hang in there

hang in there

max wanger is a skilled and thoughtful photographer.  his use of light, color and composition are each delightful in their own right.  by integrating a wonderful sense of humor to this foundation, fairy tale images develop.

up, up and away!

up, up and away!

mw’s staged scenes of wonder are particularly elegant.  the snapshots appear effortless + playful – simultaneously utilizing subdued + sophisticated tones of color.  below are highlights of his in-love work [read: a much broader body of subject matter can be found here]

joanna + alex

joanna + alex

grace + dominic

grace + dominic

shoko + julian

shoko + julian

mw was gracious enough to answer our begging questions:

the robotic: which camera do you prefer to use and why?

right now i’m loving the 5D mark II. it’s great for low light and i love being able to shoot video with it. so much fun.

the curious: favorite time of day?

late afternoon. sundays. in the summer. there’s something about the warmth, the light, the air…

the nosey: do you push couples to be creative or do they push you?

a little bit of both. i like to give couples the freedom to do as they please. they can bring whatever they want to the table. but i also know that my job is to make sure they have fun and are happy with the final product. whether they know it or not, they always push me to be better than the last time, to step up my game and be as original and creative as possible. i’m always being pushed to be the best that i can be.

the reflective: how has your work transformed since you began?

in the beginning, i guess i followed certain rules and i let that get in the way of my growth. now, i don’t like to follow the rules. i trust my instincts and my eye and don’t worry about anything else. my work is also much more reflective of my personal style and aesthetic now.

the artistic: what inspires you?

new york, tokyo, paris. little kids with style. rodney smith and tim walker. my family. margaux. good music. monocle magazine. naoto fukusawa. anthony bourdain. the aloha spirit. the sartorialist.

the silly: what is your guilty pleasure?

the bachelor. margaux (my fiance) got me into it. i was completely against it at first, but by the third show, i was hooked.

the professional: what is your favorite part of the job?

it doesn’t always happen, but it’s the feeling you get when you know you’ve taken that one great shot. it’s usually not planned, it just happens and when it does, you just know. that’s an amazing feeling.

for more on max, he blogs + works in los angeles.

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