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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
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