Archive for the ‘Fashion/Beauty’ Category


How to portray a King

March 11, 2018

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

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! 😀

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, Natürliches 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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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… so here they are eventually. 😉

Surely you’ll 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…some time. 😉

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 – a talented model I’ve worked with several times already – including 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! 🙂

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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. 🙂 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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Salka Weber & Johannes Nepomuk

February 29, 2012

This year’s show of the Konservatorium Wien, Privatuniversität was the musical “Rent”. Johannes Nepomuk (I already photographed him two years ago) played “Roger”. As I really liked the show I asked him and also Salka Weber who played “Mimi” (although I haven’t seen her play as I was watching the derniere, but knew who she was because of last year’s show “Urinetown”), if we could take some photos, based on the those two characters. Just for fun – something I hardly do – for my blog and because I love “Rent”. 🙂 And both of them agreed!

Everything started very chaotic. First of all the make-up-artist couldn’t come to the shoot because she was ill, but thank goodness Martina Bruckner-Nöhrer, another MUA I’m working with from time to time (she also did the beautiful make-up and hair for my “papergirl & plasticboy”-project), was so nice and came to my studio too and styled Salka & Johannes, great work, Martina, thanks again! And this in such a short span of time, because she also had to leave after one hour and ten minutes which is NOT a lot of time for getting two person’s hair done and their make-up, but it worked out fine. Then we noticed that Johannes’ guitar was still at the university… but he called some friends and finally Manuel Walcherberger (played “Collins”!) brought a borrowed guitar. Then we needed tights for Salka and some cigarettes for the photos, so I had to go to the Westbahnhof and get everything, then we could finally start to shoot. 🙂

We tried something I haven’t done before – playing the CD as a playback, so Salka & Johannes both had the expressions they need to have, at the same time, which is usually very difficult. So it was similar to theatre photography, but with the luxury of being able to stop them in between and change the light and turned the poses how I needed them to be. It was really cool because it combined two things I like: Theatre photography and studio portrait photography, and having more control then in comparison to shooting at a theatre.

Salka is a very beautiful girl with great expression, here’s a portrait-photo I took of her:

And here’s a portrait of Johannes, a very funny guy! Great skin, btw., hardly had to retouch anything. 🙂 And a nice profile too.

When we were shooting I thought it would be the best thing to convert the photos to black and white, but after a very long time at my computer and trying a lot of different editing and colors I liked the color versions better, I hope you like the photos (and the editing) too. Thanks again to Johannes & Salka, both of them did a very good job! And here’s the slideshow, enjoy! 

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Portraits/Portfolio-Shooting with Peter Knauder

May 14, 2011

On April 30th I posted new dancing photos of Eva Prenner and Peter Knauder, both students of Performing Center Austria. As Peter needed new headshots for upcoming auditions anyway, we decided to take more photos than those – photos he can use for a portfolio to apply at model agencies and some new pictures for my own portfolio too. It was a pleasure, we had lots of fun, Peter did a very good job and we’re going to work together again. Tomorrow. 🙂 Water will be involved, perhaps some dirt. 😉

For now some photos of the shooting on Friday! Enjoy and tell me what you think about them, just use the “comment”-function!

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Dubai 2011

March 16, 2011
Last year I found out about Gulf Photo Plus and was there in 2010 for an amazing week, joining workshops with JoeyL, Joe McNally and “Strobist” David Hobby. I met wonderful people there and GPP 2011 was of course on my “to-do”-list for this year! 🙂 My best friend Michi booked my plane-ticket (thanks again!) already in September and in January I booked the courses I wanted to attend. This year I decided for “The constructed image” – a three day workshop about fashion/concept-photography with the wonderful CLAIRE ROSEN, a  fashion and fine art photographer living in the USA.
Please have a look at her website:

The second workshop I attended was “On location with Zack Arias”, please have a look at his website too:

My programme for photofriday (in the UAE Friday is the “weekend”) was:
“The Apple ipad as a Photographer’s Tool” with Zack Arias and Steve Simon,
“Getting Your Work Out on the Web & Social Media” with David Nightingale, JoeyL, Manny Librodo,
“The Appropriate Response”  with Gregory Heisler,
“Panel: Breaking into Editorial & Documentary Photography” with Farah Nosh and Steve Simon.

Now some more information about the workshops I joined there:

Monday started with “The constructed image” with Claire Rosen. She was very interested in our work and asked questions about ourselves, looked at our portfolios. I think it was a wonderful group, people showed amazing pictures! Then Claire showed us many pictures different fashion photographers had published, then some of her own great work. We talked about finding a concept for a photography project, and we also got some homework to do for the next day. I chose to take a picture/selfportrait inspired by a song of the musical “Rent”: “Will I”, which is actually about a life support group for people with AIDS, but I transferred it to receiving a bad message, being sad about something. As it was already dark outside I had to use my hotelroom, which was not very beautiful (stayed at the Holiday Inn Express because it’s in walking distance to the Conference Center, where all the courses started), but found a good place including light to take that picture. I first tried to take that picture with a letter in my hands, but didn’t like it anymore later, so I chose that photo here.

On the second day of Claire’s workshop (after discussing our homework) she showed us the locations, where we had to shoot our own concept that we had to make on that second day, and also did a Demo-Shoot in the Conference-Center.

Our location for our shoot on Wednesday was an incredible beautiful and very expensive hotel called “Jumeirah Zabeel Saray” which is on the Jumeirah-palm. We could choose between the Voda-Bar (which I had chosen), the restaurant and the Hammam/Spa. Claire told us how to make a concept, showed us how to make a moodboard (which is good to show to customers or the stylists/make-up-artists/models) and gave us time to make our concepts. I was really scared and got stuck at some point, was stressed out about how to find a project/concept in such short time, I’m really not creative. Of course I had a mood in mind after the first impression, after seeing photos of the location, but no idea how to make a concept out of it. Claire is such a sweet person, she helped me a lot with asking questions, and finally I had concept and knew what I wanted! 🙂 In a moodboard you usually put in some photos to show what you plan to do – as these are not mine I can’t publish them here, but here’s my color-board and a short description of my project which was in the moodboard too.

Location: Bar 

Woman fleeing from an ALIEN place, which is “owned” by white, blurry, scary creatures (black, dark “shadows”)
She’s wearing a purple-pink flowing dress, make-up is very light, white, “young”, rather “natural”, long, open hair which is flying (also the dress) as she is trying to run away from these creatures.
Scary, dark surrounding.
Props: Something big, white for the “ghost”
On Wednesday we went to the hotel, and everybody got two hours to shoot his/her own project, we were divided into three groups/locations, one was shooting and the other three were assisting, Claire helped everybody as well as her two assistants Eman and Danny. It was an exciting day with many tears, stressed out people but great results! Unfortunately the location wasn’t the most welcoming (although it looked overwhelming!), one girl of our group couldn’t even shoot her project because we were kicked out of the bar one hour earlier (no one told us that the bar had to open by that time already!). It also looked completely different than I had imagined after we had seen the photos, so my plan didn’t work like I wanted…. here’s the drawing I made for light/ghosts/model. There were no couches in the picture we saw in advance…. :-S

At least I got a really good model, she already worked for Nivea and other big companies, she did her job very well! Thanks! 🙂
Also our stylist Gemma got my perfect dress, that was exactly how I imagined it, thanks! Thanks to Michelle too for doing the make-up and hair!
Danny helped me a lot with the technical stuff and light, and here’s the final photo!!! 🙂 I’m really happy with it!

Here are two additional photos:

I know my concept also included ghosts/creatures, but Claire said it is fine like it is, she would skip photoshopping the creatures in, because that would be too obvious. It’s already scary how it is, so I think it’s better to leave it like this. Anyway, here’s one photo of a “ghost”, I shot it, but haven’t done the photoshopping (I shot ghosts on different places at the bar, so there would have been about three or four), and I would blurr it out even more. Perhaps I’ll try it later, when I feel healthy enough again and post it here!

I’m really happy with my photo and Claire also showed us her favourites of the other photographers in this workshop at the vista bar on Wednesday evening, I think we got phantastic images! Thanks Claire, Eman and Danny! 🙂 Here’s a photo of Saturday evening with Claire, myself, Danny and Niki!

On Thursday I was already feeling really ill, but went on location with Zack Arias. We went to Karama, that’s where poor people in Dubai live. We took some models with us, were divided into some groups and went out to take our photos. Zack gave us the assignment to take photos about “contrast” in Dubai, we should take photos for a magazine and he showed us examples for pictures he took last year. Suddenly we heard that Manny Librodo’s class who was also shooting in Karama had troubles with the police and even secret service, so Zack “evacuated” us to a restaurant and invited us to lunch – thanks Zack! The police wanted to delete all the camera-cards, although we/they got the right permissions to shoot. After a while all the problems were solved and we went to another place to go on with shooting. On the next workshop-day Zack evaluated our work on the bus, our location for Saturday was the Dubai International Financial Centre. I really felt very ill and spent most of the day with watching the others taking photos, but that was fine with me. Back at the classroom Zack showed us which pictures he has taken today and what photoshop-editing he would do with it, that was the most interesting part for me in that workshop. Zack is really good at explaining technical things, that’s why I booked that workshop, it was basic sometimes, but it’s good to have explanations again.

Here are some shots I took on the two days with Zack:

On Saturday evening the “Shoot-out” with Zack Arias and JoeyL was on the schedule. Last year the “show” with David Hobby, Zack Arias and JoeyL was already really funny and I was looking forward to this year. Usually it’s the new teachers that have to do that shoot-out, having 20 min time to shoot someone they don’t know before, without knowing what the other photographer did before and photoshop it. Last year Joey just took a polaroid, sticked it onto the screen and left the room. This year they had a “Derwisch” here who was wearing a colourful dress and did a twirling dance. Gregory Heisler commented everything during the shooting and tried to get Joey out of concentration, which was really funny! 🙂 In the end Gregory had to take a photo himself too, he did really well I think. 😉

Here are some photos of the shoot-out:

On Sunday I slept really long, a hopeless attempt to feel better… :-S As the elevator up the Burj Khalifa was already booked days before I decided to come with my friends I got to know at GPP 2010. It was lots of fun, but I went back to the hotel really exhausted some hours later. Here are some of the photos I took up there!

And here a selfportrait: 🙂
Here are some photos of my friends Joel, Dennis and Rob! And YES, we had lots of fun! 🙂

Some photos from outside the Burj:

I spent a phantastic week there (although I was ill since Wednesday and still am – thanks aircondition…. :-S ) and am already looking forward to next year! I wish GPP would last two weeks. 🙂 I met wonderful people there and had so much fun!!! Thanks to everyone! Thanks to Mohamed and his team for organizing this event, thanks to all my new friends I got to know there and of course thanks to my amazing teacher Claire Rosen, her great assistants Danny and Eman and of course Zack Arias, who is such a patient and phantastic teacher! Thanks to Rob, Dennis, Joel, Tom, Niki for all the fun at the Vista-Bar, at our workshops and our spare-time! Thanks to all the other people at the workshops like Martina, Ivana, Rawan, Wed, Muzna, Michael, Marc, Evgenia, Karim,… it was a pleasure to meet you all!!! See you again next year! 🙂


Two new websites, a competition and an exhibition!

February 4, 2011

Wow, long time passed since my last blog-entry…! Perhaps I should post more often and not wait until there are four topics in one blogpost. 🙂 I already have sooo many pictures I could publish but didn’t have the time until now. Well, this has to wait again, here are the latest news – if you are visiting my Website regularly you already know part of those news – but not everything!! 😉

nr. 1)
Exhibition at Raiffeisenbank Lenzing – “Papergirl & Plasticboy”:
Thanks to Raiffeisenbank Lenzing for showing my photos and posting a link and information about me on their Website!
Here are  some (really bad) photos I took with my (old!!) mobile phone:

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As I’m always grateful for people who are passing my name on to other people who might need photos of themselves, I thought I give away a portrait-photoshoot for free at the end of 2011! Every customer will be asked who told him/her to let ME take his/her photos – the name I hear the most will get the free photoshoot! 🙂

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I decided to build an extra website for wedding photography, here it is:

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As I mostly take photos of singers, dancers and actors I decided to build a website called ““, which should help theatres, producers, directors,… finding artists as well as artists getting jobs or information about castings if the website is big enough, so theatres,.. will hopefully send their casting-ads to me.

EVERYONE who wants to be part of my new website just send me an e-mail with the required information about yourself (, btw, for those who are afraid there’s too much information published – you can decide yourself what information you want to write into your CV of course! This website and my work is FOR FREE in this case, so just use this source of PR too. 😉