Behind the Scenes with Werner Himmelbauer

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

I recently had the opportunity to join fashion photographer Werner Himmelbauer on a shoot at the high end boutique hotel Hollmann Beletage in the 1st district of Vienna. The fashion included items from two designers, Ssamyrll and M.m. VankKlein. For this shoot, I served as Werner’s assistant, as well as behind-the-scenes documentarian – one of my favorite challenges. Capturing behind-the-scenes images are one of my favorite topics, as I always love to see just how the finished product is arrived at.

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

The suite that Werner had the use of for the day included a hamam which served as an excellent backdrop, particularly for M.m VankKlein’s white wedding dress. However, the entire room was a very dark grey, illuminated only by a window and some dramatic ceiling lighting. Werner and I found ourselves, quite literally, shooting in the dark.

When preparing for the shoot, I asked Werner if he’d like me to bring along my studio lights to supplement his existing lighting setup. As it turned out, his main light is a 600 watt, while mine are 400w and 200w, so we had a perfect balance. We used his Jinbei light as the main, and my elinchromes as supplemental fill and backdrop lights. Initially, I was worried about the color balance difference between the two types of lights, and while they are slightly different, Werner managed to compensate the color values perfectly.

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

The suite also included a massive white bathtub, which immediately caught my eye. I suggested to Werner that this was just too good to pass up on, and he decided to use another of M.m VankKlein’s wedding dresses in this location. As a photographer directing my own shoots, I always find it interesting to see how other photographers work and construct their sets. For the bathtub shot, Werner took a look at the room, turned to me, and said, “Go for it. Set it up the way you want to light it, and let’s see if it works.” After a few minutes, he returned to the room, observed the setup, removed a few items from the vanity, and got to work.

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

In addition to continually learning from other photographers and how they work, assisting on a shoot also has the advantage of posing as a test model. Werner wanted to use the natural light from the window in the hamam, and used me as a model. While reviewing this shot, I captured the image above. While not part of the shoot, I think it’s one of the best of the day – but I might be a bit biased.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience working with, observing, and learning from Werner and his team including Hair and Makeup: Ratchanee Wien Luang, Stylist: Tanja Auernigg, and Becky and Alina Eva with Stella Models.

View Werner’s final output, One Day in a Suite on Facebook.


Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

Dan Taylor Photography - Werner Himmelbauer Behind The Scenes

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