Interiors für Steinhaus

Neue Zusammenarbeit mit der Firma Steinhaus.
Steinhaus bietet seit Jahren exklusive Lösungen für Küche und Bad an. Zeitloses, modernes Design, produziert aus Materialien, die sich seit Jahrzehnten bewähren.


Stand Up Paddling through a Sea of Ice

Can you believe it! We are ready for take-off and just 3 days before departure the Greenlandic government brings out new regulations that take effect exactly on the date we were due to fly out. How crazy is that after one year of preparing our photography expedition!? We have no other choice than to accept this decision for the health of the local people that must and absolutely comes first. So with heavy hearts we have to postpone our adventure to next year and we will be back with the same amount of excitement and preparation. Thanks to all of you out there that are supporting us! Like the Inuit proverb says – Only the Spirits of the Air know what awaits me behind the mountains, but still I travel onwards.

Yes, we have been left empty by this decision. It’s understandable but it was very unlucky with the timing. I guess many people have been left far worse off then just having a trip cancelled so in perspective it is easier to swallow. So with all the airfares booked, equipment packed, food organized and safety devices recharged we are left to undo what is done and start re-booking for next year. It won’t be bigger and better as we are 100% prepared to tackle the wilds now but it hopefully will be safer times to travel, where the locals are once again happy to have intrepid travelers back. We now have another year to look forward to realizing a dream!

You can find out more information about the project here :
http://planetvisible.com/present-project


Du Magazin

So many great memories throughout my long-term collaboration with the Zurich Zoo where I had the opportunity to photograph for annual reports and other media. Super happy to see my work about the Zoo in the latest issue of Du Magazin. Check it out, it’s out now.



Blackprint

This shout out is a special one. Big thanks to my friend Anthony at blackprint for this high quality black and white print of my photograph of the Burning Man Temple. It is now proudly hanging on the wall in front of my desk and I can dive back in the beautiful and surreal world of Burning Man at any time.
Anthony and Patricia have such a dedication and true passion for monochrom fine art printing. A private collection of antique photographs on glass opened their desire to show the 150 year old photographs in a new but coherent manner and therefore in limited series. This has materialized in the self-published project www.blackprintedition.photo For all those who like black and white pictures, visit their website and make yourself a gift or let Anthony print one of your photos.


Social Impact

Beside our travel and adventure stories, at PlanetVisible we want to help companies and organizations in the process of creating impactful and visually compelling imagery to emphasize projects around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Here’s how.


What I have learned working on a side project for the past 3 years

I am a Swiss/French photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland specialized in portraiture, editorial and commercial photography. I am also owner of PhotoPulse LLC.

Three years ago I started a photography side project named PlanetVisible with two photographer friends. That was the beginning of a new and exciting adventure pursuing visual storytelling ideas, self-exploration, creativeness and bringing awareness to themes that would otherwise be outside my realm of everyday opportunities.

I have gained valuable learnings through the journey of this project. These insights may be useful for any kind of personal projects.


The value of personal projects

Personal projects are an excellent way to create something that is entirely your own. They give you freedom and are a great opportunity to explore your creativity and grow your professionalism.

Personal projects help you to develop your talents along the way and open doors to new opportunities.

Personal projects allow you to gain new knowledge and learn new skills at your own speed. During the last 3 years I have learned among others, how to:

• Create a website on WordPress

• Setup MailChimp

• Increase my social media skills

• Gain confidence in drone flying

• Shoot and post-produce film and video media in Adobe Premiere Pro

• Feel more comfortable in writing stories

Personal projects are less prone to limitations or boundaries. You are the one setting the rules.

Personal projects keep your work and portfolio fresh. This makes you more attractive to your clients.


Project name

If your project is associated to a website and/or social media channels or may turn into a company at a later stage, it’s essential from the beginning to find a suitable name describing what your project is all about.

Wordoid or wordhippo can help you to find an adequate name for your project.

You may want to check if your project name already exists as a company name.

Use tools like namecheckr to check the availability of your project name and if the domain name and social media handle are already taken.


Time management

Make time for your project. Consider it as an investment in your personal growth.

Find out what times work best for you. If, like me, you finish your weekly work on Friday to be up to date before weekends, then Monday mornings might be a good time to work on your personal project.

Set a realistic timeline to avoid frustration.

Manage your time wisely otherwise, you might burn yourself out and even not be able to complete the project.

Use some of your dead time when traveling by train, by car or when under the shower to think about your project.

Acting on all upcoming ideas at once is not really practical and healthy for creativity.

Don’t switch constantly from your daily work to your side project and vice versa. You can’t be productive doing so.

Try your best to give yourself at least up to two hours per week to keep that momentum and inspiration flowing.

It’s essential not to forget about the other meaningful things in your life.


Be organized

Create a timeline and stick to it
Use cloud based notes or when working in a team, Evernote.

The best ideas come unexpected, write them down straight away before you forget them.

Break your project down into smaller tasks and prioritize the tasks in order they should be completed. Distinguish essential tasks to enhancements.

Give some tasks priority. Choose an easy task to start with to get in the flow more easily.

If you are working within a team, define who is in charge of what and set realistic deadlines.

If working in a team then meet personally on a regularly basis to brainstorm and discuss next steps. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes to also talk about organization and standardization.



The benefit of working in a team

I find it nice to be part of a team instead of the singular world of freelancing while working on corporate assignments. A the same time I had to learn to consider things from another’s perspective and understand someone else’s point of view.

Working with someone on a project makes it more enjoyable.

Build on the strengths of each team members.

Having someone relying on me motivates me to do the work I need to do.

Teamwork establishes strong relationship, and relying on others build trust.

Meet up from time to time in different environment than the office to discuss about the project. We sometimes paddle out on our SUPs, have dinner at home or go out for lunch in a restaurant.

An odd number of team members makes it easier to take final decisions when the team has different opinions. With three team members at PlanetVisible we humorously call it the 33.3% rule, although most of the time we were able to find a compromise and not have to use this rule.

Be aware that each team member might be in a different work/life situation. Some team members may not be able to deliver the same amount of work than others. Talk about expectations at an early stage.


Sharing is rewarding

Ask feedback from people with various perspectives and opinions you value and trust. These people may identify ways to improve, expand and extend the reach of your project.

Feedbacks are food for thoughts but the final decisions are yours.

Use your LinkedIn network to find people that could give you advice on topics you are not familiar with. Check the LinkedIn filter search function using keywords to find adequate connections.

Post about what you’re up to on your website and social media channels to create a sense of accountability.

By showcasing your project you may find that dream client reaching out to you.


How to stay self-motivated?

Combine passion with work.
Have fun. A project should give you space to enjoy the journey.

Having clear goals. Work toward that and give you time to achieve them.

Create to do list with easy tasks in between. This is a great way to start a work session.

Move forward at your own pace, even if that means spending only tiny bits of time on your personal project here and there.

When your motivation is going down, just start working, build up some energy to get in a rhythm.

Add value to the society we live in. At PlanetVisible we are passionate about caring for people, the environment and for creating a positive impact on our planet. By using the power of photography we help companies and organizations in the process of creating impactful and visually compelling imagery to emphasize projects which focus on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

Share with others what you have learned and experienced.

When running into difficulties that you haven’t encountered before some solid brainpower will be required to come up with solutions. Give you time to process these problems. The best answers will pop up when you are not actively working on the project.



Are you wondering what PlanetVisible is all about? Have a read through below and visit www.planetvisible.com – Thank you!

PlanetVisible is a small, like-minded and flexible photography collective positioned to collaborate in the creative process of shaping visual stories. We are passionate about caring for people, the environment and for creating a positive impact on our planet. Our lives started in different parts of the world but it is the shared exchange and passion for storytelling and visual imagery that bonded us as friends. This friendship has grown into a purposeful partnership that is today PlanetVisible. By working closely within a team we create a collection of versatile and striking images around corporate social responsibility (CSR) to fit individual projects. We listen carefully to our clients requirements and deliver professionally crafted work that appeals to editors and publications. By collaborating with magazines, newspapers and online media, PlanetVisible has the reach to bring exposure and attention to local stories and share them with the world. Working on projects is heightening our motivation and creativity enabling us to cover in-depth stories in short periods of time. It’s this “togetherness” which is enriching our photography.


Available light photography

Over the last years I can see a trend going back to available light photography. Many of my clients are looking for a more natural and authentic approach to tell their stories. In my eyes it is the perfect way to show things as they really are.
Ongoing work for the Wilhelm Group.
Communication Agency : Graf von Alonso


Migros Genossenschaft Zürich

Still photography can be quite amazing. Using the play of composition, lighting and colors, it gives the ability to turn an ordinary object into a beautiful photograph.
For the 5. round of our Migros-photoshoot we sticked to a technic named ‘flat lay’ photography also known as knolling, which means arranging different objects so that they are at 90° angles from each other before photographing them from above. Knolling creates a look that is very symmetrical and pleasing to the eye, and it also allows people to see many objects at once in a single image. Most pictures that feature knolling set the objects against a solid background. This makes it easy to see each individual object and allows them to be the most dynamic part of the image. You may soon discover one of these oversize-lightboxes at your Migros market.
For more knolling images check the stills section on my website – www.photopulse.ch/stills
Communication Agency : Metz oder Vieli GmbH
Styling : Franziska Müller – StylingPool