I'm so excited to welcome Sven Berger to my Tell Me More About. . . feature. Sven is a favorite photographer of mine who I first discovered on Flickr. He captures beautiful, whimsical images of his children and life in Germany. He is from Dresden, Germany where he lives with his three children and wife. His images have a magical, mysterious quality about them and I have to explore each inch of the frame when I see them. After seeing what's in his camera bag I admit I'm jealous of his equipment. That 70-300? Sigh. I need to find a way to get one of those!
Thank you for letting me feature you, Sven!
Tell us a little bit about you. Your background, where your from, etc.
I am a married photographer and father of three kids. Born in 1972, I grew up in Dresden, East Germany. My love for photography started early, when I was at school. I studied to become an IT professional. But after the birth of my first child photography became a passion for me again, as I tried to capture every second of the passing time. I am passionate about documenting real life moments and I am a long time contributor for Getty Images and specialize in people photography.
How did you become interested in photography?
I was interested as a child in photography ... at that time it was the film camera. I was using my SLR EXA1b camera but sold it after the reunion of Germany. With the birth of my first child I knew I had to take pictures - a lot of pictures - so bought my first digital camera - my Fuji FinePix E900. But I noticed very quickly that I need a DSLR so thaf started my love affair with Canon.
What's in your camera bag?
Canon - still Canon. I am using my Canon 6D, most of the time with my 70-200 2.8L lens. It's perfect when you want to capture children.
What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I love to take photos of people - from the newborn age on up. I love to capture the daily moments and sometimes I do some fine art shoots. I am not a landscape photographer. I just started food photography too, something that I really love.
What interests do you have beyond photography?
I love nature. I love to be out there and I love music. I was born in 1972 so I am a fan of the 80s and a big fan of Depeche Mode.
What inspires you? In photography and in life.
In photography I got my inspiration from other photographers. There are so many awesome and great artists out there. It is such a great opportunity for us these days - we are able to got so much information and there is so much inspiration out there. In life I got a lot of inspiration from many great persons in Germany just like Vera Birkenbihl, Wolf-Dieter Storl and Christian Bischoff. I am trying to have my very own opinion.
What advice do you have for other photographers or artists?
Find your way and don't stop walking or moving forward. Do it and you will have fun and success.
Who are some of your favorite photographers?
I adore Sally Manns work, Tytia Habing, Alain Laboile, Niki Boon, Cris Stephens. Yes all great black and white artists... and I know I forgot many.
Oh and I love the older work of Elena Shumilova and the magic which is Megan Loeks able to create.