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Valentines views: meet Simon and Yannick

Today it seems to be quite easy to quickly see what another person is about. You just take it to Instagram, look at their photos, and quickly get a sense of the interests, work, and all in all life of someone you may not even have ever met.

And if your job is to actu­al­ly take or com­pose pic­tures, look­ing at some­one else’s feed becomes even more telling. Pho­tog­ra­ph­er Yan­nick Schuette and Styl­ist Simon Winkelmüller met in exact­ly that way, by first notic­ing each oth­er on the social media plat­form, of course only with a work col­lab­o­ra­tion in mind, but quick­ly dis­cov­ered their views, tastes, and worlds actu­al­ly go quite well togeth­er. One takes the pic­tures, the oth­er one makes the peo­ple in them look their most styl­ish. Though Simon and Yan­nick try to keep their work and pri­vate life a bit sep­a­rate, the two often can’t help but dis­cuss their ideas togeth­er, cre­at­ing new shared dreams in the process – and why shouldn’t they, doesn’t adding more lay­ers make an image even more interesting?

Get to know the two cre­ative heads below, as we asked Simon and Yan­nick a few ques­tions about their bond and what makes their rela­tion­ship ever so special.

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Simon on Yannick

How did you meet?
We met over Insta­gram, but at first it was just about work. Well, first…

What was the first thing you noticed about him?
His hip­ster-y Maroniverkäufer-Mütze” and his red cheeked face.

Was there an exact moment you knew this is it “?
Yes, at least a moment when I thought this could be some­thing”. That was when we moved from din­ner to drinks.

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What is the one thing you most admire about him now?
His hon­esty. Even though that can be pret­ty hard at times.

What is prob­a­bly the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the morn­ing?
Hard to say. He always thinks about some­thing else. I often notice that his mind just wan­ders off dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion and his eyes kind of loose track, so I nev­er real­ly know what’s on his mind.

What is one trait that sets him apart from oth­ers?
Cute­ness (in all sens­es). And honesty.

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What have you learned from him?
Get­ting along with a Ger­man accent and words like Frikadelle”, Klöße”, etc. When it comes to busi­ness, but also pri­vate life, he helped me to strength­en my abil­i­ty to select and pri­or­i­tize cer­tain things.

How would he spend the per­fect sum­mer day?
With an ana­logue cam­era, on a beach, with a gin ton­ic, a truck (with lots of juice)… and me of course.

If he could change any­thing in the world, what would that be?
Ban­ning blog­gers and over­rat­ed, stu­pid, super­fi­cial social media trends.

How would you describe what he does for a liv­ing?
Pho­tograph­ing peo­ple and every­thing around him, most­ly for pas­sion, some­times for money.

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How much do your work life and your pri­vate life inter­twine?
We have a sim­i­lar aes­thet­ic and always try to push each oth­er to the next lev­el. We also share a lot of our ides with each oth­er and try make them real­i­ty togeth­er. But I want to keep a (slight­ly) strict sep­a­ra­tion between busi­ness and pri­vate. I once told him: I want to date a human being. Not just a photographer!“

What’s his ulti­mate dream/​goal?
Free­dom. Inde­pen­dence. Liv­ing for pas­sion. And mon­ey. But just as a tool to ful­fil the rest.

And last­ly: What makes him spe­cial over­all?
His mix of intro­ver­sion and willpow­er. His inno­cence paired with clear focus.

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Yannick on Simon

How did you meet?
I found Simon on Insta­gram and thought his work as a styl­ist was pret­ty nice. We got in touch and when I came to Vien­na some months ago we met for a busi­ness din­ner to talk about busi­ness stuff.

What was the first thing you noticed about him?
That he total­ly didn’t fit the pic­ture I cre­at­ed of him in my head through social media and our first lit­tle con­ver­sa­tions before.

Was there an exact moment you knew this is it”?
Not an exact moment, it was more of a feel­ing that devel­oped quite fast.

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What is the one thing you most admire about him now?
He got the tal­ent to calm me down.

What is prob­a­bly the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the morn­ing?
Just 5 more minutes!

What is one trait that sets him apart from oth­ers?
He’s trustable.

What have you learned from him?
A lot of fun­ny Ger­man” words you only use in Austria.

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How would he spend the per­fect sum­mer day?
Hang­ing on a beach with a book in the left and a moji­to in his right hand.

If he could change any­thing in the world, what would that be?
World peace.

How would you describe what he does for a liv­ing?
Dress­ing mod­els per­fect­ly to help the pho­tog­ra­phers tell their sto­ries and ideas. And dress­ing peo­ple to cre­ate and under­line their personality.

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How much do your work life and your pri­vate life inter­twine?
100%. Some­times he has to stop me talk­ing when I get hys­teric about future projects, dreams, and oth­er busi­ness stuff.

What’s his ulti­mate dream/​goal?
To ful­fil his own (and very unique and spe­cial) dreams and cre­ate in a non-com­mer­cial way.

And last­ly: What makes him spe­cial over­all?
Every­thing seems easy, nat­ur­al, undis­guised, hon­est, and total­ly easy going between us.


Pic­tures tak­en by Simon and Yannick

16 Feb 2017 · neubau eyewear