Posts Tagged ‘portrait photography’


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 tschüß – 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 Filipčić and Leah Delos Santos, directed by Markus Olzinger. And I am already looking forward to watch the show, as I have also loved “Blutsbrüder” some years ago! If you want to know more about “Musical Frühling 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. 😉 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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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! 🙂

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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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Linda Fischer

September 7, 2016


In August I had the pleasure to get to know Linda Fischer, a very nice, natural girl with supercool blue eyes! At the moment she’s a student at the “Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität” here in Vienna, starting her last year very soon. 🙂

Although it should have been raining at least part of the shooting-day we were very lucky with the weather, so we could walk around, talk and take some pictures. On our way we found an awesome red wall, and as Linda had a perfectly matching lipstick with her, it worked out so well!


I hope my photos will help Linda to get great jobs and I’m looking forward to see her on stage very soon.

Here’s the slideshow!


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Florian Resetarits II

August 24, 2016

Florian and I already took photos three years ago, in case you want to look at the old pictures – HERE you can find the other blogpost.


This time the weather was finally perfect! 🙂 So we walked around in Vienna and tried to find photogenic places. As Florian basically is a classical singer, he needed photos with a tailcoat and later then a jacket, a kind of style that is just perfect for him!


If you want to see Florian on stage, at the moment he’s playing at the Lehár-Festival in Bad Ischl. And now enjoy the slideshow! And if you want to know more about Florian himself, please also visit his website!

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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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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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