Posts Tagged ‘isabell schatz’

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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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The last shoot in my own studio

March 5, 2012

If you are reading my Facebook-page or my blog regularly, you already know that I decided to close my studio and shoot exclusively outdoor or on location for the next years. I made two slideshow-videos to show some examples, if you’re interested, please watch them on my website.

At the end of February I’ve had my last studio-session and I’m very happy that I got another chance to take photos of someone I appreciate a lot and just love to photograph: Aris Sas. And I swear I could see some excitement there too during the shoot, what makes me smile even more, considering Aris usually does not like being photographed. 😉

So this was a very beautiful ending of my studio-career, although Aris once again did not give me enough time… *sigh* But I’m grateful for every minute of course, as it wasn’t sure we would take photos at all, that day. We got some beautiful shots, agreed on a very classical portrait light/style, which looked amazing with Aris’ edgy face (great jawline!) and how the light was caught in his curly hair.

Most of the pictures are how I know Aris’ face already – what I like a lot and what’s also good to have for Aris of course, but the more interesting stuff is coming later, always. There are photos you will only get after some time of working with someone. You might discover something new, see a person differently, or perhaps the person is changing? I still don’t know. Doris Fuhrmann, a well known manager for actors/singers described exactly this really sweet when I asked her to write a line about my work for the “clients & sentiments”-section of my website:

“Isabell Schatz liebt Schauspieler und das merkt man in ihrer Arbeit. Sie schaut genau und entdeckt manchmal auch ganz neue, aufregende Seiten bei Künstlern.”

– but this takes time, if that happens at all. It started to be like that in the shooting with Aris after a while: Having the weird feeling that you see someone you don’t know, an expression that never appeared on that person in front of you, which leads to very interesting photos, most of the time that’s a good thing, though I’m still not sure about those last photos before we had to stop. Aris likes them, so it’s fine with me. But I wish there would have been more time left to find out more, getting the really extraordinary pictures. Although I’m starting to like that photo too.

And there’s one thing that’s driving me crazy – sitting there, watching Aris, while he scrolls through the pictures at the back of the camera, or talking, and looking incredibly gorgeous. But as soon as I raise the camera, getting some distance to being able to shoot, everything has changed again  –  the same thing only occurred with one other person too so extreme, a very pretty female dancer –  and I still haven’t found out what to do in those two cases, I just can’t catch that special beauty I saw seconds before, so I always have the bad feeling that I’m still not doing them justice although I like the pictures…besides enjoying to shoot with them that’s perhaps another reason why I want to go on and on. Because I know that’s not the absolutely best I can give to them, because I see more. More than what’s on the photos.

Well, I hope I get the chance another time (I know that’s very demanding…), shooting outdoors/on location might be easier especially for Aris (and perhaps also for the girl I was talking about). Or shooting such a long time that people are really forgetting that the camera is there too? Getting them distracted with something else they enjoy to do? I think, or better, hope, that this is the solution, and I absolutely need to try that.

So here’s my favorite photo of that shoot:

I hope you like the new photos as much as I do, please feel free to leave comments below, and now enjoy the slideshow!

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More Vampires! :-)

February 16, 2012

I know, I already have a lot of vampire-pictures. 🙂 Let me think. A few of Gernot Romic, then the session in the cellar, another one at my studio with some props, but vampires never get boring, so here are once again photos at my studio, but more neutral ones which is more my style, although I love the older photos too, I had the feeling that I should use my studio as long as I still have it. So today’s models have been Manuel Stoff, currently playing at “Ich war noch niemals in New York”, but he also was Cover “Alfred” in Hamburg some years ago and Ensemble in “Tanz der Vampire” and still had his fake-teeth. 🙂 Pretty cool, as those were made by a dentist. In this blogpost you can see portraits I took of him last week. Didn’t know Manuel before, but he did a good job at both shoots. 🙂

The female model was Jennifer Csyz, who is also working as dancer, actress and singer. I already know her since some years and we took photos two times before, so I knew she would look great on the pictures, Jenny is very photogenic.

The beautiful make up and hair was done by Karli, here are also some “behind-the-scenes”-photos!

So thanks to everyone, you all did a great job, and I really like the result! And I’m sure this wasn’t my last vampire shoot. 🙂

Here’s my favorite photo with a very different editing than usual which came from a not so perfect technique while shooting this picture here, but I really loved Manuel & Jenny ‘s expression on this photo, so I tried to make the best out of it. And loved it. 🙂

Actually I edited many photos in a different way than I usually do, but I think it works with those pictures.

And here’s my second favorite photo (and also Manuel’s favorite):

More photos in the slideshow below –  enjoy!  Also feel free to leave a comment below!

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Manuel Stoff

February 8, 2012

This week Manuel Stoff was at my studio for portraits.  So funny! :-) This is already the FIFTH (Ex-)-”Tanz-der-Vampire”-”Alfred” I have portrayed! And every one of those five was really nice, and all very handsome guys. ;-) So shooting is even more fun then. 😉

After a somehow difficult beginning and a short break everything turned out fine and we got some really nice pictures. It was great working with Manuel – it’s always exciting getting to know new people, I like that a lot, that’s one of the good parts of my job! But I’d so love to know how Manuel sings – I haven’t heard him until now and also couldn’t find anything on youtube. 😦

Well, I hope you like the pictures and the slideshow – feel free to leave a comment below!

This is my favorite photo of Manuel (I think..?)

And here’s the slideshow – enjoy!

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Small world!

February 7, 2012

I was at photography workshops in Dubai in 2010 and 2011 and there I got to know many new people. One of those is Leowell Gonzales – have a look at his website too! Leowell is living in Asia, but he also has friends here in Austria and one of them was looking for a photographer in Vienna. So through a long detour I had the pleasure to take Sherry’s photos! Thanks Leowell! 🙂
What a small world, that’s surprising me again and again. 🙂

Sherry wanted to have some photos of her baby belly as it will be her first child, and it was lots of fun to take those photos, because Sherry is a really sweet person and great to work with! And usually I take portraits, so it’s always fun to try something I haven’t done a lot too. 😉

Have a look at the gallery and leave some comments if you like!

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Melanie Ortner

July 5, 2011


Some time ago I had the pleasure to photograph Melanie Ortner, and as “Tanz der Vampire” is over, I thought it may be a good idea to post those photos now. Actually I already “know” Melanie since she was a student at the Performing Center Austria years ago, but never met her personally, though I really liked her when she was playing “Magda” in “Tanz der Vampire”. 🙂 So I was very pleased when she asked me for photos. Melanie is really cute, she seems to be a very happy person, so it was easy to get nice and funny photos of her! What a pity she’s back to Hamburg now, but I’m sure she enjoys it. 😉 But it’s always sad if a great show ends and part of the cast is leaving Vienna. 😦

So here’s the slideshow – have a look at some of the photos I took with Melanie!

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Sebastian Smulders

July 2, 2011



Now that “Tanz der Vampire” is over, Sebastian Smulders decided to let me take new photos of him, so we were shooting outdoors on Monday (no studio photos!). I really wish we’d had more time. I would have loved to shoot more often, I would have loved to know what other pictures we would have gotten with more time, on another day. We already shot a bit longer than I usually do, and got a lot of good photos, but I’m so curious about all the photos we didn’t take, photos we could have taken with more time. With some people one shooting just isn’t enough, even if it took three to four hours. Sebastian is one of those people, although we already met before and talked, but I think there’s still more potential to get even cooler photos. I hope I get the chance another time, if he’s playing in Vienna again, who knows? It’s ridiculous and annoying at the same time: Sebastian already played in “Frühlings Erwachen” and later then in “Tanz der Vampire” for I don’t know how long – two years?! And I never got that strong urge to take his photos?! It’s a shame!

And it’s surprising again and again how much more fascinating people become when you start getting to know someone! And that’s why I totally love taking portraits – how somebody’s look is changing with the time, when a great character is influencing my view and shows me more beauty. So this must be the reason why I absolutely want to take more photos of Sebastian now: He really is one of the good guys – positive, open-minded from the beginning and making others feel comfortable (actually this should have been my job – making people feel relaxed while we’re shooting), just someone you immediately trust. So it was a pleasure working with him. Sebastian loves photography too and also showed me some of his work. We talked a lot and it was a very funny day – ok, with one unforeseen occurence – we were shooting next to the TU Wien, and suddenly there were many fire engines and police cars around, and even a car for decontamination! Something had happened in a chemistry lab there, so unfortunately we couldn’t shoot at one wall which looked perfect for photos from the distance, but we found other possibilities anyway. 😉 It was a tough decision which photos I should put in this blogpost as there are so many cool ones, but I hope you like my choice and our work. So here’s the slideshow, enjoy it!

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