From Innsbruck to the Cover of Vogue. The progatonist of our very first cover is the one and only Andreas Ortner, a brilliant high-fashion photographer who has worked his way to the top of the industry.
Born in the heart of the Austrian Alps, Andreas has travelled the world shooting some of the most incredible editorials, campaigns and covers for top publications and brands.
We met Andreas in a sunny terrace in Munich (Germany), where he is currently based, only to find out that he is the opposite of what you might actually expect from someone who has spent most of his career with A-List celebrities and top-models. Andreas greeted us with a bright, charming smile and didn’t hesitate to share all his stories and thoughts with us:
Before I started with photography I was a professional snowboarder for 6 years and started modelling as well. I moved to New York where I lived for about 4 years and got in touch with photography. There’s where I fell in love with it.
“New York is a very inpiring city. As soon as you leave your house you get inspiration by itself. Starting there with my photography and assisting world known photographers helped me with my first steps working as a professional.”
My first big publication that I ever landed, was in Vogue Spain with a free story I produced myself in Iceland. Spanish Vogue bought it from me and from there on I landed more and more big bookings.
It was all new in the beginning and I had to learn all the technic myself. You can’t learn the feeling of taking a great picture, and I would say it helped working as a model with big photographers in New York and Paris.
Burberry flew me and my whole team to Dubai to shoot the cover of Harpers Bazaar. The celebrity we were supposed to shoot never showed up. Guess she had been partying the night before so Burberry told us to just enjoy the payed holidays. We enjoyed 4 days there at the fullest, had our own driver and the best hotel. And yes I still got payed.
- Most amazing place you’ve ever shot in?
- What photoshoot are you the proudest of?
Vogue Spain and Vogue Mexico.
(And we are guessing his beautiful Vêndome Magazïne cover is gonna rocket to the top of the list 😉 ).
Since I have the chance to bring my team with which I’ve worked for the last 10 years, it’s like travelling with family. Don’t mind to see the world since I don’t have a family just yet. As soon as this changes I will take it easy and travel less. Right now I’m working about 200 days a year and most of it happens interanationally. So I do have a frequent traveler card from Luftahansa :).
Since my fiancé Viki is in the fashion business as well, she understands, but it’s very important to take my time for us as well. We spend all of our free time together. Anywhere around the world. Once we just met at L.A Airport for 5 minutes. I had just arrived and she had to leave for a job back in Europe. We made it the best 5 minutes ever.
At this point in my life there is really nothing else I would like to do. It’s my dream job.
I’ve been woking 6 to 8 for many years so a 9-5 job would be quite relaxing for me. Don’t think I’ll ever do something else in my life. Well, maybe I’ll write a book when I’m older and live with my family by the sea.
Since I’ve been working with many famous personalities like musicians and actors, it’s hard to say; but I have to say everyone I’ve worked with has a story to tell and this is what makes my job so interesting. The variety of characters. I can learn from every single person something new.
Also, I met my fiancé at work in the Maldives. She’s probably the most interesting person I’ve ever met.
Actors and personalities I always love to shoot in their own apartments. It reflects their personality the most and they feel safe between their own 4 walls. There are really almost no places to shoot I haven’t been yet. Just came back from Hawai, shooting in N.Y. next week and from there I go to Iceland. Love it.
Photography: Andreas Ortner / Model: Tosca Dekker
Favorite city? New York Band & song? Frank Ocean – Lost Movie? Tod in Venedig Tv series? Suits Dogs or cats? Dogs Beach or mountain? Beach with mountains like Hawaii or Cape Town City or countryside? City during the week and countryside on the weekends.
There are no rules in photography, just follow your gut and don’t be afraid to try out something outside the box.
From Vendôme Magazïne, we’d like to personally thank Andreas for believing in this project from the very first moment, and bringing here this wonderful first cover. You will always have a home in Vendôme.
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