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Michael Zelbel
Germany
I am an amateur photographer operating a photo studio in Duesseldorf, Germany. I accept bookings for fashion and beauty and nudes. For fellow photographers who love beauty and nude photography I am posting all of my tricks and findings on my beauty photoraphy blog SmokingStrobes.com. My personal mission with photography is bringing together the cultures of East and West.

But why? Let me quickly tell you my story:

Way back in 2005 the cheeky me took a photograph of my new girlfriend in the bathroom.

On the picture she is taking a shower and the shower curtain attaches nicely to her round buttocks. I had no clue about photography at that time.

I was lucky that the camera I used was much better on taking images than I was, so the photo that we made turned out to be not too bad. My girlfriend and I really loved this photograph and we both wanted to do more of that.

Now we are already married for a couple of years, but photography is more fun for both of us than ever before.

For me it even has become a mission. I am from little good old Germany while my wife is from China. Of course our buddies, friends and relatives were asking us all sorts of question - some of which were rather strange. Do German people think that Chinese people are a sort of aliens? Do Chinese people think the same about German people? Well, some of them do - and they don't mean it in a bad way. My grandma is loving my wife like her own child and she is curious in an innocent way when she is asking my wife if they already have electricity where she is coming from (which btw. is Beijing).

So I started wondering if I could not build the one or the other bridge between the to continents by uniting them with a hobby that is a lot of fun, that is popular in pretty much all countries and which requires a good deal of openess and trust: nude photography. Guess what - it works! Being involved in nude photography people from both cultures all of a sudden develop a very good understanding for eachother. I'm loving it!

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tacphotog Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have been learning a lot from your videos and just found that you are here. I love your work.
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Starlion Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Hi, I was searching about sofbox with Google and I found lot of your tips vidéo. Thanks for all your tutirials and tips. Very good job.
(sorry if my English is bad)
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lukeNever Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I just discover Smokingstrobes and your site... Amazing!!! Your work is really inspiring!
I'm really temptate to buy your Boudoir ebook :D

Your great!
Luke
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MrCoffee101 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love your site, and I am glad your on DA now! :)
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Stuartf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Great gallery :)
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PacificFreelance Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
what happen to you cousin? where you been?
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PixomiaPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I found one of your tutorials and got hooked with your blog, now I followed you here. I congratulate you for the excellent job you are doing sharing your ideas and beautiful work. I'm learning so much, thank you.

Ciao
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X-topPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Your photos and advices are just awesome! Craving more of that.
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warrid Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Fantastic work love your website lots of good advice for us beginners. Thank you
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Slimnupe4 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Love your work. I follow you here, on youtube, and smokingstrobes.com
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