Hi, i am Lars
My photographic roots are in beauty and fashion photography. But my heart has always been in storytelling wedding photography.
I love those special moments and the feelings between bride and groom. I do not just shoot a wedding - I try to capture creative and meaningful wedding photos that bring bridal couples back to their emotions of their wedding day, even years later. I do not just photographically determine what it looks like, but what it feels like. Around the world.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
When I was asked "back then" by a client for a beauty shoot whether I could take a photo of a wedding, I felt that it was beneath my dignity. BUT: I quickly learned that a good wedding reportage requires a lot of professional skill and so I have a great deal of respect for all the wonderful wedding photographers around the world. Since that moment of my first wedding, when I was able to experience these unfiltered and, in contrast to a beauty shoot, real feelings, I have fallen in love with this type of photography.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
My most wonderful experience, which I had at a wedding, was a short sentence from a couple who looked at my pictures with tears in their eyes and said to me: "YES, this is us!"
In my opinion, no wedding photographer can get a more emotional compliment.
What equipment do you use?
I use the Canon EOS R6, EOS R as my second cam. I really love the Canon EF 85 1.2 L II, the Canon EF 85 1.4 L, the Canon RF 50 1.2 L as my portait lenses. For the often hectic moments I usually use the Canon RF 24-70 2.8 Land the Canon EF 70-200 2.8 L. The macro shots i do with the Canon Ef 100 Makro and the Sigma 35 1.4 lenses.
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
There are so many special moments at a wedding - that is also the reason why I fell so in love with the wedding reportage. The Getting Ready, the first look is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorites - when I have to commit myself.
My favorite book is "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Maybe because I like to be a little crazy myself ;-)
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
My advice to every couple planning their wedding is: "It's your day! Not that of Aunt Erna or Uncle Franz. Do what you imagine your day to be and enjoy it to the full." This also means that you should use professionals in their fields for planning and implementation.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Even if we as wedding photographers and videographers receive money for our services, we should not forget one thing: we are service providers with a great deal of responsibility. We provide unforgettable, non-recurring moments for 2 people and so we should appear at all times. Unfortunately, I increasingly experienced different things.
What were your early influences? Any photographers you looked up to or you still look up to today?
In any case. There are two photo questions that particularly appeal to me. They would be: Peter Lindbergh - in my opinion the godfather of portraying without a lot of frills and, secondly, my father, who even got me into photography.
How do you prepare yourself before a wedding?
I always meet the bride and groom in advance to get to know them better. I want to feel how they interact with each other - so I can let myself be guided which photos they would like to have of themselves.
Everything is ready on the day of the shoot and I am on set much earlier than I am booked. This gives me and the bride (it usually starts with Getting Ready) the opportunity to easily start the shoot. The rest will happen all by itself.
How long have you been a photographer?
Thanks to my father, I have been taking photos for more than 35 years, including 15 years as a professional in the beauty sector, and have been accompanying weddings for around 7 years.
Can you describe your style of your photography?
I would describe my style as "realistic with a touch of vintage" as possible. I place a lot of value on authenticity - less on posed, perfectly staged retort photos. A wedding means "real feelings" and that's how real my photos should be.
Where do you find ideas for your work?
Of course, I find inspiration for my photographs on the Internet - I deal a lot with the style and creativity of other photographers around the world.
I am also inspired by the wedding couples themselves, through their stories and their feelings with one another.
What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve shot?
My most memorable wedding was that of an elderly couple where the woman had cancer. The two have decided to get married shortly before her death. I was allowed to accompany this wedding with my camera. There was hardly a more beautiful and sad moment at the same time like this.
What advice can you give to new wedding photographers about their pricing structures?
There are so many good and bad wedding photographers out there looking to make money in the wedding industry. I can only advise young wedding photographers to first create a portfolio (possibly free of charge) before offering their services for money. This responsibility is the starting signal for a responsible approach to our profession and weddings. If you have this respect, the wedding couple will notice and will give the photographer their trust through a contract.
Within the wedding industry, who else captivates and interests you?
In addition to wedding photography, I still love beauty photography, of course. A wonderful addition to the reportage work of wedding photography. This also helps me to create special photos, especially during the bridal shoot.
Another great fascination are of course my two little daughters and my wife. By the way, my biggest critic.
Where do you see wedding photography heading in the next few years?
Today's technology makes it more and more possible for amateurs to take beautiful photos. I think that many wedding couples see this development and appreciate the differences to professional, high-quality photographers. In my opinion, however, the trend will be more and more towards candid and away from staged photographs.
Other than photography, what are your other passions or hobbies?
In the little time I have left with photography, image processing and my family, I try to keep my body as fit as my head. ;-)