Wedding: Lena & Daniel 08/2018

Jetzt im November kann ich mich nach beendeter Hochzeitssaison 2018 etwas zurücklehnen und an all die tollen Menschen und deren Feiern erinnern, die ich fotografisch begleiten durfte. Darunter auch die Hochzeit von Lena & Daniel im Juli. 🙂

Lena und Daniel kamen auf Empfehlung eines befreundeten Paares bereits im Sommer 2017 auf mich zu und engagierten mich, ihre standesamtliche und kirchliche Trauung fotografisch zu begleiten. Interessant war, dass wir uns zur initialen Besprechung auf einen Kaffee in der “Alten Schule” in Fulda trafen, die zugleich auch die Hochzeitslocation sein würde. Während die standesamtliche Trauung im idyllischen Kurpark in Bad Salzschlirf stattfand, wurde die kirchliche Trauung im Kloster auf dem Frauenberg im barocken Fulda ausgerichtet – allesamt wunderbare Locations!

Die Hochzeit der beiden war ein Auftrag, wie ich ihn mir seit Längerem mal wieder gewünscht hatte: Ein perfekt harmonierendes, lockeres Paar mit einer herrlich frohsinnigen und aufgeschlossenen Hochzeit ausgerichtet an zwei stilvollen Orten.

Ich wünsche euch beiden alles erdenklich Gute für eure gemeinsame Zukunft!

Vielen Dank Lena und Daniel, dass ich eure beiden bedeutenden Tage begleiten durfte!



Kurpark Bad Salzschlirf



Frauenberg Fulda


Alte Schule Fulda

Wedding: Mara & Matthias – 26/09/2015

Fulda is a nice baroque town in the east of Hesse which indicates a noble place for a wedding.
Matthia’s and Mara’s wedding was like that and fun to me. The atmosphere, people  and location were just great! Thank you!

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Matthias smiled at me when I met him at the entrance to the Schlossgarten waiting for his soon-to-be-wife Mara. There were other wedding shootings going on that day and each photographer had a bigger setup than the other. I decided to keep it simple to create high-class images – Nikon Speedlights, RadioPoppers, a Lastolite softbox, my Nikon D3 and Nikon lenses from 24 mm to 600 mm.
The Schlossgarten was a killer background I really wished for for a wedding shoot and there it was in combination with that harmonic and lovely bridal couple! “Hold on! Please act here an be yourself. Keep in mind: “There is NO photographer and no one around – there’s just you both.” Fantastic! That’s how everyone feels comfortable. 🙂
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Later, Matthias had a surprise: He booked a classic car an old Bentley that should park in front of the Maritim Orangerie. As you can see, Mara liked this idea, too. 🙂Wedding: Mara & Matthias

After taking the images at the Schlossgarten in Fulda it was time to drive to Bad Salzschlirf for the ceremony. Yes, it’s the town where Elena and Andreas had their wedding earlier this year – home match! I was glad to hear from the priest himself that he really appreciated my thoughtful acting during their ceremony. I enjoyed the speech that always tells so much about your clients that helps you to create even more emotional photos on that day. Wedding: Mara & Matthias

After the ceremony: Back to Fulda! The city was full that day and a big traffic jam took me 30 minutes extra to get to the Maritim hotel where cocktail hour, reception and party should be. As always I make an image of the room before setting up the lights. Yeah, the “Yellow Ballroom” was noble! That’s what I expected after the Bentley shot. 🙂 Wedding: Mara & Matthias
Congratulations! Their first dance. Wedding: Mara & Matthias

Let’s celebrate! Here comes the wedding-cake!Wedding: Mara & MatthiasWhat a wonderful wedding, I loved it!
Thanks Mara & Matthias!


Wedding: Elena & Andy – 15/08/2015

Yay! Here are a few impressions of Elena’s and Andy’s wonderful wedding in Bad Salzschlirf!
I’m very happy that I was a part of this fantastic event with an atmosphere that I missed for so long.

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A 2nd Shooter Wedding Reportage

Hi and welcome to another Blog post!

This time it is about being a 2nd Shooter at a wedding reportage.

This was my first wedding reportage as a 2nd Shooter and it was absolutely exciting. Maybe you are asking yourself what the advantages of being a 2nd Shooter are. Well, there are lots: You gain experience of how you have to organize your reportage, how to handle time and communication with those who are involved or just to get an imagination of a wedding procedure, you also can assist and learn how to take portraits and group photos and you can give it a try to shoot a wedding without any stress and obligation – just shoot for yourself and get a feeling of shooting weddings and learn from the 1st Shooter. That is the sense of being a 2nd Shooter: Learn from the best.

In my case, I was an assistant of Kae Hall. Kae is a professional wedding photographer and she has a modern bright, clean and timeless shooting style. To me it was a pleasure to spent one day with her as a 2nd Shooter. Thanks Kae, I learned a lot about shooting weddings on that day!

Preparing the reportage

It was a 6 hour reportage that covered four parts:

#1: The preparation of the bride and the groom
#2: The ceremony
#3: The celebration location
#4: Bridal couple and group photos
The day before I packed my camera bag with the following gear:

–          Nikon D3
–          Nikon D200 (Backup, Remote)
–          11-16/2.8
–          24-70/2.8
–          70-200/2.8
–          2x TC
–          Nikon SB-800 Speedlights
–          Gels
–          ND-Grad-Filter

I would say that this is the standard equipment for any reportage I do.
The Speedlights help me to get a clean and professional looking image quality. I always like to interconnect two Speedlights for better light quality and also half the recycle time.  The ND-Grad-Filter helps me to get rich in contrast when it is impossible to use Speedlights. Finally, gels give me the opportunity to stylize an image in terms of color. For example, a CTO helps me to create a warm light instead of a typical cool flashlight of 5000K.

On the next day I drove to Kae’s studio which is located in Alsfeld. Before we hit the road we get over the arrangement table that shows all stations that we would have to pass on that day.

#1: The preparation of the bride and the groom

At first we arrived at the bride to shoot the preparations.
As a male shooter you have to be very sensible here because there are moments where you should better leave the room – for example when the bride gets dressed. I tell you that because maybe you are pore over your shooting so you would not recognize such moments. This would reflect discredit on you as a great photographer.

So, here are some shots from the bridal preparations. For every station there is set a certain time that is available to get all images that are needed. If there is time left you can use it for some more experimental stuff.

(Notice that every image I took is from the 2nd Shooter view! This perspective is very passive. The 1st Shooter perspective would be much more “active”.)

Preparing the bride

In the image above I tried to give an overview of the preparation and to capture some emotions. You can see the bride’s dress in the background on the far left. In the foreground the make-up artist who concentrates on making up the bride well and the bride herself who seems to be engrossed in thought.

The bride’s dress in detail

Always use the natural available light. If there is a curtain in front of the window like here, it is your lucky day! Use it as a diffuser to create a very soft light. Here it creates a dreamy atmosphere in combination with the transparent and milky cloth of the dress.

The bride surrounded by her bridesmates

Preparing the bride

These are nice shots of the bridesmates that help the bride with her dress. For those I used a 11-16/2.8 to get an overview of the scenery in this small room. To push the light quality I used a Speedlight with a dome diffuser and a WB of 5000K to create a daylight quality. I bounced the light off the ceiling.

After shooting the preparation of the bride we drove to the next station the preparation of the groom.

Preparing the groom

Finally, it is important to give an overview of the location in the beginning and than go into detail. Take images of the preparation and always look out for some interesting details and if there is some time left try some experimental stuff. You can also arrange some of your photos – just ask for permission to put the scenery in proper light.

#2: The ceremony

After the preparations we went to the church in a village nearby. It is important to arrive there before the bridal couple does. When you arrive, also take an overview image of the location/church. Maybe you can shoot the arrival of the bride in a special car or something like that.

The arrival of the bridal couple

I made this image before the bridal couple entered the church. Here you can easily capture great emotions of both.
For this image I used the ND-Grad-Filter to darken the sky to accentuate the drama of the moment – “The big step”.

The ceremony

During the ceremony it maybe not allowed to take pictures all the time, but only at special moments. Sometimes you also may not have the go to shoot in front of the altar. For these situations I like to rig up a remote camera. Here it was not possible to install one so we had to shoot from the far end of the church. To get closer I used the 70-200/2.8 plus a 2x TC. That extended the focal length to a maximum of 400/5.6. I activated the VR and set an ISO of 5000 for this image.

Potential remote camera view in front of the altar

This is an example for a potential remote camera view in front of the altar when it is impossible to get there on yourself because of disturbing the ceremony too much.

After the ceremony

After the ceremony the tension falls off the bridal couple and it is time to celebrate. Right after the marriage there will be also the congratulation which is very hard to capture because of the hubbub. It is impossible to capture every congratulation to the bridal couple so concentrate on the most important persons only.

#3: The celebration location

After the church marriage the next station was the ceremony location.
Capture the arrival of the bridal couple and take an overview image of the location. Important happenings here are the oration(s), the first cut of the cake and so on. Just watch out for great moments and details.

The ceremony location

Cutting the cake

#4: Bridal couple and group photos

Finally, we proceeded to the couple and group shots.
Here it is important to find an interesting and easy positioning. You should prepare this before the shot so you surely know how the image should look in the end.

The bridal couple

It is also good to make a final shot that closes the reportage in a nice way. Therefor I used the following shot where everyone flew heart-shaped balloons and attached the best wishes to them.

Best wishes

Well, that is it. My first wedding reportage as a 2nd Shooter. It was a lot of fun and I am very excited of my own upcoming wedding reportage as a 1st shooter in July. 🙂

Hope this was fun to read and you got an impression of shooting a wedding. I really hope so.


Ein Sommer-Shoot

Nach unzähligen Klausuren und einer Menge Lernstress habe ich mich heute nach der drittletzten Klausur endlich mal wieder der Fotografie widmen können. In den letzten Wochen kamen mir viele Ideen, die ich nach den Klausuren auch Stück für Stück umsetzen will.
Heute habe ich begonnen, eine der ersten Ideen zu realisieren: Ein Portrait in einem Getreidefeld während die Sonne untergeht. Dabei sollte es so realistisch wie möglich wirken, allerdings gingen mir die CTOs für die Blitze aus, so dass der beleuchtete Hintergrund von der Farbtemperatur her stark abweicht (5000 Kelvin). Dahingegen habe ich die Blitze für das Model per CTO auf ca. 10.000 Kelvin modifiziert, um das warme Licht des Sonnenuntergangs zu imitieren. Naja,  es war mehr eine spontane Aktion, da der Himmel gerade so passend schien – das soll jetzt aber keine Entschuldigung sein. 😉
Nachdem das Equipment zusammengerafft war, haben wir uns ins Auto geschwungen und sind ins Feld gefahren. Dann musste alles ganz schnell gehen, bevor die Sonne hinter dem Wald verschwand und mit ihr das warme Licht. Der Aufbau war wie folgt:

Ich habe bei jedem Blitz die Leistung manuell geregelt, weil ich die volle Kontrolle wollte. Die zwei SB-800 fürs Model habe ich Gruppe A und den SB-800 für den Hintergrund Gruppe B zugeordnet, um das Licht variabel steuern zu können. Die SB-800 fürs Model habe ich außerdem mit den Bouncern bestückt – für ein weicheres Licht. Habe hier auf Softboxen oder Schirme verzichtet, weil schneller. Der SB-800 für den Hintergrund war auf 35mm gezoomt, um das Licht etwas zu streuen.
Kameraeinstellungen waren auch alle manuell. Als Objektiv habe ich ein Sigma 24-70/2.8 verwendet. Alles in Allem kein kompliziertes Setup, aber: weniger ist eben oftmals mehr – wie das Ergebnis beweist:

Bis demnächst.