

It was after making potato gnocchi that finally gave me the courage to try making bread. Oddly, I have always been intimidated by making bread. I am often impatient and in the past, have found countless excuses as to not make my own bread.

- It takes way too long and in the end what if your bread doesn't rise
-I don't have the time to leave my dough for 18 hours what if I forget about it

 However, after seeing my baker friend in Paris make a perfect loaf at home I was inspired to make my own. 18 hours + 4 hours later (4 hours give or take was the time it took to contemplate making my own) I had my very own homemade loaf of bread.


 Cracking into my first loaf and feeling the warm steam engulf my baking space, I was thrilled with what I had made ... bread. It was the first time baking where I was left in a state of ... wow and that was the only word that came to mind.  

WOW. 

When it comes to photographing bread I must say the bread stands on it's own there is minimal styling that needs to be done (in my opinion). The brown crust, the perfect bubbles of air, and next to a jar of french jam and your picture is perfect.


 With food styling I never like styling a scene just to photograph. I prefer setting the scene to how I will actually enjoy a meal, taking a few bites, actually pouring the coffee I am drinking into a coffee cup then taking photos. For me this routine allows for life to pop in my food photos. I like when food images speak to real life. The only problem I am finding is with baking such perfect bread saving enough for the photos haha. 

I hope all of you are doing well and finding things that keep you creative and inspired during this moment. For me, it is as always baking that has saved my spirit.

happy baking,
Caroline

Friday, December 27, 2019

Family Photos in the snow ... La Clusaz, Haute Savoie

Adventure photo sessions are some of my favorite photo sessions to photograph. I love when families request photos that are exactly the way I photograph. Photos that are journalistic, in the moment, candid, and convey fun. YES! Photography sessions should be fun. I am all for keeping them natural, and authentic, photos that are not forced, stiff, but free spirited, and genuine. My adventure sessions allow you and the ones you love to be engaged in the moment, explore, and really appreciate where we are photographing.

Coming from California I was used to photographing in the sun. Great weather 85% of the time. Moving to Annecy I had the opportunity to photograph in all weather and I must say, yes the sun is great but lets talk about photographing in the snow. A bit cold for your camera but with proper planning, and certain tips, your camera does just fine. Snowy portraits allow all family members to have fun, I swear the child comes out in every adult. Smiles are real, even I can't help but smile from behind my camera.



When I had the request to photograph in La Clusaz, I absolutely said yes. I love traveling for photos and did this a lot in San Francisco. So if you are a family or couple coming to the Alps do not think Annecy is too far away, I embrace the quote: The Mountains are calling so I must Go. All locations are welcome.


For this photo session in La Clusaz, more specifically Les Confins, we had a 30 minute pause in weather and were able to get some incredible photos in the snow. Towards the end we even had the luck to get completely snowed on. Snowflakes the size of quarters were falling, and our laughter kept
us all warm.




Truly, it's Adventure Photo session like these that make me appreciate being a photographer and especially a photographer in this region. This was photo session was extra special as we were celebrating the holidays.

I am looking forward to 2020 as I have new destinations on my map of places to photograph. If you are a family, couple, or a local living or visiting Annecy, the Alps .... it would be my pleasure to create an adventure photo session for you and your family.


If you and the ones you love fall into these categories then I would be ever lucky to photograph you. Your style fits my style:
Ready for an Adventure
Vacationing and want a souvenir that lasts
March to the beat of your own drum
Love the Outdoors
Excited to experience a moment with the people you love
Want photos that are unlike others

Then I am your photographer ... ready, set, SNAP!

Continually booking and photographing portrait sessions. 
Live by the motto:  
Go out and Explore ...
remember you are not sugar and you won't melt, 
lets adventure!
Caroline

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Vacation Photographer in Annecy

One of the things I love most about working as a Professional Photographer and Content Creator is that I get the opportunity to meet some incredible people. Photographing couples and families who are visiting Annecy is what I am a pro at. The ability to connect with a couple or family within minutes, make them feel comfortable and at ease is my main objective. Yana and Shawn were visiting from Australia when they signed up for a photography and coffee tour I host. After we spent the morning where I taught them about the tricks and the trade for better photos, discussed different espresso flavors, we walked though the city for a mini lifestyle photo session. This session is perfect for the traveler, adventurer, couple or family who want to capture and remember their time in Annecy.



Walking through the city, pointing out the best spots for a drink, an ice cream, or explaining a bit of the history of the canals allowed for the photos in our session to have a sense of wanderlust. You can feel just how excited Shawn and Yana were to be visiting Annecy. The airbnb they were staying at allowed us to have access to the canal creating photos in a spot that would be any travelers dream.

They admired the views of Annecy and I encouraged them to take as many photos as well.  Play Tourist and play it well. Enjoy everything.
 One of the most important things to remember when you are a vacation photographer is allowing the people you photographe to enjoy themselves. Your photos can't be too posed. There is a flow and genuine connection you need to have with the families and couples you photograph. Traveling is about being present.


And giving the people you photograph moments alone allows for sweet and sincere moments to unfold.


Giving them a moment to enjoy their ice cream because that is what traveling is all about. 
Also taking that photo that everyone takes is a necessary souvenir :)



 Then showing them a spot where you say: until we meet again.
 Thank them for being incredibly fun to photograph, and stay in touch as you helped them create a memory.

Yana and Shawn were the sweetest and I still keep in touch with the both of them. If you are in Annecy visiting, planning a trip, I would be happy to create a Vacation Photo Session that fits you and the ones you love. And if you live in Annecy I will help you play tourist, adventure, and give you a bit of wanderlust. 
Lets create some souvenirs. 
Continually booking photo sessions for families, couples, creatives, and individuals in Annecy. 
Don't be shy send an email to: coeurdelaphotography@gmail.com



Friday, May 3, 2019

Proposal Photographer in Annecy, Geneva, and Paris

Photographing proposals, elopements, and renewal of vows are some of my favorites. I love the details that go in to planning them, and not just any details. Details that make each time I photograph a session personable, sincere, and as original to each couple. No couple is the same so no session can be the same, something that I love. Scouting the location, making sure it fits each couple, adding elements of sweet details and throwing in a surprise or two for the couple to remember makes me love my job. I always feel honored when asked to photograph, because it's a huge creative responsibility. The best kind of responsibility if you ask me.

Living and Photographing in Annecy I feel grateful to have a backdrop that is gorgeous in every season. I had been waiting for a moment to photograph a snow capped mountain session, and literally could visualize it. I feel each year as a photographer I get more and more creative wanting to photograph in an array of settings and seasons. Of course I could have done a styled shoot, but I had a feeling if I held out a little longer I would get a request to create a snowy portrait session.


 When Nikki and John emailed saying they were visiting Annecy from California and wanted to renew their wedding vows, I knew immediately this would be an unforgettable photo session. We planned the Renewal of Vows Portraits on the Pont des Amours. The day of our photos timing was key, as I knew there was a window of good weather between the snowy storm that was all that was spoken about. This is one thing I will tell customers is a huge strong point of me living in Annecy, is that someone living outside the city, driving in, does not know the ins and outs of the city, or the key moments and places to photograph if the weather changes drastically.


 So, as the snow fell all morning I knew Pont des Amours would be magical. Contrary to what some may believe cloud coverage and snow capped mountains gives everything an incredible feel when it comes to light, yielding photos that are soft, dreamy, and allow for the couple to stand out along with the setting. Even photographing when the snow is falling lightly is a job for a skilled photographer. I had not one worry, as the snow fell softly the day of our session.


 My goal was to create a photo session that was personable, thoughtful and fun for Nikki in John. Being on vacation I wanted to give them photos that would be souvenirs for a lifetime. Photos that really capture the beauty of Annecy in a timeless way. Photos that will always remind them of a romantic and heartfelt moment.
If you are planning a proposal, elopement, or renewal my suggestion is to find a photographer that really knows their area. For proposals, a photographer that has planned proposals before is key, as there are always things that may arise that you the client does not need to worry about. Your photographer is your shield, and will anticipate things like weather, a busy location, and will ultimately put any nerves at ease.

 I am continually photographing off the beaten path proposals, is it a mountain top or lakeside proposal you imagine? I would love to be there to capture every minute. My style is candid and journalistic so you will barely know I am there. Planning an elopement or renewal I would love to help you create a photo session that will allow you to remember a moment for the rest of your life.

Always here tell your story in a way that is signature to you.
Available in Annecy, Geneva and Paris. All other destinations just ask as I love to travel.
Bises,
Caro

Monday, April 29, 2019

Annecy France Lifestyle Photographer

The most common question I get asked is: What do you photograph? For me it's often challenging to explain all the categories but, if I had to try the best way to describe it would be Lifestyle photography.

Lifestyle photography for me means 
creating photos that first and foremost tell a story. 
 Second capturing photos that are not heavily posed or heavily edited. 
Thirdly  
photographing photos that can stand alone evoking a feeling,
 a sense of wonder, 
and give you  
inspiration.  


 Lifestyle Photography can be applied to my work in  
Wedding Photography, Food Photography, Family and Couples Photography.  

Everything in between falls into lifestyle, whether it is a brand seeking photos that brings their yoga bag to life,


a creator or designer wanting their work showcased and photographed in a way that touches their clientele



The goal for all of these photos are to tell a personal story that reaches your audience.
If my work does not tell a story, your story, than it will be as if I was taking photos and just "clicking" so there has to be SOMETHING MORE.

Imagine you are a coach or athlete needing photos to inspire your community or document your fitness story.  Being an avid trail runner and obstacle racer photographing sports comes naturally for me.






To the new readers on here, or if you are searching for photographer in Annecy, Geneva or Paris here is how I approach photography.


I am Caroline a professional photographer, content creator, and digital storyteller.
When you a hire a photographer you are hiring someone to bring "your story" to life visually. Living in France and coming from California I feel that this fact alone has brought out the best in my photography work.  I am able to see things differently and carry an open mind to the people and places I photograph. I love working with creators, designers, and entrepreneurs. My ultimate goal is bring your creativity and passion to life.






The ability to communicate with others in a way that is open minded, thoughtful and personable shows in my work. I pay attention to light, small details, and constantly strive to create work that is original.  I am creating photos that express something more than just the product. Photos that are filled with personality, expression and creativity.




My life and my experiences, shape my photos. A background in art and photojournalism I highly believe there needs to be an ongoing theme in a photo session. The pivotal question I ask is:

What is the Story that you want to Tell. Then, I tell that story for you. My camera is paintbrush that I use to create. Lets work together.
Continually Booking Lifestyle Sessions for 2019 and 2020

Lets bring your work to Life
Caroline