What do Sting, Marilyn Manson and Sir Peter Ustinov all have in common? Easy: they’ve all posed for Nela König– just like the Pussicat Dolls, Gwen Stefanie, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna and countless other musicians and actors did. The photographer, wife and mother who lives in Berlin first started out in the world of photography as a model, at the age of 20. Today she focusses much more on what’s happening behind the camera, and various celebrities take the role of the model for her.

What Nela loves most about photography are the contrasts, as well as the challenge to capture someones personality within very little time, she says. Her work is however not constrained to collaborations with celebrities. Besides her wide-ranging body of work in fashion, which she has been focussing on more strongly again since 2009, her portfolio offers for instance also fascinating landscape shots, highlighting an entirely different side of her artistry.

Maybe the variety in places she called home during her childhood and youth have had a little something to do with how diverse her work is today: Nela grew up in Venezuela, Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore before she finally returned to her roots in Berlin, where she began her long and successful modeling career. She got the chance to turn her passion for taking photos into her profession when the opportunity to study photo design at the renowned Lette Verein in Berlin arose. And the ambition to succeed in the industry as a female photo artist was for Nela what pushed her towards her very own demands for her images. As a freelance photographer she commutes between Berlin, Hamburg and Los Angeles these days, working for clients like Universal, Motown Records, Sony BMG, Maxim Magazine, the Rolling Stone, PETA, MTV, Jette Joop and many others – leaving no doubt that she has indeed succeeded. A glimpse into Nela König’s photo worlds can be caught at her official website: www.nelakoenig.com