Sacha Leyendecker

My name is Sacha and I’m based in Cologne, Germany. I started getting into photography at the age of 33, first in people photography and then studying at an academy of photography in Cologne. From the very beginning, my wife Monika worked with me as assistant and make-up artist.

Soon, we realized that we are into independent photographic projects as we enjoy our creative freedom. At about the same time I discovered my passion for teaching others my way of photography, so back in 2014 I decided to work as a photography trainer mostly.

After a couple editorials and features in glamour magazines like Playboy Germany, VOLO or Tattoo Erotica, and pushing our social media profiles the interest in our coaching became huge.

Nowadays we are working worldwide, hosting masterclasses and photography events. We enjoy traveling, working and meeting with people who have the same passion of photography as we have.

When it comes to equipment, from the very beginning I was a Nikon guy. Today my main camera system is the Nikon D810. I love how versatile this camera is. Due to the impressive dynamic range and good ISO performance it gives me the freedom to use it in almost every photographic situation.

With it I’m using the Nikon 58mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4 mostly, because they fit my style of people photography best. In addition to it I sometimes use a Nikon 35mm f/1.4.

Lately I fell in love with the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 which I prefer to use indoors, especially in smaller rooms. Due to its very good image stabilization I got the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 in addition to my Nikon for low-light situations.

When it comes to maximum image quality I go for the Fuji GFX 50S with the Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 and Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4. This system combines an amazing image quality at an affordable price range.

For my private use I love the Fuji X-T2. It’s a beautiful camera which is easy to carry, especially due to its small lenses. Still it provides a great image quality.

For the X-T2 I use Fuji 23mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 56mm f/1.2 and 90mm f/2.0.

Most important on shoots: Good music ;) When it comes to good sound I prefer a Marshall Kilburn which is still small enough and provides really good sound quality.

Last but not least, I’m a fan of Instax instant cameras. It’s always a good memory of a shoot and my models love it as well. I use the Instax 210 with wide film.

www.sacha-leyendecker.com

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