Hey, my name is Wendy and I‘m from Berlin. Thank you for the opportunity to be published here.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Photography has always fascinated me. Already as a child, I secretly used my mother’s camera to take pictures of our animals and my surroundings. I was usually not allowed to use her camera. That is why I always turned a whole photo film so I could exchange it later without her noticing. However, it wasn’t until much later, that I remembered that fascination for photography as an adult and made my first steps towards professionalism.
When did you get into photography and why?
About five years ago, I began taking pictures of flowers, animals or during vacations. One day, I got into wedding photography by chance and concentrated on that for a while. But, motivated to develop myself further, I took my first steps in beauty photography in the beginning of 2017. And, what can I say, absolutely found my passion in it. I love creating beauty and perfection with my photography.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style is very clean — bright and rich in contrast I would say. With lots of highlighter in every picture :D I have found my style for the moment, but I always want to improve myself. As a next step in my development, I have just started with fashion photography. That challenges me a lot and I am really excited to find out where that journey takes me.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
My approach varies from case to case. In beauty photography, my team and I often decide spontaneously, inspired by the model. Before the shoot we do have a road map in mind to provide some direction of course, but it is rather flexible and the final concept is usually spontaneous. When it comes to fashion photography quite the opposite is the case, as I try to plan as much as possible in advance. When the team comes together later on, my plan often develops automatically on its own, ensuring a productive and smooth shoot.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
For me, it is more of an aesthetic aspect in photography. I love the beauty of the moment and have a penchant for perfectionism.
Do you have any influences you can share?
Simply going through the world with open eyes is inspiring to me. Especially in cities like Berlin there is so much to see. Every little thing can create an impulse or an idea.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by many things. For example, I love photo books or high quality magazines. During a shoot, I like to be inspired by the models and the team I work with.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Hahaha! Oh yes, sometimes it is unbelievable.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Sure, fun is a large aspect of taking pictures and is the main reason why I started a professional approach in the first place. Having fun and doing the thing you love is the foundation of success and I definitely want to grow my photography business.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I mainly use instagram to show my work and I’m inspired by Pinterest.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
There are so many great photographers out there! Both the well-known, very successful photographers, as well as smaller ones who are, like me, at the beginning of their careers. They all do great work, put a lot of energy into their pictures and deserve attention.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
The advantage with mobile photography is that you almost always have a smartphone with you. And the quality of the pictures is really great by now.
Even if I take a lot of pictures with my mobile phone, especially on vacation, I would never ever want to miss a DSLR/mirrorless camera for my professional shootings.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
My camera is a Canon 5DMark3. Mainly I shoot with the 100mm f/2,8L Macro or 24-70mm f/2.8L II. For natural portraits I also love to shoot with Sigma Art Lenses, my favorite is 35mm.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
There are so many great places where I would love to shoot: in the streets of New York, in the landscape of Iceland or Scotland, or at a beautiful remote beach.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
Oh, I don’t really have one. I love so many of them. I just can say one thing: the best pictures are all done with a great team!
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Glamorous, strong, sensual.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
Personally, I take a lot of pictures with my iPhone, as it's always on hand. The quality of the pictures is so great. During my last vacation I did not even have my camera with me. I enjoy it.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
No, the picture is not taken by the camera but by the photographer. Of course it helps a lot if you can rely on the technology. But a good eye, a good composition, and the idea behind it, that's what makes a good picture.