Wedding Photographer North Rhine-Westphalia Hanna Witte shoots a wedding at Purino Köln, Germany

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Wedding Photographer : Hanna Witte  
Couple : Miriam & Florian
Wedding Photographer North Rhine-Westphalia
Ceremony Location : Purino Köln
Reception : Purino Köln
Wedding Date : 6th July 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I studied design at University in Dortmund, after that I went to Cologne to start my own business. I work in wedding photography and I also do Advertising Photography.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

To be open minded, creative and sensitive. Going for new ideas. Loving life.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Miriam and Florian did a great job in organising everything – they always knew exactly what they had to do next. To mirror the industrial style of the whole wedding, the invitations, the beautiful bunting and the signs were made of brown wrapping paper. Also the peach and cream coloured background where they took their vows is a really cool eye catcher.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I started wedding Photography as assistance for other photographers, when I was still studding design in Dortmund.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Since 2009

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Trial and error. Networking with other people was really important for me to start with. It's not that easy to find out what kind of marketing strategies are really working for your business, it takes time.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

I think it’s really important for couples to meet up with their potential photographer before they book them. They should always double check whether they like the photographers style, and the photographer as a person. As a photographer I am so close to them on their most important day – it’s essential we get on! I think it’s also important to not spend too much time away from their own wedding. A photographer who demands 2 hours for a portrait session is not the one to have. Also I strongly recommend a second shooter – the couples get twice as much pictures and the photographers can both concentrate on different things.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

I advertise myself as photographer with a design-background. And I am very open about the things I won’t do. :-) For example: I won’t shoot every single person five times together with different groups. I see myself more like a photographer who is looking for the surprising little moments, the unexpected and the silent moments. This is where you can see the love in people’s faces. And marketing wise I have to say: word of mouth works really well for me as well as being member of a local wedding-network.

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Why do you think people hire you?

My work is emotional and creative. Most people like that they forget about me during their wedding day because I quietly watch them to find the precious little moments that they would love to look back to even in years to come.

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How many weddings do you average per year?


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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

No one special. I like weddings with creative people who love to try new things and are not looking for a standard wedding.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

In the mountains with lots of snow!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I love the canon 50mm 1.4f

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Sometimes I wish there would be more time for all the little details to take pictures of.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

As I said above: I see myself more like a photographer who is looking for the surprising little moments, the unexpected and the silent, precious moments. This is where you can see the love in people’s faces.

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Who or what inspires you?

Life. In all it’s glory and ups and downs.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best idea: Networking, networking, networking.

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Definitely working with people in some form

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

It is just a simple idea

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

Doing more creative photography work for myself as free projects.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

To be flexible and to be able to be sensitive to situations and people.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Jonas Peterson

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Getting a lovely feedback from a client – that still makes me smile. Every time.

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