How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

I would say I’m calm, shy, caring, ambitious and loyal.

What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?

In autumn 2016 I did a shoot with a parachute at the beach. We took a car from Paris and drove to Normandy. It was a cold and very windy day and it was truly a struggle to take control of the parachute while trying to get the right shot. I think it was the most exhausting shoot I have ever done, but the outcome was definitely worth it.

If you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?

I wouldn’t be in a band, I would be a singer-songwriter. Just my guitar and me.

When was the last time you tried something new?

Last week: I tried an oyster for the first time.

What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?

I feel like I’ve never created something really provocative. I have taken photographs that were partly nude, but they couldn’t be labelled as “provocative”. The creation of pieces entailing nude parts were usually coincidental, and they all aimed at keeping a form of aesthetic that appeals to me. But I am curious about walking on different paths with my work, so that could be the next thing I try.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

That’s a question I can answer when I’m old. So far the movie would be a somewhat boring and no one would watch it.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by faces. I love to sit in street cafes and watch people passing by. When I see an interesting face, my mind starts to create images of locations, colours and stylings around the subject and I feel my creative nature awakening.

What is your most valuable skill?

I asked my beloved best friend Hanna to answer this question for me. She said that job-wise it's my accuracy, my sense of aesthetic and creativity, and the high demands on my own work.

What's the best piece you've ever created?

I think that’s always hard to tell, since I can’t see my work objectively. But I have a favourite portrait.

Any advice for new artists?

There will be times when it seems no one wants to hire you. Almost every photographer must go through that. It’s a cliché, but the most important thing is to not give up and keep doing your thing. You will gain experience with every shoot you do, so just try to get as much work done as you can, even if it’s not that glamorous or lucrative. Whenever you’re travelling, make use of the fact that you’re in a different environment and try to do a test shooting at least! I never travel anywhere without shooting, so I have managed to diversify my portfolio in terms of location. It includes pictures from New York, Cape Town, Paris, Berlin etc. Clients love that!

What is a movie moment that completely transformed you?

I couldn’t pinpoint such a moment to a specific movie. I prefer watching sentimental dramas. The last movie I watched that deeply touched me was Requiem for a dream by Darren Aronofsky.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your life?

I find it difficult to draw to a single highlight in my life. I’m lucky enough to have had a few different kinds of highlights. These include having a stable and supportive family, several loving friends and the fact that what was a hobby has now become my profession. I’m a happy and healthy human being. For me, that’s one of the biggest highlights.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

I feel like in 2017 I didn’t take enough time for my own projects and shootings, something I always intended to do. That’s why I am now focusing on my own ideas, not only on those of my clients. I want to try around with different lighting, new angles and work with special characters - not only models from agencies.

You can view more of Luise Reichert's work by heading over to her official website, or by visiting her Instagram.