Masterpieces in transition

Viktoria Jäger’s creative path to becoming a portrait photographer in nature.

Elmar: Viktoria Jäger came to my attention when I was looking for a portrait photographer in nature. In this article she talks about her experiences and insights that have made her the exceptional portrait photographer she is today.

Every journey to self-fulfilment is unique and Victoria’s is no exception. From making the decision to go freelance, to constantly developing her creative skills, to grappling with the challenges and opportunities presented by modern artificial intelligence (AI) technology, her journey as a photographer has been one of change and growth.

Portrait photographer Viktoria Jäger (rareshot photography) and Elmar on the way to the Pfänder despite the rain.
Even when it's raining: Viktoria Jäger and Elmar on their way to the Pfänder, taken at Gebhardsberg.
Portrait photographer Viktoria Jäger (rareshot photography) and Elmar on the way to the Pfänder despite the rain.
Even when it's raining: Viktoria Jäger and Elmar on their way to the Pfänder, taken at Gebhardsberg.

Elmar: Viktoria firmly believes that everyone has a unique creative streak within them, be it in art, craft or any other field. It is up to us to follow that inner voice and bring our creativity into the world. It’s up to us to follow that inner voice and bring our creativity into the world.

The courage to work as a freelancer

Staying true to herself, Viktoria has found her creative freedom in self-employment.

Viktoria: Going freelance was a difficult decision for me, driven by an inner urge and external circumstances. Before my career as a photographer, I tried many creative fields and studied design, but I felt trapped in rigid systems that limited my creativity.

A surrealistic sketch of a big eye and a big mouth, drawn by Viktoria Jäger, a portrait photographer, when she was still at school.
A surrealist sketch by Viktoria Jäger from her school days shows a big eye and a big mouth.

Viktoria: I need freedom to be truly creative. Without my creative work I would fall into a dark hole – my creativity is my spiritual breath. It wasn’t just a career choice, it was a life necessity.

There have been many sleepless nights and doubts. The uncertainty of self-employment is not for the faint of heart. You have to constantly reinvent yourself and motivate yourself. But that’s exactly what shows me that I’m on the right track. It was a leap in the dark, but it was the only way to really be myself and do what I love.

The creative power within each of us

Viktoria likes to photograph to capture and inspire.

Viktoria: Everyone has a unique creative streak within them, be it in art, craft or any other field. It’s up to us to follow that inner voice and bring our creativity into the world. By trusting our instincts and bringing our ideas to life, we not only enrich our lives, but also make a valuable contribution to society. The world needs the individual talents and creative visions of all of us to make it more colourful and diverse.

My photographs capture the beauty and uniqueness of people and nature. I tell stories in pictures that words alone cannot convey, and share them with others. This work fulfils me and gives a more profound meaning to my life.

Detailed sketch of two statues, a reclining figure in the foreground and a castle in the background, drawn by Viktoria Jäger, a portrait photographer, while she was at school.
An imaginative sketch by Viktoria from her school days, with a dramatic setting and a dark atmosphere.

The magic of nature in photography

How Viktoria creates unique portraits by being so close to the natural world.

Viktoria: I am very close to nature. Even as a child I spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of nature. This passion has only grown over the years. For me, nature is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Every time I’m outdoors I discover new details and unique moments that enrich my creative work.

The vast meadow landscape of the Foramoos on the Bödele, on the way to the Hochälpele.
View into the Foramoos at Bödele, taken on the way to Hochälpele.
The vast meadow landscape of the Foramoos on the Bödele, on the way to the Hochälpele.
View into the Foramoos at Bödele, taken on the way to Hochälpele.

Viktoria: Photographing in nature allows me to experience the world in a deeper and more authentic way. It’s more than just taking pictures; it’s a way of feeling and understanding the world. The silence, the colours and shapes of plants and trees, and the constant changes in light and weather create a unique atmosphere that never fails to fascinate me.

Outdoor masterpieces

Light, weather and harmonious compositions.

Viktoria: Being close to nature enriches my creative work immensely. But to capture the magic of nature in my portraits, I have to face the many challenges of shooting outdoors.

How do I deal with changing light, unpredictable weather and harmonious compositions?

The play of light in nature

How a change in lighting conditions can create a unique portrait.

Viktoria: The ever-changing light in nature is one of the most difficult challenges in portrait photography. The light can change every hour, every minute, making each image unique. This dynamic requires constant adaptation and creativity, but also allows for authentic and vivid images.

Sunrises and sunsets offer a particularly soft and flattering light, giving portraits a warm and magical atmosphere. Cloudy skies are ideal as they eliminate harsh shadows.

Dealing with shadows and direct sunlight is also important. Hard shadows can obscure details and make the face look unflattering. In direct sunlight, it is often better to move into the shade to obtain even light.

For an insight into how I work, see my article on my homepage.

See rareshot.at/fotoshooting-portrait for a fascinating portrait.
For more portraits photographed by Viktoria, click on the picture and visit rareshot.at.

From change to perfection

How Viktoria’s quest for progress shapes her photography

Viktoria: Es ist nicht nur die Porträtfotografie im Freien, die mich begeistert: Die Natur mag meine Kulisse sein, aber es ist mein kreativer Prozess und mein Streben nach Perfektion, die mich immer weiter vorantreiben.

My life is a constant evolution, I have evolved as a person, my technique, and my art have changed over the years.

Viktoria's first photos in a portrait from 2011.
A portrait from 2011 showing Viktoria's beginning style.
Current portrait of a woman, taken by Viktoria Jäger in 2024.
Click on the image and visit rareshot.at to see more recent portraits of Viktoria.

The constant change

How Viktoria is constantly developing her technique and art.

Viktoria: I want to develop constantly. For me, the creative process is an ongoing journey where the perfect painting remains elusive. But it is this striving for perfection that drives me. I want my work to get better and better with time. When I look back on my current work in a year’s time, I want to see a clear progression. The worst thing for me would be to get stuck in a creative rut and not make any progress.

My work has visibly changed over the years. The first portrait from 2011 shows my initial style, while the second image from 2024 reflects the progress and refinement of my technique.

Constant evolution plays an important role in my photography.

Vibrant portraits in nature

The art of blending movement and colour.

Viktoria: The challenge of capturing movement in an image is one of the most exciting aspects of my work. Movement gives my portraits a special uniqueness and vibrancy that cannot be achieved with posed shots. Each movement tells a story and expresses emotions that make the image dynamic and captivating.

Colour harmony also plays a central role in my photographs. I make sure that the colours of the clothing and the surroundings are perfectly matched. Strong colours need to blend with nature to create a harmonious overall image. A good example of this is the earthy red jacket, which contrasts perfectly with the natural surroundings of the forest.

The integration of colour and movement requires a keen eye and a great deal of creativity. The combination of these elements transforms each photograph into a work of art that captures the beauty and dynamism of nature.

Elmar in the forest with red jacket and smartphone, photographed by Viktoria Jäger, portrait photographer
Elmar in the forest, photographed by Viktoria, shows the colour harmony and expressiveness of her photos.

From punk to photographer

Viktoria’s journey of transformation and her influence on photography.

Viktoria: My journey from punk to mature photographer was marked by many changes. . In my youth, I was known for my outlandish punk style with numerous piercings and extreme clothing. This period of my life was one of experimentation and rebellion, which was reflected in my early photographs.

Viktoria in her punk youth, with piercings and leather jacket.
Viktoria in her punk youth, with piercings and leather jacket.
Viktoria's self-portrait on her homepage rareshot.at
Click on the image to discover Viktoria's current work.

Viktoria: Today, I have refined and developed my style. Most of the piercings have disappeared, but a lip piercing still reminds me of those wild times. . This transformation has not only changed my physical appearance, but also my photographic approach. I have learnt to find a balance between expression and aesthetics, using this experience to create deeper and more authentic portraits.

My earlier phases of life have strongly influenced my photography today. The joy of experimentation and openness to new things that I had back then can still be felt in my work today. This evolution is reflected in my images and shows how far I have come on my creative journey.

Creativity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

How Viktoria uses her artistic energy to stand out from the crowd.

Viktoria: Artificial intelligence (AI) is already having a major impact on traditional photography. The technology can create standardised, technically perfect images that can be produced quickly and cheaply. As a photographer who wants to stand out from the crowd, this is a particular challenge for me. This is where my creativity is needed.

More than ever, I am challenged to use my creative energy to create distinctive images that AI cannot reproduce. . It’s about capturing unique moments and perspectives that go beyond the mainstream and common ideals of beauty. An image with emotional depth that tells a story can only be created by humans with intuition and artistic flair.

Viktoria:The incentive to be creative and innovative drives me to develop my skills and explore new avenues.

Elmar: See the variety and beauty of Viktoria’s images on her website and be inspired by her unique portraits.

The creative force in all of us

Viktoria’s line of thought.

I firmly believe that everyone has a unique creative streak, be it in art, craft or any other field. It’s up to us to follow that inner voice and bring our creativity into the world. By trusting our instincts and bringing our ideas to life, we not only enrich our own lives, but also make a valuable contribution to society. The world needs the individual talents and creative visions of all of us to make it more colourful and diverse.

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