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Photo Field Trip - A Photography Festival in California

Do you remember that feeling when you were a kid, or maybe a young teenager… .that feeling of exuberant joy, and wonder about the world? Maybe because the boy/girl you liked had tentatively smiled at you, or because you got a really good grade in your worst subject, or maybe because the world was just so far and wide and all open for you and full of great things to come. Remember it?

Well, that’s the feeling I had at Photo Field Trip.

It’s a Field Trip for grown-ups, and for photographers specifically, and something that its founders (a wedding photographer, a DJ, and a TV producer) dreamed up as the perfect antidote to your typical photography conference. It’s about learning and growing your business alright, but instead of a bleak conference center, you’re in a California oak forest, with easy access to the beach; instead of the speakers standing up on a stage, so clearly on a different level, you share space in a tent or around a fire; and instead of stiff small-talk with competitors over drinks, there is a dress-up party in which everyone is invited to be exactly as weird as they are.

That’s the thing, really – there’s an atmosphere of letting everyone be just as they are. You can pretty much chat up anyone at any time (including the teachers), and it’s totally o.k. to not know how to do something, or loose your cool. (Arguably… loosing your cool is part of what this is all about!)

The people I met – Emma, Melissa, Allison, Kat and Leo, Elli, Marissa, Boo, Robert, Jaime, Armando… - all turned out to be generous, warm-hearted and thoughtful people, and hanging out with them was truly what Field Trip was all about for me.

And here’s the best part: I’m going back. In ten days, I’ll be there for Photo Field Trip 2016, and if it’s half as much fun as last year, I’ll be a very happy girl. xxT

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Wedding Photography in Brandenburg – Natascha and Felix’ Wedding with Kids at Schloss Kartzow

Are you following us on Facebook? If so, you may have seen that some of our photos featured in Lieschen’s Blogazine No.1, a beautiful German Emag for brides. What better occasion to finally blog my favourite photos from this wedding, as I’ve never done it so far!

There are a many reasons why we enjoyed Natascha and Felix wedding so much, all of which you’re going to see in the photos: a bride positively beaming throughout the day, the beautiful scenery, a fun and laid-back atmosphere. But there is something else that makes it particularly dear to my heart: it’s the bright and beautiful celebration of a couple with two kids.

When we met Natascha a few days before the wedding, they had just arrived from Argentina, where they had been stationed as part of the diplomatic corps. They had organised everything over a distance of 10 000km, and booked the castle without having seen it. Natascha was at the same time almost apologetic and defiant: “I think a lot of people think I’m bonkers. Here we are, with two kids, we’ve been together forever…But I’ve always wanted a big wedding, with cake and a big dress and all of that, and the time was never right. So now I think, better now than never!”

The kids were so naturally included in the big day, without any fuss or worry, that it seemed almost as much their day as their parents’. Their little boy was often in both parents’ arms, and their daughter had no doubt the time of her life – in the fluffy pink flower girl dress she herself helped design!

I think it’s safe to say that Natascha got all she had hoped for, and more. A big hug from us to all four of you in Vietnam! xxT

 

One Year - Our Own First Wedding Anniversary

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It has been one year! On May 5th, 2012, we got married in a civil ceremony in our local Kreuzberg Registry, right next to where we both went to film school. Even though we had planned for it to be a small party - just the civil ceremony after all, with our church wedding coming up next year - sixty of our closest friends and family turned up, quite a lot of them flying in especially to spend this day with us. It was a lovely day, much more emotional than we had thought, and a lot of fun. 

Believe it or not, we were so busy all year long that we have still not sorted out our own wedding photos... But we're working on it now, and I will be posting a few shots here soon. In the mean time: Happy First Anniversary to us! :) 

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Laura and Matt - Couple Shoot in East London

Laura and Matt got engaged at the New York Pickle Fair. This is really all I needed to know to like them.

At the beginning, the two seemed a bit like an impossible match. Laura was in New York, and Matt, who is originally Australian, was in London. They met there, while Laura was visiting friends, but had just enough time to fall in love... and embark on that unfortunate modern institution called long-distance-relationshsip.

They tried for a while and discovered that they were terrible at this game (is anybody good at it?): long skype conversations, weekend-flights New York-London London-New York, more skype. So instead of doing what most people would have considered the sensible thing to do - calling it quits - they did the opposite: they took the great leap of faith and got married. (After that engagement at the pickle fair, with a glass ring that Matt would later exchange for a beautiful antique one he had sought out for her.)

I must say I am forever in awe of the kind of coglioni it must take for a step like this: get married to somebody you've only known for a short time, leaving your family and friends, and moving to another continent. Laura and Matt have been married for three years now, and if you see them together, it couldn't be more obvious: taking an uncalculable risk can certainly turn out to be a wonderful idea.

Couple Shoot in East London

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Engagement Shoot in Bethnel Green
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Brick Lane Industrial Couple Shoot
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Brick Lane Couple Shoot Black and White
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Caroline and Paul´s Winter Wedding in Vienna - Sneak Peek

We came home to Berlin earlier this week, after having spent an amazing four days shooting Caroline and Paul´s beautiful winter wedding in Vienna. Four days of gatherings for family and friends - all come in from all corners of the world -, of delicious food, hugs and kisses, partying, and lots of candles.

Here´s a little Sneak Peek of their Church Ceremony, just right, I think, to get you into a bit of a Christmas mood!

You can find a few more on our Facebook page, and there are certainly more to come over the next few weeks.

The wedding and the events surrounding it were all beautifully styled and organized by Maryam of Yam Yam Event Productions. It´s always a  pleasure working with her - if you like, check out this other Vienna wedding on which we worked together, or this wine-country wedding featured on Hochzeitswahn!

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Sophie und Markus - Winter Wedding in Austria

I still wanted to post a few behind-the scenes pictures of the fashion shoot I showed last time, but I´ve been in bed with the flu on and off for the last few weeks, so unfortunately, this will still have to wait a little bit.

Instead, I decided to post a few pictures today of Sophie and Markus´ lovely christmas-y December wedding in Austria. I´m not much of a winter person, but somehow, this year, I found myself longing for snow, starting in October... why, I haven´t got a clue! I´m also starting to look forward to Christmas, so I thought these pictures might fit the mood exactly. 

Also, it is Sophie and Markus Wedding Anniversary today - Happy Anniversary you two! I hope you have a lovely day, full of snow and candles! 

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Treches - Fashion Shoot in Berlin

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Finally, here are the pictures we shot for the fall/winter campaign for the fabulous eco-fair Berlin fashion label, Treches! They have just launched their new and uber-cool website, where you can also find lots more of our photos - be sure to check it out!

This was our first-ever real fashion shoot (complete with lights, assistant, and professional make-up and models), and we absolutely loved it. I´ll be sharing more about the details next week, together with some outtakes... so stay tuned!

Fashion and Styling: Jeanette Bruneau Rossow, Treches

models: Anne von Keller, Annett Schieske von fangfrisch Models, Fabian Stumm

Hair and Make-Up: Kerstin Eyler, Prettify Berlin

assistant: Nossa

All Souls´Day

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In many Catholic-influenced countries, from my native Austria to Mexico, where it is a national holiday, the second of November is celebrated as the Day of the Dead - the day when people remember their friends and family who have died. Depending on the culture, it is considered a day for mourning, or a day to joyfully celebrate the fact that all life on earth is transient.

Today also marks, incredibly, the fifteenth anniversary of the day that my dear father died. It was a very sunny day, just like today.

I love this picture that Daniel took of a dead bird close to the sea near Trieste in Italy. Doesn´t it look like it´s asleep?

Marte and Rune´s Wedding Portraits in Berlin

Marte and Rune got married exactly one year ago, here in Berlin. They had come especially for this from Norway, and they brought only their parents with them (who originally thought that they were coming to Berlin just for a family holiday!)

Marte and Rune wanted to get married in Berlin because they love the place: the ruggedness, the jumble of old and new, and the fact that nothing seems to be ever finished or perfect… There´s always some work in progress. A bit like a relationship I guess!

After the sweet and short ceremony in the Norwegian embassy, when it came  to taking their wedding portraits, it was clear that we would stay clear of the dome, the old museums and the romantic corners, and instead try and catch a little bit of that rugged Berlin feeling…

In lovely autumn weather, we got to have a really fun photo session with them, taking advantage of the modern glamour of the Nordic Embassies, the graffiti madness of TACHELES (RIP, it was closed down a month ago!) and the empty lot in the middle of Berlin that once housed the GDR “Palast der Republik”. I think it´s easy to see from the pictures how much fun we had, and how cool these two are!

Marte and Rune, we hope you had a lovely anniversary today, and we hope to see you sometime soon again here in Berlin!

P.S: Marte didn´t want to carry a bouquet, but she did want to have something special, so she affixed flowers to her handbag – a great idea, don´t you think?

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