I'm a passionate semi-professional photographer based in Langenfeld North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany. I focus on action sports and event photography, and every year I try to take a week off to surf. Last summer I made this journey to the Algarve in Portugal, to combine surfing, taking a break, and shooting some lifestyle images for a brand with a strong environmental mission.
Words and images by Chris Lehnert
Long story short, it was a week off.
I was doing this kind of trip for the third year in a row. First of all, I do this to recharge my batteries after an exhausting season and also to reflect my current goals and set new ones fort the upcoming year. I chose Portugal because I love to surf and there are always good waves around that time of the year on the Algarve coast.
Through happy circumstances I could get in touch with the brand mizulife. The brand is well known in the surf industry for their sustainable drinking bottles. It was arranged for me to take some bottles with me on the trip to shoot lifestyle images for advertising purposes.
As we all know there’s a huge plastic problem in our oceans. I’m not only a fan of the brand, but I also want to make my contribution to draw attention to the topic and the easiest way for me to do this as a photographer is to take pictures.
Trips like this give me a moment to catch my breath, set up my appointments for the coming year, and look ahead to making trips to 'bucket list' destinations happen ...like a trip to the Northern Lights in Iceland?
I started to take photos in 2012, and since then I have explored many different areas of photography. As a passionate wakeboarder I am engaged in the wakeboarding industry and able to shoot for different clients all over Germany. I was always inspired by the sport itself and also motivated to catch athletes at the right moment to get a nice shot. Along the way, I have been approached by friends and organizations to photograph their events more often, and so have I focused myself on event photography as well as action sports photography.