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German born, now living on the Gold Coast, Australia, I have had a keen interest in birds from a young age. Parrots in particular have always fascinated me.

When I started bird photography, I was immediately drawn to images with smooth out of focus backgrounds and beautiful perches. Since then I have spent countless hours learning how to take such images and how to attract birds to my perches. 

It’s my attempt to blend art and simple photography.

BLPBC 2022 Jan Wegener 5 Birds
Jan Wegener – 5 Birds

After graduating from university with a Bachelor in Finance, I decided to go a completely different route and become a full time photographer. First I started out as a freelance real-estate photographer, quickly succeeding and eventually leading a team of 25 photographers. After years of working in this high intensity and time consuming job, I realized that my true passion, bird photography, had taken a backseat to my “day job” and that I needed to focus on what really matters in life. So I quit in 2017! 

It’s been an exciting journey ever since. I have not regretted my decision for one second and enjoy focusing on what I love.

I have long been wanting to inspire other photographers to take their bird photography and creativity to the next level and to give an exclusive look into what I do. That’s why I focus most of my time now on my Youtube Channel and several video courses that I have created.