Some weekends weddings come and dance through the day, all is cake. Things are in a flow & we sing in the car back home. This past Saturday was a bit more on the try and error (and then try again) side. On the way to the ceremony my navigation system got all confused by a series of construction sights and we ended up on a tiny mountain lane in the black forest. My gut told me this is not a good idea and the road said, there is only one way, and that is through. So we crawled up the hill. To my total terror and despair got stuck between the mountain rock and another car, parking in a minuscule bend on the road.
Long story short, this being the first accident I ever produced, it took me all I got to not melt down on the spot & crawl under the car. My heavenly assistant kept her nerves and helped me to juggle the car inch by inch. The best man (bless him) came to our rescue and got us to the ceremony.
Looking back on this day I was overwhelmed by all the kindness with which we were met. Everybody who came over to chat had only caring words. Even if I was not as collected and calm as I might have been for the rest of the day, we laughed and giggled as much as ever during the portrait time.
Truths wich we took away from this adventure are:
A piece of left over Flammkuchen (tarte flambée) never tasted as good as on the parking lot of the police station one hour before midnight.
And the words of our soundtrack of the day - Guardians of the Galaxy - "ain´t no mountain high enough ... to keep me from getting to you..." suddenly had a total different meaning.
Happy Monday to ya´ll!
Keep on pressing forward, even with those Black Forest mountain kind of rocks in your way.
PS, we still sang in the car on our way home, from the bottom of our lungs. ;)
Happy Monday out there! Starting rather slow after a double header weekend I am soo very thrilled about summer finally brushing through Germany. Oh hey! I have missed all this warm light! Here come the high and low lights of the two rocking weddings... First of all... the dress I wore on Friday decided it is a good day to give up and crack in a rather unfortunate place. Oh hello mess. For the first cocktail hour I gracefully tried to place my second camera always right on top of the crack which turned out to be not useful. After several gentlemen stopped by & kindly indicating the situation, a sweet Mamma came and handed me her sweater. Armed till we switched location I slipped away and did my first total outfit change at a wedding. Now, you have to know I try to pack for several scenarios each weekend. I bring an extra pairs of shoes (usually more than one), tights, sometimes a pair of slacks or an umbrella. An entire new outfit is usually not in the bag. Strangely enough this Friday before I closed my apartment door I flung a dress & matching leggings in. Who would have known I need them? Oh boy, I was glad I came prepared.
Many good things come my way spontaneously. Even if this one was in the making for quite some time now. The actual booking of this trip happened exactly two days in advance. I had written with Abby several times over the years & I can honestly say that her Blog was a major motivator in my journey with wedding photography. She had announced back in winter that she would tour Europe & I knew I wanted to finally meet her in person. So this was the very best reason to finally visit Paris. Since I had never been..., I know. Hah! It was high time! Then I found a friend who was even more spontaneous than me. I called her fourteen hours before the train left from Stuttgart main station & she said yes. Needless to say we giggled the whole time.
As the new winter semester had started, we all met for the first time on a Tuesday night with Campus (Connect in Würzburg).
Little did I guess that the same night two lives were changed. From the first glance & sentence he was hooked. He charmingly persisted to keep the conversation coming and somehow the they chatted late after all had left. Just from the first meeting nothing was the same anymore.
Then I received the most charming mail in my inbox & decided to travel to Würzburg to meet them in person. From the first conversation to the last line of the wedding party I felt the appreciation of my photography like seldom before. You are such a dream to be around and to photograph! When you mentioned that portraits are the most important images I could not believe my luck & silently had a cupcake party in my head over the locations & day planning you had spread before me.
If you have been following along on my Instagram, you will have noticed that I was in Portugal for two weeks at the beginning of March.
Since March was the only month with zero weddings as this enquiry came, I thought why not. It was a mission trip organised by Campus Connect Berlin. And even if I knew none of the team and I am super shy, let alone go on Campus & share about my believe, I decided to go jump in at the deep end. I mean you cannot walk around and always say you don´t like something, unless you have tried it.
While I was still studying economics and management in Italia I had started somehting new. Every semester I would take one class which was wildly out of my field of studies. I love having an open mind and educating myself in various fields. Attending a different course was a good opportunity to grow beyond the world of economics. Sooo one semester, long before the photography spark was hitting me full on, I had taken a class on Architecture and Industrial Photography (by the way the only course I have ever taken in any field of photography in university).
One of my favourite assignments our professor had ever given us was to watch one film a day.
Why, you might wonder, would a photography professor give you a homework about film? Movies and photography are very much related to each other and there are many things one can learn from observing both forms of art. Here are my favourite reasons to watch movies & learn from them while doing so. Train your eye. When you watch a movie you will subconsciously train your eye to see angles & compositions. You will learn to see how they portray people & how they crop away aspects. All of this observing will come in very handy as soon as you pick up your camera again. I love this hidden educating aspect & it took me quite some time to recognise it. As we watched Frozen & Elsa is for the first time locked away in her room all I could think about was how did they get the camera up there & which lens in the world did they use...?! It took me some moments to register that I was watching an animated film, haha. Welcome to my world.
SO last week I returned very reluctantly and only after having shed a certain amount of tears home to Germany. As in, why don´t I stay here at the beach for... about, hum? ...-ever.
I can´t believe that seven days ago I sneaked out of our beach home, walked to the ocean´s shore with three other lovelies & watched the sunrise over the far-off silhouette of Lisbon. The only other beings awake were the fishermen in their little boats & birds singing their morning glory.
But now for the words I never thought I would hear:
Among the top ones is of course this sentence: Don´t forget your chandelier.
It was our Sunday off and we spent it exploring Belem, when we discovered a flea market. As I found this little tiny chandelier I decided there and then to make space in my suitcase and go for it. Of course only after a good bargain.