We are Kirstin, Sarah and Julia, and we are wedding photographers with a great passion for emotional, candid photography. We are located in the border triangle of Vorarlberg, Eastern Switzerland and Southern Germany. You can also often find us at the other end of Austria in Vienna.
Others describe Kirstin as a sensitive adventurer, as an intelligent person with a great eye, as a surprisingly different observer, as an honest dreamer, as an unconventional tender person, as a reserved expert who tells stories with her pictures.
Here is a short biography for those who want to know where Kirstin gained her education and work experience: She was born and raised in Vienna. After graduating from high school, she spent a year in Bournemouth, Great Britain at the Arts Institute.
Very enthusiastic about the English creative scene and its humour, she decided to study design at the Goldsmiths University in London. Afterwards, she worked for a year at the London film company Lonelyleap. After four years in London, she moved from big city life back to Austria – in the mountains. She wanted to live where she could go snowboarding a lot, but at the same time, continue her studies. And so the Viennese ended up in Vorarlberg. In 2017, she completed her Master’s degree in Intermedia at the FH Dornbirn. After a year as an employed photographer in a photo studio in Bregenz, where she photographed several weddings, she got a taste for wedding photography. Since 2018 she is now full-time self-employed. In summer Julia joined the team, and since then the two have been a team.
Julia joined Myrtle Weddings in the summer of 2018 Kirstin was glad to have the talented support, because working around houses is more fun when you’re two – especially when you have similar musical tastes.
Julia, born in Vorarlberg, has had a strong connection to photography all her life. No matter whether on trips, excursions or other projects: Julia always has a camera with her.
She completed her Matura in 2016 at BORG Götzis in the pictorial branch, where her Matura project also had a strong focus on photography. In 2017, she decided to go to an InterMedia University of Applied Sciences, where she will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in July 2020. Besides her studies, she was able to gain a lot of experience by working on photo assignments for weddings and events with other photographers.
It would be a pleasure for us to be able to accompany your wedding photographically or on film. In the next few lines, you will find more detailed information about the procedure and our working method.
Our wedding photography and video packages are based on different building blocks. Every wedding is unique, and people, tastes, and budget sizes are different. In advance, you can decide how many hours you want me to be there. That’s why we’ll introduce you to the various stages and schedules that are usually roughly the same at every wedding. This will help you to estimate how long one of us should be there. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask us – we have a pretty good understanding of how weddings work.
We would come to your hotel or home, where you would dress up and make yourselves pretty. There we are completely inconspicuous, and we take pictures of the bride’s make-up, take close-ups of dress, suit, jewellery and other wedding items snapshots. We take photos of the groom getting dressed, tying the bow tie, toasting a glass with the best man, etc. Getting Ready is also a time when I can warm up with you, get to know each other a little, and you can get used to the camera. For the Getting Ready, we would plan about 1.5 hours.
First moment and portrait shooting
Then we would normally suggest doing the first portrait shoot. This is the first time you see each other in wedding clothes, and it is an atmospheric moment that is very nice to capture on camera. You’re alone and don’t have the whole wedding party with you – that might be quite pleasant at such a big moment. You don’t have to be afraid of the portrait shooting as it’s very relaxed and without any pressure. We have our tricks on how to catch you with the camera so that it looks very natural and unstaged:).
The advantage of doing the portrait shooting before the wedding is that you have more time for your guests and the celebration afterwards. Normally we would also go out with you in the evening and take some pictures in the evening light. For the first portrait shoot, we would plan about one hour. The best man is usually there, and we can also take some more pictures with them.
During the wedding ceremony, we are again very inconspicuous and quiet, plus we also don’t flash. Our camera equipment and above all our lenses are very fast, meaning we do not need flash or additional light. We take pictures of you, the ceremony and the guests in the audience, the crying mommies in the front row, the decoration, details and mood and the moving out, of course.
Agape (= reception)
During the agape, we retake photos of the moments and take smaller group photos – if desired. Or a group photo of the whole company. Congratulations also take place during the agape. Since we stay close to you, we have almost every guest on camera. The Agape is generally an excellent time to take group and family photos.
Before the evening party, we continue with snapshots; we take photos of the decoration, the set-up, the people celebrating etc. We do not take photos of guests eating at dinner, but we are ready to record the speeches that take place between the courses. I am also present for other beautiful moments in the period. It would be good if you could place us in the dining room or the adjoining room so that we don’t miss anything.
After dinner, the big celebration finally takes place. We are there when you shake a leg, and the bride dance takes place. We take pictures or film people dancing, laughing and celebrating, and maybe even the cake that is cut at some point in the evening, or other surprises and evening program items that have been prepared for you.
We would recommend you to have me with you for at least 8 hours so that the whole day is covered and you get a good overall impression of your big day. With 8 hours, one of the two sections is still too short, either to the front (getting ready) or to the back (party). You can, however, choose to have someone with you until dinner as a solution. If you want more photos to be taken in the back, I would recommend 10, 12 or 14 hours. Of course, every wedding has its procedures, but the ones suggested here serve as a guide. And the majority of all weddings usually happen like this or similar. If you would like to know how much the packages cost exactly, we will gladly tell you personally if you send us an inquiry. We will also send you a brochure with more detailed information about prices and the package components.
Authenticity & naturalness
We take photos in a natural, authentic way. For us, that means taking photos freely and intuitively. We are not a fan of kitsch and big posing.
Dear Kirstin, dear Raphael,
We want to thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done for and on our great day for us.
The photos turned out great and we are also very happy with the editing, the realization of our wishes for the photo book and of course your work on our wedding.
Thanks for everything, you are great. Dearest greetings,
Thank you very much for your photographic accompaniment of the most important day :).
We felt we were in good hands with you, the shooting was really fun!
Of course we are very excited about the pictures!
Thanks for the great photos. Just the way we imagined it - fairytale in the forest!
Dear Kirstin, your photos are beautiful! The shooting was really fun too. We really liked your whole style. Loose, calm, uncomplicated, likeable.
MEGA had fun! Thanks for the perfect photos!
WHY THE NAME "MYRTLE"
In case anyone ever wondered why my wedding site is called "Myrtle", here is a short explanation Myrtle, or myrtle in English, is an evergreen, richly branched shrub. In ancient Greece, the plant was dedicated to Aphrodite, goddess of love. The Greeks and Romans used to decorate their brides with myrtle branches. This wedding custom came to German-speaking countries in the 16th century. The best man and the bridegroom were given twigs to pin on and sometimes also the bridesmaids. After the wedding, the bride put the myrtle wreath into the earth where it took root and continued to grow. It was a symbol of lasting marital bliss. And so the plant found its way into people's homes. It is considered one of the oldest house plants.
I found this symbolism quite appropriate for weddings. And the many branches of the plant - relationships are often ramified. Since I like to take my wedding photos, preferably wherein the green and in nature, I found this plant as a suitable symbol and name for my wedding business. And a big plus: it is easy to draw and decorative :). And because of the reference to antiquity, the logo now also has an antique touch. The logo will be available in different variations, sometimes without a branch, sometimes less bushy. The style mostly depends on the application, sometimes more, sometimes less.