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Meet Louis C. Oberlander of Triggerchrome

Today we’d like to introduce you to Louis C. Oberlander.

Louis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am self-taught and specialize in capturing peoples’ wide and often contradictory range of emotions in a clear, color-conscious, cinematic-narrative style.  I extract and create moments of authenticity during my sessions, enabling the subject to become engulfed in the healing aspect of the concept of stylized beauty (Selfies/Photoshop) and also contrarily, ‘poison’ (photography).

Relying heavily on improvisational elements that are rooted in impulses evolving over the course of the shoot, as much as an intuitive preconceived concept is my preferred approach to each session. With that, the experimental visual freedom I try to achieve a diversity within my compositions and lighting that focusses the viewer’s attention to the meticulously surrendered expressions of my subjects.

I don’t necessarily want to capture a ‘moment of truth’, quite the opposite actually: I allow human emotions to peruse a heightened reality and capture that – surprisingly enough there is more of the real person to be found in that than in their perceived idea of themselves: the one they are usually using to ‘mask’ themselves in day-to-day life.

For me, art has become an adventure about finding and documenting similarities in the human soul – overwhelmed by expectations, traditions and the complex worlds that surround each and every one of us.’

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Creation for me is always a smooth process, I sit naturally and confidently with its challenges and rewards. The industry has changed substantially. Professional photographers are getting hired to create Instagram lifestyle material. It is bizarre and amusing at the same time.

I still strongly believe that thorough and beautiful portrait work can be a unique achievement and experience that no selfie can replace.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I do personalized business, celebrity and character portrait photography. I also enjoy fashion photography. I would say I have a rather distinctive European/German style that lends itself to being subtle yet intense on a second impulse.

-My accent 🙂
-My punctuality 🙂
-My personality 🙂

What were you like growing up?
My earliest memories have to do with music. The singing of my grandmother, my mother’s love for music. my first huuuuuuuge piano and playing The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” on it.

I was (and am) a devoted nerd at heart. I enjoy learning and acquiring skill after skill. I probably need as much downtime for myself as I enjoy spending time and being social with others. Wait, make that third and add “being in nature” (with or without others :-)).


  • Sessions start at $800

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 3232037307
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  • Instagram: triggerchrome

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