warm design for classic sessions



Our studio is located in downtown Rüttenscheid, only a few minutes drive from the Folkwang Museum with an interior design of new and the old, creating that cosy warm balance to state of the art photographic gear.

The studio is at the same time a gallery space, hosting in-house exhibitions and presentations that are scheduled over the year.

You could always view some of our exhibited photographs over a coffee or tea and get to explore the behind the scenes picture-stories, even though you might just happen to walk-in for a portrait session, turn your images into a fine-art print or consult us for your wedding.

We only accept appointments by reservation and intentionally avoid regular open hours as practice proves that we do our very best, when there is enough white space to work on ones craft and be a good listener during a client inquiry.

The working languages of the studio consist predominately of German and English as well as of Tamil to add just that right doze of linguistic and cultural flavour, as we find our client's mind-set to be truly glocal (global+local).


Shantan Kumarasamy

Founder and Photographer of With-Light Photography


 our story


In 2009, as I was recovering from an accident, it became obvious to me that it was time for a professional departure and a relaunch – say bye to my pay check and create space for the craft my heart was set for more than three decades ago as a young man – documentary photography.

Life was simple, as a matter of fact it still is, and my wife then a junior lecturer at a local university was determined to help me – she said it was time for me to go out into the world and do what I am best at.

The next several years, I polished my craft as a photojournalist, invested in the business skills that I lacked, creating a body of work I could stand up for with a few commercial engagements to encourage my zest.

But it was in mid 2012 that I decided to make a leap. I earned nothing close to my previous job, but I knew my commitment to photography would not let me down.

I was to become a father.

My wife and I, first time parents with an infant, were tweaking away the concept for our gallery studio, leaning on our little savings and felt that we were ready by November, 2013.

The first studio in the Girardethaus, Essen was a two year learning lab, sweat, break-even margins and glorious moments of epiphany. These two years had to be.

My studio was and is still lean, agile and all things experimental that enables me stay course and create. It has become a space that allows me to do good photography, spurn fine print artefacts and engage with people that humble and inspire me.

Just stop by our new studio premises, where we are located since March 2016.



Because we believe in simplicity, authenticity and elegance; these three core values have become the credo of our gallery-studio as its founder and principle photographer - Shantan Kumarasamy - aspires to leave behind thoughtful lens-work, leaving room for serendipity to happen. 


Because we want to curate a studio with utmost care for what it stands for by giving access to those people, who appreciate a thoughtful blend of authentic visual documentation, which stays true to the principles of artistic composition that captures people as they are in their true-lives.

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