Berlin: Photoshoot Locations

Berlin: Photoshoot Locations

To round out my posts from a recent Berlin trip, here’s a bit of the “behind the scenes” story for the locations chosen for the 10 photoshoots in early August.
My pre-planning for this trip included communication with 3 model agencies who agreed to shoots with their models.  Arrangement of 10 shoots in 5 days then led to a whirlwind of location research in the pre-planning phases.
While I have begun day tripping to cities nearby for photoshoots, this type of experience, photo-shooting while traveling, was only the second of it’s kind for me (the first being in Salzburg earlier this year). What an amazing, instructive opportunity it was – and a bit of a wild ride!
With the help of Google images and Youtube (for location searching), Pinterest (for organizing location ideas) and knowledge gained through previous trips to the capital of Germany, I rounded up a nice and varied spread of locations, often evocative of some “classic” element of Berlin atmosphere or representing local landmark space. Some locations were also found right on the spot, during the shoot, in that collaborative model-photographer style that I value greatly.
As a photographer I am self taught and thrill in the discipline and discovery of the self learning process.  However, it becomes more obvious that my graduate academic background in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation often has direct impact on locations I choose and particularly, how I love to ‘showcase’ a sense of city space in many of my shoots, alongside the main subject.
I had previously stayed at the Pestana Tiergarten Berlin in the Embassy District and appreciated many things about the hotel, to include their photogenic lobby space.  After some communication with the hotel (which also served as my comfortable retreat after the busy days photo-shooting), I gained permission to use the lobby space in a couple of the photoshoots, seen in the links below:
Sunny Berlin Wednesday with Lucas
Hotel & Garden with Kati
 The Spree was a popular go-to location in several of the shoots, to include the following:
Spree & Neighborhood with Tatjana
The Siegessäule (Victory Column) was used as a landmark location in the background for two shoots:
On the Brink of Night with Alex
Sunday Chic with Jule
Moving from one location to the next, we made spontaneous use of an underground passage in the “On the Brink of Night with Alex” shoot (linked above).
Pillars of the Altes Museum, on Museum Island, also used in above linked shoots.

 

Hansaviertel is a neighborhood I had not previously visited, yet during location research was determined to use in one of the shoots.  The calm, residential environment and pop of bright colors everywhere on apartment buildings made for a great atmosphere and backdrop for the following shoot:
Bauhaus mit Emily
Another great building used as a backdrop in “Bauhaus mit Emily.
Industrial Graffiti park off of Revaler Straße in Friedrichshain used spontaneously as a location in the following shoot:
X-Berg & F’hain with Oliver
 On the waters of the Spree by Osthafen and Friedrichshain. Location used in following shoot:
Oliver & Eric
Eastside Gallery as used in following shoot:
Eastside with Eric
Museum Island as used in following shoot:
Museum Island with Daniel N.
 Museum Island, with the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in the distance, as used in “Museum Island with Daniel N.” linked above.
Berliner Philharmoniker as used in the following shoot:
Sunday Chic with Jule
 Tegel Airport as used in shoot:
Tegel with Daniel K.
 Tegel Airport as used in above linked shoot “Tegel with Daniel K.”
Other Locations used but not pictured:
Moabit neighborhood
Kreuzberg neighborhood
Gorlitzer Park
Tiergarten
Embassy District
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