My exams at uni are finally over – YAY. So I found some time to work on pictures I took a few weeks ago of Girls on Bikes, Miisses_black & Blackforestrider. This is the second time I shoot with these guys and I must say, it was fun!

The shooting took place near the Hönggerberg (next to the restaurant ‘Die Waid’) and at the Parkhaus Pfingstweid, both located in Zurich Switzerland. Make sure to follow their Instagram accounts if you are interested in motorcycles!

Instagram Accounts of Girls on Bikes, Miisses_black & Blackforestrider:
@girlsonbikes_
@blackforestrider
@miisses_black

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Last Tuesday I went penny boarding in Winterthur with Jeanette and Olga. So I (a skater noob :p) was teaching other noobs. This noob edition shows you that it is totally possible to ride a penny board even if you have never tried to skate before. My ultimate goal is to teach myself how to properly ride a penny board so I can use it during my study year abroad in Malaysia starting summer 2017. Have fun watching.

I travelled to Lyon last weekend to escape from University duties and spent a lovely stay at Philippine’s AirBnB. As promised, here are the pictures of my visit. Lyon is a city in east-central France, located 470 km away from Paris. The locals are called Lyonnais and is France’s third-largest city after Paris and Marseille. To get there, I took a Flixbus from Zurich to Lyon, which took roughly 6 hours to arrive. To return, I stopped in Geneva and took the train back to Winterthur, as it was significantly faster.

Lyon is known for its cuisine and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk. By the way – The cinematograph was invented in Lyon! It is also known for its famous light festival, called ‘Fête des Lumières’, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.

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Here’s a sketch picturing different communication styles including the main topic discussed during the video: ‘Patterns of Silence in Communication’. This video was done for the module ‘Corporate Culture and Cross-Cultural Management’ at ZHAW during April 2017. In the video you will see a meeting of executives discussing on the marketing actions of the firm called ‘United Cereals’. During the first part of the video, the Mexican (played by me hehe) will keep interrupting the Swiss lady and the Arab guy will not be able to talk, as he is waiting for some silence to raise his voice. During the second part of the movie the participants of the meeting realize that the meeting is not working due to their poor communication. After they have reflected what they might be doing wrong, they apply the required changes to make communication work. Thanks to Melanie, Basil, Michael and John for the great acting! 🙂

Tadaaaa – first food video is online. Here’s how to make my famous Quinoa Salad. For this salad recipe you will need the things listed below.

Salad: Quinoa, 1 x cucumber, 2 x small onions, 3 x tomatoes, parsley, green olives, red beans.
Sauce: Olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice.
Optional: Parmesan cheese, Feta cheese. (NOT FOR VEGANS hehe)

HOPE YOU LIKE IT! 🙂

Last Sunday I had the pleasure to work on a shooting for girlsonbikes.ch. The idea behind the project is to build a community for female riders. The project is led by Lorella and Anja, who both are passionate bikers from Switzerland. You can view their Instagram gallery here: @girlsonbikes_.

We took these pictures in the industrial area of Winterthur, Switzerland. Unfortunately we were kicked out of the PERFECT industrial site (Sulzer Areal Parkplatz) as you required a special permission. But we were not alone. Two other groups that were also taking pictures there, were also kicked out. Anyway, the other spots we found were also pretty and you always have to do the best of what you get. 🙂

Later during the day, two other bikers joined, @blackforestrider and his girlfriend @miisses_black. The couple makes an astonishing appearance on social media and reminded me of the duo Daftpunk, as they never take off their helmets for their online content. In other words, you never know who is behind the ‘mask’ or in this case, the helmet.

Shea’s photo shooting was a success. I invited her to come over for a few portrait pictures. Have a look at the behind the scenes video and watch how funny it is to shoot with Richie. hehe. The pictures are available on my blog as well (link). Thank you Shea for the great time!

Model: Shea Khan – https://www.instagram.com/sheakhan1995/
Music by Chillhop: http://youtube.com/chillhopdotcom
1st Track: Trey Gowdy – Tusken | 2nd Track: Breakfast – Monma | 3rd Track: -xpkt – invention_

Shea’s shooting at night was a success! We took some pictures yesterday at my bedroom’s window in Winterthur Switzerland. One Flash with one diffuser was used during the shooting. I used for most of the pictures my 24-70mm lens and for some close-up portraits I changed to my 85mm lens. As the shots were taken at night with a flash in front of the subject, the background became almost purely BLACK. Like my soul. haha.

Shea is 100% Swiss but she has a typical latina attitude. Now, you may wonder why that is, right? She grew up in Costa Rica and moved to Zurich about two years ago to pursue her studies. For the first two pictures, I worked with Adobe Photoshop to enhance Shea’s skin with a technique called frequency separation. Thank you Shea for being such a great model! Have a look at her Instagram: @sheakhan1995


Here are the results of Jeanette’s shooting at the Goldenberg viewpoint in Winterthur, Switzerland. The first two images have some additional edits as they were my favourite shots from that day. I added a bluish vintage tone to the first picture and simply put some more exposure and increased the highlights within the background of the second image.

Jeanette is a full-time student at ZHAW, the same university I’m currently studying at. She grew up in Azmoos, a 1.5 km walk away from Liechtenstein. She is a big lover of wine, haute cuisine and apparently wanted to open an ice cream shop when she was a child. Interesting fact about J: She used to serve in the Swiss military and spent 6 months abroad in Kosovo working on a peace keeping mission for NATO – not something you will be able to hear from a lot of women here in Switzerland, as Military is only compulsory for men. Have a look at her Instagram: @jeanetteclaireanna

Here are some of the pictures I took today with Pekka, an inspiring friend who loves to travel. Have a look at his instagram: @backpekka.