Just Schmidt Artistic Wedding Photography

Today’s wedding photography spotlight feature are the brilliant team from Hamburg, Germany-. Just . Schmidt .

Heiko & Cati shooting weddings all over Germany country and the world.  They have a wonderful and unique style.

We try to really connect with the couple, we try to become their best friends for a single day.

Heiko & Cati have been shooting weddings for the last 4 years and have accomplished so many great things. They’ve recently changed their business name from ‘Mann & Frau Schmidt’ to ‘Just Schmidt’ which they feel is closer to their new style and hearts.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

We always loved to shoot people and real emotions, so we finally started shooting weddings, because here we get exactly that.

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Do you have a recent favorite photo that you have taken? Tell us how you took it and why you like it?

It’s a picture of a bride adjusting her dress right before she walks down the stairs after the ceremony. I just took the image as I walked behind her with my Leica and a 35mm lens. I like it because it is so abstract, it leaves room for interpretation and it reduces what the day is about into something very simple.

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What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?

When the couple really connects and you feel that they deeply love each other, we often get very emotionally and we also cry ourselves sometimes.

wedding photographer germany just schmidt

wedding photographer germany just schmidt

wedding photographer germany just schmidt

wedding photographer germany just schmidt

How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?

We try to really connect with them, we try to become their best friends for a single day. When they feel stressed or something goes wrong we literally get in touch. We transmit our calmeness with words, eye contact and even touch.

wedding photographer germany just schmidt

wedding photographer germany just schmidt

What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?

Weddings are real. The people, the emotions, the connections of family and friends are real and that is what we love. We are allowed to enter into this circle to see and feel what they feel.

What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?

The formals and the group shots.

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What photography kit do you have in your bag & what is your favourite?

Cati shoots with two Nikon D750 and two primes: 35/1.8G and 85/1.4D. I use a Leica M-P with the 35 Summilux and a Leica M9 with 50/1.1. A Voigtländer 20/4.0 and a small Nissin i40 are also in the bag.  Then we got some Yongnuo-flashes for bounce and off-camera work in the evening.

Cati loves her 85/1.4. An amazing lens to pic out details in a hectic reportage situation.

I love to shoot with Leica. You need to work around its limitations but it fits my style perfectly. I get the feeling I am in charge, not the camera. It is an analog feeling you can get it gets in digital world.

What is your favourite part of the day?

We love the bridal preparation and the cocktail hour where everyone is having fun and much more relaxed.

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You don’t simply take images. You guys are artists, philosophers and hand-holders – Daria & Nico

What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?

Don’t simply look at the wedding portfolio, look also at a full wedding day. It does not matter what cool images the wedding photographer took in the last 3 years. For a bride and groom it matters how many really good images you get from your day.

Finally, choose with your heart.

 

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Why do you think couples choose you?

Because we combine emotional reportage with art.

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How do you relax when you’re not shooting weddings?

Eat, sleep and repeat (Heiko), sport and making music (Cati). Also spending as much quality time with our kids.

What are you looking forward to and why?

We started this new road of “art”. We are so curious where this will lead us…

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