Initially, Switzerland seemed like a long way to go to shoot a portrait of an author, but in retrospect I'd say it was worth the journey. Sandra Nickel has written a fantasy tale for young adults that is set in 18th Century France. As an American living in Switzerland, she needed a portrait that would convey a sense of her unusual and exotic daily life. I loved every minute of our time together....shooting, eating, sightseeing, and catching up on too many years apart. Our kids had a ball together and I sense my first trip to Chexbres will not be my last. Maybe next time I can bring home one of Dharma's kittens.