The Moment of Happpiness

There are moments, in which one finds unalloyed happiness. This weekend, I was able to witness again one of those rare moments: I ended up in England, at Hedingham Castle in Essex, to be exact. There, Lauren and Mark celebrated their sublime wedding, very English and very noble.

But that is only half the story, the two of them will celebrate once more, this time the Indian way, in two weeks in Coventry. I am very curious to see the outfits! Here for now a little “treat”, which rejoices one’s heart :-) The rest will conclude soon.

Wonderful Wedding in Marienfeld

There are moments, that are just perfect for the wedding photographer. However the photos are not made by themselves. As the bride’s father was leading her into the church, I was waiting for the moment, when she would stand exactly under the spotlight. I had this motive in my head already, so I had time to adjust my camera for the right exposition.

The preparation of Sylvia, which is a Wedding-planner herself, began in the Klosterpforte, Marienfeld. All the bridesmaids gathered there together with the bride and were styled up with the help of Nadine (Mrosek-Hairdesign). The wonderful wedding dress is actually from Rosa Clara.

As for the groom, his preparation (like always) was a bit faster. You don’t see a white suite (Carlo Pignatelli) on the german weddings very often, so I was very happy about that, as it fitted the groom perfectly.

The marriage ceremony was held in the old abbey church and was very touching and moving. The reception took place in the rooms of the church and was followed by the Saxvibes band, which ensured great mood of the guests from afternoon till the evening. Roth Veronika Blumen from Marienfeld and Blumenhaus Obermeier from Bielefeld made the wonderful flower decoration.

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!

Imagefilm for polychroma.de

I have done something completely different this time. No wedding photography. I made a film. The topic film has always interested me. As a photographer one already has the necessary high-end camera equipment. The current digital SLR systems are filming with 1080p. In combination with high-quality lenses one achieves results, which used to be reserved for considerably more expensive systems just five years ago.

I created a an imagefilm for polychroma, a letterpress company located here in Hamburg. Letterpress is the purest form of printing. This method is used for many premium products, like wedding invitations or business cards. Gerrit Baumann dedicates himself to this printing method with a lot of love and knowledge.

In the future I will broaden my range of services with imagefilms next to wedding photography and advertisement/business photography. I hope you enjoy my first work :-)

As a Wedding Photographer in Mölln

Wonderful weather, beautiful people, cool location, what could go wrong on this day. And nothing went wrong from the morning till the evening. As for the evening, the sky has indulged us with the most beautiful stars, so I could use this time for some wedding and group portraits.

Wonderful Léonie Gené took care of the look of the bride. The main location of the day was Waldhof in Mölln, there was a preparation, dining and party. A very relaxing place, especially for guests with children. The marriage took place in the church of Mölln and then we took our time for the portraits in the surroundings.

My Polaroid “Affair”

Many bridal couples and guests who saw me working as a wedding photographer this year have seen an antique looking camera which I used from time to time. A thing without display and battery, which was the current technique when my father learned how to walk. What I am using is an old polaroid camera, I am using two different models, depending on the light situation.

Every time I pulled a photo directly out of the back of the camera the eyes of the couples became big. The “normal” polaroid, which comes out with a whirring sound out of the front, is known by most people. I am using the “Packfilm”-format, which goes more into the direction of real photos ;-)

This year was a test run, the really positive feedback led to the decision to offer the polaroid-action as a guestbook-option. It an idea for a present for the bridal couple as well as for the wedding guests.

The price will depend on the number of guests and from the chosen guest book. The photographed guest couple will always receive two photos, one to take home and one which they can, together with their wishes for the bridal couple, put in the guestbook.