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Company Portrait of the unique Tailor Dolph Schmid – exclusive fashion for Donna e Uomo

Lovely photo shooting at the tailor Dolph Schmid on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich for a reportage and company portrait published in a magazine. A well-kept secret and unique of its kind, Dolph Schmid impresses with  his high skilled and sophisticated craft of an exclusive fashion tailor.

www.dolphschmid.ch

South Africa – stunning Landscapes and Wildlife

Once in love with Africa, always in love with Africa! On this trip we travelled first to Cape Town and then further to Durban and the Hluhluwe area for a safari. Breathtaking landscapes, fascinating wildlife, wonderful people.

I can very much relate to the quote by Nelson Mandela: “I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. Admittedly, I am biased but when you combine the natural beauty of sunny South Africa with the friendliness and cultural diversity of our people, and the fact that the region is a haven for Africa’s most splendid wildlife, then I think that we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land.”

 

Event Fotografie: Amazing reading and dance performance above the roofs of Zurich

Im Rahmen der Zürcher Salongespräche, die im Mobimo Tower stattfinden, wurde der Abend mit dem Kolumnisten und Schriftsteller Max Küng und den beiden Tanzperformern Hella Immler und Exequiel Barreras zur veritablen Verführung der Sinne: Getanzt wurden Max Küngs geschriebene Worte. Oder mit etwas weniger Poesie: Er hat eigens einen Text verfasst, den die beiden Tänzer in eine faszinierende Sprache der Bewegung umsetzten. Wort traf Tanz und wurde zu einer einmaligen Collage der Emotionen, welche die Zuschauer in ihren Bann zog. Und dann geraten Gefühle in Bewegung und beginnen zu tanzen ….

 

New Flagship Store PKZ women: Architecture & Interieur Photography

For a reportage I was asked to take images of the building of the new flagship store of PKZ women, the various floors and lounges within the store as well as a few portraits of the companys CEO during an interview. The PKZ Group is one of the biggest fashion companies in Switzerland with around 50 stores throughout the country. The flagship store PKZ women on Bahnhofstrasse in  Zurich was completely renovated this year and opened its doors again to its clientele with a beautiful interior. I totally loved this photo session! Spending hours in this wonderful clothing store, which has been for years one of my personal favourite ones in Zurich, was just great.

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Gassmann Zurich: Interieur & Portrait Photography

Mit Junior-Chefin Katja Hahnloser habe ich einen sehr erfrischendes und sympathisches Photo Shooting erlebt. In jungen Jahren ist sie erfolgreich in das Modegeschäft eingestiegen und führt mit grossem Elan das rennomierte Familienunternemen. Im Modehaus Gassmann mit Sitz am Paradeplatz wird seit 1882 auf persönlichen Kontakt und ausserordentlichen Kundenservice grossen Wert gelegt. Anspruchsvoller und internationaler Kundschaft wird ein sophisticated und upper casual Sortiment angeboten, welches mit renommierten Labels ein breites Spektrum der internationalen Modeszene abdeckt.

Very pleasant photo session  with the junior general manager Katja Hahnloser at the well known high end fashion store Gassmann in Zurich. Offering sophisticated and upper casual fashion to the demanding and international clientele, the store is well known for its personal and outstanding client service.

www.gassmannzuerich.ch

 

Images for the Annual Report: Portrait Board of Directors of KENTZ

Earlier this year I had the honor of meeting and photographing the entire Board of Directors of Kentz Engineers & Constructors. Kentz is a global engineering specialist solutions provider, with 14 500 employees operating in 36 countries worldwide. They have provided Engineering, Construction and Technical Support Services to clients in the energy and resources sectors for more than 90 years. Kentz is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: KENZ) and is a member of the FTSE 250. On the occasion of a conference in the Hotel Schweizerhof in Zurich, I was asked to do portraits of the entire Board of Directors for their annual report. The company’s marketing department wanted ‘classic’ portrait images with a light background. So I set up my photo studio equipment with lights, softboxes and a white paper background roll in a meeting room of the Hotel Schweizerhof, whose staff was very helpful to provide everything I needed for the photo shoot. It was a great pleasure to work with Kentz and to photograph the Chairman Tan Sri Razali as well as the Executive Director Christian Brown and various other Directors of the Board. The annual report 2013 with the portrait images of this photo shooting was published a few weeks ago and is also available on their website. www.kentz.com

Hochzeit Fotografie: Civil Wedding Ceremony at the Lake

Fotoreportage der wunderbaren Zivilhochzeit von Jenny und José.

Time to catch up with my blog! It has been a very busy time since last summer and I will be publishing some blog posts of my favourite photo sessions.

I was so delighted to photograph the wedding of this beautiful, loving couple. Jenny and José, two soul mates and best friends, full of love and care for each other. It was such a pleasure to witness the civil wedding ceremony at the town hall office and then take a stroll down to the lake to take bridal portraits while they were waiting to board their boat. The magic of love!!

Studio Portrait Photo Session

/>Lots of fun with Anka until we got the “perfect” photo during this photo session. As so often when working together with her on past assignments, we have been on the same wave-length also at her very own photo shooting!! Thank you Anka for the good times and looking forward to many more interesting projects!!

Portrait of a Cat

Blogging again!! I have been very busy the past few month with loads of photo sessions and am now preparing some blog posts of my favourite ones. People portrait sessions have been in high demand as well as a some company portraits. But – I will start my blog posts again with something different this time, with a portrait of a cat 🙂

Recently I was a clients place doing an on location studio photo shooting. While I was setting up my studio lights and equipment, the clients’ beautiful and inquisitive cat came to check out all my gear. She sat in the middle of the background paper roll while watching me work, posing perfectly for me. I could not help to take a few portraits of this gorgeous cat with her stunning yellow eyes. I was fascinated by her perfect face and mimic. It is a so called Chartreux cat which is a rare breed of domestic cat originally from France.

Visit to the Langa Township near Cape Town

Tourists who come to visit Cape Town (including me!) usually only get to see the beautiful luxury places in and around the Mother City, the glitz and glamour of the Atlantic Seaboard as well as the absolutely breath-taking nature the area has to offer. And I admit it, I enjoy it. Very much. All of it. Every time. So much that I keep coming back to this beautiful country.

However, in the recent years the townships in South Africa opened their doors to tourism by offering guided tours to visitors. I did a lot of research beforehand and found a very reliable and trustworthy guide. I wanted my kids to understand that there is another side to life and that all the things we take for granted are actually not. I only realised after the visit, how much it actually had affected myself well.

The tour itself provided incredible, very sobering insight into life in a township. It was a humbling, eye-opening and full of contrasts experience with our local guide Nathi, who also lives in the township. It was very inspiring to feel the human spirit full of optimism and enthusiasm despite the difficult living conditions. The locals gave us a warm and friendly welcome, told us about their lives and invited us into their homes. We learned a lot about the Xhosa culture and the township, where everyone knows and helps one another.

As I did not want to bring the usual “candy treat” with on our visit to the township, I asked my sons teacher, if they had some spare school material like booklets, pencils etc. they did not use anymore. Generously my sons school donated a huge bag full of school items which I brought with all the way from Switzerland to the Langa Township. Shortly after we arrived in Langa, the school in the township was finished and the kids were on the way home. Immediately we were surrounded by many childen. Every child waited very patiently until it was his turn to receive his share of the school items we brought with. There were so many, I wish I had brought more!!

Before our visit in Langa, I felt that a tour into a township to see “the other side”  would be an intrusion into the lives of the very poor of Cape Town, but it wasn’t the case at all. First, it is a way for the people living in the townships to earn some money from tourism as they are obviously charging a fee for the tour as well as selling their handmade art and craft. But in addition, the people actually wanted us to see the improvements, initiatives and progress that are being made in this township over the past years since the end of apartheid. They wanted to demonstrate the energy that is there to lift themselves out of poverty with a focus on education.

While engaging with the people of Langa, I was able to see and experience a part of their lifestyle. Regardless of their poor economic conditions and their difficult housing circumstances, they were very confident, optimistic and strong. And therefore, many of the people in the township who “made it” over the years into a successful and well earing job though education, they actually stay living in the township because they want to carry on improving the situation there. Because the township is the place where their heart is, their support system as well as their strength is coming from. This visit reminded me of the importance of unity, friendship, supporting each other and the power and effects a smile can have, even when everyday life is surrounded of problems. It was absolutely eye-opening to see how happiness is possible under such scarce conditions and how people can make a living with what we would consider spare change. It was extremely refreshing to see how a lavish life is not necessary to be happy and how human interaction, and not superficiality, is what really makes a difference and can lead us to be happy. And a visit like that puts life into a very different perspective – many people here in our Western world focus on the really small things to complain and find problems – let’s rather appreciate what we have and most importantly, walk with an open heart and a smile through life!!

Fotoreportage & Event Photography: Wine, Dining and Music with Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi

In January 2014 I was asked to photograph impressions of this wonderful event high above the city of Zurich. On the 23rd floor of the Mobimo Tower, I met Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi, who lead through an evening full of Italian wine history.

The Frescobaldi are a prominent Florentine noble family that have been involved in the political, sociological, and economic history of Tuscany since the Middle Ages. The family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. From the beginning, the wine of the Frescobaldi family has been of highest quality and reflecting the uniqueness of their terroirs. By the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists had become faithful clients. A century later the Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth.

Today, Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi represents the thirtieth generation of this renowned Tuscan winegrowing family. His lifework has been the revitalisation of the family’s notable portfolio of agricultural estates, from the point of view both of their products as well as of their financial performance. In 2005, he assumed the position of Managing Director of the Tenute di Castelgiocondo in Montalcino, one of the most prestigious producers of Brunello. Lamberto Frescobaldi was appointed in June 2013 as President of the Board of Directors of the company Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi.

(Quelle: Wikipedia/ www.frescobaldi.it)