Munich, Germany Engagement Shoot | Ingo & Carmen racing Vespas in Europe

Friday, May 14, 2010

Munich is a real fun location, and on our last trip out here, I’ve really fallen in love with this old city.  In the heart of Bavaria this is a German town that has charm, history, lots of green amongst beautiful architecture. So when Ingo & Carmen asked me to shoot them, I was absolutely thrilled to shoot this!  They are a really sweet couple and great photographers, in fact I think they are leading in their industry in Germany!

I love shooting in these European cities, and this time I got to bring Rachel out.  I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel across Europe several times since my 1st time visiting & shooting a wedding in Italy in 2007.

Planning this shoot was fun, we wanted a youthful but sophisticated, creative and fun shoot.  So this is what we got.  Ingo loves vespas and has one himself, and since Carmen loved to ride tandem, they had a sweet time racing down the streets and courtyards of this square.  I was riding on a bike we borrowed from a passerby and at my top cycling speed tried to keep up with them to grab the shots while I was riding!(Carmen, can you send me some of the footage of me shooting?!)

I seriously have to get me one of these, they are SO much fun to race around in.

Carmen looks made to ride a Vespa

We ended up walking around and scouting for some cool locations with backgrounds that work well.  I am always looking

Sometimes for me to get creative, I just need to sit and think for a while, and for that, I give them a scenario and sit 20-30 feet back and let them just be themselves and I wait to be inspired.  Both of them have so much style i was in heaven shooting.  Rachel was doing a stellar job working beside me and using our Sunbounce to get the “perfect” light.

When you can just let a couple “be” you can get some of the most emotional and fun shots.  Carmen just could not stop laughing and having a good time here.  Ingo just could not stop having fun as well.


Right as we were bout to end the shoot, this opera was about to begin and we were swarmed with people as the sun was setting and I really wanted to capture a serene view of the Munich opera house, without a crowd, so I had to lay down on the pavement and the ONLY shot I wanted was above a sewer vent.  Oh well, sometimes you got to get dirty to get the best shots.

Thanks guys for an amazing shoot and we’ll see you out in Zingst for 3 days of Fashion Journalistic shoots!

If your a photographer and want come to a portfolio workshop where you can shoot these kinds of shoots, check out the signup info & details on the Workshop site!  I’m teaching & leading the shoot on June 2, 4 & 6th in Zingst Germany, at the BIG photography convention there, and its going to be a great time.  See you there!

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