Now available is the latest issue of sisterMAG N°10 “King Queen Knave” featuring articles around fashion, gambling, gaming, whisky, football, Berlin, and much more.
Included is the latest fashion editorial I photographed in Freiberg with the sisterMAG team, found on page 53.
We headed to Freiberg an early morning in fall. I knew I’d be shooting two models and a car that day. We haven’t done a two-model shoot for sisterMAG before, nor a shoot involving a car. I was quite excited.
I woke up in the back seat of Toni’s car, with a cold cup of coffee infront of me which I had forgotten about. The air was a heaviness that felt like a real fall day.
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After meeting our team for the day, Thea and I headed to scout the locations quickly. It was going to be no problem shooting this editorial. Back home we reviewed with Evi the beautiful fall looks she had created for the editorial, while eating some plum treats she had baked for us. Instagram pictures were taken and good conversation had as Toni helped out with a few things for the looks. Once Jana was finished with Nina’s hair and makeup, it was time to shoot and get a head start on the day while Anne was getting her’s done.
We headed down the road and met up on location with Prof. Schmidt – who was lending us his mint classic Mercedes Benz for the shoot. He was warm and friendly, and I feel like we really connected through our mutual love for cars. The car sat in front of an old medieval like structure in a small wooded area. Afar sat a silent house and a pathway leading around the brick structure that came right out of an old movie with Kings and Queens. German lettering in script written across the top memorializing the great wall. Lighting was great. A warm overcast set the mood under the shade of the trees around us, gold and red sparkled and bounced light as I captured moments from peculiar angles afar. I got into my zone and the setting needed no direction from me – just a soft smile, a look over there, a brush of the hair and a quick look down to feel to memorize the emotion within the setting. The breeze was stronger than we had hoped, but it was nothing to worry about.
Anne and the rest of the team came later. I captured a few moments and set up frames in my head for the two models to shoot. Our full team around disappeared from my thoughts as I directed them both into uncomfortable positions and motions that I knew would work in-camera. Balancing the two models together tying them both in with the Mercedes was an enjoyable experience.
At one point we set them up on the dirt path, overlooking the vast farming fields around the area. A horse and carriage entered the scene, and I fought for the model’s attention to attempt a lucky shot.
Once finished at our first location, I took a drive with Prof. Schmidt in his car. He pulled out a small red scarf and driving gloves from his glove compartment, which seemed all too perfect with his ivy cap and relaxed stature. I took only a few photos during the ride, so to experience the engine hum and speak words through the chassis underneath of me, as if the old timer was telling me about the things it’s seen and the roads it’s traveled on.
We arrived at our second location, which was by the entrance to a mine. Climbing up a hill and passing an unlocked wooden gate, a clear field overlooked the skyline to Freiberg, along with a few wooden buildings, deserted on the weekend afternoon. Only a couple sat near the edge of the skyline cliff on a shared blanket having a picnic, semi-interested in what we were up to. I looked up and the sky was still a warm grey with a cooler breeze. The humidity was politely telling me to finish my shoot soon, or I’ll get rained on.
We took a few snapshots by the buildings. Positioned different angles around the scene so I could capture the full feeling of the area while correctly setting our clothing on the models, who were completely natural in front of my heavy camera now, which hides many emotions behind the camera. Walking and shooting, battling the growing wind before us and adjusting my camera to compensate for the lack of light.
A few more shots, efficiently taken, a quick change, and a few more snapshots from afar, and we were done! The rain started up just as we were driving off the lot. I thanked the weather for holding out for me to finish up quickly.
Back home we celebrated with some tea and coffee around the Neubauer square table. More plum cakes, and I sat silently as I slowly returned to the real world from being in my shooting mode all day. After final conversations and laughs we said our goodbyes and packed the car up. I headed home in the front seat with Toni. Thea would stay in Freiberg and work on the magazine some more. Anne headed her own way back to Leipzig. With Jana and Nina in the back, sleeping, Toni and I discussed life and I think I even made a joke in German. The sun cast its final rays, the rain now pouring heavily on our small Fiat on the Autobahn. We headed home at our own pace, but before I knew it, I was dropping all my equipment on the ground inside my apartment in Berlin and taking a nice shower again.
Another successful shooting day.
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