Wedding in Hedingham Castle

This year I had a chance to photograph an English couple again. These two I have even photographed twice. Once they have married “traditionally English” in Hedingham Castle in Essex, the second marriage was Indian. My reportage of the sikh ceremony will follow in a separate blog post. Hedingham Castle is located in Essex, just 100km north-east of London in a picturesque English countryside. I was picked up from the hotel by Betty, my British colleague, with whom I will photograph all english weddings in the future. Luckily I did not have to drive on the “unusual” left side ;-)

In the old norman castle, build in the year 1140, there was the largest preserved norman vault hall in Europe. The wedding ceremony was held in this beautiful hall with candlelight. Near the castle there was an old manor house that offered a beautiful view of the gardens and lake. During the reception I photographed the portraits there and then we went to the tent behind the house for dinner.

Love walk

The other day in Hamburg, I had visitors from Paris who I was meeting to talk about their wedding in Chianti. I hope you enjoy the photos!

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!

Free spirit

A freed spirit is beautiful, but who achieved that? In the hotel Freigeist (“Free Spirit”) in Northeim you might find some help, it is an oasis in the middle of a big forrest. I shot there the amazing wedding of Mona and Martin, with many Best Men and Bridesmaids giving the wedding a soft international touch. Best men and Bridesmaids are not very common in Germany.

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.

As a Wedding Photographer in Hamburg

A wedding in the traditional big town hall in Hamburg. Two days, on first day after the wedding brunch at the Süllberg. Next day portraits and party in the Speicherstadt. Enjoy the photos!