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  This year seems to be our french year : ) This was our second wedding in a row in the beautiful south of France – but we love it! This particularly gorgeous and hot summer day was simply a photographer’s paradise. Flo planned her wedding for over a year. And together with the talented […]

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    In April we were blessed with the opportunity to shoot a wonderful wedding in Southafrica, one of our favorite places in the world. In 2012 we made our first trip to this amazing country and have been in love with it ever since. I am superhappy that Fernweh-o-sophy, a beautiful travel and lifestyle […]

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(Disclaimer: When I re-read this post I thought: wow, that sounds depressed! I assure you, I am not :) I am just trying to make a point here. Just imagine my face smiling at you while you read this. And some crazy italian hand gestures.)   Last week I went to Italy to film my […]

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  • Fräulein Zuckerwatte - Amen!!! Ich bin so happy mit meiner radikalen Social Media Diät! Es macht nen riesen Unterschied alles nur dann zu sehen, wenn man es will & nicht alles geballt. Sollte sich jeder verschreiben & als Dauerpille schlucken ;) Tut saugut & man verpasst nichts sondern kann das echte Leben viel mehr genießen!ReplyCancel

  • Juliane - Wunderbar geschrieben! ♥
    Herzlichst JulianeReplyCancel

  • Carina - So perfectly explained what we all go through! Especially as being photographers people only see the upsides of our lives! Which I agree are a lot and I really love my job too ReplyCancel

  • Heike - Hi liebe Nadia,

    du weißt ich LIEBE ehrliche Postings:-) und ich kann deine Gedanken sehr gut nachvollziehen. Das Leben von niemandem ist perfekt, so eine Hochzeitssaison verlangt einem (und der Umgebung viel ab). Es kommt immer der Punkt, an dem man sich fragt, ist es das alles wert…? (Aber ich das nicht in jedem Job so?) Ich habe mir kürzlich ähnliche Gedanken gemacht…http://www.backlinse.de/2014/06/mit-liebe-gebacken/ Öfters ein Neinsagen, hat mir schon mal sehr geholfen, wieder mehr Ruhe und Muße in mein Leben zu bekommen…
    Liebe Grüße
    Heike
    PS. Übrigens mit Wäschebergen, Chaos und guten Fitnessvorsätzen, die nach einem halben Tag verworfen werden kann, ich auch noch dienen;-)ReplyCancel

  • Kitty - Where can I sign!??? That is so true – once or twice a year I have the same down-feeling, feeling like a mouse in a huge rollercoaster that doesn’t stop… With all the appointments and a ToDo-list that is as as long as the Chinese Wall and with all the laundry undone.
    Heads up, Nadia!! I love that saying: It’s always darkest before the dawn.
    (And no: I’m not thinking, you are depressed, I’m just fully understanding) ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rodi - Wow, this is exactly how it looks like! So much truth!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Chic Vintage Brides - Oh Nadia you are so right!! Thanks to Social Media and the Internet it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that no-one’s life is perfect – not the Duchess of Cambridge’s or Victoria Beckham’s; not any celebrity’s, blogger’s or photographer’s. Behind those beautiful glossy photos there is always something going on, something they wish were different.
    That old saying ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ is so true! We should all take a moment to be grateful for the highlights in our lives and spend a little less time focusing on how perfect other people’s lives look!
    I always love reading your blog and seeing your incredible photos – I am sure you could even make a mosquito bitten elephant foot look beautiful :)
    Amy xoxReplyCancel

  • Mirjam - Danke!!! So gut, sich das ab und zu wieder bewusst zu machen und den Quatsch mit dem besseren Leben anderer aus dem Kopf zu kriegen. Ich finde es wundervoll, mein eigenes Leben mit meinem eigenen Chaos und meinen eigenen Herausforderungen und Wundern zu leben! <3ReplyCancel

  • Leonie - Liebste Nadia, nun danke ich dir für diese ehrlichen Worte! :)
    Und gute Besserung mit dem Fuß!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Dear Nadia,
    When I read the part about the pain every sunday because you don’t have a fitness routine and the dirty laundry and take-away containers that haven’t been thrown away it felt like you were describing my life. I can completely relate to what you go through. I at first felt ashamed that I fail so spectacularly at domestic activities and not being able to get into a fitness regime, but you give me hope and make me feel that even though my life isn’t perfect, at least I can be positive.

    Thank you for always being an inspirationReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Was für ein geniales posting liebe Nadia !

    Bussi aus Wien,
    MelanieReplyCancel

  • Christina - A BIG THANK YOU! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Alana Meyer - I love your honesty and the way you write! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the way other people live their “highlighted” life and forget that they are just normal people too. People love to read positive things and see pretty pictures & forget the real life behind getting the stories and taking those photos! Thank you for keeping it real but also for giving us such gorgeous photos to look at even though you have elephant feet & a sore body! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jasmin - Liebe Nadia!
    Danke von Herzen für diesen Artikel! Du ahnst gar nicht, wie treffend dieser gerade für mich kommt und wie sehr ich andererseits auch mit Dir mitfühlen kann.
    Ich bin eine von denen, die beim Anschauen von Instagram & Co. immer wieder denkt “Oh, dieses Leben hätte ich gerne…!” – und dabei 1. ihr eigenes vergisst, mehr IM Social Media lebt manchmal als in MEINER Realität und 2. vergisst, dass eben jedes Leben seine Schatten hat, die ich selbst in diesen Medien ja auch nicht unbedingt zeige!
    Diesen Schubs, von einer, die ich manchmal auch neidvoll auf all ihren tollen Reisen und Foto-Shootings begleite, habe ich in dieser Woche vielleicht gerade gebraucht, denn für mich beginnt das Abenteuer CHANGE in dieser Woche ganz konkret…ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - Hey Nadia,

    Thanks for this post! Your words are ex-act-ly what I try to tell my friends when they think life as wedding photographer is oh so glamorous, stress-free and a party all day and all night. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to explain it as clearly as this though; I’ll share this post because it’s really spot-on :)

    And ehm… I think everyone knows that feeling of finding dirty socks in the fridge every now and then ;-)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, keep rocking!
    Xx NadiaReplyCancel

  • lily - thank you for this honesty. <3ReplyCancel

  • Gayle du Preez - Hey Nadia, I can SO identify with what you wrote! Every time I get back from shooting a wedding, the next day, I can barely bend my knees to pick up something I may have dropped on the floor! Each time I walk up and down the stairs here at home, I think to myself, “oh my gosh, why do I do this to myself, every week….?” The answer is because I simply love what I do, and so what if on a Sunday, I feel like crap and can barely move without every inch of my body aching, somehow, just looking at the photos and the smiling faces, makes all the pain and blisters and stiff knees so, so worthwhile!
    That being said, it’s not an easy choice and an easy road that we have chosen, but it’s so so worthwhile!
    Love reading your blog as you always make me smile!
    Would love to meet up with you again!
    Gayle
    xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • wiebke - dicke umarmung! gut gesagt, schön gesagt. danke dafür. alles gute für den fuß!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Nadia! This was a cute post. Thanks for the light laugh, it was a good blog entry…man are you right about working out (..ahem, or not working out) and Sunday pain. Dado and I always come to the revelation that “we need to work out more” on Sunday mornings…and then Monday comes around… ;)

    xo,
    Steph.ReplyCancel

  How can I begin to describe the beautiful weekend we had with this couple? Where do I start? With the jaw-dropping location? The beautiful scenery? The gorgeous people? What is it that makes a wedding special? As an artist, I have to admit – I need beauty. To be inspired and to fuel my […]

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  • Thomas Steibl - This is epic Nadia. I’m speechless.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Oh my goodness Nadia! Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Esther - Gorgeous. I want to live in your pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Rici - This is a dream wedding!! Love it and the way you told the story! Absolutely gorgeous! WOW!!!
    Still among all these stunning images, the simple, in the field with the soft evening light are my favourites! <3
    -Saluti.ReplyCancel

  • enescot florence - Dear Nadia.

    It is a fairy tale for me thank you for my son Felix et for my georgous daughter in law,

    You make them look so in love and elegants,

    Your work is enhancing these magic moments ,

    Thank you so much for your talent and sensibility ,

    Florence,ReplyCancel

  • Katharina - Such a beautiful wedding. Wow. You take stunning photographs!ReplyCancel

  • Gelblat - Magnifique!!!! Élégant au possible!!! La grande classe!!felicitations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Provence Destination Wedding. Mas de Comtes, France. Florence & Anthony. » Nadia Meli - […] year seems to be our french year : ) This was our second wedding in a row in the beautiful south of France – but we love it! This particularly gorgeous and […]ReplyCancel