Body Art Workshop 13. June in Zurich

Body Art Photo Workshop with a world-class body art model (Laetitia Bouffard, Playmate & Cirque du Soleil acrobat) and photographer (Juerg Kaufmann) in a well-equipped photo studio in Zurich.

For ambitious photographers who would like to take high-quality body fine art pictures in a studio with professional support and a professional model.

The workshop is divided into two modules.
Morning
Introduction to the studio with studio flash light, various light shapers
Work with professional studio flash, light shapers and their properties and possible uses
With a large ostrich egg, we explain lighting and the effect of light, shadow, contrast, etc.
Effect of large, small light sources and influence of the position and distance to the photographing object
Each participant can take photograph each lighting concepts with his camera
Afternoon
Shooting with a professional fine art nude art model
Together we set up 4 lighting concepts/compositions and photograph them in cooperation with the model

Photographer & workshop leader
Jürg Kaufmann will guide you through the day and shares his extensive knowledge with simple, clear examples
Jürg Kaufmann’s website

Model
Our model is Laetitia Bouffard, professional international ballet dancer, Cirque du Soleil acrobat, yoga teacher and 2020 playmate.
Instagram by Laetitia Bouffard

Number of participants
The number of participants is deliberately limited to 5 photographers, we want to give everyone the chance to take their own picture of each set and to understand the lighting concept

Place, date & time
The workshop will take place in Jürg Kaufmann’s professional studio in Zurich.
Date 13. June 2021 Start 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. including a short lunch break

Language:
Morning: German / English
Afternoon: with the model english
Price: 
490 CHF including small meals for lunch
Book your place with Ticketino

Important:
Our goal is to give ambitious photographers a unique chance to shoot with a world-class nude fine art model.
Each participant has to sign an agreement at the beginning which regulates the use of the pictures, further he / she agrees that only the pictures approved by the model will leave the workshop and be published.
The images may not be used commercially.

A Moment with Shirley Robertson

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Shirley, in my view, is an exception. I always ask myself who that person is, what makes her different and capable of winning two Olympic Gold medals in a row?

I know there are plenty of athletes who have more than two gold medals, but in my view sailing is unique as the complexity of this sport is superior than in many other Olympic disciplines.

The world today is superficial. I see the tendency of running after the quick win, the low hanging fruits. Competing and winning two Olympic Gold medals requires the complete opposite, long term commitment, dedication, the energy to get up again and again after a defeat, isn’t that incredibly inspiring?

Will I be able to see and experience this during the shooting with here?

The portrait project with Shirley was not a short one. We have been talking about it since months; soon we realized we need many different photos, we need a series of images, each of them for a different purpose. It clearly would take a day to get this done.

It would be an intense day, and at the same time, I felt the weight on my shoulders: responsibility and a privilege. I cannot only spend a day working with her, ultimately what I see through my lens is what the people, who do not have the chance to meet here in person, will see of her.

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We all know the expression: A picture says more than a 1’000 words…So let’s get this x-thousand words right.

At the end of the project, we selected 20 different photos, each showing Shirley with here many facets, each with a different message.

It turned out to be an intense day, a potpourri of colors, ideas, a combination of clothes, expressions, lights, coffee breaks and much more. It’s tough to stay focused for so long in front of the camera, but she did it, and how she did, was terrific.

Not only is she a good sailor, but no wonder why she works at CNN, BBC and much more. One set after the other, she always came back on the set with outstanding positive energy, motivation, and commitment.

Even more, we could guide each other, she trusted me, and then we executed those ideas one by one, until the end of a long and intense day.

Is that one of the secrets and reasons why she can win two gold medals in a row? Did I had the chance to experience what makes the difference of losing or winning? Probably yes!

I have not experienced this with many people such a persistent focus and commitment over a long time in front of the camera.

Thank you, Shirley, it was more than a moment, it was a precious time with you and your partner Tim.

Look at the photos with this link.

A few days after the shooting I got an email from Shirley:

I know I have said it ten times already – but I’m chuffed with the images, they show oodles of personality.”

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Sport & Beauty Photography

For the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a very special world class athlete – Priscilla Leimbacher. Priscilla is one of the world top five bikini fitness athletes.
Portrait and sport photography is my homeland. I feel confident anticipating the action whilst mastering the light and composition of each photo.
However, over the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to taste the beauty photography and learnt that the element of action is being replaced by the much higher expectations in terms of lighting and postures. I truly enjoy working in the studio, where I have the full control which then creates endless ideas and possibilities.
I have already planned another shooting with Priscilla Leimbacher which will take place in the upcoming weeks, shortly before her next world class competition.
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Priscilla Leimbacher IFBB Pro Bikini Fitness Athlete