I cannot rave enough about this beautiful session with Nina! Every shot, every moment we created magic, and the more we shot, the more I got to witness the love unfold! Nina was like a mythical valkyrie that stepped on this earth for me to capture her beautiful pregnancy. Her boyfriend Demetrius, equivalent only to Mars in his grace and masculinity showed such tenderness and love towards Nina. Together, they looked like they descended from the pages of mythology books, and I wish them nothing less but amazing adventures in their soon-to-be parenthood!
I am at a loss of words of how to describe this session! It was so beautiful and so full of love, that I feel like anything I say will only take away from the true feelings in these photos. So I will leave this session with beautiful Olivia, Michael & Aubrey right here, so like me, you can witness their family love and love for each other, as they celebrate their 4th anniversary and their daughters 2nd birthday!
Thank you for making me fall in love with love all over again!
Here is a little bit of a personal post.
Ive been in need of some creative spark, or a reboot, as my vacation plans did not go as I hoped. So what is better than vacation? (Well maybe nothing but this definitely came second best!) It is to grab you beautiful photographer friend, and head out to pick some local blueberries (and btw, they are amazing!) at a small farm surrounded by nothing but sun and serene beauty of Bavarian fields and then grab some dinner while doing some city shooting.
Thank you to my beautiful friend/model And O'Neal!
And here is my favorite photo of me courtesy of andionealphotography.com
At least once in our lives we all come across that one person with the timid smile behind which hides the biggest heart made of gold. I've been lucky enough to come across that kind of person not only in my person life but also in professional, and had the honor of documenting Maria and her family on camera.
Maria contacted me because she received a gift certificate for a family session and soon after I had her in my studio chatting about places we will go to do her session. Unlike many of my clients, Maria knew exactly where she wanted to shoot so I knew this will be a very fun evening that we will spend together. And I was right! Her three boys absolutely loved running around, climbing rocks, play-fighting, imagining we were cavemen, knights in armor, forrest elves, ninjas and samurais. (And I even got her husband Juan to smile on camera in a few photos, though I will not be posting them here to reserve those very rare and special photos for family only). So much laughter we all shared that my face hurt when we were done. But the most amazing part of our shoot was watching the relationships unfold before my eyes. To her boys Maria is a guardian angel that keeps them safe, warm and loved, and to the boys she is a role model, she is more than a mother, she is a muse, she inspires them and adds to each of their very different personalities. I hope I got to capture them truly as they are, and here are my favorites from our time together a while back.
I've been so busy lately that I honestly have been avoiding writing blogs. I didn't want it to be a tiresome text with some pictures that no one would read. I thought I will eventually get to point when I will write some amazing copy followed by mind blowing portraits and everyone will be in love! Well I definitely have some amazing photos to share, so let's hope I can keep the story up to par!
Adrianna and I go way back, we met around the time that both PCS'ed to Germany and for a long time it was random meetings in a dog park or at our mutual friends' house. And then one day I get a message asking me to do her in-home session. Back then I just lost my camera to the fountain incident so I couldn't do what she wanted me to do but I did come over to do a more in depth consult and see what specifically she had in mind. After a few hours had gone by I realized we no longer talked about her session but how I got into photography and what I do during my session, how I shoot, and so on. I can't remember the last time I was this excited to share my knowledge so I think we both just lost track of time. Almost a year later I found out that It was that visit that inspired Adrianna, and while she has already been shooting before, she now knew exactly how and what she wanted. It was this meeting, more than a year ago, that changed something inside of me, and I realized how amazing it is not just to learn, but also to share what I learn. I am no where near having enough knowledge to actually educate, but a big part of me is now even more driven, more sharing, and hopeful that I maybe I can inspire or pass on the little that I do know. And while I keep thinking up ways to do so ( and dreaming of my own shooting workshop), here are a few of my favorite images from Adrianna's graduation shoot.
Make up artistry: Stefanie Coronas
At the beginning of this year I pledged to myself I will not get behind on editing but I didn't get to keep my own promise and I have so much to catch up on. This past month has been a whirlwind of creative shoots, meeting wonderful people, amazing education opportunities and so much more. And as a result I am not posting fast enough. But I will get better, I promise.
One of my absolute favorite sessions was my first couple's boudoir I got to do last month. I wanted to keep it classy rather than hot and steamy and I wanted to recreate intimacy between my couple. So I set out to shoot a session I called a "Morning in a Life" where I would tell a story of two lovers who promised each other their hearts and souls.
From quite and shy, to gentle and soft, to happy and loving, sexy and sensual, to silly and bold - here is the story of Malik & Sitan.
Most every girl dreams of a fairytale wedding. I can say with absolute certainty that I did but unfortunately I never got to have one, and while I wish I had my own, I got something even better! I was a part of another fairytale, and I got to capture its' every moment.
On Friday June 1st Sophia & Daren (who by now have become my friends more than clients) stepped into the Vilseck courthouse to legally become man and wife and on June 2nd their very own fairytale wedding took place not even 5 minutes away from their home in Sorgof.
That Saturday morning I could barely sleep. Nervous and excited all I could think about was: it is finally here! Their most important day! Their wedding day is today! I couldn't wait to pack up all of camera gear and head out to capture the celebration of their true love.
And what a celebration it was! Two days of love, laughter, tears, cheers, and of course absolute happiness. Two days of genuine beauty and memories. I am still in awe from how amazing Sophia&Daren's wedding turned out.
When Sophia walked down the isle, Daren could hardly hold back tears and I doubt there was anyone in the chapel whose eyes remained dry. She was pure perfection, a true Hollywood beauty with a heart of gold walking towards a man she shares every dream with. With every word of the vows, every prayer, it felt like the room filled with light and unconditional love. As they held each other's hands you could see not a man and a woman but unity, and unconditional love. I couldn't feel more honored to be in their presence, documenting their special day.
When I think back on this weekend I realize I must have been blessed somehow! Not only did I get to shoot this beautiful rustic fairytale but I met amazing people through this journey. I can't thank Sophia enough for being some a wonderful mother and friend! And it was as if a fairy godmother gave me a special gift of my own - the day before the wedding I met another wonderful lady who helped me document the best day of Sophia&Daren's life. Andi O'Neal, my amazing second shooter, was willing and ready to help me shoot magic this weekend and I cannot express the immense gratitude I have for her! I couldn't have done this alone! Together we wish Sophia&Daren a long and happy life together as a family, we wish them compassion and understanding and everlasting love, and we are forever grateful for this amazing opportunity to meet you and now call you friends!
Here are a few of our favorites from your very special day:
MUA: Stefanie Coronas
Dress: Wolke7, Weiden
Florist: Derrfuss, Vilseck
Ceremony Venue: High Baptist Church, Vilseck
Reception: Landsknecht Stub'n, Sorgof
Cake: Pimp my Cake, Amberg
Catering: Metzgerei Humsberger, Auerbach
Groom Attire: Engelhardt & Walter, Amberg
Invitations: Weddingpaper Divas
Second Shooter: Andi O'Neal Photography
Let me tell you a story. A story of real love. The name of this story is Daren&Sophia. And here is goes.
Daren got to know Sophia just a few short months after he arrived to Germany for work - but he didn't actually meet her until some time later as she was still considering wether or not he was THE guy to go out with. How is this possible you ask me? Easy. Because they met on Tinder.
Their first date lead to dinner, then to a numerous hours of conversation and then every day spent together. Sophia described that time as that deserving of a princess, absolutely magical. Daren swooped her off her feet and it didn't take long to propose. He popped the question at dinner time, right before they were heading out to see a play in the Stadttheatre, in their favorite restaurant L'Osteria in Amberg. I honesty don't even know HOW they sat through that play, being freshly engaged but both of the places became significant to them and are now woven into the story of their love.
The day we spent shooting was probably the coldest April Saturday I remember to date. There was snow in the morning and it felt like temperatures kept dropping as we kept shooting. I am so grateful to both Sophia & Daren for getting through the day with a smile on their faces. I kept getting lost in their love and laughs and forgetting how cold it must have been for the two of them. But that is just proof enough that love warms all. I can't wait to shoot their wedding in June!
Have you ever laughed so much your face hurt and cried happy tears while the people in front of you shared moments of love and then at the end of the night as their car pulled away you felt imminent sadness? Well, this summarizes how I felt with Tara & David.
It is so hard to put in words the bond we formed while shooting their maternity session but most of all they made me feel like a friend. While behind the camera I get to witness a lot - I see love stories unfold, old flames reignite, and with David and Tara I saw more than just love - there was commitment, determination, passion and respect all woven together into these two individuals.
They told me they met while dancing (I later found out David is a Salsa Teacher) so I asked them if it would be ok for them to dance and me capture it on camera. They agreed and then blew me away! It was a complete transformation. There was no longer me, the camera, and them - it was JUST them in the magical palace of Eremitage. They danced and I was mesmerized. I felt like I was there - where they first met and fell in love!
How amazing is it that two people in front of my camera, two people I just met can transport me into a different place and time just through their dance!! I only hope I can do the same for them through the images I have captured!
I started writing this post about a hundred times, in my head, going over and over what I wanted to say, and each time I ended up writing an essay that no one will want to read. I am faced with a problem - how can I keep to a minimum the maximum emotion that fills me when I think of Isi & Zack?
No matter what I do, I can't seem to keep it short, so here it goes.
I met Isi about a week ago and after just a few hours of shooting her portraits and chatting in the car I couldn't wait to shoot her wedding. She inspired me to do more, to be better, and so I wanted to give back.
Pulling everything together that was around the house I came up with a wedding suite for Isi & Zack that included an invite, a reception card, and a translated menu for their dinner, and decorated my whole living room in what I thought fit the wedding scene. I kept wondering how to perfect it so it matches Isabel's personality and also fits with the theme of their wedding. All this even before I met the groom - Zack...Because I only got to meet Zack a day before the wedding. How crazy is that? But just like Isi - Zack left such an amazing impression that I knew I will do everything and anything to make sure their big day is beautiful.
And it was! Not even the hail and rain could ruin the day! Isi's laughter and her love for Zack lit up the sky - the cold and grey seemed to subside, and both of them radiated so much serenity and so much love that I couldn't get enough! The way Zack would look at Isabel, the way they joked with each other, the way their hands never let go - all of it was simply perfection.
They made me tear up so many times I was embarrassed of my lack of self control.
I can honestly admit that this Tuesday I met LOVE all over again - I watched it dance, and kiss, and laugh, and fill the room, intoxicating everyone in her presence - and I was honored to document it!
Thank you so much my dear friends for letting me be a part of your day!
Congratulations again and I hope you enjoy these few of my favorite images!
How can I possibly describe the feeling of getting my film scans back? It's not like Christmas, but yet you wait for it just the same. It's not like a birthday, but you are just as nervously excited the second the email comes in. It's somewhere in between getting your college acceptance letter and being proposed to. Your heart is pounding, your palms are sweaty, you are happy and scared at the same time, wondering what your scans will reveal - and then the magic happens...
Two weeks or so ago I got to go on my very first wedding workshop in Bergamo, Italy - organized by a very talented couple from KirandIraPhotography. I didn't know how to shoot film, I barely knew the rules. I was definitely way out of my league and had a lot of catching up to do. Mostly everyone around was a seasoned wedding photographer, and already shot on film before. And there I was - with darker film than was needed, no light meter, and a camera I have purchased JUST for the workshop. But what I did have with me was tons of inspiration images from American photographers and a desire to become more than I am.
On day two of the workshop we met Angela and Andi - our wedding couple. They were beautiful the second they walked in so I thought this was going to be a breeze - until I left my camera bag with my extra lenses at home and didn't have the right kind of film left. Also not releasing that most of the shoot will be inside a very dark Italian palace....
To say that I hated most of my digital images is not to say much. I was very very hopeful for film to have worked out - only to realize that half the time i kept forgetting WHICH film roll i was shooting and what I was getting in the light meter. Hence, I was frantically checking my email waiting for the scans to arrive.
And they did - a week after they were received. As promised. And each roll came with more comments and more theory on shooting film than I ever expected. My heart beat like a drum in my ears while I was downloading the scans. And now it continues as I share there images with you....
Workshop by @kirandiraphotography #kirandiraworkshop
Dress and decor @nastena_kuchinskaya
Backstage @pavelpavel_d8b92 @iren_muller @juliamark_photo
Coordinators @yuliaturovskaya @sachuklena
Bow tie @kristakoltun
Hair accessories @neabridalmilan
Ring box @flowersforlola_goods Accessories @neabridalmilan
Couple @anzzhelina @_andy_fin_
Coming home from weeks of being away I was equally excited and scared. Full of new experiences, friends, and of course inspiration I was worried I wouldn't have a creative outlet. But then I had to just take a deep breath and remember that all I need to do is keep working, keep getting better and all will fall into place.
And it did!
Because I met Isi.
She came to me on a recommendation from social media and mutual friends and asked me if I could shoot her wedding - one she is putting together in two weeks time. I of course agreed and wanted nothing more but to help her as much as I possible could. I showed her my vision as a photographer and she showed me hers and it was like magic! I KNEW we were going to have an amazing time and I felt a sense of familiarity right of the bet - as if she was an old friend, and I was ready to do all in my power to make this wedding special for her.
So we took off to explore Schloss Seehof together - why do a boring client consult indoors when you can feel like a princess, with the sun warming the skin and the wind whispering sweet nothings. I grabbed a rose for Isi as I was heading out of the house because something told me it will be an amazing accessory and boy was I right! Isi herself reminds me of a rose! She is tall, beautiful, sophisticated and yet very simple at the same time. She has natural beauty and I was so happy she allowed me to capture it on camera. It's like she was a princess transformed into a fairy somewhere during our spontaneous shoot. Maybe the wind whispered it to her...
And now looking back at these photos I am barely able to contain my excitement about her wedding coming up!
Thank you for dancing in the wind with me!
Makeup: Isabell Kerschbaumer
Dress: Isi's own
Location: Schloss Seehof
I feel like I knew Franziska long before I actually met her, because she is the best friend of Stefanie owner of Stefanie Coronas - Beauty & Cosmetic Artistry so when we actually met to do her pre wedding consult I felt like we already knew exactly what we wanted. Her courthouse wedding was to be held in Weiden at the old Rathaus and I was so excited to shoot in a new location. It is such a perfect place, no matter what month of the year it is - the German architecture, vines on the walls, arches of the passages - all of it was perfect and full of inspiration.
Even though Franziska and &Jey have a beautiful big ceremony planned for August, we decided to make this day just as big of an occasion and I think it turned out just perfect! Even the rain that caught us during the portrait session couldn't ruin it! These two are so in love and so happy they stopped people dead in their steps as we photographed in the market square (with rain pouring down and all).
I am so honored to have been a part of their big day! Thank you!
Here are my favorites from their day.
Venue: Weiden Altes Rathaus
Dress: Wolke 7
Hair: Susanne Gregory
Photography: BearMoose&Fox Photography
Floral: Floristik und Geschenke Wiest
Invitation design: BearMoose&Fox
Woah! What a month!
February has been full of ups and downs and so many surprises!
So let me start from the beginning - a few of you may know about my recent passions but for those of you who don't - I've been an avid lover of film photography for a while now - one of my goals and resolutions for 2017 is to dive head first into shooting film and become a hybrid photographer. What is that you may ask? It's just a fancy way to say that I want to shoot digital and analog together. Well...a few weeks ago i took the plunge! I'm going to Milan to my first ever film photography workshop - three days of inspirational beauty and learning! I am kinda proud of myself. You might ask: how do you attend a film course when you only shoot digital? Well, a week ago I also purchased my first professional film camera and film rolls - it did get me thinking what I got myself into - but I don't regret it for a second! More so - I am in love with my new baby! It gives me an extra pep in my step (no it's not the weight of the camera, I promise), and it keeps me that much more excited for my march trip! But I'm getting way ahead of myself - so let me rewind to the first week of February when I held my first boudoir marathon - another decision I dived into. It's been on my mind for a year now because I just felt like people around me weren't getting to experience the beauty of boudoir the way it is meant to be. I've seen galleries, I've heard stories, and I saw it with m own eyes, what is out there in this market wasn't anywhere near how I imagined it to be so I figured I had something to offer. And what a success it was! What a great time we all had! Such beautiful women - inside and out -came to my studio and I never had to have them wear less to show more - we showed as much as they were comfortable with and it was simply beautiful! I am in love with each one of my clients!
They opened up to me in such amazing ways and I am so incredibly proud of them! Doing this with them definitely got me thinking about what I would like to be doing in the future and what areas of photography I would like to focus on.
But it wasn't just boudoir that I have been up to. I got to work with some amazing moms this month and I got to capture the true love of a mother. Be it love for a newborn baby or a big 9 months old almost-toddler - it is always amazing to capture the unique connection that only mother and a child can have. I would like to dedicate separate posts to each one of my recent moms so look out for them.
Of course this wasn't all I did this month. I got to shoot a gorgeous wedding, and a beautiful girl who celebrated her 25th birthday by letting me take her portraits. I had the most amazing time and all of that in the span of 4 days! Can I just say I feel so blessed?! But this isn't everything still! I finally got to meet another fellow photographer (heard a lot about her for the past year) and she is a sweetheart for sure. I absolutely cannot get enough of meeting creative people and being inspired by them and through them! That is the beauty of my profession - I am not alone and being able to share the craft I love so much is beyond words!
This Saturday I had a precious visitor in my studio. Princess Isabella is turning 3 soon and I had the privilege of doing her photos. This was such a fun session - maybe one of my ultimate favorites to date. Everything from idea to final photos made me smile and inspired me.
When Sarah (Isabella's mom) contacted me to do the pictures I knew I needed to do something really fun and different but I was limited to shooting in the studio instead of outside like I originally planed to (it is a little too cold outside right now, given that it's the end of January). So I started brainstorming ideas and got creative.
Once the idea was agreed on, I started making it come to life. All I needed was a hula hoop, some paint, a calligraphy word cutout that says 'three', and balloons. The latter being the easiest as I always have some in stock and the cutout being the hardest. I tried to buy a hula hoop but a friend said she will give me hers (phew! one less thing to worry about). Painting it took two coats on each side and lots of air-drying time (the smell of paint lingered for a few days). Then I had to make the cutout...this is where it got a bit complicated. My printer is not a large format one so I had to print parts of the word on different pieces of paper to glue them together after. Once that was done I had to X-ACTO it out of a cardboard box so it won't be flimsy and rip when I hang it up. I think over all this took me half a day just because I never realized how hard it is to cut out from a box (and that is all I had laying around in the house). One the cut-out was ready and painted I hung it up using fishing wire and added the balloons to match Isabella's theme colors.
My bridal skirt (made by Maddy's Girl) I used as a backdrop to show off the cascading flowers and make the overall look even more girly. Then I added pillow fluff (one big and one small pillow) and tule all over the floor so Isabella will be comfortable and also to give the illusion of softness and clouds.
When my little princess guest finally arrived she was ecstatic to put on her birthday outfit (also made by amazing Carol from Maddy's Girl ) and play around with the fluff and the flowers and I couldn't wait to photograph it.
Here are a few of my favorites from the session. Happy birthday little princess!
With just a few days to go before Tim leaves the Army and goes back to the United States, he and his German fiancée Isabella didn't have a choice but to expedite their June planned wedding and trade in the lush summer greens for the ice beauty of snow.
I got to meet both Tim and Isabella only a day and a half before their courthouse wedding in Vilseck, Germany simply because with so little time to plan a wedding, they did not have anyone to photograph it.
Their family friends (and my amazing clients Roxy & Oscar) couldn't let that happen so they decided to give them a chance and asked me to record their special day.
I was honored to do this for them and decide to go an extra mile and record more than just an elopement at the courthouse and I asked Richelle of Richelle Costa Photography to join me in this adventure.
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and here are our favorites from their BIG day.
Makeup: Sigrid's Nails, Hair and Spa
Ceremony: Vilseck Rathaus
Reception: Angerer Hotel, Vilseck, Germany
*Posting with client's permission*
I don't do boudoirs often, simply for the lack of space and open windows that will provide natural light that I require but Katie wanted to do something special and left all the creative to me, so I was kinda super excited.
Boudoirs are scary - client worries about revealing so much of herself and photographer worries about making the client comfortable and happy. This type of shoot is solely based on trust from the second you meet to the second the photos are given to the client. That trust is something I value greatly and that is why these are only a few photos from the session I am posting just to show you how beautiful Katie is and how much you can show without really showing. Because after all, being sexy isn't really about being naked.
Styling: Veronika Rayno
As this year began I stumbled upon a post by someone I didn't know but for some reason I decided to stop and read it. From the very first sentence it got me thinking - it talked about not dwelling on the year that has passed - as many of you may have experienced - it wasn't the greatest year. The post continued talking about reflection on the good of the past year and bringing in those moments into the new year and I wanted to do that with this blog post.
I have shot a lot last year, as I was blessed to have amazing clients but even more so I was blessed with friendships that we have formed. I wanted to blog every session but this year I decided to revisit some of my work that I did not yet publish for you all to see.
Here is my fall session that was born out of thin air - with almost no prep Shayna and I created this session together in Bayreuth and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed shooting it.
Model: Shayna Carlos
Makeup and Hair: Shayna Carlos
Floral Skirt: Maddy's Girl
Kristina and I met over a year ago when she asked me to help out with a poster design for her work. Later I kept running into her at the gym, always admiring the dedication she and her husband Mike had to stay strong. I always caught myself thinking: wish I could do that! But i kept admiring from afar until now.
This year has been a tough one for Kristina, and Mike has been her rock through all of it. After many conversations about life and what's been going on I told Kristina we need to get there photos done - I felt like it was meant to be and I couldn't wait to photograph these two beautiful souls.
We laughed, we cried, we fought the cold - we did it all and I do not know anyone else who could do it with such grace! Thank you guys for putting your trust in me! Keep smiling and don't ever let anyone convince you that you are anything but beautiful (inside and out!).
Here are my favorites from our session!
It is finally winter around here, and even though we don't have snow, the frost on the trees makes for absolute magical photos! My December began with a mini session with Sarah and her beautiful family. They took me to a spot they like to hike in the summer and I couldn't be more in love with the location. Everything about that spot was magical (minus the deer dung).
Here are a few photos from our fun session with their pups, some hot cocoa, snow flakes and Christmas decorations.