Marie Bärsch

Fashion and Beauty

My vision is to capture beauty through aesthetics, using people, surroundings and most importantly, light to deliver something different.


German-born and based in Leipzig, Marie started her career in her late teens more or less by accident - she just picked up a friend’s camera and started to shoot.
Evolving from a hobby to a professional career in 2013, Marie’s passion for photography has since taken her all over the globe to cities at the forefront of the fashion and beauty industry, including Milan, Cape Town, Los Angeles, Dubai, Miami and Mumbai.
Working for major publications such as VOGUE, Women’s Health, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar, Marie’s unique style evolves around pairing clean, effortless beauty with exotic locations.

What’s in my bag?

Nikon’s equipment has enabled me to turn my hobby and passion into a full-time career. Nothing compares to the quality and general usability of Nikon’s cameras and, as innovations continue in the imaging space, the equipment just gets better - as I’ve experienced with the new mirrorless cameras and lenses.

Nikon D850

The D850 has been a game-changer. My work is all about delivering images that show high-quality beauty through simple aesthetics, and the D850’s 45.4MP offers the resolution and imaging power needed to capture this. It guarantees the level of sharpness needed for editorial work, which will often be blown up for ad campaigns, or featured in print magazines.

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Nikon Z 7

I recently put the new Z 7 to the test on an amazing shoot in South Africa, and I was really impressed. The extra wide mount brings a new dynamic to working with light, which is perfect for someone like me who likes to experiment with exposure and aperture. The back-illuminated 45.7 MP full-frame also brings an amazing sharpness to the images, which is perfect for beauty portrait or high-fashion images. Most definitely a new kitbag staple.

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Nikon Z 6

I was also lucky enough to test out the Z 6’s capabilities on this African shoot. Boasting similar benefits to the Z 7 in terms of light and image quality, the Z 6 has another trick up its sleeve thanks to its amazing video capabilities. You can record full-frame 4K/ UHD movies with finesse and detail, producing video files which are clean and natural.

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NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

The FTZ Mount Adapter means you can use the mirrorless cameras with your existing F-mount lenses, which is great for experimenting. However, pairing the Z 6 and Z 7 with the new S-line lenses will take your images to the next level. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to love anything more than my f/1.4 prime lenses, but the brightness and detail of this lens allows you to capture your subject as part of the surrounding environment with whatever light is available to you. A real game-changer.

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NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

I’ve always been a huge fan of a 35mm focal length, which gives you the freedom to go wide without sacrificing intimacy. I also like the fact that the AF is pretty much silent, which means a shoot isn’t distracted by the constant clicking of the camera. I especially liked this lens when shooting video - it gives an incredible sense of dimension through shadows and highlights.

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NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

I’ve tended to rely on prime lenses for most of my work up until now, but I found the new S-line 24-70mm zoom lens was a great all-rounder. Whether capturing low light moments as the sun begins to fade, or more high impact images in broad daylight, this lens allows you to get the detail, depth and colour you want. I found the minimum focus distance of 0.3m great for up-close beauty work, focusing on a model’s eyes or lips.

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AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED

I mainly work with fixed focal-length lenses, which have the quality needed for editorial work. Plus, I’m often close enough to the model I’m shooting – I don’t need a zoom lens. I find this lens is perfect for portraiture; its 105mm focal length, combined with a short focusing distance, helps me fill the frame, and ensure every component of a model’s face is beautifully and faithfully reproduced.

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AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

This lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED are my absolute favourites. This lens is particularly great for up-close macro photography of, say, a model’s eyes or lips. The 1:1 reproduction ratio ensures the image I see on my viewfinder is the image I have in front of me. The Vibration-Reduction (VR) element also guarantees blur-free handheld shooting, which is how I like to work.

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AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

I’m rarely without the 35mm in my kitbag. It’s a super hard-working lens, which again, captures the right level of sharpness and quality I need to ensure a model’s face, clothes or accessories are crystal clear, even in low-light scenarios.

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AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

I tend to pick up this lens when I’m looking for a slightly softer image, with perhaps a little bit of bokeh. It’s a really reliable portrait or studio lens, with a Silent Wave Motor which helps me shoot the models up-close without distraction.

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AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED

I really like the aesthetic control I have with the 28mm; it gives you the flexibility to work with almost any available light, without scarifying optical performance. That means that whether shooting in the bright sunshine of Dubai or the humid conditions of Cape Town, the end result will always have the edge-to-edge sharpness I look for in order to deliver a truly beautiful image.

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