Linda Deborah Loosli loves to sing. But compared to many of us she knows what she's doing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master degree in vocal pedagogy and received several awards for her talented voice.
Besides starring in various opera productions like „Dialogues des Carmélites“ or „Orfeo“ she‘s directing the female choir „Ensemble Singvoll“, which has been rewarded several times.
She feels very much at home in Basel. Maybe as well because of the international character of the city with its water-trade-route to Hamburg and the French border just being a stone's throw away.
Project: Linda Deborah Loosli is a professional mezzo-soprano, which is a type of classical female singing voice whose vocal range lies between the soprano and the contralto voice types. It was her second shooting with me, this time with the goal to get classical portraits for her new portfolio.
Linda Deborah Loosli feels at home in the Swiss City of Basel. For a portfolio shoot we captured the classical singer at some spots of her hometown she shares memories with.
For a classical Soprano who performs in operas this was quite an unconventional portfolio shooting. But she wanted pictures where her personality is visible instead of classical opera singer portraits.
Linda showed me some of her favorite places from her childhood. When we arrived she immediately seemed to connect to these locations.
A stepping stone for the world? - The German railway station Badischer Bahnhof in Basel is the only railway station in the world which lies on foreign territory.
With its mixture of industrial areas, residential neighborhoods, nature and downtown districts, the city of Basel resembles the variety of the artist, who performs in classical operas, teaches singing classes in a music school and directs her own women choir.
The old stadium close to her home was the last stop on our tour through „her“ Basel, a very personal sightseeing like no tourist will ever experience.
Project: The goal of this portfolio shooting was to show the classical singer in a – for the genre – rather unconventional way. We developed the idea to show her in a quite personal way in the context of her hometown of Basel. But instead of taking classical monuments and tourist spots as backgrounds, we decided to make a little tour to her favorite places. The result reflects the intimate connection between the artist and the city.
The shooting for a natural cosmetics company differs quite a bit from a typically highly stylized model shooting of non-natural cosmetic firms.
Even though the pictures look warm and sunny it was a tough job for our model Alma as the spring weather was fresh and the snow was not gone for so long.
The intention of the campaign was to focus on natural beauty and the feeling of blooming spring rather than on immaculate make up and slick looks.
Nevertheless the shooting was great fun thanks to our model Alma and our art director Simone. And the client was pretty happy about the result as well...
Project: For a Swiss natural cosmetics line I shot this series with beautiful Alma in a nature preserve near Berne. Even though it was spring the water scene was quite demanding in the freshness of the morning.
Who needs a photo studio anyway? After spending the evening with our friends we invited them to our cellar to make some spontaneous portraits of them.
Because they were already on their way to leave I had only about one minute to instruct and portrait them.
Even though they had no photo shooting experience and all the others were watching, their personality shows up very well on the pictures.
Project: A spontaneous portrait shooting after a dinner with friends at our home. One light setup. One minute per person.