It was an interesting week when Nicole Lüneburg aka Peppermunk won Photo of The Week. Not only there very mixed and competitive voting, there was a bit of a mix up as well. Remind me not to do Facebook posts at midnight lol. I was very relieved that the confusion didn’t affect the week’s polling at all because the public voted using the photographers’ names so it was definitely clear that Nicole Luneberg won in the end, though second and third place was not far behind.
I was able to make contact with Nicole to talk more about her photographer’s journey and the story behind her winning photo that won that week. This Australian portrait photographer based in Adelaide, South Australia loves to capture people in creative ways. Her “Pretty In Pink” winner’s photo is no exception with a bold pink color palette, shimmering lights and alluring smoky make up that beckons attention.
When asked about how she got started in photography, Nicole replied “Growing up I loved looking at the glossy magazines. I still do! I loved looking at all the details in the clothing, the make up, the hair, the mini world that look perfect on a shiny A4 sized piece of paper. I always wanted my own camera, but wasn’t allowed one so when I was able to afford it, I bought my own. It took a long time before I gathered the courage to ask someone to pose for me. When I did that very first shoot, I fell in love with photography and it has consumed me since!”
I also asked her about the inspiration behind her work, particularly, the story behind her winning photo, she explained that “I always go through phases. For example, right now I’m going through a water phase and I just want to photograph models in water! At the time of this photograph of the model, Emma Watson, I was going through a pink phase. I wanted to photograph everything with a pink hue. I also have a weakness for faces, I can happily look at people’s faces for days on end because I find them interesting. I guess this photograph has both those elements, the beautiful face and the pink hues.”
This photograph was taken back when she was still using her Canon 350D and a very cheap 50mm lens. Both of these piece of equipment were extremely dear to her, “I used to have bad dreams about losing these two things, I loved them very much!”. There was also a single light through a soft box just above the model’s head.
When asked to explain her photographic style, Nicole replied “I’ve been told that I have a specific ‘style’. That a person is able to see a photograph and know that it’s mine. I wish I knew what exactly it is, but I don’t! Maybe someone can tell me what it is! I go with my gut feeling at every shoot. I know what I like seeing through my lens and that is when I click :)”
To find out more about Nicole Lüneburg and her work, you can visit her website: http://www.nicoleluneburg.com or via her Facebook page “Nicole Lüneburg Photography“. Nicole’s leaves her final words at the end of the interview, “I love hearing from people around the globe and chatting everything photography. Say hello!”
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