My very first shoot behind the camera with a model was in October 2015.
When did you get into photography and why?
I guess it was only a matter of time. I’ve started my modelling career in 2008. Soon I´ve discovered my passion for makeup and hairstyle which gave the opportunity to reinvent myself again and again in many different styles back in 2010. The makeup was the way I loved it but then I’ve realised that I was not 100% satisfied with the work of the photographer, who were not able to portray the looks in the way I wanted to see it. My first shots behind the camera started with a rented Canon 600D from a good friend of mine. My passion to this art form has been growing ever since.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? I would say my style is an explosion of colours with a lot of contrast and romantic vibes - many people compare it with oil paintings. But I also love to try new/different styles like b&w´s and "simple" portraits. I’ve had this style from nearly the beginning and develop it with every shoot. A huge point in my piece of art is editing it with photoshop.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? It is a mix of both - mostly I have concrete plans - starting with a location I see. Than I seek for a perfect model and create the whole look for her like make up, hairstyle and outfit in my mind. When it comes to implementation, the look mostly change spontaneously a bit and get inspired by the whole situation like the character of the model, the light or unexpectedly conditions. But mostly I already have the finish pictures in my mind.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I am an absolute perfectionist - every little piece in my pictures needs to fit perfectly to my aesthetic taste. I want to capture the beauty of the nature. The storytelling is currently not the most important fact - but I want to increase it constantly. I am already taking pictures for about two years now, but I still learn with every shot. Only from the day I understand my new camera and all light situations completely, i can let myself fall into the stories i want to tell. But I think that this might take a bit more time.
Do you have an influences you can share?
I´ve painted so many pictures with oil, chalk and pencil and went to a design-art-class as I was a teen. I think this shaped my view of art today.A huge influence were the compositional methods of the old masters. I use elements like golden section, symmetry, complementary contrast and others in my photographs until now wilfully.
What inspires you? There are sooo many things, that inspire me. Sometimes it´s only a flower or plant, sometimes the model itself, sometimes a new make-up product I bought, a light-situation, dress or fabric (if I have the time, I also sew some dresses by my own). All in all I only need to walk through the world with my eyes wide open and am overflowing with ideas.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? Lets reverse the question - there is no special style I prefer in photography. Because of the 7 years I worked as a model, I’ve learned to love all types of photography and all of them have the right to exist.A photographer should take pictures only for himself /herself and for the model. If they are happy with the results, everything is perfect and the opinion of other people doesn’t matter.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
At the moment it is only fun - the creative balance to my work as a technical engineer. But it comes more and more to my mind, whether I shouldn´t do this in my future career. I always wanted to do a job where I can be creative. Art is a thing, that always made/makes me happy and runs like a thread right through my life.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? Mainly Facebook, Instagram and 500px, because it gives me the possibility, to connect with people all around the world so easily.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Oh gosh - there are sooo many sooo inspiring photographers all around the world. To name only some of my favourites: Ronny Garcia, Grace Almera, Kirsty Mitchell, Agnieszka Lorek, Irina Dzhul, but also german photographers like Andrea Bohot (my favourite photographer as a model), Felix Rachor, Marie Bärsch and Natascha Lindemann. But there are many more who are creating great works.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Like I already told - every type of photography has its right to exist. For me it is not important, whether it has a mirror or not.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I am a random Canon fan, because a good friend sold me her old starter kit. I’ve started with a Canon 600D with a 50mm/1.8. Most of my pictures have been taken with this hardware until now. Since January´18 I have a Canon 6Dii with 85mm/1.2 and felt spontaneously in love with the new quality. The main reason, why I’'ve bought this body was, that it was very similar in construction to the 600D which I’ve loved to use. The lens I chose was on recommendation by my favourite photographer friend, who is also a huge idol for me. I didn´t regret it until now.
What is your dream location to shoot at? I love flowers in every colour and shape - so i would like to visit every climate zone, to shoot as many different as possible. I love to compare my models with plants and flowers for my little portrait project "fading blossom". There are so many flowers, that still want to flourish in front of my camera... :o)
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? Oh - that is a really hard question since there are quite a lot! I have so many favourite pictures - but one shoot shaped me like no other until now. It was my interpretation of "mother nature" in winter with Isabell wearing my selfmade red dress. It was the first time, all my ideas worked as I’ve imagined. First I styled Isabell two hours to transform her in a fairy-like being. The time plan was perfect, so that we were able to shoot with beautiful backlight. The location was an actually fenced grazing area for sheep, but for great pictures I take every risk to get caught. Nobody was disturbed by our activities and so we were able to shoot pictures with a great plane snow surface and amazingly beautiful light. A special thanks at this occasion to my boyfriend Matthias, who always helps and supports me where he can!
In three words how would you describe your photography? colourful, contrasty, glamorous-romantic...
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? I need to say, that this is no interesting topic for me. I love to hold a camera body in my hands while taking pictures. I haven´t got the need to takeartistically ambitious pictures with my smart phone. I use my phone only to take some snapshots of my day - for me, the quality is sufficient.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
I just can speak from my experience: yes - if you want to take pictures with higher technical quality. But I also think, that a great picturenever comes from spending much money, it comes from the photographer himself. The camera is just a tool. Most people told me, that they couldn´t believe, that most of my pictures were only shot with a medium format camera. But I am so happy to have a full format camera with better quality now - I think my pictures got much more deepness and clarity.