Chris Zielecki

@zanthia

Portrait & Wedding Photographer | www.zielecki.com
We enjoyed the last rays of sunlight on a summit in Greenland as reward for an exhausting climb up this unreal and lonely landscape. Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Environment Formation Go Higher Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature Non-urban Scene Outdoors Panoramic Rock Rock - Object Rock Formation Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Solid Sunlight Tranquil Scene Tranquility
High up on a peak in Greeland we were dancing in sunset light to Daft Punk's "Around the world" - for no song fitted better. Arms Outstretched Arms Raised Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Freedom Gohigher Human Arm Leisure Activity Lifestyles Limb Mountain Mountain Range Nature One Person Outdoors Real People Rock Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Sky Solid Standing Trip Vacations Go Higher
I met some of the most talented wedding photographers yesterday at an exhibition in Zagreb. Heroes in social media, speakers at international conventions and award winners in one or the other way. But none of them think of themselves as famous. None of them is arrogant or snobbish. All are humble and down to earth. The best environment to chat about passion and to learn from each others experiences. Open, honest, free. Iceland Wedding Photography Adult Beautiful Woman Beauty In Nature Bride Day Full Length Looking At Camera Nature One Person One Young Woman Only Outdoors People Portrait Real People Rock - Object Sea Sky Standing Wedding Dress Young Adult Young Women
Wandlust keeps me restless again. I went to Zagreb to meet with some of my favourite weirdos at #grainfestival. People who are passionate about what they do and who believe that sharing their knowledge doesn't harm their business. 6 days of creativity and fun in the winter wonderland of snowy Croatia. Yosemite National Park Beauty In Nature Day Grass Landscape Mountain Nature No People Outdoors Scenics Sky Sunset Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree
It's winter and in Hamburg this means that the weather flips from rain to sunshine (well, let's call it 'daylight') and back again as well as temperatures do around the freezing point. My home was my castle over the last weeks and I only left it to soak up the rare rays of sunlight or to get cake. In the meantime I continued my work on sturmsucht.de, fine tuned my preset, worked on pricing and contract. And binge watched my Netflix list. Winter time. Sweet agony. Autumn Beauty In Nature Canada Change Close-up Dry Fragility Leaf Maple Maple Leaf Nature Night No People Outdoors
I released www.sturmsucht.de, my new wedding photography page. After a year of focusing on photography to 100%, it was time to give my wedding and couple shots a special place and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season. I'm happy to see my business grow and that everything falls more and more into place, the more I follow my heart. I welcome 2018 with open arms. This will be a good year. Wedding Photography Adult Adults Only Beauty In Nature Bride Cloud - Sky Day Full Length Mountain Nature One Person Only Women Outdoors People Rock - Object Sky Snow Standing Wedding Dress Women Young Adult
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I'm in Stockholm again to attend the European wedding photography conference WayUpNorth. It's freezing and snow covers the ground between the old yellow houses in Södermalm. I'm in love with the colour palette of this city and it's light. The next two weeks will be full of traveling, networking and joy and I'm happy to meet with friends around the globe, talk about photography and life and share a drink with them. Wedding Wedding Photography Couple Iceland Two People Young Adult Adults Only Adult Young Women Togetherness Cloud - Sky People Outdoors
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Looking back to the last year it was one great adventure. Moments of joy and excitement. Moments of sadness and pain. And for the first time I had the feeling that I was doing the things I love and dropped the things I don't. I stayed healthy in mind and body. I visited 10 countries - half of them for the first time. I made friends and lovers - and seriously lost my heart more than once. I failed, I succeeded, I lived. Autumn Drone  Fall Colors Finland Lapland Aerial View Day Dji Dronephotography Fall Freshness Hanging Nature No People Outdoors Water Woods
I'm about to finish my last wedding form last year. I thought back to the past weddings and how wonderful and fun they were. And what made them special. The best ones I documented were the ones where the couple stuck to their true self and celebrated their love in the way and at the place they wanted it to be. F*ck instagram, f*ck wedding guides and all the others, who try to tell you, how to celebrate your great day. It's your love, your life and your passion. Do it in the way you ever feel it! Celebrate love! Couple Love Wedding Adventure Beach Blackandwhite Cloud - Sky Outdoors Portrait Real People Sand Scenics Sea Sky
I met some of the most loveable people on this tiny island. Funny, sexy, strong, talented, sensitive. And all of them with their hearts at the right place. We laughed, cried, opened ourselves and experimented a lot. We let creativity flow. Love Wedding Adult Bonding Couple - Relationship Day Happiness Heterosexual Couple Lifestyles Love Nature Outdoors People Real People Sky Togetherness Two People Women Young Adult Young Men Young Women The Week On EyeEm Editor's Picks
I spent the last few days on Rømø, Denmark. Time with old friends. Time with new friends. All connected through the same passion, often sharing the same fears and same times even the history. I've attended a lot of workshops in the past, but this one was different. This one will not show you how to shoot good pictures - but you will afterwards. It challenges more than just your photography. It challenges you as a person. Couple Love Wedding Cloud - Sky Day Desert Full Length Men Nature One Person Outdoors People Real People Sand Sky Standing Young Adult
I woke up early. The moisture had covered the windows of my car with tiny water drops, but I could already see the first glimpse of light rising behind the mountain range. Still in my sleeping bag I opened the door and took a deep breath. The air smelled like fire. Nothing unusual these days in Yosemite. The woods were full of smoke from the controlled fires in the park. And soon the morning light would break through the trees in the most wonderful way. Time to get ready. Beauty In Nature Day Forest Growth Nature No People Outdoors Pine Tree Scenics Sky Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Tree Trunk
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The last month had been good to me. I shot one of the most wonderful weddings and leaving it felt like leaving friends behind. I felt in love with an incredible, warm-hearted and humble woman and even so it was not in return, this feeling still uplifts my heart and soul. And I set the course to work soon with some of the most marvelous and creative people I know. This is life and it is wonderful. Yosemite Yosemite National Park Beauty In Nature Day Landscape Mountain Nature No People Outdoors Range Scenery Scenics Sky Tree Tunnel View Vegetation
I needed a break from social media routine over the last weeks. High season, business changes, private things made me putting more focus on myself. I got selective on social contacts and that's not even a bad thing. It helps me to balance my energy to finish important things first. Who ever has visited my flat knows about my wall full of photo sessions to process. Two days before my big travel month I'm nearly finish with my weddings and have the wonderful feeling of starting fresh into new adventures. The first stop brings me up north again - to the Bujaka photo camp in Lapland, Finland Norway Preikestolen Beauty In Nature Day Fjord Mountain Mountain Range Nature Outdoors Scenics Single Person Sky Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
We followed the fjord to the horizon. Green meadows in the valleys, bare landscape on the mountain ridges. Next stop: Kjerag. The rain sat in as we started our hike. The bold rocks became slippery and soon impassable. We stopped and looked around. Up to the rain covered summits, down to the fjord hundred of meters below. We knew we had to call it a day. A last rest before heading back to our camp at the end of the lovely fjord. Architecture Beauty In Nature Building Exterior Built Structure Cloud - Sky Day Landscape Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Norway Outdoors Scenics Sky Tranquility
It was not my first time in Norway, but every time someone speaks about the viking country, it's this day that pops into my head. We got up early; crawled out of our tent while the stars were still covering the sky. A few hours hike to our destination: Preikestolen. One of Norway's great landmarks - and one that stayed in my soul since then. The morning raised and by the time we reached the plateau, the sun was already some minutes above the mountain range, covered behind a thick coat of clouds. Wind was pushing the low hanging grey into the land. A theatre like, rays of light were illuminating parts of the landscape from time to time to catch our attention. Mountains as far as the eye can see, only interrupted by the fjord, 600m below our feet. Beauty In Nature Clouds Day Fjord Landmark Landscape Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Norway Outdoors Preikestolen Scenery Scenics Sky Water Waterfront
he was sitting on the music truck, illuminated by a giant disco ball in the back. Glitter in her hair, beat in her heart - she was going with the flow. The day turned into night and the first protest march against G20 ended like the rest should have been - in peace. Dancing Demonstration Fun G20 Gipfel G20 Summit Hamburg Happiness Human Hand Leisure Activity Lifestyles Nature Night One Person Outdoors People Protest Rave Real People Standing
We were dancing through the overcrowded streets. The air was filled with smoke and glitter from the music trucks. Happiness was all around. And a beat, that didn't make a difference between all the peoples' different ages and backgrounds. Equality. Arms Raised Arts Culture And Entertainment Celebration Celebration Event Confetti Cultures Demontration Enjoyment Event Excitement Fun G20 Gipfel G20 Summit Happiness Holi Human Hand Leisure Activity Lifestyles Motion One Person Outdoors Performance Protest Real People
Her backbone healed and after a few months of rehab she was able to walk again without any additional help. The day she returned her wheelchair, she wanted me to shoot her portrait again. She dressed in her best dress, a long, black ball gown, and put on wings. Light as feather, lifted from the ground, celebrating life. Adult Adults Only Beautiful Woman Beauty Black Background Front View Holding Indoors  Lifestyles Looking At Camera One Person One Young Woman Only People Portrait Real People Standing Studio Shot Young Adult Young Women
Her body tells her story. The huge scar over her backbone, where some of her vertebras were replaced, is only one chapter of it. And it's beauty. Beauty is not about perfection. It's not about perfect proportions, a mark free skin or bleached teeth. It's the imperfection that separates us from what mass media tries to teach us about beauty. Imperfection adds character. It makes us individual. And so it makes us free. Adult Back Black Background Blond Hair Human Back Human Body Part Indoors  Muscular Build One Person People Rear View Scar Shirtless Studio Shot Surgery Young Adult
A year ago I met Ana. She was sitting in a wheelchair as she was recovering from a paralysis. She asked me to shoot her portrait. She wanted to document this part of her life. I was curious - about her story and the way I would choose to photograph her. I was expecting someone struggling with the changes in her life, but I was wrong. She was the happiest person I've ever met. Now on my blog: www.zielecki.com/blog/ana Beautiful Woman Blackandwhite Blond Hair Close-up Day Front View Leisure Activity Lifestyles Looking At Camera One Person People Portrait Real People Smiling Wheelchair Young Adult Young Women
I make my couple kiss during a shooting - a lot. Not everyone is comfortable with kissing in public, but that's one of the main reasons I like to be alone with my couple while shooting the portrait session. Often it's the first (and only) time on their wedding day, when they have some private minutes for themselves. The time they realise, they are now married. It's a pure moment and I love to capture it. And sometimes you spot some hidden kissing talents like Nicole & Niko. Affectionate Bonding Bride Bridegroom Celebration Couple - Relationship Day Dedication Groom Happiness Husband Kiss Life Events Love Married Men Real People Romance Togetherness Two People Wedding Wedding Ceremony Wedding Dress Young Adult Young Men
Before we headed back to the reception, we passed a beautiful, long avenue leading to one of the old estates that are characteristic for the landscape in Northern Germany. Tall trees on each side leading to the horizon. A path older than our lovely car - an oldtimer from the 1930th. Audi Avenue Branch Day Field Grass Growth Landscape Nature No People Oldtimer Outdoors Sky Transportation Tree Tree Trunk Wedding Wedding Photography
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It's high saison and every weekend now I spend among lovers, who celebrate their connection in their own specific way. Elopements at the beach, summer parties underneath apple trees, BBQs in the garden. Families come together from the age of just a few weeks to far over 90 years old. Food & joy, drinks & talks. Spreading the love and dancing the night away. Adult Bride Bridegroom Cloud - Sky Day Field Full Length Groom Landscape Love Men Nature Outdoors People Real People Rear View Sky Standing Togetherness Two People Wedding Wedding Wedding Dress Wedding Photography Well-dressed
We reached our camping ground an hour before sunset. A nice place near the shore on one of the greener little islands. We setup our tent and looked to the sky. A massive cloud front was coming from the Baltic Sea. We grabbed our food box with everything needed for a fast camping diner and watched how the sinking sun battled with the overtaking clouds. The last, golden rays of light hit the waves before the sky turned deeply dark. This would be a cosy night. Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Horizon Over Water Lightning Nature No People Outdoors Scenics Sea Sky Storm Cloud Sunset Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
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It was around 5am when I crawled out of the tent back then in summer 2014. The sun was already some minutes above the horizon and the birds were greeting the new day. I grabbed my camera and went to the beach. The shoreline was covered with little archipelagos, tiny, rocky islands sometimes connected with wooden bridges. The air was fresh and almost windless. And the surface of the sea turned into a mirror. I hopped from island to island, chased reflections in the water and looked out for hidden places in the sun to welcome the morning and to gain energy for the day. Over the last 3 years I've been to Sweden more often than to any other country. And this reminds me why. Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Lake Nature No People Outdoors Reflection Scenics Sky Summer Sweden Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Water
I woke up early today. I opened the window to my garden and a warm breeze came in. Memories to a Swedish summer morning came into my mind. Camping on green meadow, the first rays of light reflecting in the wet spider web, birds singing in the distance. I inhaled & exhaled. I opened all doors & all windows and let summer in. The first tea of the day out in the hammock. This is already a good day. Beauty In Nature Day Field Grass Growth Landscape Nature No People Outdoors Scenics Sky Sun Sunbeam Sunlight Sunset Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Sommergefühle
Rain came in and went. And wind. We took cover, took pictures, took the opportunity to go with the flow. Our shooting extended to a sightseeing tour through the badass districts of Hamburg. Each with its own specific vibe. Karo, Schanze, Pauli - and ending up on Kiez. A badass, local brand, black hoodie as souvenir from the city before our paths have parted. Thx for the great day, Ksenia! Adult Adults Only Architecture Brick Wall Built Structure Day Front View Lifestyles One Person One Woman Only One Young Woman Only Outdoors People Real People Standing Women Young Adult Young Women The Portraitist - 2017 EyeEm Awards
We walked through the streets. Looking for patterns & light to use for our shooting, enjoying the flair of the district. From time to time we stopped at the little basement shops around to go for treasure hunting. Handmade with love - and every time a new discovery. My prey: stationery. Analogue, touchable, authentic. I'm deeply in love with paper - a nicer way than just call it addiction. And again, I'm a successful hunter. Adult Blond Hair Females Graffiti One Person People Portrait The Portraitist - 2017 EyeEm Awards Woman Young Adult
It was our last day on Svalbard as we approached the end of the fjord. The boat slowed down, trying to get through the shelf ice. But it was still too thick. We went on deck, a harsh, icy wind on our face. In the distance we spotted our destination: an abandoned Russian mining colony. Adult Adventure Close-up Day Focus On Foreground Front View Headshot Leisure Activity Lifestyles Looking At Camera Men Mid Adult Men Nature One Man Only One Person Outdoors People Portrait Real People Sea The Portraitist - 2017 EyeEm Awards Warm Clothing Water Young Adult
Ksenia came from Moscow to visit her brother- a tattoo artist working in St. Pauli at that time. It was early afternoon and we went for some caffeine to one of the hipster places around. Bringing life back into our veins with coffee & tea and talking about the travels we did. Meeting and connecting with new people; every time a new opportunity to change your thinking. One of the things I love about portrait photography. Now on my blog. Beautiful Woman Blond Hair Close-up Day Focus On Foreground Long Hair One Person Outdoors People Portrait Real People The Portraitist - 2017 EyeEm Awards Young Adult Young Women
One day my host invited me to visit her aunt. We took a small, single lane road along the coast. 80m steep above sea level, a strong wind pressing against the car. A harbinger for the incoming storm. No path I wanted to go when it finally hits the island. At its very end: her aunt's tiny village with just a hand full of houses at the hillside. But with one of the most remarkable views I can think of.⠀ Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Horizon Over Water Motion Mountain Nature No People Outdoors Power In Nature Scenics Sea Sky The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Wave
When I came to the Faroe Islands, I remembered some spots that I had to visit. Places that I've seen in the time line of my photographer friends or while browsing through endless inspirational tumblr feeds. One of them was the lake of Sørvágsvatn. I reached the high point within an hours walk and the nearer I got to the coastline, the more excited I became. The sky was all grey, releasing rain drops from time to time. And the wind became stronger and stronger. I turned to the left and went to the edge. Down in the deep hit the Atlantic ocean against the cliffs. In front of me: Sørvágsvatn floating above sea level. Shaking legs & perspective happiness. Welcome to the Faroe Islands. Now on my blog. Atlantic Ocean Beauty In Nature Coastline Day Faroe Islands Mountain Nature No People Outdoors Panorama Scenics Sea Sky The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Waterfront
The always changing weather on the Faroe Islands creates some of the most wonderful scenes. Rays of light breaking through massiv clouds, illuminating the islands of this beautiful, nordic archipelago. A time lap that remain stuck in my mind. Now on my blog. Atlantic Ocean Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Dramatic Sky Faroe Islands Landscape Nature No People North Outdoors Scenics Sky Storm Storm Storm Cloud The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Thunderstorm Tranquil Scene Tranquility Weather
Everything is in motion. There is a continuous change and I learned in the last 2-3 years that sticking to a tight, long lasting plan never lasts life's idea about us while we rotate around the sun. And that's not even bad. If we are open to listen, we will find opportunities everywhere. In every travel, in every encounter, in every day. And sometimes a sentence or a thought remains stuck in our head and grows into a wonderful new chance, a wonderful new path we look forward to follow. The world vibrates and so does life. It's up to us which frequency we follow and which we ignore. Adult Bride Celebration Day Focus On Foreground Groom Life Events One Person Outdoors People Real People Standing The Photojournalist - 2017 EyeEm Awards Tree Wedding Wedding Dress Well-dressed White Color Young Adult Young Women
We jumped into a hedge to do this shot. Sometimes it doesn't need much to do a portrait session and that what I tell my clients, when they apologise for not getting married in an epic scenery. Sure, if you want the remarkable mountain range in background at evening light, get married under a remarkable mountain range at evening light (or let's do an after wedding session). But don't apologise for the way you want to celebrate your love. There are no rules you have to follow. It's your wedding and not the one from somebody else. Bonding Branch Bride Bridegroom Couple - Relationship Day Groom Heterosexual Couple Lifestyles Love Nature Outdoors People Real People Standing The Portraitist - 2017 EyeEm Awards Togetherness Tree Two People Wedding Wedding Dress Well-dressed Young Adult Young Men Young Women
We reached our destination at the end of a several days hike through untouched nature. High above the clouds; surrounded by fjords, summits and glaciers; the last rays of sun light on our skin. This is Greenland Brenizer Climbing Greenland Hiking Outdoors Summit Sunset The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Live For The Story Let’s Go. Together.
An intimate ceremony without any guests was the way Mandy & Cord decided to get married. No stress, no big planning. The day on their own, a day just for themselves, enjoying the coast at the Baltic Sea, celebrating their love in the way they wanted to. Beach Bonding Bride Bridegroom Day Full Length Husband Love Men Nature Outdoors Real People Sea Standing The Portraitist - 2017 EyeEm Awards Togetherness Two People Walking Wedding Wedding Dress Wife Women Young Adult Young Men Young Women
We took snowmobiles for a several hours ride to the east coast. We passed groups of reindeers, got escorted by arctic geese, drove over glaciers, cracking ice of frozen lakes and wide, isolated valleys. We passed the top of a mountain, fully covered in clouds and with no visibility, before we finally reached the coastline. And there he was - the king of the north. Animal Arctic Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Day Expedition Frozen Landscape Mountain Nature No People Outdoors Polar Bear Scenics Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Snowdrift Svalbard  The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Tranquil Scene Tranquility Weather Winter
I love isolated places. As an introvert I gain energy while being on my own or in company of a few good friends instead of being surrounded by a large group of people or at very crowded places. It does not mean I don't enjoy my life; or don't talk to people; or don't get out of my house. It's about when to regenerate. And standing in a winter landscape in front of polar bear warning sign definitely fuels my energy level. A big smile all across my face. Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Cold Temperature Day Frozen Landscape Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Outdoors Polar Bear Scenics Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Tranquil Scene Tranquility Weather White Color Winter
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Endless white. Endless sunlight. I've been to the north a few times, but never experienced a never ending day like this. The sun never gets even close to the horizon and you can only determine the time of the day by the direction of it's light. I feel energised. The desire for taking nice afternoon naps disappeared and even when I normally call it a day, I have the feeling that I could continue for hours. Nice move, Svalbard. Animal Themes Arctic Day No People One Animal Outdoors Reindeer Snow The Great Outdoors - 2017 EyeEm Awards Winter
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