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               Prague born, Bali based photographer, Stephan embodies the word versatile. He traveled the globe since a young age documenting adventures, shooting places and faces he met along the way. He found his new home in Bali, Indonesia and now specializes in fashion and art photography, commercial assignments and creative directing.

Stephan has his own, very strong visual style. His unique approach lies in precise, well though-out preparation. As he says: “For me the key to success lies in pre-production. On each project I pay attention to every detail from planning stages to execution.” As an art director himself, he prefers to take control over the whole creative process from conceptualization, location scouting, make up planning to lighting, props and set building. He is not a big fan of heavy photoshop manipulation and rather prefers to play with in-camera tricks and effects together with advanced lighting skills to create original, distinctive atmosphere. “It’s the magic of photography when all the different elements come together in one perfect frame.” He believes that getting THAT shot, requires meticulous effort and is willing to go that extra mile to get it. With an appetite to experiment and hunger for learning new things, he always wants to come up with fresh, strong ideas.

“Photography is my greatest passion. I love what I do and the diversity of my work. There’s not a single day I wouldn’t think of images or getting ideas for my work. I can be shooting a fashion campaign on a tropical beach one day, while locking myself in a studio next day experimenting with lights and props. I can spend days photographing interiors for 5 star resorts only to go hike some remote mountains and sleep over long exposures of stars. I love how each project requires different technique, skills and approach. I enjoy challenges and always want to push myself forward with every new assignment.”

You can be sure Stephan will deliver consistent quality and top-notch results combined with great professionalism. He knows that exceptional results are made by team effort and values working closely with his trusted team on both collaborative and commercial projects.

Stephan’s clients include such as Coca – Cola, HSBC, The Mulia, AccorHotels group and Sheraton.

In fashion he felt privileged to capture the creations of some of the best Indonesian designers: Rinaldy A.Yunardi, Iwan Gunawan, Priyo Oktaviano, Ali Charisma, to name just a few.

His work regularly appears in local and international magazines.

Stephan’s art work is represented in private collections all around the world and can be seen and purchased in form of limited signed and numbered fine art prints at Nyaman Gallery in Seminyak, Bali.

In his free time Stephan enjoys traveling, art, surfing and outdoor sports in general.