Wedding at Lake Geneva

Fantastic weather, fantastic location and an photogenic bridal pair. It could have not been more convenient – my “work” as a wedding photographer is more than fun like this. It was not the first time I was taking photos at a wedding at Lake Geneva, in 2007 I have been there too, right next door in Montreux.

The wedding took place in a beautiful little chapel, the free wedding ceremony was very intimate and emotional. For the reception one was invited very rustic to a vineyard with a incredible view at the sea. But see for yourself…

Wedding in the Normandy

As promised, I am now presenting the reportage of the wonderful wedding in France. The preparation took place in Cherbourg and Goubervile. The cilvi wedding was held in Gouberville, in the little Mairie. Afterwards one went to the gorgeous, right next to the sea located church in Barfleur.

Just like South England the whole region reminds one of a Rosamunde Pilcher film (not that I would watch something like that ;-)) The partying then happened in the rebuilt cowshed of the partial refurbished chateau of Crossville.

On the Way as a Wedding Photographer in France

Karlina and André asked me to take photos of their wedding in the Normandy. After I had an engagement photo shooting with the two of them last winter in Luxemburg, in August we now went to the atlantic coast, to Barfleur. They booked a complete reportage and an extra portrait session two days after the wedding, for which we were on the move for about an afternoon.

This was the first time I have visited the Normandy, but I took this great rough landscape into my heart at the first go. Mild climate, wide beaches, lots of nature and a wonderful bridal couple, there was nothing that could have gone wrong. First, I would like to show the photos of the portrait session, the complete reportage I will show in a few days :-)

Successful Participation in the ISPWP Summer Contest

The admission criteria of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) are known to be extremely high, that is why I was very happy about my admission into the club of the top international wedding photographers in the early summer this year.

A few days ago, while I was in the Normandy (I will show the pictures soon in this blog), I received the notification that some of my photos performed quite well in the ISPWP Summer Contest and that I was one of the top ten winners. I am very happy about the and want to thank again the bridal couples, who made those photos possible.

Most photos, which I submitted were from one the last weddings on Sylt, correspondingly often those photos have won. You can see the photos on the ISPWP website, which is definitely worth a visit anyway, because the colleagues submitted superb photos to the competition!

These are my placings:

2. place, category “First dance“, many thanks to Yvonne and Robert

6. place, category “Bride and Groom Portrait“, many thanks to Ines, Sascha und Muffin for this great day

5. place, category “Venue/Location“, many thanks again to Ines, Sascha and Muffin

4. und 5. place in the category “Movement and Motion” well, what should I say, thanks to Ines, Sascha and Muffin

4. place, category “Wedding Details”, many thank to Nina and John

Roland Michels with Expert Advice on Wedding Photography in the Fotomagazin

In the Fotomagazin there is the category “Expert advice”. It is on a different topic every issue, for example fashion, architecture or landscape photography. The target group is the ambitious hobby photographer. For this magazine’s issue I was asked, if I would like to give advice on the topic wedding photography.

I then sat down for an afternoon with an editor and we ended up with ten really good advices. I enjoyed working together with the Fotomagazin and I hope that it might help the one or another hobby photographer.

So if you want to learn more about how I work and if you maybe plan to take photos of a wedding yourself then have a look at the article. If you do not want to do it by yourself, feel free to recommend me :-)

Interview with Me in the Magazine Fotowirtschaft About Wedding Photography

The professional journal Fotowirtschaft had it’s focus this time on wedding photos / wedding photography. About ten pages were about wedding reportages, photographic albums, history of wedding photography and trends in wedding photography. For me this is a sign, that wedding photography by this time has gained a high significance in the big area of photography in Germany.

Of course I am happy that my photos are featured on five pages and that my person and my wedding reportages are featured on three pages. Furthermore in this article, the wedding photographer platform “Hochzeitsfotografen Deluxe” (meanwhile Bildpoeten) I founded with my colleague Ondro, is introduced.

By this time our platform for exclusive wedding reportages has become the reference for ambitious wedding photography in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Between the colleagues in the platform happens a strong technical exchange and many friendships emerged, which makes me especially happy and shows, that the culture of the creative wedding photography in Germany has developed very positively.