Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’


Antje Kohler: Because it’s Christmas

November 6, 2016

I already know Antje Kohler since 2014 – back then I took her new portraits, in case you want to have a look at those photos, HERE’s the link to the old blogpost. This year Antje asked me to take photos for her first solo CD: “Because it’s Christmas”. Funny thing to shoot a cover for a Christmas-CD on one of the hottest days in July. 🙂

By the way – if you want to listen to some music on this CD, here’s the chance to do so – my favorite on this CD is “Winter Song”, haven’t heard it before and just love that song!

img_1081bAntje told me that she had – because of her job as a singer – to spend many Christmases without her husband in hotels,…, so one day she bought a little Christmas tree for those occacions, that’s the story behind – why there should be this little Christmas tree involved on the CD-cover and the booklet, that’s why we tried to find different places for Antje and her Christmas tree, even on the toilet/bathroom. 😉

Antje got permission to shoot her CD-cover at the beautiful Palais Niederösterreich – thanks again! It’s an awesome location, nevertheless we decided to shoot in one of the modern parts downstairs, because it reminded me a lot of a hotel lobby and had a rather cold feeling because of the stone floor, that’s why I thought it works perfectly well with Antje’s story, and that’s why I also liked the colder version of the chosen photo for the cover, although I decided to “switch on the lights” later in photoshop. 😉


At the beginning of the blogpost you can find the final cover, editing by Bernhard Poppe.

btsNow more about the shoot! Fortunately Antje chose a photo where I also took my only “behind the scenes”-picture of this shoot, because I knew that I would want to write a blogpost about it later. So here it is for the photographers among you. I used a big Octabox as single light source on the right handside of the camera with an elinchrom flashlight (500 Ws), tilted down very much, which explains the lighter spot/circle on the floor and a bit of a icy/mirror-effect on the blue-ish photo above, which can unfortunately not be seen on the finished CD-cover. And of course some (very few) light was coming from the window behind/above the couch, although of course the flashlight was overpowering most of it. I was practically lying on the floor with my camera, so I shot from a very low angle (not like in the bts-photo on the left handside).

Well, I hope you enjoy the slideshow (at the end of this post) and of course also Antje’s music! If you want to hear Antje live and in person – the CD-presentation will be on Dec. 5th, 2016 at the Theater am Spittelberg in Vienna, more information about this event and ordering the CD can be found on Antje’s website. Merry Christmas! 😀


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Want to do something GOOD for Christmas?

October 19, 2011

If you want to do something good for Christmas, start NOW! Here are two projects I’d like to support.

First one is a project of wonderful artist Steffen Teuscher, a florist – he and his wife Diana are friends of mine, we got to know each other when Steffen hired me for taking photos of his class and the masterpieces for the florist’s examination for the master craftsman’s certificate in Zwettl. I made the classes website, took their portraits and photographed their artworks. Later then I built Steffen’s and Diana’s own website ( and right now I’m doing the graphic work for their new project: FLOWERS IN CONCERT – music in combination with flower art, and the money goes to Japan, as Steffen has worked there shortly before the catastrophe happened.

Just have a look at their blog: – there you can find all the information about the project, and if you want to buy a ticket for the concert, please do so and help them getting money for Japan!

And there’s a second project I want to support too. As many of you know, the two musical singers Marjan Shaki and Lukas Perman are both very committed to an organization that helps people in Haiti – “Power of hope”. Now they’ve had a very cute idea to help the kids in Haiti!

So if you have some time left and a lot of love for others who are not as lucky as we are, take your chance and make a child happy with a Christmas box!  I think this is a great idea and I will definitely support them, first of all with posting their idea here, my box will be following soon. 😉

The idea is packing a shoebox (30x20x10 cm) with all kind of stuff a kid needs – pencils, writing pads, soap, toothpaste, t-shirts (!!), flip-flops, small toys like yo-yo, mikado,…and, very important, a letter or postcard with some nice words or a prayer.

You can bring your box (please decorate it nicely with stickers,… but DON’T wrap it because customs is going to have a look what’s inside, and only put NEW things in there, no used stuff please…) to the RAIMUNDTHEATER or RONACHER, if you want to participate! Your box(es) must be there until Nov. 10th, as the container is going to take some weeks to Haiti!