Definitely not Germany’s Next Top Model or…Photoshoot

About a month ago, I had a photo shoot with Andreas Muhme, a great photographer from Hamburg. I wanted to have some new photos for my website since the one that is staring at you right now at the right hand side is a bit outdated and it also feels as if I am the most serious person in the world…which I am not …;) I picked Andreas because I loved his portraits of artists and also his apparent liking in 50s style photos, which as some of you know is something that appeals to me as well. Andreas took a lot of time talking with me ahead of time to get to know me better and I also showed him my studio since we were going to shoot some photos here.

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Then we had a whole day where he shot some photos first in my studio and later in his studio. We had a lot of fun! I also learned a lot about me this day.

First of all…since I never really do make up…well at least not a lot…it is actually not a good idea trying to change that on the day of a photo shoot. I am no exception with minimalistic makeup in Germany…but I might be an exception that even putting on foundation is a big task for me ;) After the shoot I actually plunged in and took a little make up course…but I wanted a natural look…which strikes me in retrospective weird..because why all this effort to look natural instead of just being natural…LOL. We women are funny creatures ;)

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Second, kudos to Andreas who did an awesome job with that.: I had this weird thing in my head going on between what I wanted the photo show of me… but also I wanted the photo to be me. Well…you know…that is sometimes not easy to get – hahahahaha. Because I am no Germany’s Next Top Model with a natural posing flow in her favorite 50s dress, looking smashing hot without make up but still looking fun and approachable and just like her ;)

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Third, what my friends and I would say is typically me…is not what you my readers and students say is me ;) I posted the above picture – which is of course an outtake  but I actually really like this picture just as a snapshot and it made Andreas and me laugh a lot. It was a look I gave him after a lot of shots and commands like : “smile  but don’t squint your eyes”, turn your head a bit”, “can you change your expression?”… – LOL – yes I can! . I showed this picture on facebook jokingly and my friends that know me very well were saying, “This is so you !” and they were laughing with me. But some of my students and readers were saying, what a terrible picture this is and that this is so not me. Maybe because you never saw me frown…also known as Nat’s Thinking-Wrinkle Face…and come one Dudes…you gotta be able to make fun of yourself and laugh a bit too!

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Besides my studio shot which is on the top of this post- these are my three favorite photos from that day. I know of course already which one is going to be my new professional headshot…but let me know…which one of the three do you think portraits me the way I am the best?

Thank you again to Andreas for a wonderful day and awesome photos and all your patience – LOL- looking forward to our outside photo shoot ;)

Hugs

Nat

Comments (46)

  • Kelly Belton

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    Nat, the studio shot is fantastic! Of the three others I really like #3. It is just a really engaging image of you – and you look like you are welcoming the viewer into a conversation with you. Beautiful!
    (But you know I love the controversial one the best.) I am envious of how natural you are in these photos – fabulous!

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  • Birgit Kunte

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    Ach nööööö, ich mag das im Studio am liebsten, das bist du sooooo du. Die anderen sind Portrait-Fotos, sie sind schön und ich musste echt schmunzeln bei allen, aber DU bist auf dem Foto im Studio. Ganz liebe Grüße Birgit – und danke fürs michzumschmunzelnbringen

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  • Gunvor

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    My favourite is the studio picture – I just love all that it´s telling about you and your art. Of the three at the bottom I just love #2. But whatever photo you chose – you rock! And I’m soo looking forward to seeing you in Stockholm in august.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I am looking forward seeing soon too!!! We will have lot’s of fun!

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  • Micki

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    oh oh oh I love the one of you in your studio. LOVE it. You loo natural, that you love to laugh. Plus I like it because it’s a candid shot, not posed. Actually all of the pics are great :-)

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  • Donna

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    Totally the studio shot!!

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  • birgitkoopsen

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    I would definitelly choose the studio picture. And yes I know that is not one of the choices but if you want my opinion you get my opinion, LOL!

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  • Kathryn Harpold

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    I love #2 Popeye strong woman having fun and not taking herself too seriously!

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  • Enikö

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    What a fun post, Nathalie! It seems almost unanimous…if it was me, I would crop the studio photo with the paint brush & use that as my headshot…so adorable, so “you”. From the other 3, I feel that you are quite pretty in #1, but I am used to seeing your sweet smile, so it it wouldn’t feel like “you”. The Rosie the Riveter photo is cute, but does not represent you as an artist (I would choose that one if you were in construction instead of art -LOL!). I prefer #3 because your eyes are smiling. (In America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks calls that “smeyesing”…so you may qualify for Germany’s Next Top Model after all!). I would, however, crop out most of the dress, which I know is one of your favorites, but it distracts from your sweet natural beauty and competes too much for attention. I couldn’t help myself & I actually cropped your photos & just posted them on your FB page…I hope you don’t mind. You are so cute to ask our opinions! Hugs, Eniko

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Eniko – thank you for your awesome photo suggestions- I saw totally what you mean. smeyesing- that is so funny- I will keep this in mind ;)

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  • tigerblomma

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    I also go for the studioshot! It’s how I remember you, with a big laugh! You have what my aunt would call “eine fette lache”! :-) So for the three photos my choise would be no. 2.

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  • Marsha.

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    I’m not choosing… I like all of them and they are all you. Sorry!

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