I was always glad to do projects with Felix. He is easy to work with, entirely without prestige, open to discussions with both agency and client and not afraid of a challenging and difficult shoot. And most importantly always delivers high quality material according to the brief.
Felix Oppenheim is terraingoing and he owns several pairs of long johns. An unusual and hard-to-beat combination amongst photographers. And he never gets tired. He can walk forever! Most important of all, he always delivers a job, not matter if it rained in the Alps or snowed in Saudi-Arabia. Safe to know!
Felix and I worked together most recently on a pro bono photo shoot for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The task was to help them build a new image bank for marketing, research and PR. During some pretty intense situations when we got a bit too close to rhinos and elephants while on foot, or found ourselves in a very dodgy part of some town we passed through, Felix always managed to keep his cool, seek out the best angles and light, and quietly crack a joke that took the edge off the situation. He gets along with everyone, even if they share no language at all, and always walks away with totally stunning photos. I’m intensely jealous of his gifts.
I have never “worked” with Felix. Working is not the word. What you experience when hiring Felix for a photo shooting, is pure joy. Felix’ enthusiasm and creativity are something out of the ordinary. You can actually see the pleasure in the image. He creates such an atmosphere with everyone involved which also shows in the image and transform our presentations into an interesting piece of art. No less. I know. My cooperation with Felix dates back ten years. Felix is best. No protest!
What really strikes me about Felix is that he always seems to have fun. Many creative freelancers seem to grow cynical over time, they have done and seen it all, but Felix constantly renews himself and seems curious about every aspect of each new assignment. This translates into a 30-year career of great photography, and the positively charged images say a lot about their creator.
Snicker’s Workwear has not only created a completely new approach in work clothing, but for the past twenty years also has been in the front line in this trade. The goal, for both advertising and the products, is not to copy but to improve. That is why we chose to assign Felix for a series of articles in our product catalogue “Function and Feeling”. With his long experience from action sports we have found a totally new dimension in shooting work wear. It has resulted in a broad span of photos including construction sites on mountain tops in the Dolomites via the raising of a climbing wall on a cruise liner in a Finnish ship yard to following the “roadies” working days mounting the lightning and audio systems for the Eurovisian Song Contest in the Globe Arena in Stockholm.” Felix has definitely managed to bring out the feeling of proud professionals around Europe who mostly (like himself?) combine business with pleasure in their workday.
I worked with Felix in Cape Town, S.A, during a long lifestyle photoshoot for the client Ericsson. Despite a very full schedule with different themes to shoot every day, he constantly pushed the creative boundaries, without ever losing focus of the end result. He has an easy charm and a positive personality, which makes every one on the team feel good. Felix is an extremely skilled photographer who is also very easy to work with, and I can warmly recommend him.
A picture says more than a thousand words. However, that is only partly true. In my professional life I have seen too many photos that say nothing – they are simply photos, but do not tell a story. This is also the reason why we have worked with Felix on four major projects. He got the eye! He got the ambition to understand what story the photo should tell. And he always delivers – on time, in quality and with first class photos.
Felix and I were down in the Dolomites assigned to portray a helipilot on behalf of the Snickers catalogue. It was real shitty weather conditions and the pilot barely dared to take off. The breaches in the overcast were limited to seconds of clear streakes in the sky. He was hauling concrete to an alpine building site at 3000 m above sea level. I was constantly freezing my butt off, but could at least make my interviews in coffeehouse temperature in between flights. Felix, on the contrary, dashed in and out between the heli, concrete sacks, reinforcing irons and rotor blades. When we returned home I felt uncertain if we had gotten any usable shots during those conditions. The pictures, showing the pilot’s tough working conditions, were right on the spot! I am writing this to illustrate the advantages of working with Felix. Whatever conditions are, it seems like he can deliver world class photos. No matter if he has to shoot at 7800 m in the Himalayas, wait in a snowdrift for three hours or hang 400 m above ground to catch the right light, composition or action. Felix does what it takes and is also extremely easygoing since “selfcentered” and “greedy” are conceptions he never heard of. And he also likes grappa, which has lead to a lot of unusual events on the road.
I have had the pleasure to work with Felix a number of times over the years. I have written these lines because I love to work with this guy, it’s as simple as that. Felix has been around for many years and he’s cool as a cat. Never stressed, never ever wearing that difficult “ I’m an artist attitude”. He’s easy to work with and is a very good listener. He also understands the true essence of the project and contributes with creativity at all levels. I have worked with many photographers over the years and Felix is still my favorite. When my company had a number of very challenging high profile projects all over the world for Ericsson, I chose to bring on Felix and he was rock solid and pulled off the projects with grace. Our client was very, very satisfied with the outcome of the projects as well as with the smoothness in the working process. Nothing is impossible, that’s Felix.My final line is: If you’re looking for a photographer and you consider that young exiting dude, I will help you to reconsider and hire Felix instead. Please e-mail or call me: firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 70 590 65 84, former CEO of Bodén & Co Kommunikation AB