Guest Judge//Sven Berger//Sven Berger Fotografie

This week's guest judge is the talented Sven Berger of Sven Berger Fotografie. Kick back, relax and get to know Sven.

Tell us about yourself…

I am a dad of three awesome children, a girl 11, a boy 7 and our youngest boy is 4 years old. I am married to my beloved wife. I was born in 1972 and grew up in Dresden, East Germany. My affinity for photography started early, while in High School but studied to become an IT professional. After the birth of my first child, photography became a passion for me, as I tried to capture every second of the passing time. I am passionate about documenting real life moments. I am a contributor to Getty Images and specialize in people photography.

What ignited your passion for photography, and what fuels it now?

I was interested in photography as a child but my passion started to grow when my first child was born. Motivation decreases for a photographer at times and when I need inspiration I turn to my friends here in Germany, Instagram, Facebook and Flickr. Additionally, my kids are a source of never ending inspiration.

What’s in your camera bag right now, what do use the most? the least?

In my bag, there is my Canon 6D, Canon 24-105L, Canon 50mm 1.8, Canon 85mm 1.8 Canon, Canon 70-200 2.8L, Pentacon 135 2.8 and Lensbaby Composer. I use the 70-200 the most and regretfully use the Pentacon 135 the least. It truely is an awesome lens.

What’s your dream project or shoot?

I have two things which I would love to do. First I would like to shoot a documentary day with families and I would like to capture the magical moments of childbirth.

What is the biggest challenge you face as a photographer?

One challenge to being a children´s photographer, in my opinion, is being a male photographer. Another challenge is being your own worst critic and thinking you can always do better…

If you had $500 to spend on photography...

How do you wish you could spend it?

I would wish I could spend the money to visit some great workshops and learn to bring my photography to the next level.

How would you really spend it?

think I would try to buy a quit nice piece of equipment, the Canon 135mm 2.0 lens. An adorable piece to create magical outdoor shoots.

Is there any one thing you wish someone had told you at the very beginning of your photography journey?

People say it's not the camera or equipment but the photographer makes the photo great. I agree, but don't underestimate a great lens or camera.