Today, we’re getting to know Nadine Burzler a little bit better! This is part of a series of interviews we will be having with KIKI members. If you would like to be interviewed go to our interview page and answer a few questions!
Website/ Blog: www.NadineBurzler.com
1. When and how did the photography bug bite you?
A few years ago I started an online business where I sold image printed handbags which a friend of mine makes in Mexico. I had designed the website, entered all the details it needed and then the final step was to have my dad (Freelance Sports Photographer) photograph the bags so I could add the images to the site. As I watched him set up the little make shift studio in his kitchen and photograph each handbag, I started to get curious about photography. I thought if I could learn how to take my own product pictures I would be able to help my friends with images for their businesses too. After a while I started doing lifestyle and portrait photography until last year when I finally decided to specialize in weddings for adventurous and fun couples only.
2. Your house is on fire, your family, equipment and pets are safe, but you only have time to take 2 items, what would it be?
First, I’d take a big bag (that’s 1 item!) and fill it with all my journals and diaries from when I was about 7 years old. I’ve kept each of them every year and they are filled with photos, dates, memories, songs, poetry, quotes, dreams, desires, ambitions etc… Second, I’d take my chiseled wooden jewelry box with my grandma’s jewelry in it. My grandfather built the box in his workshop when I was a child and then he chiseled my name onto it. It’s very special to me. Also my grandma’s jewelry makes me feel close to her in some way, so I’d protect it with my life if I had to.
3. If you could have a conversation with anyone about anything, who would it be and what would you talk about?
I’d have a conversation with Stephen Fry. We’d talk about the human condition, fear, love, art, languages, food and travel. I would occasionally (and inappropriately) touch his hand or arm in the hope that some of his genius and intelligence would rub off on me.
4. What can you talk about for hours? (apart from photography)
Technology, digital marketing, matters of the heart and mind, food and music. I’ve just started listening to “Other Lives” and ” Iron and Wine” and so whenever I can drop that into a conversation, I will because their music inspires me immensely.
5. What makes you really angry?
Cruelty and injustice.
6. You help an old lady load her groceries in her car; only to find out she is extremely wealthy. She wants to buy you something to say ‘thanks’. What would you choose?
hahaha! Funny question. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with accepting a gift for helping anyone with their groceries, so, if I absolutely had to accept something, I would probably ask her to make a donation to CERF.( The central emergency response fund.)
7. What subject matter do you love shooting?
People (preferably people who are crazy-in-love)
8. If you could only take one lens on every shoot (even if you don’t currently own it), which one would it be and why?
Nikkor 35mm, 1.8 because it would be ideal for low light situations without having to resort to using flash and I would only need to zoom with my legs, depending on what I’d like to capture.
9. If you had all the time in the world to do one photography project, what would it be?
Starting 2013 I have a project planned that will involve me travelling around the world. It will be the start to a lifelong project and goal, which is to photograph 50 weddings in 50 different countries before I ‘kick the bucket’ per say…
10. Have you ever had one of those embarrassing moments at a shoot? Would you tell us what happened and how you survived?
Yes, of course! This actually happened when I was doing a job for friends of mine who had just got married in Vegas. The cake topper was made of porcelain. As I was photographing the cake, as the bride was cutting it, I noticed the cake topper had fallen over. I picked it up to put it back in place and then, unknowingly my friend bumped against the cake table which caused the cake porcelain cake topper to tumble and fall to the ground and break. I felt like the ground was going to open up and swallow me whole. I will NEVER touch a cake topper again. It’s always better to ask the bride to move/adjust something if neccessary, even if you are just trying to be helpful. That way you won’t be held liable if anything breaks or gets damaged. (It was a good lesson to learn with friends)
11. What music do you listen to when you have to get through long hours of admin and editing?
I have a ton of playlists on Spotify, it all depends on my mood. If I have a ton of work to get through, I listen to House Music as the upbeat tempo of it helps me to work faster without even knowing it. Otherwise if I’m more chilled and less pressed for time, a big favourite of mine is to listen to Nouvelle Vague. Over and over and over again… Melanie Pain has the most beautiful voice in the world.
12. Which aspect of your craft are you the least and most confident in?
Most Confident- Making people I photograph feel comfortable around me. First and foremost, my focus is always on providing the experience. Least Confident- Photoshop.
13. When you have to make big decisions, which do you prefer? “Flipping a coin”, “Comparing the pro’s and con’s” or “going with the flow”.
I weigh the pros and cons. Long term and short term. If ever I’m unsure, my business mentor is always just a phonecall away. He never makes decisions for me, he only helps me with the thought process and how to spot potential pit falls.
14. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d start my 50 weddings in 50 countries with going to the Middle East first.
15. Give a link to one of your recent shoots that you absolutely loved shooting? Why did you enjoy it so much?
My most recent and favourite shoot will be blogged this week. Last Saturday I photographed a couple whose wedding will take place in September. We were chatting for hours about their plans and vision for their big day, over a glass of vino, when we realized that the sun was setting really fast! So we went to Brighton beach to get a few shots of them, (as they drove down all the way from London). They were so refreshing, carefree and fun! I suggested Nick grab his future wife and gently push her up against a beach hut to give her a cheeky little snog and they did without hesitation. They just went with it and as a result of their openness, they had a super fun experience where we also captured some really funny and natural moments of intimacy in the process. Now, I am convinced that Nick and Victoria’s wedding day will be an epic adventure for everyone involved. I can’t wait! (Photos available on www.nadineburzlerblog.com)