The most beautiful Christmas present

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Over at Hilde Mork I have read that the best thing of being an adult is: to create your own traditions for Christmas. I cannot agree more! Even though I cannot complain about our family traditions, I am starting my very own now! It is also because of YOUR encouragement that I started experimenting with printing my own photography this year. Now I am addicted and can not stop! Today, finally, I can share something that is very very special to my heart! It is my Christmas presents to my family. This year I’ve partnered up with the wonderful team of CEWE – working with them on the past projects has broadened my horizons! This one isn’t any different! I made two books that shows my favorite moments from the past… Now I know what it feels like to hold high quality images in my hands, and even more important, what it does to me! Looking at this gorgeous coffee-table book, I am experiencing the beautiful moments all over and over again… now this gorgeous book will be forever in our family, I cannot wait for next Christmas to come where we will swoon over the images of 2018! Thank you CEWE for bringing my photography to life! Working with you has been the greatest present of this past year!

CEWE Fotobuch - fine art prints from CEWE photo book - make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch – fine art prints from CEWE photo book – make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch - fine art prints from CEWE photo book - make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch – fine art prints from CEWE photo book – make the perfect present

Die schönsten Augenblicke des Jahres im CEWE Fotobuch 

Wie sollte es anders sein? Auch privat dreht sich an Weihnachten bei mir alles um Fotos! Oder sollte ich eher sagen: ganz besonders zum Fest der Liebe lasse ich die schönsten Augenblicke des Jahres noch einmal an mir vorüber ziehen und vereine die schönsten Fotos in einem CEWE Fotobuch.

Alle Abenteuer des Jahres nochmals erleben

Denn wer kennt das nicht? Nach den ruhigen, besinnlichen Feiertagen startet man energiegeladen ins neue Jahr und in Anbetracht der vielen neuen Aufgaben scheinen alle Abenteuer des letzten Jahres ganz weit weg. Das muss nicht sein, denn so ein Jahresrückblick in Form eines Buches erlaubt es mir die Augenblicke noch ein Mal zu erleben und Erinnerungen festzuhalten. Dieses Jahr habe ich beschlossen, diese Freude zu teilen und meine Liebsten mit diesen besonderen Geschenken zu überraschen.

Ein besonderes Geschenk an die Liebsten

Meiner Mutter wollte ich eine Freude machen mit einem kompletten Jahresrückblick, deswegen verbindet dieses Buch sowohl Sommer- als auch Wintermotive, Reisefotografie und Auftragsarbeiten. Einfach alle Fotos, die ich besonders schön fand und mir ans Herz gewachsen sind.

Als Geschenk für meine Freundin habe ich ein Fotobuch nur zum Thema Venedig zusammengestellt, weil wir dort gemeinsam eine wunderschöne Woche verbracht haben. Ich muss gestehen, ich kann gar nicht aufhören darin zu blättern, denn selbst die winzigste Detailaufnahme bringt mich wieder zurück in den sonnigen Süden.

CEWE Fotobuch - fine art prints from CEWE photo book - make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch – fine art prints from CEWE photo book – make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch - fine art prints from CEWE photo book - make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch – fine art prints from CEWE photo book – make the perfect present

Zwei Formate – große Wirkung

Auf den ersten Blick unterscheiden sich die beiden Bücher sehr. Die Größe, die Materialität, selbst die Thematik sind grundverschieden, dennoch haben sie mehr gemein, als man zunächst einmal glauben möchte. Damit die Bücher zu jedem Thema gelingen, habe ich bei der Durchführung ein paar universelle Gestaltungsprinzipien eingehalten und ich bin überzeugt, dass man diese Tricks für jedes Fotobuch anwenden kann.

Bei der Gestaltung kann man folgende Schritte befolgen und schon hat man ein ganzes Jahr Freude auf ein paar Seiten für die Ewigkeit eingefangen:

und so geht es: 

  • Die Größe des Buches ist für den späteren Zweck entscheidend. Als erstes sollte man sich überlegen, was man später mit dem Buch vorhat und wie oft es in Gebrauch sein wird. Dient das Fotobuch später einer schnellen Erfrischung des Erlebten, kann es ruhig in Form eines Heftes gedruckt sein. Es bekommt dann die Haptik eines Hochglanzmagazins und lässt sich bequem durchblättern. Sollte das Buch später einen Ehrenplatz auf dem Couchtisch bekommen, sollte man einen festen Einband wählen, es wirkt umso präsenter wenn man sich für das XXL Format entscheidet.
  • Bevor man sich an das Design macht, sollte man sich nicht nur Gedanken über die Größe machen, sondern auch darüber, worauf die Fotos gedruckt werden. Wichtig ist hierbei die Auswahl des Papiers. Ich habe mich bei den Büchern für mattes Papier entschieden, nicht nur weil es mir persönlich am besten gefällt, sondern aus einem praktischen Grund: Fingerabdrücke werden bei diesem Papier nicht so schnell sichtbar.
  • Nach diesen Überlegungen kann man sich endlich an die Gestaltung des Buches machen: um die Wirkung des Buches nicht zu verwässern, sollte man bei der Zusammenstellung nur die besten Bilder auswählen. 
  • Für ein einheitlich gestaltetes Buch ist es wichtig auf eine harmonische Farbgebung zu achten. Durch den Wechsel von hellen und dunklen Bildern und diesen Kontrast entsteht ein realistischer Eindruck.
  • Bei der Gestaltung des Buches war es mir ganz wichtig viele Detailfotos einzuarbeiten. Es ist nicht nur der Wechsel der Perspektiven, der so die Attraktivität des Buches steigert, die Detailaufnahmen kommen auf dem matten Papier besonders schön zur Geltung und führen den Betrachter noch schneller an den Ort der Aufnahme.

Diese Bücher geben den schönsten Momenten des Jahres Dauer – und so kann man noch länger in diesen Dokumenten des Augenblicks verweilen.

Ich wünsche Ihnen wundervolle und besinnliche Feiertage und ganz viel Freude beim Gestalten Ihrer eigenen Fotobücher!

CEWE Fotobuch - fine art prints from CEWE photo book - make the perfect present
CEWE Fotobuch – fine art prints from CEWE photo book – make the perfect present
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Visit the medieval Village of Borgo di Canale, Italy

For centuries, so many people have been falling in love with Italy, as it has the most magical and romantic landscapes. The village, we have been traveling for years, Borgo di Canale, still looks like a medieval settlement.

Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
at the art house, Borgo di Canale, Italy
at the art house, Borgo di Canale, Italy

Welcome to a remote, very beautiful area of Italy, Trentino, particularly known for all the ancient villages that crown the hilltops. There is an overwhelming sense of history here and not having a refrigerator reminded us daily 😉

white Italian bedroom
white Italian bedroom
antique interiors in Italy
antique interiors in Italy
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
simple interior decoration with a wreath
simple interior decoration with a wreath
antique cabinet with wild summer flowers
antique cabinet with wild summer flowers

I love old buildings, they are far more than bricks and stones, they are the keepers of our past. Spending a few weeks here, makes you travel back in time.

The variety of wild mountain flowers is spectacular and it is a meditative activity to gather some of these beauties.

wild flowers in mountain spring
wild flowers in mountain spring
wild flower in the italian mountains
wild flower in the italian mountains
wild summer flowers
wild summer flowers
wild summer flowers
wild summer flowers
wild flower in the italian mountains
wild flower in the italian mountains
dahlias at an organic farm in the mountains above Lago di Garda, Italy
dahlias at an organic farm in the mountains above Lago di Garda, Italy
sunflower
sunflower
brick wall and flowers in Borgo di Canale, Italy
brick wall and flowers in Borgo di Canale, Italy
hydrangeas
hydrangeas

The weather can change from one minute to another, but every day is an incredible experience. Close to the village is a lake, Lago di Tenno, and it changes the color of the water depending on the weather. So one day, you can enjoy a day at the beach, the other you can cuddle up at home and read a book. A perfect place for a summer vacation, at least to us!

Lago die Tenno, Italy
Lago die Tenno, Italy
sunset in the mountains, Italy
sunset in the mountains, Italy
foggy mountain road, Italy
foggy mountain road, Italy
salvataggio, Lago di Tenno, Italy
salvataggio, Lago di Tenno, Italy
sunset in the mountains
sunset in the mountains

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Visit the Botanical Garden in Munich

My last visit to the Botanical Garden in Munich left me speechless & I simply would love to share lots and lots of gorgeous details with you…If you ever have the chance to visit, please go! Enjoy, A. XO

visit the botanical garden in Munich, Germany
visit the botanical garden in Munich, Germany
doors at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
doors at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
detail at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany
details at botanical garden in Munich, Germany

Summer workshop with SoLebIch

This weekend will stay in my heart forever! But judge for yourself, the pictures of this spectacular weekend will hopefully speak for themselves. Here and there I will add a few words. It was a weekend full of beauty, celebration and sharing the love for interiors! Enjoying every minute of it was my priority and moments like these make me put down my camera. Fortunately this video was recorded and illustrates some of the beauty and happiness of this weekend!

I have been invited to join the 10yrs anniversary of the largest online interior community SoLebIch in Munich, Germany and to give a floral inspired interior workshop. The festivities lasted for 2 days and the most exciting part of it was, that I was able to join the jubilee with my workshop!

PART 1

Arriving at Pasing Station, Munich, Germany
Arriving at Pasing Station, Munich, Germany

After having arrived in Munich Pasing (just look at that insanely gorgeous train station!) I quickly found the Headquarter of SoLebIch and was welcomed by a enchanting courtyard and gorgeous wisteria and garden roses, not to forget, the fabulous team!

HQ of SoLebIch in Munich, Germany
HQ of SoLebIch in Munich, Germany
wisteria in the sun
wisteria in the sun
garden roses in front of our workshop space
garden roses in front of our workshop space

I always get excited about the second bloom of wisteria in one season but later the flowers for the workshop were delivered and left me speechless and tollwasblumenmachen, one of the generous sponsors for this weekend, overdelivered! It was a hot summer day and I had to rush to put them in water containers, so I could only snap a few images before the actual workshop started. Just take a look at this super cute entry, exactly the interior mix, I love so much. Design pieces, like this gorgeous chair by Vitra, with a few vintage additions! A perfect backdrop for the workshop we had planned!

entrance to the workshop area
entrance to the workshop area
charming vintage details at entrance to SoLebIch HQ
charming vintage details at entrance to SoLebIch HQ
chamomile
chamomile
Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace
deep purple astrantia
deep purple astrantia
Queen Anne's Lace and Osram bulbs in front of window
Queen Anne’s Lace and Osram bulbs in front of window

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Queen Anne's Lace in vintage sink
Queen Anne’s Lace in vintage sink
garden table setting at SoLebIch Workshop with stunning moroccan table ware
garden table setting at SoLebIch Workshop with stunning moroccan table ware
Colorful summer floral arrangements
Colorful summer floral arrangements

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I am so honored to have been asked to give a workshop at these anniversary festivities! Finally I could get to know so many of the community members in person, we ran wild, decorating the gorgeous interior settings! In between the learning, working and long conversations, we have been able to enjoy the beauty of flowers and saved many of summer bouquets to bring to the next location:

PART 2

Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany
Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany

For the second time this weekend we went to the Nymphenburg Palace. The first day we spend a gorgeous afternoon in the gardens of the palace, for a wonderful summer picnic. The second day, right after my interior workshop at the HQ, we changed locations and ended the festivities with a dinner and a party at one of the historical glass houses. Please, see for yourself:

the garden area of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
the garden area of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
the garden area of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
the garden area of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
inside the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany

Being able to work with such a fabulous team, in such an exclusive location, will be a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life! Here you can see the glass house and our spectacularly long table for the dinner party, quiet before the storm!

Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Pink flower at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Pink flower at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
window view at the Orangerie at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
window view at the Orangerie at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Ruinart champagne
Ruinart champagne
Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
10 years anniversary of SoLebIch at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
10 years anniversary of SoLebIch at the Iron House, a glass house at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany

Here and here you can see so many more inspirational images from this gorgeous weekend! Enjoy browsing and I already know, I can’t wait for next summer to host a big garden party!

The most humble THANK YOU goes out to the team of SoLebIch and their generous sponsors tollwasblumenmachen, Thonet, Ruinart, USM, Vitra, bulthaupt, Luiz, Louis PaulsenOsram, Elitis for the weekend! It was a weekend to remember and I am eternally thankful to have been able to experience such an unforgettable weekend!

A. XO

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A quick visit to Berlin

Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral black & white photography
Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral black & white photography
detail from Berlin: white Art Deco tile, weiße Jugendstil Fliese
detail from Berlin: white Art Deco tile, weiße Jugendstil Fliese
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
Detail from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. black & white photography
Detail from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography

No matter how short a business trip is, I always try to escape the working routine and do some sightseeing. These pictures were taken during a short trip to Berlin, when I payed a visit to the Berlin Cathedral and the museum island. A few months passed since this trip, but they still remain to be some of my favorite pictures I took this year!
I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do and can give me some tips for my future trips to Berlin? A. XO