About me

I was born and raised near Stuttgart Germany.

Photography has been a passion and hobby of mine for over 20 years. I dedicate a large amount of my free time to my photography.

Originally, I started with vacation photography and making incredible moments last longer than just a moment. To this day my enthusiasm for photography has yet to wane; on the contrary, I am always looking for new challenges and always trying to set new priorities.

Over time, my love for vacation and landscape photography turned into sports photography of all kinds. Whether it was racing, ball sports or skiing, as long as movement was involved, I was hooked. However, the downside of sports photography to me was the ‘distance’ and anonymity kept between photographer and model(s).

A friend gave me the opportunity to photograph people at a workshop. That is exactly what I had been missing so far, the interaction with the people while taking photos.

Exchanging ideas with the model, creating photos that we both like and ending a great shoot with great results – that’s what drives me!

By now, I have been involved in people photography for about seven years and I am always looking for new challenges in this genre as well.

At the beginning of 2020, I came across a couple pictures of ballet dancers on the internet. I liked the pictures right away and thought that I would like to try something like that too some time. First, I attended a workshop on ballet photography and quickly learnt about the importance of pressing the shutter release button at the right moment in order to get a good photo. Similar to sports photography, a fraction of a second can mean the difference between a good and bad photo.

The exchange / communication with the dancer also forms a vital part in getting great quality pictures. Having a better idea of a pose or movement (especially in ballet), it greatly helps me to assess the right timing for pressing the release button. In particular, knowledge of ballet poses helps me take better photos.

I am very fascinated by how gracefully and easily (ballet) dancers move, especially the type of body control that runs from the tips of their finger to the tips of their toes.

It is easy to forget that they muster up a lot of hardship, sweat and tears in order to perhaps realize their dream of being on stage as a professional dancer. Unfortunately, only few manage to do this.

My current passion and focus is dance photography and I am therefore focusing less on portrait shots and fashion. I am very grateful for having been given the opportunity to do some great photo projects with extraordinary people and dancers up until now.

Many thanks to all of you who have supported me and my photography journey to date. A special thanks goes to Boris Bojic for creating this beautiful website for me.

Robert Nowotny