When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
- Paul Coelho
My name is Sonja Waldmannstetter and I have been a certified photographer since 14 January 2015.
I completed my apprenticeship in a portrait studio in Wiesbaden, where I came into contact with people of different cultures and personalities through my daily work. The theoretical part, as well as various further training courses, I completed at the Gutenberg School in Frankfurt. Both parts have influenced me personally as well as in my photographic career! Meanwhile I can look back on ten years of professional experience.
And today? Currently I work in a media agency in beautiful Mainz , but you can still book me as a photographer for portraits, business and weddings. Photography may not have remained my main profession, but it is an important part of my life and the passion to capture moments in pictures accompanies me through the most stressful times in the office.
Besides photography, my favourite hobbies are travelling, learning foreign languages and discovering new cultures. And of course, my camera is always with me, so I can capture the many little moments which make immersing into new worlds so special. I shoot with both my digital and analogue equipment.
Furthermore, I am currently working on my own little travel blog, which I will link here in the near future. Until then, feel free to follow my "Lichthexe" account on Instagram, where I occasionally share photos of my tiny discoveries.
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are,
everything around us becomes better too.
- Paul Coelho
I discovered photography through a small diversion:
At the age of 14 I experimented a lot with Photoshop and was fascinated by how impressive works could be created with just a few mouse clicks. I taught myself my knowledge autodidactically with the help of online tutorials, but unfortunately I quickly reached the limits of my photography skills. A "real" camera was needed and after that everything went quite fast. The first shootings with friends were followed by many TFP-shoots and finally the first paid orders came in. So after my A-levels and a voluntary year I decided to turn my passion into my profession and completed an apprenticeship as a photographer in a portrait studio in Wiesbaden.
During this time I have been able to learn a lot about camera and exposure techniques, image composition (....etc.) and have made a great leap forward as a photographer. Photography is more than just a profession for me, it has shaped my whole life and has given me the chance to meet many interesting people along my way.
There is something special in every human being and I want to make this visible to everyone through my pictures.
There is no such thing as non-photogenic, it only depends on the right communication and trust between photographer and model.