JUNE PHOTOTOUR & LETTERS

Last phototour in June, last month. I’m a bit late with this one, but better late than never, right? Getting up in the morning for starting a very early phototour is just an awesome feeling. But then when you also check your mailbox to find a document by tax authority or just some random bills, and instead there’s a new letter waiting from a pen pal .. The day can’t really get even more better. Prepared with a jar filled up to the top with fresh fruit, orange juice, a new audio book, and an empty memory card, that just calls for a creative morning. And that’s when those photos were created.

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First I found this ladybug sitting on the flower, and I think I spent almost twenty minutes sitting there on the ground, crouching from left to right until I was pleased enough with the first results.
Roses became a very daily and usual thing, still I’m not bored and or bothered to take photos of them every single time I’m at this place. Tough I’m still looking for a pretty white one, they’re hard to find because they get dirty so fast. Yes, photoshop, but I’d like my nature photos to be as „raw“ and sooc as possible. Of course I’ll always add some colour and fix the lighting afterwards, usual stuff, but that’s basically it then. Unbenannt-1
Snails .. What can I say. Snail shells don’t lose their beauty (to me), and I’ll hope there’ll be another rainy day soon! It’s like the thing with ants, first you only see one, than two, then three, and suddenly they’re thousands of them. By the way, this heat makes me hate every single summer. I guess I said this only a couple hundred times before. Did I mention that the Dahlia is my favourite flower? They kind of remind me of Alice in Wonderland. And even though I don’t like the colour orange very much, I still loved this photo. Same with pansies, I especially like the darker ones, and I remember when I crouched down to take this photo, I was listening to the Hobbit, while Bilbo met Gollum for the first time and they had a little riddle-session. What a character. I wish I was able to create something like him, being able to describe so perfectly. Someday.

Well, I had a lovely tour with good results, let’s see if this will happen again this month in July. Rain, please come again. As soon as there’ll be clouds visible, I’ll be outside and on the road to snailville.

Thank you for reading. ( :

– Woodmouse

VENTRILOQUIST COURT II

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Just months after our first collaboration, it was time again for another one! Rai wrote to me and asked if she could send me three brand new outfits, and of course it didn’t take me a minute to think about it. All outfits are so different and yet you can see that they were all designed by the same one creative mind, namely by Rai Keodara and her label Ventriloquist Court for Lady of Tea Couture, based in Australia.
Rai designed them especially for my models, Vanessa, Arianna and Jana.

#ar.vent. We started at my teamshoot on June 6th in the forest. The weather played along (too much), after we arrived at our spot in the forest, after dragging all our equipment through thorns and bushes, we almost literally dropped dead to the ground because of the heat. It really was painful, we all got sunburned and stung by creatures, but that’s just how it goes with shoots in the woods in summer.

But they all kept going until the end, doing a great job, changing outfits as much as needed, and so I’d call it a successfull day. Arianna and Kenny looked like a couple working with a circus, and Sandra and Kamil looked like an Amish couple. Ah, we had fun. I originally wanted to play around a lot more with props and stuff, but this heat .. Just standing there, posing, was a lot of work and enough for all of us on this day.

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So as I said, on those photos you see my models Arianna and Kenny, and Sandra and Kamil. Arianna and Sandra are wearing two outfits by Ventriloquist Court, they are available to buy in her shop on Etsy! Responsible for hair and make-up was Jennifer, as always, and did the best job possible. They all looked gorgeous. While trying out different techniques with my camera and even more lighting (reflector) I remembered why I have issues with photoshoots in the middle of the summer, not only because of heat, but because of the lighting and I always feel like I don’t really have my camera under complete control. But I think those first results aren’t too bad. Good thing that those outfits stand out so much and are so unique!
I couldn’t wait to work on the next shoot!

#sa.ventr.01 And the next shoot followed only two days later, on monday in Munich, in the middle of the city. Sandra and I met at the location, took a few shots at one spot, then at another one, at another one, just hopping around the place from corner to corner. It wasn’t as hot as on saturday, there was a light breeze and even a couple of raindrops, but the lighting was good enough. And even without a Make-Up Artist Sandra, as always, dressed herself up just fine and after only two and something hours, we called it a wrap.

The third shoot followed the next saturday, the 13th of June, again in the woods, but my favourite forest.
So I thought, when walking down the path with Jennifer,
#lour model Natalie, and my grandpa. But the location we usually use for photoshoots was sadly not the same anymore. A lot of trees were missing, orange circles painted around a lot of the ones which were still there, it just didn’t look as magical as it used to be. But Natalie wanted to use coloured smoke for our shoot and brought five different colours, so luckily this awesome prop covered up a lot of the surroundings.

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I love working with Jenny and Natalie as a group, everyone’s relaxed and I don’t feel the slightest bit of pressure. Nina wore the outfit which was actually designed for Vanessa, but sadly the sleeves of the jacket turned out a bit too tight. Rai was using a beautiful black cotton velveteen fabric which can’t be streched, but I think it looked so gorgeous on Natalie. I’m guessing that the next shoot with Rai’s outfits will be in August with my model Nina, maybe there’ll be another one in July, but I’m not sure about that yet.

Thanks to Rai and her label Ventriloquist Court,
thanks to my models for doing a great job, also thanks to Jennifer for doing an awesome job with the hair and make-up.

And thank you for reading. ( :

– Woodmouse

SCHNECKENJAGD

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May is the perfect month (also September) for going on phototours and having shoots with pretty snails and empty snail shells. I love going out right after it stopped raining, then they’re all wide awake and on slow tours from their hiding 800spot to the nearest tree stem or bush. I really don’t like touching them, but when
there’s a little family crawling across a busy sidewalk I just have to pick all of them up by their shells and rescue them. If there wasn’t any rain, they’re all asleep on leaves and hide in bushes, but (without the intention to brag) I aquired the possibility to find even the greatest masters of disguise during those past years. I hardly found any of my most loved ones with darker shell, the ones who kind of look like they’ve got tiger stripes on their shells, but yellow and red ones are also pretty. PicMonkey Collage2

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All of those photos were taken at different locations, starting at the westpark in Munich, then at different graveyards near my apartment and on the way to those locations, just around the corner, you can find them anywhere. You just have to open your eyes and notice your environment. A twig with leaves doesn’t sound like something exciting, but when you just stand there for a moment an look, more and more snail shells will pop up. You need to have time, you need to want to have time for something like this.

8kAccompanied by a photobuddy or good quiet music. Sea Wolf, The Weepies, Guster, Bibio, Jack Johnson, such a great combo. I often switch to audio books also, if it’s going to be a very long tour. The weather is changing a lot during only two or three hours, from sunny to rainy, to cloudy and back. Doesn’t matter, you’re absolutely relaxed and nothing could disturb you. It’s like having that „personal bubble space“ people are talking about for real around your body, floating and protecting you while you go.

I’m thinking about offering a couple of new prints in my store, but I’m not sure yet. I’d like to edit those photos again and then decide, maybe. I don’t want to 88 just put „content“ out there, I want to love every single print and should like to buy it myself. I’m just absolutely not sure about prints showing snails and snail shells. Alright, enough with snails and snail shells for today, it’s way too late, or too early, depends on how you see it. Have a good night, and thank you for reading. ( :

– Woodmouse

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TESTSHOOT NATALIE

New month – (best month I think, not too cold and not too hot), new model – (beautiful model! Inside and out.) I was really looking forward to take photos of this face you see below, I’m in love with her. I met my fabulous narwhal Jennifer and this new, gorgeous lady at the westpark in 45 Munich. Thanks to the subway I was twenty minutes late, which never happened before. I already left my apartment thirty minutes before I actually had to leave and was still late. Oh god. My nemesis, people not being on time. However, I told Jenny and Natalie to please order something to drink at the restaurant while waiting for me, maybe already starting the make-up procedure with perfectionist Jennifer. There’s a very nice cleaning lady in that restaurant, she said „God bless you“ when I left her € 1,00 and seemed utterly happy.
Our waiter was also very nice and friendly. Good start!

17357656642_0ea8870b46_c We started with a bright and light topic, meaning white clothes, a flowery headband and standing between blooming bushes. At this point there was a little drizzle, but we managed just fine. You can’t see it on this photo, but Natalie wore a necklace Jenny brought with her, I can’t remember the name though .. A darn expensive necklace.
This topic was done after about thirty minutes. Natalie changed her clothes to the total opposite, all in black, with a feathery collar I brought. I can’t tell you how  often this thing was already used by different models during those past years.

#nat.testWell, it’s pretty and fits to darker scenes. Red hair, black clothing, awesome poses, I’m so in love. And those photos you see here are just the first test results. When Jenny and Natalie were working on the second look, I couldn’t help myself but having a photoshoot with snails of all shapes and sizes. I still don’t like touching them, but they were so friendly and cooperative, and slowly but steady performed a good snailwalk for me to take photos of, so I luckily didn’t have to move them myself.

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It’s time again for phototours with lots of snails and snail shells. I’m so looking forward to it! And I also look forward to the next photoshoot with Natalie, I hope lll we’ll be able to plan a new date soon. And then we’ll be off to the forest!

Thank you two very much for this day! We rocked it, despite rainy weather.

And thank you for reading. ( :

– Woodmouse