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  • My work | My life | My art.

    This is meant to be my journal. My personal platform. Random and for sure uncensored.
    My love for photography began at a young age and pursuing it as a career became a dream. Today, I am working hard to fulfill that dream.
    This blog is my very own story, documenting the struggles, the joys, the hopes and the flaws of my journey. It is also very personal at times, better be aware. :)
    I‘d be happy to take you along on that journey called life.

and this time it was the very first photography workshop that i attended. together with my dear friend nina i made the trip down to troisdorf a couple of days ago to attend a workshop by this fabulous lady:

nadia meli is one inspiring photographer. seriously. she started out in 2010 just like me, but unlike me she has taken the german wedding photography industry by storm. and she is willing to share her story and her insights and that was exactly what i and the rest of us 15 photographers were there for.

we started with a theoretical part which was then followed by a shooting part. nadia had set up two beautifully decorated tables which allowed us to shoot detail over detail. afterwards we got outside to shoot the “bride and groom” marina and chris who are even married in real life. ;)
i must admit that the shooting part was a bit overwhelming for me because we were actually quite a crowd and it was difficult at times to get the shots i wanted. i would have preferred a smaller group for that part or alternatively have the group divided. but i am pretty sure nadia will consider this for her next workshop.

we wrapped up this exciting day with HUGE pizzas and pasta at a local osteria and had the chance to get to know each other better and to “make friends”. ;)
all in all, i can highly recommend nadia meli’s workshop, although here and there were bits that i was already familiar with – but it was still totally worth it. nadia is so passionate about what she is doing and she truly believes in sharing her knowledge. she is a bit of an open book, you could have asked her anything and she was willing to share what she got.

so, after saying it one more time (and this time even loud): “GO ATTEND THAT WORKSHOP OF NADIA MELI, IT IS SO WORTH IT!” i will let some photos speak. enjoy.

one of my favorites:

and some behind the scene shots:

many thanks and credit to:

Nadia Meli Workshop by Nadia Meli
Organisation by Irina Thiessen, emotions & events
Decoration/Styling by Helene Gutjahr
Papeterie by Andrea Wilhelmi, KDAW Design
Hair & Makeup: http://brautinstyle.wordpress.com/
Bridal Gown/Brautkleid by Milla Miska
Cake/Törtchen: Regina Loschitz
Models: Marina & Chris

by the way, did you know that it the “i” in troisdorf isn’t actually pronounced? nina and i seriously laughed at trude (nina’s gps) for pronouncing it trosdorf until we were totally proven wrong when arriving there.

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  • 26. März 2012 - 11:07

    The Nadia Meli Workshop 2012. » Nadia Meli - [...] Leonie Kroll [...]

  • 26. März 2012 - 22:59

    Michaela - Wow…great posts…I love the pictures… Which camera did you use? Canon 5d II? Great work and lovely colors…

  • 26. März 2012 - 23:08

    leonie. - thanks! canon 5d. that old lady. if you find someone who is willing to give me a mk II or III for free, let me know ;)

today would have been my mama‘s 70th birthday. seventy. other people‘s grannies are around longer than my parents.

two weeks ago my sister was in hamburg for two days. we shared one bed just like in the old days when we shared a room with mama for a few weeks after papa passed away. and that is also what we talked about that night. and about self discipline. it was tough for my mother when my father passed away. of course it was hard, for everyone, what else. and i guess the only way my mother could deal with it was to let us kids do what we wanted. i remember sitting next to my mama during my high school graduation proccess and how our principal told us to be thankful for our parents‘ support. how mama looked at me and told me to be proud of myself because i did it myself. and i did. mama never complained about bad grades or failed tests. she never asked if i did my homework. i just did. (at least parts of it.) she never dragged me to play piano. i did it because i wanted to and stopped when i didn‘t want to anymore. she never dragged me to soccer practice. i went there every week because i wanted to. because i loved it.

when she got diagnosed with leukemia and had to get chemo straight away, i was doing an internship at a photo studio. i was there full time and worked as a barista at a café on saturdays. almost every single day i was at the hospital after work. and on sundays too. it was the toughest time. i was in auto functioning mode for almost a year. and when mama was gone, so was my self discipline. i must have left it with her in that hospital room.

everything just fell off me. when i didn‘t feel like going to practice then i didn‘t go. i told myself i had to function for a year, so it was time now to do what i feel like doing. and i if i didn‘t feel like doing anything, fine too. and it is still that way. i can‘t get myself up to work out. to do a run around the alster. to find myself a soccer team and go to practice. to feel better.

i can‘t get myself to stop eating sweets either. where the heck is my self discipline?

today is also ash wednesday. and although i am not catholic, i decided to fast. not to eat any sweets for 40 days. no cheating either.

so, craving lenten season starts today. and i am gonna get back my self discipline. for good.

happy birthday mama.

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