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A glimpse into the world beyond weddings – the everyday, the adventures, the real me.

I’ve been sticking to a vegan lifestyle for almost twenty years now, but I’ve got to admit, spiders, wasps, and ticks still freak me out. Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get on board with them. But, if we’re not counting those critters, I’m a huge animal lover through and through.

I never really saw myself as a cat person until my (now) wife and her irresistible cat came into my life. It was instant love the moment I heard that purr, and before I knew it, my Instagram was flooded with cat photos. Now, I can’t picture life without our furry, sleepy-faced buddy. (I mean, who could resist that face?)

“When I got the music, I got a place to go.” (Rancid)

As a teen, I dreamed of playing drums, but my folks weren’t keen on the noise, so I ended up with an electric guitar instead. Soon, our basement turned into a buzzing rehearsal spot, alive with the sound of my band jamming away.

Music has been my constant since my late teens, playing in bands and touring Europe well into my 30s. It’s a huge part of who I am, even giving me comfort when I lost my dad. I found myself playing a gig just hours after getting the news, and somehow, the music helped me cope.

Riding my bike gives me this incredible sense of freedom, whether I’m zipping over Hamburg’s bridges or cruising down mountain roads. The uphill parts? Not so much my thing, but the rush of the downhill makes up for it.

Cycling is more than a pastime for me; it’s how I keep my feet on the ground and my mind clear. These days, you’ll often find me and my wife Jana on our gravel bikes, soaking up nature, focusing on our well-being, or diving into bikepacking adventures. It’s our little slice of peace and something we both treasure.


I was born in 1977, the year punk rock hit the scene and Star Wars first took us to a galaxy far, far away. With a backdrop like that, it’s no wonder I’ve got a bit of a rebel streak. That year wasn’t just about iconic releases; it played a big part in shaping the person I am today.

Traveling and experiencing different cultures has opened my eyes and influenced my outlook on life more than anything else. It’s the encounters and the shared moments with people from all walks of life that have truly enriched my perspective.

Beyond the Lens – My World, My Moments

A glimpse into the world beyond weddings – the everyday, the adventures, the real me.



Hafenliebe 2018 Hands Ring


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The Beginning of a New Chapter

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Love Stories and Life’s Big Steps

Spreading Love and Gaining Recognition

A Year to Remember: Awards, Teaching, and New Journeys

A Year Full of Adventures and New Friends

Broadening Horizons and Continued Growth

A Year of Growth and Making Friends in the Field

A Year of New Adventures and Teamwork

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The Rural Workshop 2018 | Santa Susana, Spain

The Rural Workshop is very special to me. Last year it was the workshop I ever spoke / taught at. Cristina & Roberto, the organizers of The Rural, believed in me and asked me to speak and if they hadn’t…


We spent the last week in Spain with a few hundred other photographers & videographer at The Rural Workshop. And, while writing this, we still can’t believe it happened: we were there as speakers / mentors / teachers / or…

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Sydney, Australia

To run, don’t followLead a life the best we knowLet’s talk about an independent standLet’s talk about freeform thoughtIt’s not about living under commandSo don’t get caughtI get knocked down and then I get back upLive your heart and never…
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