Best Friends Forever Portrait Fotografin Burghausen

"Best Friends are the people
you can do anything and nothing with
and still have the best time."

Beste Freundinnen seit über 20 Jahren - das musste endlich mal in Bildern festgehalten werden. An einem der letzten sonnigen, warmen Herbsttage machten wir gemeinsam die Altstadt von Burghausen unsicher. :-)

Best friends since over 20 years - that needed to be preserved in photographs! It was one of the last sunny warm autumn days this year that we painted the old-town of Burghausen red.
So much love and fun and laughter - I keep smiling when I think about this shoot.
Thank you girls!!!

Dekoration: Kerstin Bischof. Fotografiert auf Kodak Film, dev/scan Carmencita Film Lab

A few words on finding your own voice

"You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.
Thoreau said, 'Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.' Don't be resigned to that. Break out!"
Robin Williams - Dead Poets Society

I am thinking a lot lately. I see so much in my line of work but also in all other creative industries lately, that upsets me.
Some of you know, that I am Co-Founder of"The Bohemia Gatherings" , where I not only teach women about film photography but also talk about finding your own voice.
"FIND YOUR OWN VOICE"
it's a term that has been over-used so much recently, that it seems to be mostly overlooked.
But now more than ever before it is CRUCIAL to sit down, think what it is you want to create, how you want to create,
WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE???
I am sad to see what is happening in the photography industry, and so so VERY TIRED of seeing the same thing over and over and over again.
Especially when I look at wedding-/family-/portrait-photography.
You can and must still give these images your personal stamp!
We all need inspiration of course.
And young photographers starting out often get sucked into the deadly cycle of looking up and following hundreds of other photographers to get inspired.
Let me tell you what will happen if you don't IMMEDIATELY STOP that.
Your little spark of art will die inside of you - faster than you can imagine - before you even put your foot properly in the door - it will be gone.
You can find inspiration in many ways that will actually help you grow and create amazing work. Look around you. What about reading, nature, real life stories, people-watching, fashion, walking through a city, travelling, food, music, painters...

If you keep trying to copy other photographers,
you will not ever be truly happy with the work you produce.
Because it's never YOU.
If you want to be happy as a photographer or any other artist you must be BRAVE.
You MUST WORK RIDICULOUSLY HARD.
You must listen to your HEART and sit down and take time and figure out for just yourself,
who you are.
Do you see yourself as an ARTIST or ENTERPRENEUR?
seriously - nowadays as a photographer you have these choices!
As an Artist you will strive to create unique imagery and you simply cannot stop because it's the only thing that makes you truly happy.
If you want to work as an artist you have to WORK HARD and PRICE CORRECTLY because unfortunately you cannot eat compliments and facebook likes.
As an Enterpreneur you simply strive to make as much money as possible with this line of work.
You also have to WORK HARD and PRICE CORRECTLY but you can happily ignore the artistic part of this message.

Do you really want to shoot 40 weddings a year? Under-priced to make sure you get as many as possible? Does it make you happy?
Or does it actually break you, you creativity and your spirit?
If you can say from the bottom of your heart, that YES, this is what you want to do, then by all means GO FOR IT.

Do you want to always be the photographer who can copy someone else for cheaper?
Or do you want to be booked because of YOU and because of your unique way of capturing moments, emotions, light....?
Do you want people to see your work and say "hey, it's just like so-and-so's" or do you want them to say
"when I see an image of yours, I know it was created by you before I even saw your name under it"

Please sit down, reflect, look inside of you what it is that you want to do and just DO IT.
There is no shortcut to SUCCESS.
There only is learning the hard way, working hard, breaking down, getting up again and starting from scratch, never giving up, always trying to GROW.
And there is no "top" you can reach because you should always strive to become a better version of yourself.
To be an artist is never easy, it is forever working hard and following your heart - and that really is no simple task.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED - because it's the only way of life for me personally.
 

Shot at the last Bohemia Gathering in Spain on Fuji Film, developed and scanned by my dear Carmencita Film lab.

Love is Love - Engagement Shoot

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

These two travelled all the way from Vienna for their engagement shoot. We decided on nature, forest, colourful leaves and romantic lake for the shoot. The perfect setting for two people so deeply in love. And boy did we have fun too.
I wish I could be a little mouse to watch their wedding this October.
It will be unique, incredibly stylish and full of emotion and wonderful people I am sure.

Andreas  & Adrian – it was such an honour that you chose me to capture your love.

I am proud and grateful and humbled.
May your love never stop growing.

Beauty Portraiture

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." Coco Chanel
 

I am deeply honoured that Zuzanna of Hajs-ajs asked me to take her portraits. What was supposed to be business portraiture turned into beauty photography of the finest. Because she simply decided to bare her soul to me and let me do my thing. And these are some results of 1 hour in crazy heat and outfit changes in a busy town neighbourhood :-)

If you ever need a stylist and make-up and hair artist - she is the one to go too! Trust me!

Many thanks to my trusted lab Carmencita for taking such great care of my film and knowing exactly what my vision was.
All images shot on Kodak Professional Film and Ilford Film on my trusted beloved Mamiya :-)