Can you tell us a little about you?
We are Laukart Photography - Anastasia and Sasha, partners in life and a creative duo of photographers based in Germany but working and creating worldwide. We started our way to photography with beauty shots but now are more focused on fashion editorials and monochrome portraits.
How and when did you get into photography?
Our way to photography was not so usual – we both are creative persons, Anastasia graduated from Art School in Moscow, Sasha studied visual arts in Germany. After making a decision to live in Germany we started a photographer’s career and made shoots on commercial basis and only after one year of working we decided to do our first creative project. Our eternal love to photography as a way of art, way of expressing ourselves started from this very creative shoot)
What does photography mean to you?
It’s a very special question for us because photography is not only a hobby or a work for us, it’s our way of life for already 4 years. We are always in discussion of new works, new trends, and new ideas. We wake up thinking about photography, discuss photography eating our lunch and go to sleep talking about projects) Even on vacation we try to make some good pictures. But we really have fun, it’s just the lifestyle we don’t get tired of)
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I think we have a little bit specific public – creative youth, artists, musicians, people from LGBT community, fashion designers, makeup artists, I would say, creative and unusual people from all over the world. Not everyone understands and accepts our art but we find it absolutely ok – it’s a matter of taste. We can describe our style in a couple of words –nude art , fashion and emotional, aggressive portraits.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes we always know what we are going to have on the picture. We work with serious agencies, models and teams and have to provide a mood board before shooting.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Inspiration is such a complicated, ephemeral thing. It’s in the air. We are always inspired by the person we are going to work with – we try to work only with people who understand us. Besides that we get inspired from such things like movies or architecture, designer brands, cities and of course, art magazines.
Studio, on location or both?
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
What has been your most memorable session and why?
A shoot in Berlin in the Charlottenburg castle – it was forbidden to shoot there and security was chasing us during the whole shooting in long corridors of the castle)
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Leica, Hasselblad, Sony, Fujifilm…?) Nowadays photographers have more variants) It’s a matter of taste and habitude; we work with Canon but are open for experiments.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Photography can be a good business only if you know what you do, love what you do, have good contacts and get out of your comfort zone.
What do you think of our new magazine?
We find it a great opportunity for photographers and models to share their experience. Thank you for the interview!