A Day to Remember

NO I'M NOT ENGAGED but today is a very very special day for me. Today is the day of my first wedding shoot! :)

I'm trying out as an assistant/second shooter for a well known German wedding photographer and I hope I can score a summer internship and learn everything there is to learn about wedding photography while gaining some hands on experience and some pretty images for my portfolio. 

These days I'm breathing and living photography like never before. I stay awake in bed until 4-5 am thinking about photography, reading photography blogs and books and envisioning my future company. Just yesterday I went to the park to switch off and relax a bit, but I ended up spending the whole afternoon there eating up Jose Villa's Fine Art Wedding Photography Book from the first page to the last! (it's really great with good advice and beautiful images) There is not a single day passing without me taking pictures. I heard that if you really want to become good in something you need to practice at least 800 hours. I have no idea how many hours did I spend photographing in the last year, but for sure a lot! :)

I've said on the blog before but I'll say it again. If there is something you really want but you're too afraid to do it... DON'T be! I honestly can say that I've never been this happy in my life. I have a long way to go and I'm just on the very beginning of my journey but I have no doubt, none whatsoever that I will make it. I feel like I was born to do this. Yes I still have a lot to learn and a couple hundred hours to practice before I can call myself a pro but you know what... a few days ago someone asked me what my job was. I hesitated for a second but than I said that I'm a photographer. In that moment tears filled my eyes and I had the biggest joker smile you've ever seen... photographer!? me? is it really happening? YES ! yes yes yes! That moment was worth everything. All the risks I've taken by quitting my safe and comfortable corporate job to pursue an unreal dream, all the hours I've spent googling and trying to figure out how everything is supposed to work from my exposure settings and off camera flash to photoshop actions... EVERYTHING. A friend of mine said that I'm so positive that it's almost arrogant. :) Am I? Well I just know it. Period. I'm full of hopes and dreams and maybe I'm naive but I've never felt this way before. I've fallen deeply insanely madly in love with photography and my prospective future as a photographer. Every single philosophy, brain control and guru says that if you can dream it you can make it, one step at a time... 

I've found this Lost scene on Jasmine Star's old blog from when she was just starting to spread her wings as a photographer (but this will I have to be a separate post... I love that women and I cry on her posts! I could just copy all her early posts into my blog because I feel exactly like she did about photography and about wanting it so bad... the fact that she is now one of the world's top 10 wedding photographers fills me with so much joy, happines and hope that it's unbearable reading her posts without crying.) and it couldn't be more true for my current situation (and of course made my cry again):

"Scene set-up: John Locke is encouraging Charlie, who’s going through drug-withdraws

Locke takes Charlie over to a cocoon and while Charlie thinks it’s that of a butterfly, Locke explains that the cocoon is even more special because it’s a moth’s cocoon. Locke tells Charlie that he could make a slit in the cocoon and help the moth escape a little sooner, but that would do it a great disservice. In doing so, the moth would prematurely hatch, but his life would be shortened. Locke explains that the struggle is what makes the moth so strong and provides for a longer life expectancy. Moths are resilient and it’s the struggle that makes them successful in the long run."

So overall it doesn't matter if I get this assistant gig or not. I hope I will, I really really hope I will because to be honest I don't think they could find anyone more enthusiastic or dedicated than I am and I'd really appreciate the opportunity to learn, but even if I don't it will not stop me or hinder me whatsoever. I'm not a religious person but I do believe that everything happens for a reason and however my path will be that's the path I have to take to get where I want to get.

I'll let you know exactly how today goes (I'm crazy excited) because I want you to know how I'll feel and because like Jasmine, I want to look back one day and remember my humble beginnings, remember the tears of joy, the excitement that I hope will accompany me on my journey forever. One day, when I'll be a rockstar photographer... :)

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Supergirls Just Fly

Polka Cutout Shoulder Shirt -  c/o Romwe, Green Pants - French Connection, Watch - Michael Kors, Bangles - H&M, Hat - Claire's, Shoes - Zara

I can't get this Reamonn song out of my head. I've been pretty much listening to this song the whole weekend. Sometimes Youtube can just suck me in and spit me out hours later full of inspiration and emotions. I'm not a very musical person, I don't know too many indie or underground bands, I only really know commercial music, but there are a few songs which can touch me so deeply that I can listen to them on repeat (and cry) over and over again. Here are a few of my timeless favorites... would love to hear some of yours!

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...these are a few of my favorite things...

May is coming to an end (can you believe it?) and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who is following, supporting and loving Gypsy*Diaries! A very special thank you goes out to my lovely sponsors, who make this journey that much more fun and comfortable! THANK YOU! I've collected some of my favorite items from their stores and would love for you to check them out. They ROCK! ;)

I'm off to shoot some trendy people on the street now! ;) Happy Sunday and happy shopping!

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Red Shirt - Vintage, Lace Shorts - Bershka, Rain Boots - Hunter, Bunny Ring - c/o Romwe, Bangles - from Gambia, Watch - DKNY

Lately I've been receiving more and more questions from you via comments, formspring and emails so I've decided it's time to do an official Q&A! :) Just let me know in the comments if there's anything you're dying to know about me and I'll try my  best to respond and post my answers sometime next week! ;) HAPPY FRIDAY (rain rain go away)!!!

P.S: Seriously, how awesome is my new bunny ring from Romwe?

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This is a Short Story

Dress - Zara, Accessories - Primark, Wedges - Humanic

I wore an unusually bright outfit with pops of yellow and blue yesterday. It's always good to experiment, but I have to admit I'm not feelin the whole color blocking trend.  It looks wonderful on others, but I'm not sure if I could pull it off. What's your take on the whole color madness going on right now? Yay or nay?

P.S: I've never realized this dress was so short... I guess it will be worn exclusively  as a T or as a beachdress from now on :)

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Bang Bang Berlin

I have some exciting news to share with you all! As of last week, I´m one of the new fashion editors / main photographer of Bang Bang Berlin, an English language online magazin covering the city´s hip happenings mainly in the fashion, art and music scene. I´ll be covering Berlin streetstyle, fashion editorials and interviews with local fashionistas. Check out my first streetstyle pics HERE! ;) I´m beyond thrilled and excited to be embarking on this new journey. Thank you for all the encouragement and kind words, I love to do what I love to do! :)

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Pretty Woman

Polka Shirt - Primark, Navy Maxi Skirt & Wedges - Zara, Aviators - Ray Ban, Bangle - Vintage, Watch - Michael Kors, Bag - from Tunisia 

Remember that scene in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts goes to a polo match in a brown white polka dress? Well I sure felt like her in this outfit, I couldn't deny the inspiration even if I wanted to! Please welcome one of my newest closet addition (a souvenir from Barcelona) the brown polka shirt. I cannot believe that it's almost summer and I can just frolick around without a jacket or even a light cardi. I want to stop time RIGHT.NOW. May is the best!

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Hippie Days

Maxi Dress - Primark, Leather Bag - from Tunisia,  Sunnies - Mango, Bangles  H&M, Wedges - Zara

This has been a lovely and relaxing weekend started at the hairdresser (I chopped off half of my hair, I feel so cool! :) followed by some fruit shopping at the farmers market, clothes shopping for AC (we raided H&M allright :) and a lovely Sunday brunch with the Überlin guys (love them). Berlin is just buzzing these days and I´m falling in love with it all over again! :) The hot weather calls for airy fabrics, maxi skirts and sunglasses. I´ve never been a maxi skirt kinda gal but I´m converting quickly. Lovin´ life right now. :) That´s all.

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