Crash Taylor Interviews Sandra von Riekhoff

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I have just posted some Crash-Art signature images on my wedding blog. Also, produced a new wedding montage.

Here are a few of my favourites from a recent bridal shoot at Nottingham Castle.  Becki's bridal shoot.

Until next time remember "Move it from the middle, move in close, watch the light, aim for impact and then capture the moment - Crash

This week I introduce Sandra von Riekhoff.  I came across Sandra's work on the AGWPJA website and was definitely inspired.  I try to spend at least an hour a day searching the internet for photographers that intrigue me and get my creative juices flowing.  Sandra is one of them.  Enjoy the interview.

Hi Sandra,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an award winning wedding photographer based in North London.  I am also a published fashion photographer and a bit of a sap I suppose. I do weddings photography, because quite simply weddings are a thrill to shoot. As I see it, there is nothing more rewarding as a photographer than to capture a wedding that inspires you to do it all over again!

Where do you live?
Hampstead North London

Did you go to school to study photography?
Self Taught

How long have you been a photographer?
2 years professionally

How would you describe your style?
Quirky, moody, elegant

Can you share a few wedding photos you have taken recently?

How many weddings do you average per year? About 36

What type of cameras do you shoot with?
Nikon D700 and Nikon D300

What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
My trusty reflector! Also I love taking a soft box w/me to capture dancing and party shots.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
Hard one…I use 3 and always use them all.
Nikon 18-200/70-200 2.8/50 prime 1.8.  Love the wide angles and ability to zoom with the first, the ability to zoom and get great shots of rings and people without intrusion on the second and finally I’m crazy for the 50mm at 1.8, the best portraits and detail shots, blurring out almost everything but the subject.

What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer? Good old CS3

What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc…?
I like playing with the clarity tool in Bridge.

Are you a Mac or PC lover?

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet? More cameras! I’d love to play with a medium format w/a digital back…. One day! Maybe after the Lottery winnings have bought the studio, I’ll have left overs to buy one.

What’s the best part of being a photographer?

How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh? Borrow ideas from others…shhhhh.

What has been your most memorable assignment and why? Again, the memory issue.

If you could shoot a wedding with someone who would it be and why?
Jeff Ascough, loving his style!

Where would be your dream destination wedding?
India...with elephants somehow involved...

Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?
Loads of great ideas from many different people, the list is very long, but professionally I often refer to AGWPJA to scout out great ideas.

A website and/or blog you visit often?

The hardest part of your job?
Lugging around 3 cameras with their lenses...I need a back rub!

What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?
Just shoot, don't worry about school unless they plan to teach you how to sell yourself, 80% of this gig is marketing.

The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Man Ray, first photography exhibition I ever went to.

Your favourite fashion photographer? Tim Bret-Day www.timbretday.com

The last workshop or seminar you attended and why?
It was an LPA workshop, and I attended a seminar on how photography in the rise of the digital age has changed the market and the art form itself.

One way you market your business?
I usually market on-line.

If not a photographer you would have been?
My former career in Fashion has had me buying, modelling, writing about fashion, styling for film and television and I studied design…so I suppose I’d be in Fashion. I am now mainly a fashion Photographer and enjoy shooting weddings on the weekends.

Do you make time for personal photographic work? If so, what do you enjoy photographing and do you have an image you can share with us?
My gorgeous cat!

If you could be invisible for one day with your camera...
That's my dirty little secret!

Photographing penguins in the Antarctic, a fashion shoot for Vogue or the wedding of Brad and Angelina? A penguin wedding for Vogue.

What talent would you most like to have?
Sure wish I had a memory of someone my age.

Something you’re still learning?

What do you love to indulge in?

London, New York or Bahamas? NYC, summers only.

Something that is overrated?
Not working. I get a bit antsy when I’m not working…Holidays aren’t really
holidays now that I love my job like I do.

Something you’re saving up for?
A huge studio.

If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be?
Heath Ledger…but he’s gone and I haven’t decided on a next in line.

Where you'll find me on a Friday night at 9 p.m.?
At home editing.

Your favourite film of all time?
Don’t judge me but I really like the very haunting Disney Film 'The Watcher in
the Woods'. It’s the only one I can watch every year.

First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Buy the studio.

Three words that describe you.
Quirky, enthusiastic, rebellious

What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
Is it wrong to say more or less the same thing?

And the last question, if you had one wish…
I’d like to stay as happy as I am now forever! Sounds sick I know, but feeling pretty lucky!

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