How to portray a King

March 11, 2018

…because “How to shoot a King” sounded a little bit too violent. ūüėČ

Stefan Reil, © Isabell Schatz

Well, all you need is a winter with some snow, a beautiful forest and a model who is willing to get up too early, to freeze, get wet feet and able to make his way through bushes of thorns with his sword! At least this is what I imagined for a shoot like this. Of course you also need to deal with some loss which will probably come along with such adventurous plans – equipment falling into the snow, things covered in dirt and even can’t be found ever again (by me). Despite all those difficulties the pictures were definitely worth all the effort and losses. And Stefan did a very good job there despite the bad conditions, we both are very excited about the outcome of that shoot!

Stefan Reil, © Isabell Schatz

Stefan and I took photos together already several times, he also was the male model for my series “Papergirl & Plasticboy” that I took for an exhibition, so I knew¬†this would work out just as fine! After Stefan has sent me his suggestions for what to wear I tried to match the props we would need for a king or warrior in the woods, with a touch of fashion. So I just bought a sword and started various attempts of making a crown that would have more of a fashion or even avantgarde look and would match Stefan’s outfit. Then we added some black shag as a royal scarf – and there was the king himself! ūüėÄ

Stefan Reil, © Isabell Schatz

If you are curious about the light setup – I used two off-camera flashes, one of them with an umbrella, the other one from behind without any light diffusion. Here’s a funny behind-the-scenes-shot, and another photo without any added lights in comparison, which is just boring in my opinion. That’s what it looked like for the jogger that came around during the shoot, so – nothing special, just a man with a sword out in the woods…

Stefan Reil, ¬© Isabell Schatz, behind-the-scenes¬†Stefan Reil, ¬© Isabell Schatz, Nat√ľrliches Licht

After our feet were wet enough Stefan changed into a hoodie and we took some photos which are more of a fashion style than portrait or commercial like the ones before, but I love these so much too, especially Stefan’s posing is awesome – of course, as he has been working as a fashion (and commercial) model a lot, so working with an experienced model is invaluable!

Stefan Reil, © Isabell Schatz

In case you want to know more about Stefan, please also visit his website.

Stefan Reil, ©Isabell Schatz

And here’s of course the mandatory slideshow with some more photos – enjoy!

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Daniela Harbauer

February 15, 2018

Daniela Harbauer, © Isabell Schatz

I already photographed Dana Harbauer some years ago in my studio. As she is an awesome dancer and has a very beautiful body, we also took some dance photos besides portraits back then – in case you’d like to see them, you can either go to my own website or visit Dana’s website.

Actually I “know” Dana already since she was in school (PCA) because of her outstanding dancing, so I was looking forward to meet her little family now too! This time Dana needed new portraits after the baby break, as she is planning to go back to working as a dancer and singer again.

Daniela Harbauer, © Isabell Schatz

As it has turned out to be very helpful having ALL of the wardrobe close enough and being able to change the outfits, we took Dana’s portraits at her home. It worked out totally fine shooting her portraits in the living room, as I of course have brought my professional studio equipment with me and we had some fun.¬†:-)

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Roman Straka

February 7, 2018

In 2009 I have watched “Krawutzi Kaputzi” here in Vienna, a very funny show, similar to the musical “Avenue Q”, where the singers are puppeteers on the stage at the same time – everyone there did an awesome job! ¬†One of the singers was Roman Straka, playing “Fips” and now, 8 years later, I had the pleasure to take portraits for him! On the other hand, Roman was also part of the cast of another “Simpl”-show (both directed by Werner Sobotka): “Und tsch√ľ√ü – das war der ORF” where I was shooting the official pictures for the programme.

Besides being an actor, Roman is teaching elocution at the PCA, as he always has loved to practice speaking to become a radio presenter, voice-over or dubbing artist since he was a child! If you want to see him on stage – he will be playing in Gmunden in March and April. On March 22nd will be the Premiere of the musical “Jane Eyre”, where Roman plays alongside Elisabeth Sikora, Yngve Gasoy-Romdal, Carin Filipńćińá and Leah Delos Santos, directed by Markus Olzinger. And I am already looking forward to watch the show, as I have also loved “Blutsbr√ľder” some years ago! If you want to know more about “Musical Fr√ľhling Gmunden”, please click HERE, I can absolutely recommend it.

What I love about especially photographing actors is the complete change of a character with just a different look on their face, even with only slightly different styling. Of course lighting and color are helping too, but it is always astounding to be there with a suddenly different person! That’s always the most exciting part for me – how different someone can look during the time of shooting. I’ll show you what I’m talking about. ūüėČ From nice and sweet to creepy can happen in minutes!













Of course this is exactly what actors need for castings, auditions and their agents – being able to show what kind of characters they are able to play. From funny guy to creepy neighbor to loving family father.

I hope Roman will get awesome jobs through the pictures we took. Here’s the slideshow with more of his photos!

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I am from Austria, Donauzentrum

February 2, 2018

Martin Bermoser

Actually I don’t like shopping centers. As I also don’t like shopping. Nevertheless I go there from time to time. Obviously NOT for shopping. ¬†When I went to the Donauzentrum for the last time, I took some photos of the “Mozart!”-Cast, and this Friday a live performance with the cast of “I am from Austria” and an autograph session was announced.

So I took the chance to go there, as I still haven’t had time to watch the show at the Raimund Theater. In case you couldn’t be there too (at the Raimund Theater for the complete show or at the Donau Zentrum for some songs), here are some of the photos of this afternoon – enjoy! Btw, prints are available in my SHOP.

Oliver Arno

Irena Flury

Today’s programme was presented by Irena Flury, Martin Bermoser, Oliver Arno, Elisabeth Engstler and Andreas Steppan, and they all did a very good job with creating a good, entertaining mood even in a shopping center!

Elisabeth Engstler, Andreas Steppan, Martin Bermoser

And here’s of course the slideshow – as usual!

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Colorful styling with fruits and flowers

January 3, 2018

Kiwi + green eyeshadow

While looking through some of my older photos I remembered that I wanted to post some of these by that time, but actually this never happened‚Ķ so here they are eventually. ūüėČ

Surely you‚Äôll agree that fresh fruits, flowers and colors can be so pretty! Although cucumber, kiwi, lemon (or other dripping fruits) sticked on your cheek is probably not a very practicable way of your everyday styling. Other fruits like cherries and flowers may work‚Ķsome time. ūüėČ

Orange-yellow eyeshadow & Flower in her hair

Usually my customers want photos with rather natural styling, so this time I decided to take some beauty shots with Teresa Рa talented model I’ve worked with several times already Рincluding colorful flowers, fruits and make-up in especially vivid colors. And as I’m not able to do this on my own, I’m very grateful make-up artist Sandra Huber was so kind to help me out with her expertise for this project. Thanks again!

She was using make-up in very vivid colors by Gianni Colores, you can even use it for painting nails, which really surprised me, and worked very well for this purpose! So in case you need very strong colors, either for photos or also for a special outfit/styling, I can really recommend to use them! But you will have to be very precise when doing your make up, as any drawing “mistake” can be seen very easily.

Of course we started with rather less vivid colours and changed it to darker tones or added a matching color. Here’s the slideshow with more photos! ūüôā

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Charles Kreische

November 16, 2017

So far I’ve photographed six awesome singers playing “Alfred”¬†through the years, but I noticed that there was only one “Herbert” as far as I know of my customers careers! ¬†So I was very happy that I had the honor to also meet and portray the reigning “Herbert” of this years production of “Tanz der Vampire” ¬†– Charles Kreische, a handsome, very young singer/actor who has just finished his training at the Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg.

I got to know him as a very polite, kind person, so it was easy to get along really well. Although this has been his first personal photoshoot, he did a very good job and I enjoyed that afternoon very much.

I absolutely have to watch the show when there’s finally some time left, as I am curious now to see him on stage too! If you want to know more about Charlie, please also visit his facebook-page,¬†where you can even watch a video of his transformation to a beautiful blonde vampire.

As it was getting colder and colder outside I simply took my studio-equippment with me to the Ronacher, although I also shot many photos there with natural light only. We thankfully got permission to use this awesome building as a shooting location, because we both love those gray structured concrete walls, and even took some pictures outside at the roof-terrace.

Shooting on location is also much more interesting for me as a photographer than working in a studio – finding solutions for different light situations, exploring the city or using structured or painted walls in flats or houses is so much more fun!

And here are more of my favorite pictures of that day – enjoy! ūüôā

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Peter Knauder, IV

October 26, 2017

I already know Peter since 2011, so this September we took photos for the already fourth time – and this shooting should mean a lot more to me later than I expected on that day. A big thank you to Peter again for that afternoon – you’re awesome!

If you want to look at the photos we took in 2011 too, please click on this link and scroll down there.

Peter was very excited about the shoot and got tons of ideas for what to wear – and I’m always astounded by the creativity of his wardrobe choices, and they sometimes also make me smile. ūüôā So it’s always a pleasure working with him. Actually it’s more like playing and trying things, and that’s what I especially love about photography.

Peter also is very committed to fitness training, so of course we tried to make his already perfect body look best. Lots of skin and muscles this time and more of a fashion-style than in the portrait work I usually do, so I hope you enjoy the photos too!

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