2012, a retrospective

2012 was a busy year for me, not as much as a photographer, it was more busy in the private life. Because of my fulltime job I had’nt much time and privacy the first 8 months of the year. I spend the most free time during the week in my car so I was happy when I had nothing to do an the weekend and could be lazy. In August all this chanced and I get an amazing job near my hometown, so I have a job I love and more time for me and my photographic passion. But enough from the private stuff! Let’s speak pictures with my retrospective of 2012:

In january i had the first online publication and Germany’s Next topmodel agency ONE-eins Management. The featured one of my BTS images I made in 2011 from their Model Sarah Jülich


Then it was very quite around me. And I used my freetime more to see friends or learning for my webdesign studies. In march and april 2012 I travelled to Namibia. Since I was a little child my mother said to me “ if you’re 18, we’ll travel to africa together!“ Well.. I had to be 25 for seeing africa and I felt in love with the country – immediately and irrevocably.
You can see my complete journey ( in german only) here: http://kiarablack.de/blog/?p=58



In May I did the first shootings with exclusive images for my exhibition. It started with a flower shooting. Hair & Make-up by Ina Elsen and 2 New Face Models from Favorite Models agency: Katharina & Caroline

The next Flower Shooting was with Model Luisa. Make-up by Dóri and Hair by Maddy.


In june i finally get my Canon EOS 5D MkII and did the next flower shooting. Model was Elena, Hair&Make-up by Maddy and Dóri.

The last Flower-Shooting was with Model Verena. Dóri and Maddy becoming my „A-team“ for the shoots. It’s like a „day with your best friends“ when we shoot together.

Then I was featured in the June issue of Mologue Magazine.


… and I get my first article in a local newspaper


At the end of June I did a big Fashion Shooting at hotel Johanneshöhe, exclusive for the exhibition. Sadly my Make-up artist coulsn’t make the date and I couldn’t get an alternitive in time, so Maddy and me did the styling, Hair & Make-up at our own. Model was the wonderful Julia from Favorite Models agency.


Not to forget that I made my first Photobook for the Exhibition. It is still available on blurb:
<a href=“http://www.blurb.de/bookstore/detail/3367142 „>Kiara Black Photography – The road so far</a>


My exhibition was coming closer so it was time for getting my photos printed:

A big thanks again to my Mum, my Dad and my friends Maddy and Lena whom helped me getting the images on the wall!


And then the day was there:
On 5th August 2012 was the opening of my exhibition at Berghotel Johanneshöhe in Siegen.

and again, I wanna thank the Team from Berghotel Johanneshöhe for the opportunity to show my work their and of course the delicious food during the exhibition.

The next days I got a lot articles in different newspaper around my hometown.

In august I get an amazing item on loan from a friend: An antique rocking horse..
for the rocking horse Shoot I get the chance for a collaboration with Fashion Designer Peppermint-Patty from Hamburg. Model was the beautiful Laura. Hair and Make-up was made by Ina Elsen.

September was coming and so it was time for Photokina 2012.
Even I get an invitation to exhibit my work there too, i hadn’t the money or time for it so sadly this photokina was without my images on a wall.. Maybe next time in 2014^^
I was there with Kati from Kawa Photography and was happy to meet 2 photographers and former fellow-worker from my old job in Gießen.

Kiara Black by Marek Dubiela

In October Dóri was back from Hungary where she visited her family and made an education as a Make-up Artist there. Our next shooting was very colorfull. Model was Madina. Hair was made by Maddy.



The next shooting was with the winner of the competition from Westfalen-Post

November comes and with it my second exhibition this year.
It was the second time I was exhibited at „Kunst in der Stadt“ in Haiger. My flower series was shown in one of the shpos in Haiger and in the town hall you could see my „Faces of Africa“.
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In november I had a beauty shooting themed „November Princess“. Model Vanessa, Hair&Make-up by Maddy and Dóri.

Till today this was my favorite Shooting. I’m still on the retouching work and hopefull will finished the images the next days.

The last shooting this year was with the winner of my FB competition.
The happiest thing for Dóri and me was, that we know the winner. Nearly every person from our old school class took part in the competition and when I pulled the number out of a hat it was very nice to see that it was Marina.

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Crowning of the year was the december, when I get my first image on a cover of a magazine. I did the shoot in august this year for a competition and this month I get the call that It should be on the cover of the December/January Issue of the german TattooStyle Magazine.
My photographic year ended yesterday, with a newspapershooting.
I changed the role and was one of the „Models“. We did a few photos in a limousine and had a lot of fun.
Photo by Katrin Weber:

Cover Image: TattooStyle Magazine

Since today the January Issue from the german Tattoo Magazine „TattooStyle“ is available, with my Image on the Cover.
I did the shoot in July this year for my „perfect skin“ series and a competition for http://www.taetowiermagazin.de  and was totally over the moon as the editor called me earlier this week and asked if they could use the image for the January Issue of „TattooStyle“.
Of course i said yes! :)

Cover Tattoostyle 1/2013

Shooting with the Competition Winner Marina

Back in August I had an competition because of my first exhibition.
The winner, Marina, get a shooting with me and my team.
It is the start for our business change in 2013 too.
In 2013 Dóri will be the Make-up Artist if you book me for a shooting
so you’ll get professional Make-up if you book me and my team.
It was very funny that Marina was the winner, because we knew us from school,
so it was like a little class reunion that day.

Marina’s prize was our regular shooting package:
2 Professional Hair&Make-up Stylings ( one natural, one colorful)
2-3 different outfits ( from your personal wardrobe)
All images on CD/DVD/Dropbox/USB-Stick
3 retouched images

Here are the 3 finished images:


Shooting with the WP-Winner

Last saturday was the shooting with Selina, the winner from the WP Competition.
Her mother made the competition and from all the entries she was the only one who would’nt have the shooting for herself.
My Make-up Artist was Dóri again and of course Maddy did the hair.
I simply love to work with this 2 girls.
Selina arrived with her mother and together we choose the clothes for the day.
I was very happy to welcome Ilka from WP in my homestudio. She made the BTS images from the day and wrote an article over the shooting for westfalenpost.

photos by Ilka W @Westfalenpost.

And here are 2 of the finished images

Circus, circus

After many years I was in a circus yesterday.
The show was amazing. And I really really loved the light….





































































And one of my dreams get true. I could touch an elephant












And now: Last preps for my next shooting today