Last year, I had the great opportunity to shoot a stunning destination wedding in Aruba for one of my favorite families in the Washington DC area. I met the mother a few years ago when I did her portraits and since have shot both her daughters' weddings and will hopefully soon have the chance to do some baby portraits.
The wedding was beautifully low-key right on the beach at the Hyatt Regency Aruba.
During that wedding, I also got one of my favorite wedding pictures ever with the couple embracing in front of a beautiful sunset with a sail boat passing by...
I do a lot of work with young girls and women who either want to become models or just want to feel like a model for a day. One of them is the beautiful Nicola.
We set out with the goal of creating a handful images she can use to start a portfolio and learn a little about posing and expressions in front of the camera, what we got were some stunning final images and a young woman who was very shy at first but quickly warmed up to the camera and became more confident with every shot, but see for yourselves...
To make the experience complete, we worked with Make-Up Artist and Hair Stylist Dawn Newsome. She is an amazingly talented artist and always a pleasure to work with.
For the photo shoot itself, we decided to go with different styles to show versatility and decided to go with two headshots and two body shots. All pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and if this is something your daughter or your son would be interested in, use the Contact Form.
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Client: Debra Arrington Battista / Bottega Italian Living.
Photography: Sven Bannuscher
Hair & Make-Up: Dawn Newsome
Models: Klara Korobova, Alexandra August
Location: Security Public Storage Bethesda
Also check out some of our behind the scenes shots from Instagram (my cell phone is awful for taking pictures indoors):
In May, I spent a few weeks with some friends and family in a very rural part of Germany. Here are some impressions.
Germany is very densely populated, so even the rural parts are developed enough to get some light pollution during night shots. The ones below were taken at my mum's beach house:
As you can see, the sky is pretty clear, but there is still a lot of light spill from the horizon line, making it look like the sun just set when it was in fact past midnight when I took these shots.
Rural in Germany means that it's about a 30-40 minute drive to the nearest bigger city and on the way there, the roads are lined with fields, occasionally interrupted by a small village or industrial area. Those of you who know me, know of my affinity for anything industrial, so you'll be surprised that I did not take any pictures of industrial buildings. The thing about industrial areas in rural Germany is that they don't look industrial at all, they look like your standard warehouses with everything industrial neatly hidden behind the walls. I have worked in a few of those when I was a teenager and trust me when I say that the production floor of any factory in Germany during production looks neater than your closet. If you want to see real industry, go to the cities. In any case, here are stock photos I took of some rye fields:
Aside from fields, what else do farms have to offer? Animals of course. My friend Martin and I were out hunting for an old wind mill that we remembered was somewhere in the area. What we found was even more exciting - a small herd of cows including a calf with a wind mill in the background:
And what would a trip to rural Germany be without having an all-you-can-eat right by the waterfront?