with lots of engagement sessions right now, my mind is constantly dreaming up shots of couples in love. My lovely friends happily obliged me with some PDA :)
Olympus is currently hosting a Photography Playground at the Opernwerkstätten here in Berlin, which is exactly what it sounds like- a playground for photographers. Twelve international artists created installations in the 7,000 m² space with the theme of “Space and Art” creating a giant interactive exhibit. Both of my visits to the playground had me feeling a bit like a kid in a candy shop, and took me back to my days studying photography in college where I was constantly experimenting and learning about my camera. Olympus allows you to borrow and test out their new OM-D digital camera at the playground and then give you the SD card to take home with you, just make sure to bring your passport along so you are able to borrow the camera. Half of the images above were taken on that camera by Andreas and the other half were taken by me on my Canon 5D Mark II. Can you tell which are which? The exhibit runs until May 24th and I highly recommend a visit for anyone in Berlin, whether you are a photographer nerd like me or a hobbyist, make sure to check it out!
Olympus OM-D Photography Playground
Zinnowitzer Straße 9 · Berlin (Sbahn Nordbahnhof)
11am – 7pm Daily until May 24, 2013
My search for the perfect camera bag has taken years. More often than not, I have my camera with me when I am out and about town, but the last thing I want is to look like I am carrying a camera with me. For a lot of obvious reasons, most camera bags are not only ugly, but they almost instantly brand you as a tourist or as a nice target for thieves. Frustrated with the lack of camera bag options, for years I have used (and destroyed in the process) giant handbags in place of a proper camera bag and my poor cameras paid the price of not being protected.
I was so excited when I discovered ONA Bags because I finally found a company who made high quality, stylish, good looking camera bags and I shared my love for the Brooklyn bag almost two years ago here. My Roma camera insert got a lot of use over the last year, but the Brooklyn bag that Santa brought me for Christmas has pretty much replaced every other bag I own. It fits my Mark II camera body and 2 lenses perfectly and it is so well padded, I never worry about what is inside. Now I just need another one in black and my life will be complete :)
From ONA’s website: ”In Swahili, the word ona (pronounced ō’na) means, “to feel,” “to believe,” and “to experience with the eyes.” This is the essence of photography and style.”
**all the photos of me were taken by my very talented, and very handsome husband, Andreas.
Also, my contributor profile is up on the sisterMAG blog! I feel really blessed to have had so many great adventures working with sisterMAG over the last year. Not only are they truly amazing clients, I am lucky to also call the sisterMAG sisters dear friends.
After having several (very lovely) readers tell me they were interested in buying prints of my photos, I finally got around to opening a little online print shop. I will be adding more prints over the weekend and will try and keep the shop updated with favorite images from life and our travels around Europe. All images are printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag which has beautiful texture and makes the most beautiful prints. Custom prints and sizes available upon request.
Chasing Heartbeats Print Shop
I have professed my love for my favorite Berlin museum here on the blog once or twice before, so I am sure you can imagine how excited I was when I was invited to C/O Berlin’s first blogger event which included a private tour and chance to go inside the building’s dome. The museum is housed in the former Postfuhramt (Royal Post Office) which was built in 1881, and the space itself is one of the reasons the museum is so special- the peeling paint, ornate tiled floors, even a basketball court where exhibits are held. We were given a private tour of the current exposition, Zeitlos Schön (Timeless Beauty) – 100 years of Fashion photography, which features some fantastic, never before seen images from the Vogue archives. Afterwards we made our way up to the attic of the building, to the dusty space between the dome and the cupola and were told to stay together, as the floor was old and potentially not safe. (We all came out in one piece) The dome had been badly damaged in the second world war and was carefully restored. The show is incredible, I have now visited three times and they just extended it for another week (until November 4th). If you have not yet had a chance to visit, make sure to go now (I promise you will thank me).
Oranienburger Str 35/36 . 10117 Berlin
I just relaunched my weddings site and blog and am hosting a giveaway to celebrate! I am offering a free couples shoot to one lucky couple, hop over to Ashley Ludaescher Weddings to find out more and to enter!
During my time in Paris I worked on several different projects, one of which was an article for The New York York Times T Magazine. My friend Lindsey and I worked together on the piece, she wrote the fantastic article and I was lucky to be asked to photograph it, and we had such a great time working together. The owners of coffee hot-spot Télescope, Nicolas and David, shared some of their favorite restaurants and cafés around Paris with us, just in time for fashion week. Check out the article here.
a few shots of Télescope,
the owners of Télescope, David and Nicolas hanging outside the café and their delicious filter coffee,
Kunitoraya 2 is a Japanese udon restaurant directly next-door to Télescope in the style of a french bistro,
Lunch fare at Le Bal
and Lindsey working away from inside Le Bal
After months of slowly working on this new site, and really working overtime on it last week- my new blog home is finally finished! I will be continuing to update my portfolio in the coming weeks and am working on a new logo too, but I am thrilled to finally have a little piece of the internet where I can blog and share my professional work all together. I am also working on a separate wedding photography blog and site too, which will be finished next week! As always, thank you for visiting and reading and all of the support you have shown me and my little blog. This blogging world never fails to amaze me. :)
And also…. if you find any weird bugs on the site, or have any feedback- please send it my way! xo
You all know that I try and keep this blog an upbeat and positive place of the internet, but this week has been insanely difficult. Yesterday the world lost a shining light- one of the most loving, generous and wonderful people I have ever known, who will be missed beyond measure. I am not even sure as I write this that I am able to truly comprehend what I am typing, and that this is not just a terrible dream. And while I have loads of lovely things to share from our recent travels, it just doesn’t feel right to be posting any of it right now. So instead of leaving the blog quiet, I will be sharing some of my favorite photos from my portfolio this week which have never been posted here before. xo
Lilies in Cape Cod, 2008