Photographer: Nicholas Beutler (www.nicholas-beutler.com) / Instagram: nicholasbeutler
Assistant: Michael Romacker / Instagram: michaelromacker
Retouch: Élionore Lapawa (http://www.elionore-lapawa.com) / Instagram: nadinelionore
Styling: Cesco Spadaro (http://www.cescospadaro.com) / Instagram: cesco.spadaro
Hair & Make-Up: Klaudia Wroblewski (http://www.makeupart.co) / Instagram: makeupbyklaudia
Model: Giannina M. (Mega Model Agency) (http://www.megamodelagency.com) / Instagram: megamodelagency
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? What did you want this to say to your audience?
Nicholas: The idea behind ‚Mary‘ was to create a flowery spring-editorial on the one hand - with a romantic, nearly mystical look on the other hand. As you can see, every photo has a piece of clothing which is entirely covered in flowers. In contrast to them, my stylist Cesco found some great
stuff with strong, but plain colours to get a harmonic look. "
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artists together to create a cohesive look? How do you pick the right team?
Nicholas: As often in life you have to listen to what feels right from the inside. Some artists may be way better in their profession, but if you are unable to work with them 12 hours a day, you are going to see that in the photos afterwards. The greatest difficulty I see is to get everyones
imagination of how the editorial will look like right. But then again: In a good team you can discuss everything and find possible solutions for any disagreements that might occur."
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
Nicholas: In my opinion, many young photographers are not curious and brave enough. They tend to shoot the same motives over and over again - are more focused on technical performances of
their equipment than on creating an image that stands out."
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
Nicholas: I am definitely inspired by great photographers like Kristian Schuller, Tim Walker or Gregoire Alexandre, but honestly I am far away from their professionality at the moment. I can say that, because I know how hard I am working on myself and „my style“ - and what might come
within the next few years. So for now I would describe myself as a playful photographer - experimenting with concepts and looks.
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
Nicholas: Definitely behind.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
Nicholas: Ambition - it’s both a weakness and a strengh. It pushes you to the next level, but can also decrease your creativity when you are too focused on work, than to allow yourself some time off."
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion and beauty editorials?
Nicholas: That magazines pay you for publishing your work exclusively. ;-)
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life while following your passion?
Nicholas: Sometimes - just sometimes - work is not THAT important, even when it seems to be. You have to try this one: Get out of the house without your smartphone or other digital device and
discover your city, or better: the urban hinterland. Can be surprisingly relaxing.
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
Nicholas: I have a special playlist for photo shootings with artists like Kanye West, Portugal. The Man, Lykke Li, or The Black Keys. We listen to it until someone plugs in his smartphone and wants
to play „Happy“ again, because … yeah. Don’t know why.
10. Words to live by?
Nicholas: Stay hungry, stay foolish, folks!