What got you into photography, and has what got you started, evolved and changed through the years?
As a kid I was fascinated by those mysterious cameras with all those buttons and dials – I mean, which boy isn’t? But it took me to the age of 22 until I finally bought one of those shiny cameras. I was then lucky enough to go out on a beautiful autumn afternoon around the lake I grew up on in Germany and take my first roll of film. My first pictures turned out amazing, even though now I look back at them and see there was a lot of room for improvement …like a lot. Though, I was hooked and loved it instantly, and so my passion began.
Initially I just tried to emulate what a professional photograph looks like. I think it took me another ten years before I would say that I started to have my own vision. I think it constantly evolved and continues to evolve. As you change in life, so does your photography.
You spent many years as a wedding photographer, capturing beautiful moments in the lives of your clients. What did you do to put yourself into the minds of your clients to ensure that you were able to capture those perfect moments for them?
Yes, I spent 13 years as a wedding photographer, starting on film, back in the day where families were happy just to get a sharp picture …then digital came along and I had to learn a lot to transition to digital. Though I found going digital liberating, because i could finally tweak images to show what I have seen and don’t hope for someone at the lab to get it.
Back to your question, I approached my wedding photography with my personal philosophy, which is always do the best you can. I tried to create beautiful photos that resemble the spirit of the wedding day including the love, the funny moments, the turbulent moments, the formal photos and the party. Essentially, I would photograph how I would have liked my wedding to be photographed and combined that with quality products, so that when clients look at the photos years later, they can really relive their wedding day in all their uniqueness.