My first encounter with Simone and Matthias was photographing them briefly as they tore up the dance floor at Ioanna & Andrew's wedding last year. When they asked me to photograph their e-session and wedding in Switzerland where they live, I was absolutely blown away. There's no way I am good enough to justify flying me 4,500 miles to take photos! But thankfully, Simone and Matthias were not aware of this. ;]
I can easily say that I have never had more fun with a camera in my hand than when I was photographing this e-session. Simone and Matthias became fascinated with airplanes several years ago when their apartment used to be under the airport flight path -- instead of complaining about it, they had fun with it! And as luck would have it, Zürich Airport (Flughafen Zürich, as it is called there) is one of the few airports remaining in the world where visitors are not only allowed, but encouraged to come right up to the perimeter fences and watch the air traffic. They even have holes cut in the fence at intervals to accomodate large telephoto lenses! If you look closely, you can see an example in one of the images below. (The military patrols the perimeter regularly, and there has never been an incident.)
This access is so rare, in fact, that as far as I could tell from my web searches, no one else had ever done a portrait session outside at an active, major airport! (Please let me know if any of you do find another example -- I would love to see it.) So we could absolutely not pass up the opportunity to do an e-session right at the airport.
Simone's and Matthias' excitement watching the planes was contagious, and we had a blast the whole afternoon. Even biking around in an off-and-on heavy downpour could not dampen our spirits. :] At the last spot we visited, we were inside the strip of landing lights -- the landing planes would scream by only 50 feet overhead! o_O It easily qualifies as one of the most awesome experiences of my life!
Simone and Matthias -- thank you so much for giving me this great opportunity to work with you and get to know you in such an amazing setting! I hope you enjoy these images, and stay tuned for your wedding pictures which I'll be posting in the next couple weeks!
A big thanks also to my brother, Lawson, who was the second shooter for the e-session and wedding, and to my father, Wendell, who held lights, an umbrella, and other gear for me in the pouring rain -- I couldn't have done it without you guys! :]