TANJA NIXX

About Me...

    I left Germany in 1988 with an education in Graphic-design to travel around the world. I started in the Congo and made my way through Zaire, Burundi Tanzania, Kenya  and South-East-Asia.

   I felt the need to settle down and bought a plane ticket to  San Francisco, where I was received with open arms.  Supporting myself by bartending, during which I taught myself the art of tattooing. In 1995 I was offered a job at the infamous Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Studio.

   I produced two independent films , “A holy promise”, and “Love will travel” and acted in them. I bought Lyle Tuttle Tattooing in 2001. Meanwhile I was busy taking photos as a source of reference for my paintings.

During the later years of my 20 year tattoo career, during which I tattooed Singer-Songwriter “Adele” and Aimee Mann, I started getting more into photography and have now fully submerged myself into wedding, event and portrait photography.

   I recently brought out a photography book about my travels in Oman. It is available on Amazon and published with blurb. I have now started to specialize into wedding photography.

    With the eye of a photojournalist and artist, I photograph life as it unfolds. Photographing  details at weddings triggered my interest in Product photography. I used photography as a vehicle for my paintings and then about 5 years realized that my photography holds its own ground. I bought the canon 5d and started with the basic lens (24-105). I was instantly drawn to weddings and events, because of the part of the photojournalism. Observing, catching the right moment and telling a story really appeals to me.

   I started my event photography with the Food festivals such asPRIMAL and COCHON in Napa Valley and St Helena, taking photos of butchering and cooking and tasting.

 I shot about 160 weddings, 15 party events , a couple of fashions shows for bikini swimwear " vela bianca" at the Palace Hotel  and  surf contests . Last year covered the event THE WELLA LIFE TOUR 2013

   I covered Aimee Mann at the Great American Music Hall  and The Bottom of the hill with her band THE BOTH.

   My photos have been published in a German book called Inkarnations

I have also finished a couple of my own photographic art projects,one called THE WHITE SHOW (tattooed women in wedding dresses) andDRUNK WITH A GUN  and a recent one called MORNING RITUAL.

  Working for GAMEFACE I photographed the San Francisco NIKE Marathon and well as the JPMorgan Chase Challenge.

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