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Michael and Taylor–Love Wins, Los Angeles

With the shock and depression of the U.S. election result right in my bones, I decided to sit down and finally blog a session that is close to my heart, and that I’ve been sitting on for a while. I think we can all need some love and beauty right now, and here are two people who have both in abundance.

Michael and Taylor, I really valued the time we were able to spend together - thank you.

Love wins. xxT

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We’re happy to announce our first Portrait Workshop in Berlin!

Portrait Workshop Iconoclash Announcement

We've been photographing professionally for ten years now, and we get asked a lot of questions about photography regularly. We also both love sharing what we know, and we certainly love photography - so teaching was a pretty logical next step. This April, we'll be opening up our brand new Berlin Atelier to a maximum of ten people, to share all we know about the Photographic Portrait in natural Light. Or simply put: seeing the light, and seeing the person you're portraying, and putting the two together for a memorable portrait.

The Workshop will be held in Berlin-Kreuzberg, on the 23rd and 24th of April, 2016. The preliminary schedule is as follows:

Saturday

  • 11am to 1.30pm Introduction
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm Lunch, cooked by our friend and in-house Chef
  • 2.30 to 6pm Class and Shooting Assignments
  • 6pm to 7pm Dinner Break
  • 7pm to 9pm Sunset/Night Shoot

Sunday

  • 11am to 1.30pm Class and Shooting
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm Lunch, cooked by our friend and in-house Chef
  • 2.30pm to 4pm Review, Wrapping Up

The cost of the workshop is 180€ per person, including two delicious lunches. There are different discounts available, please contact us for further info.

Please remember that the workshop is limited to ten attendees, so make sure you register early! 

For more info and to secure your spot, please contact us at workshop@iconoclash-photography.com

Looking forward to see you in April! xx T+D

Destination Wedding in Istria – Alice and Christopher’s Nuptials on Nikola Island, Croatia

Alice and Christoph’s wedding was so gorgeous and full of fun that just looking back at these pictures makes me smile.

Imagine a tiny island off the Croatian Coast, in the beginning of summer, when everyone is still hungry for every ray of sunshine they can get. Imagine inviting all of your family and friends there, for a whole weekend – three days of everyone meeting each other, of games, celebration, good food and good times. Sounds fantastic, right? It’s exactly what Alice and Christoph decided to do for their wedding.

For their catholic cermony, they chose the incredible Euphrasian Basilica on the mainland in Porec – a building you have to absolutely visit if you’re ever in Istria. It is filled with 6th century Byzantine mosaics, so stunning that, if you’re anything like me, they will make your jaws drop in amazement.

So between the Unesco-Heritage mosaics, the romantic old town of Porec, and the rocky beaches of Nikola Island, we were spoiled for gorgeous backdrops. Add to that a couple which is sparkling with excitement and joie de vivre… and it’s pretty much a wedding photographer’s dream come true.

So take a breath, sit back and enjoy some joy and sunshine… xxT

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Back Home

This week, we finally came home after eight crazy weeks of travelling, shooting, and editing on the road. We had truly amazing times, in Austria, Andalucia, Rome, Brussels, and Stockholm. We loved every bit of it!

And now that we’re home, I am SO grateful. For sleeping in my own bed. For buying groceries at the market. For cooking my own food, every day (or enjoying Daniel’s cooking). For being able to meet my friends on a moment’s notice, and laugh or cry with them over lunch. I’m even grateful for the terrible Berlin autumn weather, which reminds me that time passes and seasons change.

I’m grateful I got to travel all summer long, and I’m so happy to have such a great place to come home to. xxT 

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Portraits in Berlin – Dancer Anna Porzelt

Let me introduce you to Miss Anna. On first meeting her, you might be reminded of a Prussian general: perfect posture, and an air of discipline. Then if you’re lucky though, you may experience that she cooks like an Italian Mamma, and if you’re really really lucky… you get to see her dance. She left a budding career as a film director to do what she loves best: dance to swing music. Balboa, Lindy, Charleston, Colleagiate Shag, Peabody… You could even learn them from her. Here’s to Miss Anna Porzelt, dancer extraordinnaire. xxT

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Berlin Engagement Shoot at the Pfaueninsel – Amanda and Willem

Amanda and Willem are tying the knot tomorrow, with their family and closest friends coming from all over the world to witness it, so what better time to post these images from their engagement shoot a few weeks back!
I had a terribly hard time to decide which photos should go into this blogpost – there are so, so many that I love. Amanda and Willem were so great to hang out with, and the light got ever more gorgeous while we roamed the Pfaueninsel, or Peacock Island… a less well-known, and more romantic side of Berlin than you’re probably used to see.

I hope you enjoy be transported to a lovely summer afternoon on an island in Berlin… xxT

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Wedding in South Tyrol – Esi and Dorian

We came back last week from shooting in South Tyrol, so I couldn’t help but think back to Esi and Dorian’s beautiful wedding last year. Their wedding day was the most perfect you can imagine – gloriously sunny and hot, with mountain views as far as you could see, and a radiant couple who really made the most of their day. I’m not sure I have ever seen anybody party as exuberantly as these two. Sit back and enjoy! xxT

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Spring Couple Shoot in Portland – Brittni and Lee

If you’ve read my last blogpost, you know that we spent five beautiful weeks in the U.S. earlier this year, travelling from L.A. up to San Francisco, and later to Portland and Seattle. One of the best experiences during the trip was the incredible hospitality we encountered – and Brittni and Lee were among those who welcomed us into their home with open arms.

We had the best time together. From having jello shots together at their friends party (a first for Daniel and me), to a delicious Mexican Sunday brunch in the sunshine, hanging out with them is among our favourite memories from our trip.

Hope to see you soon in Berlin, Brittni + Lee! xxT

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Sailing Trip to Santa Cruz Island, CA

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you may know that we recently came back from a five-weeks trip to the U.S., alternately known as “Our Honeymoon”, “The Trip” and “The Mini-Sabbatical”.  While the name and given occasion for the trip varied during the planning process, its goals were always clear: 1. to go somewhere we hadn’t been before, 2. to meet new people and reconnect with far-away friends and 3. to go with the flow and be as open as possible to whatever adventure may come along.

To make it short, we had the best time. (And I’m going to be posting bits and pieces over the months to come).

What turned out to be the most striking thing about our trip was that out of five weeks of travel, we had paid accomodation for two nights. Two. For all the other nights and days, we were very incredibly thankful to have friends, friends of friends, relatives of friends, friends of relatives and even almost total strangers provide us with a place to stay. Which truly still fills me with gratitude every time I think of it.

One of the people who hosted us so graciously was someone Daniel knew a long time ago – Sevan. He is the son of Daniel’s mom’s best friend Bettina. The two women and their sons used to spend the summers together in Salzburg, Austria, and the boys, naturally, grew to be friends. When they were ten, however, Bettina and Sevan moved to Paris, later to L.A. – and the boys never saw each other again. That is - until now, 20 years later.

Sevan, his fiancé Zoe and their daughter Kalea welcomed us into their home with truly open arms, and it was wonderful to watch Sevan and Daniel snap right back into where they had left off at ten – a quiet and mutually respecful companionship.

So when Sevan - who’s a firefighter and paramedic, and lover of all things outdoors - invited us to a two-day-trip on his old sailing boat, there wasn’t a doubt in our mind that we had to cancel our other plans, and go. Daniel had never actually set foot on a sailboat, and therefore the idea fell perfectly in line with our wish to do things we hadn’t done before.

It was also to be the boat’s last trip with Sevan, since time to sail is scarce and the costs of keeping it are high.

In preparation, Daniel and I bought ridiculous amounts of food at Wholefoods, and Zoe (who sadly had to work and couldn’t join us) lent me some of her warmer sportsclothes, that I was going to be very thankful for later. Other than that, we boarded the boat with very, very, very little knowledge about the sea and sailing.

And pretty soon, things started to go just a little differently than imagined. From the time we set foot on the boat, things didn’t work, failed, or broke. It was something of a running gag, the way lines snapped, got tangled under the anchor (which took about an hour to untangle), and parts of the boat unceremoniously broke off (and were taped and hammered together by Sevan, who proved to be a genius of improvisation). Oh, and I got pretty seasick, too. Surprisingly, none of this was able to lessen the enormous fun we had (although I did wonder at times whether we were going to make it back o.k.)

Our plan was to cross over to the Channel Islands and spend the night on the boat, to return in the morning. We sailed for something like six hours, one hour of which I used to sleep off my seasickness under deck. When I awoke, the light was low and magical, and you could see the islands coming closer. We anchored (which sounds easier than it was) and climbed into the dinghy we had been dragging behind the boat. We were supposed to take it for a spin to another beach, but – continuing the running gag of things going wrong - the dinghy’s motor died and was unwilling to be coaxed into working again. So as it was getting dark, Sevan rowed us to the closest stony beach on Santa Cruz Island instead.

Setting foot on Santa Cruz Island was a strangely magical experience. The island is largely uninhabited, and while it is far from uncharted, arriving on a deserted island via a small boat felt somewhat primeval. A few steps onto the beach, we surprised an island fox – a beautiful small creature indigenous to the island, and threatened by extinction. It ducked under a piece of wood, eyeing us shyly… and after having checked us out for a few moments, went on its light-footed way.

We strolled inland for about half an hour, until there was no light left and we were surrounded by pitch-black dark. (Those ghostly photos of Daniel carrying the water bottle and me looking up to the sky are from that time, with ridiculously high ISO.) Making our way back to the beach, we noticed right away that the waters had changed – the tide had come in and there were high waves coming at us. I was a little bit reluctant to part with my camera, but Sevan convinced me to put it in the water-safe box in the dinghy’s belly – some very good piece of advice, as I’d find out soon.

Sevan pushed us off against the waves, slung himself into the dinghy, and right away started yelling at Daniel: “Row!! Row!!”. Which Daniel did, straining against the waves which were coming at us relentlessly. I sat right in front, and saw those waves coming at us… whoa, this is going to be a big one… coming closer, closer, closer… WOOSH. The waves broke right over our heads and smashed down on us, Sevan all the way, yelling: “Row! Row!”

It probably took only about five waves until we came through into steadier water, but to see those waves coming at us, all the way wondering whether the next one was going to sink us, was certainly an experience. We were all completely soaked from head to toe. But also strangely exhilarated. What a wonderful day. We were soaked and cold, but as we toasted with beer and Ginger Ale, we were all very thankful and happy. As the boat rocked us to sleep, I slept like a stone that night.

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Summer Wedding in Lower Austria – Dina and Hubi

Sometimes, you just get lucky. When Dina inquired with us a few month before her wedding, we were already booked on that date. Signed, sealed, there was nothing we could do.

Then the other couple decided to change their date, and we ended up being able to capture Dina and Hubi’s beautiful day after all. And how lucky indeed that was. I’ll let you see for yourself.

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