Sublime Stories (29 of 30)
Towards the end, you could think, you need to fill up a book with some left over images. Hell no! I saved the best for last, well, at least, I can promise I put all my energy into creating a book that is interesting from the beginning all the way to the end. And with the irresistible looks of Chiara, I believe, the images speak for themselves.
Sublime Stories (28 of 30)
It was the third time I worked with Katia. I had known her since she was 21 years old. Now, she was 23 and looked better than ever. When she walked through the gate at the airport I just wowed. This was going to be a great day. I had booked Katia only for the day (return flight in the evening) and I wanted to shoot the cover for Sublime.
A time for giving
At the end of the year, I recall what happened in the past months, slow down and somehow start feeling sentimental. My past year has been pretty much about selling books. Now, that I have opened the last palette of books, I decided to cover the shipping costs, worldwide.
Sublime Stories (27 of 30)
When I started out with photography, I thought, one day, I would run around with my camera and shoot everyday. But reality is different. Most of the time, I sit at my computer, do office work from promoting photo series to selecting and retouching images. Or I simply plan photo shoots which takes up so much more time than the actual shoot.
Sublime Stories (26 of 30)
Photographing outside is so much nicer than inside, I think. But living in Germany, the climate limits the possibility for outdoor shoots to around four to five months per year. So once, the summer is over, I need to find places abroad. Like this villa in Sitges where I worked on a pool series with Sloane.
Profoto Connect for Sony
Yesterday my Profoto Connect for Sony arrived. It's a wireless flash trigger which is compatible with my new Profoto B10 flash using their so-called Air technology. Unfortunately I hadn't read the small print.
Sublime Stories (25 of 30)
This time, it's all about male fantasies. Creating erotic photographs, is all about fantasy. What is the deal with the apparently universal male fantasy of being with two lesbian women? I would say, the fantasy is not about lesbians but about being with two hot women who are so turned on by the guy they lose all control and play with each other. It's really all about men.
Sublime Stories (24 of 30)
In my sketch book which is full of themes that I desire to shoot some day, there had been a diver story for a long time. Not only did I want to shoot with a boat in the sea, I also wanted to try out underwater photography and filming. When I went to Mallorca to work with Sophia, I made this dream come true.
Selling my Profoto Studio Gear
For around 15 years, I am using Profoto light equipment and their stuff never let me down. Personally, I know better what I need now (just one small flash head like the B10), but if you're photographing in a studio situation, you might want to get some of my used stuff.
I have been styling with lingerie by Maison Close for more than 10 years now. In summer, they produced a moody film in Ibiza. It has the typical exaggerated beauty that leaves you in doubt if you can be part of it. Yet it is so appealing.
Sublime Stories (23 of 30)
Being in the middle of nowhere with Katia was such a relief. There was nothing around us which could disturb us from work. The next houses were far away, you only heard the sounds of animals every now and then. This did not only feel calming, but it allowed concentrated and targeted work. A fantastic experience and the first time I spent the Easter holidays alone with a model.
Sublime Stories (22 of 30)
Looking back at the production of my book, reminds me of how difficult some of the shoots actually were. And that it is rather normal to take up challenges. But my shoot in Riga was much more difficult than I had expected. Here's what happened in the capital city of Latvia where I shot a story with Anna.
Stefan Rappo: Nude
A few years ago, I discovered the works of Stefan Rappo. I was immediately blown away by the intensity of his photographs and he soon became one of my favorite photographers of today. Now, I had the chance to meet Stefan in Paris and get his first coffee table book called Nude.
Sony ECM-W1M vs ECM-B1M
When filiming interviews like I do for Playboy sometimes, you need to record the voice of the Playmate properly. The build in microphone won't do. I checked out the new shotgun microphone from Sony that just came out.
Sublime Stories (21 of 30)
Photographing a roadtrip as a theme has probably been done too often. Even by myself. But traveling is something we love. And a roadtrip embodies the feeling of freedom, the spirit of being young and it can be a lot of fun. Also a car is a safe haven for a shoot. You can turn on the heating when it's getting cold and avoid harsh sunlight when the girl poses inside.
The days after
Have you ever realised that broken feelings and melancholia is what counts in the art world? A song that cries with emotion will touch you more than a happy tune. I deeply had this feeling when browsing Ben Hammer's latest book.
Sublime Stories (20 of 30)
Let's face it. What do you need for an erotic photograph? A special light atmosphere? A crazily cool styling? An outstanding location? Or maybe, just a beautiful girl? It's a rhetorical question and a relief for us photographers. If beauty is there, we just have to capture it.
Recommended settings Sony a7RIV
A few days ago, I received my new Sony camera. I am upgrading from the a7RII, therefore the a7 R IV feels amazing. It took me three full days to read the manual and to go through all settings in detail. I felt like learning photography from scratch, but luckily that was only my feeling after reading so many technical information. To save you some time, I will speak about the advantages I see in the new camera and tell you my menu settings and how I customized the buttons.
Sublime Stories (19 of 30)
Blood takes 23 seconds to circulate through the body. The average male in Germany masturbates 23 times a month. The day we switch to daylight savings time has only 23 hours. Princess Diana died in Paris at 00:23 in the morning. A lot of conspiracy circles around the number 23. Here's what I have to add.
Shutter Count on Sony Cameras
All digital cameras count how many times the shutter has been released. But with many of the cameras it is difficult to find out that number. If you ever sell or buy a used one, this is handy to know. So here is how it works with Sony cameras.
Sublime Stories (18 of 30)
Sometimes things don't work out the way you planned them. Either it's the weather or the location. Both have such a big influence on the shoot that it is always good to have a plan b. But let us be honest. Who prepares a plan b when it is unlikely to happen? I didn't. And the location became a huge problem.
Movies always have a great influence on me. I love arthouse movies. The categorization is a bit silly, but in the end, many of those movies stand out. And there is one in specific that I can highly recommend.
Sublime Stories (17 of 30)
My life feels odd sometimes. Because with every photo shoot that I have, I get this awkward blind date feeling. You know, this feeling when you are waiting for a girl you have never seen in your life. And with every person that passes by, you ask yourself, if this is her. And you feel nervous like being on a date. And then she arrives and you have to do some small talk to get to know each other.
Sublime Stories (16 of 30)
You are probably not aware of this. But Blondes are an endangered species. No kidding. So, it took me a while to find a beautiful blonde girl like Lara. We met in Paris where I had rented an amazingly furnished and very cozy apartment for our shoot.