Photo Shoot with Thomas Temmer, Summer 2014
This project was a long time in the making. At our first attempt, the weather gods were not kind to us, then the date had to be moved at short notice, and then a model cancelled. But finally all fell into place.
But before we could start, there was the trip itself. On the more than 500 km journey, we went from blistering heat to torrential rain and hail. And if that wasn’t enough, there was the traffic: Numerous accidents and a car on fire resulted in long traffic jams and an even longer journey.
When we finally made it to Thomas’ new studio in Kenzingen (near Freiburg, Germany) he was already expecting us. The model had arrived earlier and together we showed the dogs around giving them the opportunity to explore and make friends with everyone and everything. Even Thomas’ parents, long-time dog lovers, didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to meet the dogs. Malamutes being Malamutes, the dogs made the most of the opportunity and made sure they got as much human attention as possible.
But then it was time to get to work. The model needed to be made-up, ideas needed to be discussed and shooting locations needed to be evaluated. I am always amazed at how much effort goes into a good photograph. Try and try again. A slightly different pose, and again. Not enough dynamic; let’s try it this way; no, the way we did it initially was better..... And I can’t even tell the difference! Finally the image meets everybody’s expectation, now off to the next location. Rebuild the set, and let’s do it all over again. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted but not so the dogs. While everybody was sitting outside chatting and barbequing, the dogs were allowed to play in the garden. Thomas’ adolescent children were totally in love with them and would have kept them given half a chance!
The next morning we first went back to the studio for make-up. A different model had arrived and also a hairstylist. Again, I was amazed what changes in appearance are possible. And then off to a new location, a listed former brewery. Getting a permit for a photo shoot here is unheard of but being able to also use two historic carriages was the icing on the cake. Simply a brilliant idea, but one that caused much head scratching. The dogs were harnessed up in a fan in front of the coach, but they were of course not allowed to pull it. Easier said than done. In the end, the carriage was tied at the back.
It goes without saying that a photo shoot with animals is never easy. Thomas describes the challenges eloquently in his blog ‘Challenge men & animals’ (in German only)! http://www.temmer-fotografie.de/mensch-tier-eine-fotografische-herausforderung/
In the course of the next few days, Thomas posted the photographs on Facebook. The response surpassed all expectations.
I find it difficult to summarize this amazing and hugely successful team in a report. But here they are. Firstly, there is of course the photographer Thomas Temmer. His résumé can be found here: http://www.temmer-fotografie.de/fotograf/.
The make-up artist was Constanze Schulz. She is not only a German champion but also very successful internationally. http://www.temmer-fotografie.de/make-up-hair-artist/
On Sunday, hair designer and multiple world champion Martin Dürrenmatt arrived from New York and enchanted the model with his creations. You’ll find his profile here: http://www.md-hairdesign.ch/index.php?page_id=4
And last but not least the models Sabrina (https://www.facebook.com/sabrina.licata.12?fref=ts) and Raluka (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008202108053). Both are very successful professionally and modelling is only a hobby for them. Maybe this is why they seem to have so much fun doing it.
It has been an honour to be able to work with such an amazing team.
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