German Photographer Veronika Goll
Veronika Goll is a German photographer who lives in a small village (about 100 km from Berlin in Germany). Actually, she is an interior architect and she likes seeing nice things, pleasant proportions, and great colors. In May 2016 she bought herself, out of a belly feeling, a camera and has started to discover the world with her. She falls so deeply in love with all the magic she found in the photography world, and she is glad to capture all these special moments.
Quite quickly she started to put fashion and models in the scene.
It is an unbelievable feeling to see the results. I can implement so many creative ideas. I would never have expected. Meanwhile, photography takes so much of my life and fulfills me completely. Many tell me that they love my pictures because they are full of emotions. I’m really happy, that people see more in my pictures, than just pretty girls
Were you educate in photography, or are you taught?
I haven’t taken any photography courses. My brother and his friends have many experiences with mirror reflection cameras. In the beginning, they showed me how to use it in manual mode and how to keep the focus =) after that I just took my camera where ever I went and just kept practicing wherever and whenever I could. Because of my job as an interior architect, I have some experience in the field of image processing, which helped me a lot.
What camera do you use most of the time?
I now got myself a light intensive camera (Canon EOS 6d) and am just as light intensive objective (Canon 50 mm 1.8) For the moment this is all I need.
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
In retrospect, I can say that I had a shooting, with which I was very surprised by the result. An unknown model and I went to a “lost place” without really having a plan … The sky was deep blue and there were hundreds of corners to discover. We found a sofa surrounded by ivy.
She, with her natural but beautiful radiance on this grown-up sofa… I believe this is one of my favorite pictures because it has this unique atmosphere. Somehow, like a modern fairy tale
Comparing where you are now with where you are when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
I started only 8 months ago with photography. I’m just surprised by myself, how the whole thing could develop so quickly. I would not do anything differently. I just let myself drift and this was the best choice. I think if I had looked too much to the right and left to orient myself to other photographers, it would have been a failure. I show my unrestricted and unaffected perception of beauty. I know that not all people like my way to photograph, and this is okay for me. I do not want to be influenced by the outside only to please the broad mass
You’ve clearly worked with a wide range of models, what tips can you recommend to people looking to expand their portfolio?
Well, until now, I have only worked with nonprofessional models. This is totally fine with me. Sometimes I get the feeling it’s easier to work with “girls” that do not have any or only less experience, than with some that have loads. Maybe this is because they are more open-minded. I don’t know, as I had not had a shooting with a professional model. For me, all my models have acted “professional” and were more than great J Most of my models I find on Facebook. Mainly in groups, those are, especially for models and photographers. Every now and then, when I see a gorgeous girl in town, I will just tip on her shoulder and ask her whether she would be interested to be in front of my camera.
Describe a typical shoot.
The most important is to create a feeling of well-being. First, the model and I are having first a cup of coffee, we talk and laugh. While we are more like old friends, I start photographing her/him. Only through my camera, I find the right perspective and I start to discover all the colorful facets of the model. After about 30-60 minutes we start something more targeted. We try outfits and different motifs, without any pressure. It has to be FUN. While we shoot, I showed the model always already the results on the camera… Mostly at this time the last ice melts and the model feels comfortable in front of the camera 🙂 At the moment a shooting takes me about 4 hours because I just cannot find an end… I must definitely get in the grip
How much time do you spend taking photos, versus retouching photos?
I currently have about 1-2 shootings a week. This makes in about 4-8 hour time for shooting plus 10-20 hours for the retouch. I like to edit many pictures. That costs time. But, a time I like to sacrifice. I use the evenings when the children are in bed. It is a welcome change from watching tv
We have an old, bright blue caravan in our garden. I love him. He is a great accessory. Inside, you have an incredibly warm and soft light. Photos, taken inside just have a great look.
And I really like hair bands (I’m not sure if this is the right word).
Who would you like to work with most?
There is no one special at the moment. I like women with this kind of vintage look (70’s). Women with soft facial features and wavy hair.
Favorite photography book?
To be honest, I haven’t looked in a single book about photography yet. I maybe will put one on my birthday wish list.
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