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Lake House Collective

February 21, 2017 • BabyCollabPhotography

after living in geneva for a couple of years, i became convinced that despite its international allure, it really was a tiny, boring town where nothing cool ever really happened, and i’d never find a community of likeminded and creative people there like i have back at home. then i moved twenty minutes away, higher up in the hills and closer to the lake, but for a city girl like me, i could just as well have moved deep into the country side and i basically said goodbye to any kind of social life in switzerland.

then the most wonderful thing happened thanks to this crazy little app called instagram, and i met the wonderful NIENKE MULLER and MARTA VILLACAMPA. i realize how rare it is to meet people that you have an instant connection with, but it sure happened to the three of us. so much did we have in common that halfway our first coffee date we had already made plans to found a little collective for creative projects. each of us felt like we were on an island doing our own thing – marta starting her photography business and blog, nienke launching her interior design career in switzerland and me blogging away whenever i had a spare moment.

the thing is, between having juliet and starting a business, there seemed to be fewer and fewer moments to spend on blogging, and i often lacked the motivation to get behind the camera, shoot and edit photos and then share the stories behind the scenes of my life and the things i love. what i needed was friends who would encourage me to get creative again, and who i could meet up with to create together – enter nienke and marta, and so the story of the lake house collective began.

i already shared A TINY BIT of the first session we had before the holidays, and i’m so happy to finally share the rest of the photos marta took of juliet and i that day. i can’t really put into words how much fun it is to be able to play and laugh with juliet while someone is making sure you’ll have beautiful memories of that time. my husband is the sweetest, and he’s a decent photographer, but i am always directing him, worrying about whether he’ll capture a certain moment in the exact right way. i guess it’s the burden of being married to a blogger-perfectionist (if you’re reading this, i’m sorry matti!) but with marta i was able to let go of that, enjoy juliet showing off her entertaining skills and favorite toys, and just be in the moment.

needless to say, i love how these photos turned out. this is who we really are, messy bum balm accident on the carpet included. but besides lovely memories of a few mother-daughter moments, these photos are also a really nice reminder that it’s possible to find your tribe anywhere in the world, if only you look close enough.

my black shirt by LIVTHELABEL • juliet’s first outfit is CKS + veja sneakers • juliet’s second outfit is a dress from ARSENE ET LES PIPELETTES, cardigan from AYMARA and socks from TOCOTO • my green sweater and grey shirt underneath are from CKS • juliet’s final outfit is from MARMAR my glasses used as props by juliet are from DE WOLF OPTICIENS • all photos by MARTA VILLACAMPA

Bye 2016

January 20, 2017 • BabyCollabLife

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i’m not going to bore you with all the reasons why it’s been so quiet over here – instead i’ll dedicate my time and energy to getting this place back to life. because i miss sharing my stories on here, and i miss hearing back from you. this blog has been a driving force behind much of my professional life, a way to connect with so many likeminded people and new friends, and a logbook for some of my favorite memories of all time. and i’d like to keep it exactly that. even if it means posting christmassy photos by the end of january or disappearing for weeks on end and then probably posting four different articles in one week. erratic or not, this place will remain a reflection of my life, and i’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for sticking around as long as you have.

so i might be royally late in the holiday inspiration department, but it’s never too late to share photos of moments you’ll treasure forever, is it? last fall, my life in switzerland got a highly necessary injection of creativity and friendship. i had already started hanging out with my new friend NIENKE (she’s a talented interior designer, globe trotting supermom and gorgeous dutchie) – who i met through instagram but turned out to live exactly two streets away from me, how crazy is that? but then we met MARTA (she’s a whip smart university professor, gifted photographer and spanish beauty) and when we got together all three of us, something clicked. i can’t tell you how happy i am to have these two generous, kind, funny, smart and creative women in my life – and so close by! – right now. we have so many plans in store that i can’t wait to tell you more about.

but first things first – when i heard marta was looking to do more family photo sessions and expand her photography business in switzerland, i was so excited to have her come over and photograph juliet and i. marta brought along her beautiful baby boy théo, nienke brought some beautiful decorations, and the five of us had a wonderful time together – almost forgetting at times that we were there to take photos and not just laugh our asses of or ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over théo’s overall adorableness.

i am going to share more photos of our session (and i’ve already shared quite a few over on my INSTAGRAM) but i wanted to start with these shots around our christmas tree. because yes, i already miss the holiday season and yes, i am already counting down to decorating our next christmas tree. as this year was the first time juliet could really begin to understand the magic of it all, it seems to have become even more of a special thing for me now than it was before. i am reliving all of my wonderful childhood memories through her eyes, and i am loving creating new traditions with her.

in any case – marta did such an amazing job of capturing our living room in its full christmas glory, and juliet in her prettiest little LIILU dress and bonnet. she had the most fun of us all – showing marta around, playing with nienke, and generally basking in all of the attention. i’ll tell you one thing though – never first teach your kid to NOT touch the christmas tree under any circumstance and then have her take out and put in candy canes just because it looks so adorable on the photo. those kinds of parenting techniques will come back to bite you in the ass.

juliet’s dress and bonnet by liilu • tights by marmar • slippers by easypeasy • my sweater and shirt by cks • christmas stockings from fabelab via fourmonkeys.com • photos by marta villacampa

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