Lovely Newborn Session

A couple of weeks ago, Jasmin and Stefan visited me with their newborn baby girl Lina. Not more than a week old she was already a perfect sweetheart and charmed me with her big eyes and her lovely smile.  

The four of us  spent a wonderful afternoon together and it was an honor and pleasure for me, to be the first to document them as a family. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN CROATIA - PART II

As I told you before I attended a wedding photography workshop held by Roland Faistenberger Photography last month. 

On the second day we got the chance to photograph two fellow photographers again: Kathrin and Simon from A Tale of Two Hearts. Roland took us to a wonderful location that made all our hearts melt and so we spent a beautiful afternoon outside, with two lovely models, perfect light and a couple of laughs as well – no wonder with such a cool and fun and talented bunch of people. 

Again, it is a pleasure for me to present you a little selection of the pictures I got the chance to take. 

 

Workshop held by: Roland Faistenberger Photography
Models: A Tale of Two Hearts
Dress: elfenkleid
Headpiece: Niely Hötsch

Big thanks to all of you!

Wedding Photography Workshop in Croatia - Part I

When Roland Faistenberger Photography announced that he is going to give a wedding photography workshop I didn't have to think twice. From the first time I heard of this guy and saw his pictures I was in awe. So of course I booked the workshop.

At the end of March the time has finally come. With my two oh so talented fellow photographers from Vienna – Marie Bleyer and Maximilian Salzer – I jumped into the car and off we went to Croatia. We even got there a couple of days before the workshop started and had a really great time together with our lovely and super fun colleagues from Germany. 

And then, finally, the first day of the workshop came. And with the first day came the first shooting. Our models for the day were a lovely surprise: Julia and Gil from Julia and Gil Photography. To be honest, they were doing an almost as terrific job in front of the lens as they do behind the camera. So shooting them was really fun and I ended up with some pretty nice images. 

So, without any further ado, I want to present you my little selection. 

 

Workshop held by: Roland Faistenberger Photography

Models: Julia and Gil

Thank you guys so much!

Finally a Boy

I had the pleasure and privilege do a couple of newborn-shootings in the past and I really enjoy photographing babies and a happy, "new" family. Strangely all the little ones have been girls so far. Well that changed at the end of last year: Matteo is the son of my Cousin Wolfgang and his wife Tini – and brother to his proud sister Livia. 

During the shoot Matteo was quiet and relaxed. This chilled attitude could come in handy, growing up as only boy (so far) with six girls in the family. On the other hand, he won't have any problems charming them with these incredible eyes.

Congratulations to Wolfgang and Tini and welcome to the family Matteo!

From Norway with Love

Sometimes, being spontaneous is the best thing to be. For me, this proved right again last year. It was the evening before I flew to London for a short weekend-getaway, when I read the post of a fellow photographer on Facebook who promoted a "Scandinavian Style Wedding Workshop" in Norway. I checked the website, liked what I saw and booked it right away.

November came, I got on my plane and flew to Oslo. The workshop was phenomenal. Not only did Lisa from The Norwegian Wedding Blog do a really terrific job in putting everything together (a wonderful location, lovely models, unique styles and so much more ...) but also our mentors and speakers 2 Brides Photography  and Siegrid Cain Photography had so many interesting and helpful things to say and were so much fun to be with. Speaking of fun – the best part about the whole experience were the lovely and talented and passionated people I met. We were a really terrific group from all over Europe, helping each other, sharing stories and lots of laughs (I actually couldn't stop laughing on the last day until tears ran down my cheeks). 

The workshop had an emphasis on film photography which I never really tried before. With some encouragement (and cameras) from the others, I jumped over my own shadow and shot my first few rolls of film. And I loved it! I am not going to switch from digital photography to analog completely (at least for the moment), but I have to say that shooting film gave me a different feeling – a feeling I really liked. It's definitely something I want to explore some more in the future. And I don't know what the guys from Carmencita Film Lab did when developing and scanning my film, but they worked their magic and so I ended up with some pretty nice shots. 

A big big thank you to each and everyone who made the workshop possible, who put their work, effort and passion into it and to all the people who made it such a great experience. I hope someday we will have some sort of reunion (and if we do, I will tell the story that made me laugh so hard on the last day). 

VENDORS AND CREDITS: Arranging and hosting workshop: The Norwegian Wedding Blog // Speakers: 2 Brides Photography and Siegrid Cain Photography // Scans and sponsor: Carmencita Film Lab // White dress, black dress, jewelry, blush shoes: Modeca dresses via Belle Amie // Vintage engagement and wedding rings: The Norwegian Wedding Blog // All flower arrangements and Bridal bouquets: Eucalyptus // Stationary: Alexis June Weddings // Cakes and cake tables: Sweet Sugarboy Ed // Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Tilde // Blush wedding dress, blue, white and gold wedding dress and Headpiece Blush dress: Designed by The Norwegian Wedding Blog in collaboration with Heines Design Haute Couture // Earrings both models day two (blue and blush dress): Handmade by Heines Design Haute Couture // Grooms Attire both days: The Norwegian Wedding Blog via H&M // Grooms Shoes: The Norwegian Wedding Blog via H&M // Grooms hat: Private // Styling and concept: The Norwegian Wedding Blog // Shoes: The Norwegian Wedding Blog // Napkins, vintage glass, golden plates, vintage furniture, rugs, candelabra, lights, table linen: The Norwegian Wedding Blog // Cutlery and tableware: DekkMittBord // Location: Königs WingerKongsvinger Fortress and Kongsvinger // Models: Rebecca Løckra Hægland, Espen Krøll and Oda Østenstad Fjell // Assistants, handymans and fairys: Peter, Vetle, Tina and Arild

 

And some behind the scenes shots (this time digital)

Theresia Pauls mastering the art of dress(age)

Mayra Franco in action

Photographers taking photos of photographers taking photos. With Ben Walker, Manuela Kalupar and Bettina Danzl

that special glow

A few weeks ago I got a call from Ivana. I had the privilege of shooting her wedding with Marco last year (you can see the pictures here). Ivana surprised me with the news that they are expecting a baby and asked me if I could do a couple of maternity pictures for them. It was a surprise for her husband for their first wedding anniversary. Well, no need to ask me twice ...

We had a very relaxed and nice afternoon together in their awesome house. Marco even surprised his wife with some flowers. As for the pictures – see for yourself.

Wedding on a sunny day in Rust

Let's be honest. The weather this summer in Austria wasn't quite what we all had hoped for. A bit too cold, a bit too much rain, a bit too less sun. Not on the wedding day of Anita and Stefan. When they got married at the beginning of August it was the hottest day of the year. Their venue in Rust, a lovely town next to Neusiedler See, was just perfect. Anita got ready in the lovely little one-room-hotel TiMiMoo. The ceremony itself took place just a few steps away. After they bride and groom exchanged their vows, they surprised their guests with a ride in an awesome London-Style double-decker bus to the final location: Seerestaurant Katamaran.

Anita and Stefans day was a day filled with laughter and love and I am really happy and honored, that they trusted me in capturing it for them. Once more: Congratulations to the two of you!

(by the way: the cake from The Cake-Shop was delicious as always)

blood, sweat and tears

Okay, here comes the most personal and emotional blogpost I have posted so far.

My boyfriend Adrian started dancing when he was a kid in Rumania and worked as a professional ballet dancer ever since he finished school. He had engagements in England, Scotland, Spain and Austria, was on tour in Japan, Monte Carlo, Irland and France – just to name a few. 

The truth about ballet is, that it looks elegant, effortless and graceful but what the audience doesn't see is the hard work in training and rehearsals – many times a torture for the body that ends in pain and blood. No wonder, that you cannot do this job forever. A truth, that also Adrian had to face when he had to go trough a knee surgery last year. So it is time for him to stop his career on stage and starte something new. 

This Tuesday he danced his last ballet as a member of Wiener Staatsballett on stage of Wiener Volksoper. I went with him back stage and had my camera with me to document this special occasion. Not an easy job, as I got quite emotional myself in the end. 

 

Getting ready for the show.

 

Warming up in the studio.

 

The show begins.
First part: Debussy, "Nachmittag eines Fauns" (choreography: Boris Nebyla)

 

Part two: Ravel, "Bolero" (choreography: András Lukács)

 

Part three: Orff, "Carmina Burana" (choreography: Vesna Orlic)

 

Taking the final bow and the end.

So, here's to Adrian: I love you very much and I am really proud of you. Not just for what you achieved as a dancer but also for taking a risk and starting something new.