Tanja Nixx left Germany in 1988 with an education in Graphic-design to travel around the world. She started in the Congo and made her way through Zaire, Burundi Tanzania, Kenya and South-East-Asia. She felt the need to settle down and bought a plane ticket to San Francisco, where she was received with open arms. Supporting herself by bartending, during which she taught herself the art of tattooing. In 1995 Tanja Nixx was offered a job at the infamous Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Studio. She produced two independent films , “A holy promise”, and “Love will travel” and acted in them. Tanja Nixx bought Lyle Tuttle Tattooing in 2001. Meanwhile she was busy taking photos as a source of reference for her paintings. During the later years of her 20 year tattoo career, during which she tattooed Singer-Songwriter “Adele” and Aimee Mann, she started getting more into photography and has now fully submerged herself into wedding, event and portrait photography. She recently brought out a photography book about her travels in Oman. It is available on Amazon and published with blurb. She has now started to specialize into wedding photography.
Tanja Nixx photographs 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 150 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.