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Results of the ISPWP Wedding Photography Contest

I participated in the ISPWP Wedding Photography Contest Spring 2013 organized by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP). Five of my photos made it under the top 20!

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First Wedding 2013 on Sylt

How these two organized their wedding is just great. The civil wedding with just the family on Sylt and then the big event at home in the summer time. As a wedding photographer I accompanied various weddings on Sylt and in Hamburg. Sylt is always a pleasure, especially because of the weather. This march we had every kind of weather, but on Sylt we enjoyed nice sunshine. We used this opportunity for an outdoor shooting and started in Kampen and then we moved into the north, to the Sylter elbow.

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Sylt + Sun + Storm = Wedding 2/2012

The first wedding in 2012, that I am showing, is the second wedding I have photographed this year. The reason for this to be the second one is that the first couple preferred to keep all the photographs for themselves. I offer this option as well, as I respect the wishes of the couple. So here we go with a Sylt-Wedding, in the bright sunshine but bitter 3°C cold with a really hard breeze.

Meanwhile I am Sylt-proved and, as a wedding photographer, I do have clothes for every weather in the trunk. Despite the cold weather, all three of them enjoyed the shooting and I was happy about my seat heating on the way back. Sylt’s landscape is truly unique in every season and any weather, winter or summer.

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Review of 2011’s Photography

The “Best of 20**” postings are always piling up in the blogs of the colleagues at the end of the year. What what is actually “Best of”? Is the rest then just “fine”? It reminds me all these casting-shows, where they compare artists with each other till there is only one left. But is it actually possible to press art, photography and music in such a evaluative, upon its technical and creative level, concept?

I say no. As we know, we can always fight about taste. I find it very difficult to classify and to evaluate some photographs better then the others. Especially wedding photographs have their very personal value, even within one family there are different favorites. Granny surely prefers another picture, then the wedding couple.

That is why I name the year-overview not the “Best of”, but an expedition through the year. Wedding photography divided in engagement- and couple-shootings, details and decoration and the flow of the day.

I had a chance to accompany lots of wonderful couples, was on Sylt many times, as well as in Essex, London, Faarborg (Denmark), Berlin, Kassel, Nordheim, Hamburg, Lüneburg and Glücksburg.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Sylt, my love…

Nowadays I almost live on Sylt. I have already photographed many weddings there, and I am booked quite a lot this year as well. I can almost say, I know the Shuttle-guys with their names. I always enjoy fresh air and amazing light on the island. Sylt is a great place to get married, I have never experienced bad mood there, maybe because Sylt has such relaxing atmosphere.

I know étoile very well already, so many weddings that I have photographed start here. I can always recommend this place with a prefect team of hairdressers and make-up artists.
So this wedding had started in étoile as well, and then we moved to Watthof, where the groom was getting ready.

The ceremony had taken its place in the church of Keitum, and after that we made a Photo-shooting around the island. A great conclusion for everyone was excellent cuisine of Söl´ringhof. My special thanks to Nina K., who took the pictures from the church gallery.

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Lighthouse Wedding on Sylt

This was my first wedding as photographer in the lighthouse in Hoernum. Entire nine people fit in the tower and one is quite out of breath once the top is reached. But before the marriage ceremony there was of course the preparation of the bride. Nancy got a gorgeous bridal hair style at the Etoilé, the dress she put on at the cottage, from where everyone left together.

After climbing all the stairs of the lighthouse and taking a good breath, one can enjoy the incredibly beautiful view. To marry at this place is truly something very special. It helps to get over the fact that the maximum capacity to witness the ceremony is nine people.

After the mandatory sheet cutting, balloon flying and tree stem cutting, everyone enjoyed an outstanding lunch in the wonderful beach atmosphere of the Seepferdchen.

The beauty of Sylt for me as a wedding photographer is the possibility to take beautiful portrait pictures everywhere, be it in the dune landscape or at the beach.