August 18, 2015

Heidelberg with friends - Travel

I remember as Alex shared with me that he was planning proposing to his girl. I was freaking out & had to keep all the goodness to myself for some weeks. We chatted about photographers from the Washington DC area & as the wedding plans where finalised I realised I would not be able to fly over to their wedding in the states. Oh that was a low of lows. Fast forward a couple more weeks & the two lovebirds came to honeymoon in Italia & Germany. Needless to say we had to meet!

August 5, 2015

Little Black Dress alla Italiana

In the past weeks I have been asked so many times to give travel advice for Italia that it really had me thinking about... starting a travel guide, a new Blog series on Italia or an e-book or... more than any of those ideas it gave me a deep longing to go south again. It has become kind of an annual tradition. To leave the screens and appointments for some refreshing days and to go south. In order to tame this strong urge of wanderlust I decided to publish some more images from the last time I short-visited Roma. 

August 3, 2015

La Rici at work - Monday Post

My past Saturday´s joy was that I shot like the most relaxed wedding ever. It was a wonderful affair. As we entered the dining room all the table numbers where decorated with characters from the best series ever (Kirk& Spock, Bert&Ernie...). So I scouted the room in all tranquility, taking the details shots... as I stumbled on my couple´s table... it had Penny&Sheldon as their table number and I knew we were a perfect fit. ^^

Apart from this awesomeness they are total Italia affacinatos and are honeymooning in my beloved Toscana. If I could give some travel advice? Oh hello yesss!

This is me at work, running crazy during the golden hour.
Here is to clients who make you feel like the luckiest. To a gorgeous taste in flowers and golden hours that take your breath away!

Have most wonderful new week!

Thank you Florian for this one!

July 27, 2015

Monday Post

It was the first time we shot together in almost two years. We were on the road to Potsdam & I was gazing out of the window. I had not been in the north of Germany for quite some years and somehow I had forgotten how perfectly wonderful the landscape is up here. I was super thrilled about shooting together with Jan again and curious how the teaming would end up, since I had gotten quite used to shooting on my own. 

Sooo, this is the back entrance... jup! Life is sweet friends!
If you think about getting married in a castle I would most love to shoot your wedding there! ;)

In the end I savoured the moments when I knew Jan would have my back. I was able to focus on documenting the details (something I love like crazy) and he would take the first round of group pictures. It was a marvellous bliss to split tasks like this. I would entertain the small group pictures while he was with the couple around the corner to work his magical-in-the-woods portraits. And then to actually sit down to drink my evening coke and not drink it on the run like usually was a new peak.

This is us getting the gear and mood ready to rumble. Oh how I love castle weddings!

Location: Schloss Kartzow
You can book us together here: Jan´s page

Have a wonderful new week friends!

July 22, 2015

Urban Fashion Shoot

A little urban wilderness and the good light just streaming in from behind the overgrown tracks. By the way, this is the only kind of tracks I feel comfortable shooting on... Overgrown, worn, wild. 

July 21, 2015

The warmest wedding yet - Personal

It´s a lovely season in Germany. Every day you can count on the sun beaming it´s most radiant rays endlessly. 
This is all very lovely for having a lovely-lazy pool day. To read the summer read you had on your list. Or... others just like me, might shoot a wedding on the warmest day of the year. 

So todays snapshot is from a day with 40 degrees in the shade. Eight straight hours shooting outside. All my attempts to find an assistant for the day failed and I knew I would face this day on my own. To be quite honest shooting in a  heat like this is one of my anxieties
This is after all the fresh hair and make-up has long left me. This is after the job is done. This is after having conquered a day I was afraid of fainting from the sheer heat. I remember sitting in the car and feeling so sick I could not drive. But this shot right here shows I made it. Not only to the location, but through the day. I set out to give my very best and conquered the day. This picture is surely not the most perfect or prettiest picture. But it is me, just how I am, with tons of sweat puddles (hence the black and white) and rings under my eyes...  and this is also me having faced my fear and made it out alive. Yes. And I am happy to report that after not exactly the most chilled wedding day my wonderful couple loved their wedding images. Despite the sweat, despite the moments of desperation (no air-conditioning anywhere), the hours of endless joy and beautiful spoke louder than the circumstances which held them. 

 Here is to always focusing on the joy instead on the circumstances.

Have a wonderful week!

July 17, 2015

Sneak peek

One of my faves for your sweet Friday.

Always love me some good evening light!

July 3, 2015

Engagement Session in Würzburg

We met in one of my favourite cafés in Würzburg. After the first couple of laughters shared I knew I would love them as my clients. And all the more as clients from the Franconian region where I had lived the last couple of years.

June 12, 2015

How to Get Around Without Owning a Car - Behind the Lens

My photographic past year was awesome, car wise. I had a borrowed huge VW passat for over six months, named her Arabella and we got along just splendidly. 
Not so much anymore as she decided to have a break down (not on a wedding day though, good girl).

So then, what next, when your new income just does not cover an own car yet? In the country of cars they are just not as affordable as in many other places, ;)
After talking to Jan about this years game plan we decided to opt for car sharing. I had rented a car several times last year and it is not the best affordable option. So here comes Stadtmobil. As for me living in Stuttgart downtown I don´t need to have a car right in fron of the door five out of seven days. If you are familiar with those worries about financing an own car or live anywhere close to those little stations where you can rent a car via car sharing I can highly recommend this option. 

You can find car sharing in Germany here. And in Stuttgart here. They really do have a station in every second street down town which makes it super easy to pick up the car you need. 
If you need a bigger car you can find them with Stadtmobil as well. 
If you are a student and plan to move I can highly recommend this wonderful page here.

I hope this was helpful to some of you, 
see you next week!


June 10, 2015

Sneak Peek

Sitting next to you is like taking a sip of eternity, the sun, the stars, the sky, never tasted so good. 
- Christe Ann Martin

More of this lovely couple on a good-light-day is coming to the Blog soon.

Have a lovely Wednesday!