April 15, 2015

Wedding Nadine & Florian

 For some reason I just knew this would be an extra special day and I grinned in happy anticipation on the whole drive to the location.
I was to meet the couple at Schloss Neuburg an der Kammel and take pictures of them getting ready. Arriving at the castle I drove past deer grazing peacefully on a meadow and then up a tree lined, cobble stoned alley. As I walked through the gates & gardens and finally into the castle it took my breath away. This place was charming in each detail of each room. Switching between the bridal suite and the gentleman's room I was able to photography both of them getting ready with each of their dear ones. It was such a joy  to document their wonderful style. Nadine´s elegance reminded me just ever so slightly of Grace Kelly. She looked absolutely stunning as she slipped into her off-the shoulders, intricately embroidered dress. 
On my way home, I was still smiling to myself, the scent of lavender from the gardens still fresh in my memory. It was truly a perfect day!

April 13, 2015

Five tips for mingling in a new place - Monday Post

Socialising in a new place can be exiting ... but very often it is also scary. Yes basically just that. Scary. While for the Easter holiday I nicely avoided this fear instilling part & visited friends, the past week I could avoid it no longer & had a super big mingling planned. I don´t know what got me into this but I agreed to join my new roomy Anna to go away with 160 strangers for four days. Very often right before these crazy things (honestly how do they come up all the time?!) I doubt my ability to make any good decisions and want to run off. Welcome to my head.

Here is a list of things I took away from my four days with Soul Devotion.

1) Accept an invitation. This sounds basic but it helps to get out of the living room & meet new people face to face. Put yourself out there. Just so we all start at the very beginning. ;)
Anna invited me and then I searched for other friends who might had joined the trip already. Making a small start.

2) Forget the worries. As I walked with the girls to the first meet up I laughed so much on the way that I totally forgot to be scared of a room full of strangers (Thank you Lisanne). When we opened the door I was totally overwhelmed by all the faces, but I was not so scared by being scared... get it? 

3) Go for the crowd. After the first two days in my small shell, checking out the crowd & being still a bit shy I decided to leave the safe field (the five lovely ladies I shared the house with) and go talk to a new person for every occasion I got, café table, lunch, hiking, prayer meeting. The whole thing. 

This was the view I got up to every wonderful new day :D

March 30, 2015

Moving South - Monday Post

After having helped moving me for the tenth time my father had advised me that for the next time all my boxes and stuff needed help I should find myself a handful of strong guys to carry everything. So... this is what I did as the next move came around. My roomy Steffi ( not a guy though) and a wonderful selection of  strong-armed friends helped me with incredible ease to make this move as smooth and effortless as I could never have imagined it.

Thursday I had rented a small moving van for the very first time and we carried my beloved stuff four floors downstairs.  (Why do I have to live so far upstairs in building which lack an elevator?!?!) Anyway here come my do´s and don't´s if you should ever want my advice for moving ;)

March 18, 2015

Engagement shoot with Anna & Chris

One of the things I look forward most in the next weeks, is moving in with my new roomy. 
After the first handshake and laughter shared I had the feeling this would be a very good idea. Of course we only spent very few days in our new place yet, but every day we met we made some time to talk. I am so very much looking forward to talking, dreaming, being and praying some more. Of sharing the quiet and loud days. Of planning up till August sweeps through our calendars and gathering ideas for Blogposts together ;)

Funny things is, she already lived in our place for some time, I will follow soon. About four weeks after her time had started in Stuttgart I received a Whatsapp going something like, Rici!!!! look we got engaged!!!!!! 
After a good deal of squeaking and excitement it was clear we had to get out together. Out and about to the place where her fiancée had sung her song, had asked this one breathtaking question and clinked some bubbly. 

March 16, 2015

Taking a deep breath - Monday post

If you would have sat next to me by the river today, I would have told you that I was home last week. I would have told you that I took a good deep breath for five days. 
So slow and quiet that I almost forgot what it felt like to be out of breath. I meet only very  few precious people and everyday I had my dearest Mara´s softest ears to stroke. 

If you would have sat next to me, I would have told you that I don´t feel ready to move on, that I am scared to leave the most wonderful circle of friends behind. Friends I have come to call my family.

I would have told you that I don´t feel ready to leave studying behind and move on into the serious world of working professionals. So not ready.
I basically feel like I am still playing and all the others have figured it out already.

March 5, 2015

Portraits with Miracle

Everything was solid frozen and the trains where rattling on underneath us.
At 6am I was not quite sure where this idea had come from and as we where finally standing on the bridge I doubted that it was even the slightest of a good idea. The sun was somewhat reluctant to make itself seen and my feet where forming into big ice cubes well before we started shooting. I had underestimated the magic of a sunrise shoot in winter. Who would have thought it would be somewhat different from the sunrise glory in summer? hahahah...

Sometimes (actually often) as a photographer you simply have to rock with what you have. So we watched the dark grey sky turn into light grey and had a pretty wonderful time. 

March 2, 2015

Lyon in Winter, A bit of France - Personal

We were on the way back to Germany after the winter holiday in the south of Spain. On the highway, overcome by the prospect of entering into the cold-grey and into the week of work, decided on the shortest of notices to make a pit stop at Lyon. This then turned into two days of happy France bliss. Walks during the day time and incredible good food as soon as the cold drove us into one of the tiny gourmet places. 

ENjoy these lovely peeks into my two days in Lyon. 

February 25, 2015

Wedding Alisa & Felix

A most gorgeous day many Saturdays past in the early summer. One of my first weddings to shoot in the very heart of Stuttgart. Once more surprised by the hidden beauty of the city as well as this beautiful couple.
Thank you for asking me along and entrusting me with the honour of documenting your day.

February 23, 2015

Monday post

Dear Reader,
finally a new Monday is here and I am most happy to let you know, my thesis is done. Handed in and all. So wonderful! Last week was filled with excitement, exhaustion, a good dose of sleep and then some jolly birthday celebrations. 
While I was still writing my thesis I had implemented some rules in order to avoid distractions... such as no blogging, no editing before 12pm, no creative magazines... You know to keep me focus solely on my Jane Austen research. I studied about eye-contact, power relations and psychology all topics which I love. Still my mind wandered off to blogging and pictures going silly with ideas, now that this past process is over I cannot quite seem to find the muse again. Haha. Maybe to much writing.

My past two months were filled to the brim with the novels Emma and Persuasion and just as those wonderful books deserved, I took them with me on my Christmas / New Years journey. Actually I carry Emma almost everywhere I go. It is my go-to novel for any circumstance, any time of night or day. Even if  Persuasion set partly at the sea side I staged some super nerdy pictures reading Emma on the beach. So here you go. :D 
As I said, I carry it all the places. 

January 20, 2015

Time for being studious - Personal

This years post have come along at a rather slow pace. 
It will remain like this till the "handing in of my thesis" part is completed, as you have read in the previous post. Till then it really is all reading, collecting evidence and writing for me. Oh and a couple of client meetings by the end of this week. 

So here is just a little something from my stay in Valencia. Being studious. ;)