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26 May 2016

To pose or not to pose?

Most of us have our picture taken on a regular basis. Be it a selfie or a portrait taken by a photographer, the question of posing comes into play. Whether to pose openly or to go for a more mysterious look (a bit hard if it’s a selfie :D). Should you look into the camera or off camera? Is it better to smile or to have a serious look on your face? We all want to look good in pictures, […]

21 Apr 2016

No more snapshots!

Springtime has stimulated my brain. My mind’s inquisitiveness is growing like the crocuses in your back yard. I’ve been led to basic questions such as: Why does suffering often make good artists? What makes a good photograph? And: Why does coffee taste so much better in fresh air? While I’m still pondering the “why” questions (let me know if you have the answers to these!), I have some interesting insights to share on the “what” question. At least I hope […]

16 Mar 2016

The world in black and white

I love March! It’s when nature and I come alive. The quietness of winter is gone and the air is filled with music again. Is there anything better than to stand outside in the crisp air with your face to the sun and feel its warming embrace? There’s an odd charm to anticipating pale nature getting dressed in all the colors of spring. We who like to shoot in natural light are delighted. Not only because there actually is light […]

02 Mar 2016

Dream a little dream

So February came and went – without a blog post. If ever there was a blogging 101, the number one no-no would be to let your blog sit without a post for a long time. So I can check that box now (good start, moving right along). The number two would be to apologise by explaining how busy life’s been. Not going to check that box 😉 Do you want to know what went down? Stick around, I’ll tell you all […]

21 Jan 2016

Strikes of inspiration

Along came January and brought lots of snow – at least here in Finland. The trees look as if they’ve been bombarded with cotton balls. I feel like I’m stuck in Christmas with “Dashing through the snow” and “Let it snow, let it snow…” ringing in my head. They should have more songs about snow in January! Something that’s been on my mind lately is inspiration, the very nature of it. Don’t you just love feeling inspired? Work emails practically […]

21 Dec 2015

The wonder of light

It’s the shortest day of the year. Have you suffered from the lack of light? The old truth applies that the lack of something reminds us of how much we appreciate it. Although there’s nothing like natural light, a man-made tool can come in handy. I’ve been somewhat sceptical of bright light lamps. You know, “a lamp’s a lamp”. But, I must say, after we received one as a gift a week ago, my first experiences with it have been […]

07 Dec 2015

‘Tis the season to be jolly

It’s Jingle bells time again. I’ve always considered myself a Christmas-loving person but this year people have been way ahead of me in getting into the festive mood. Some snowflakes probably would have turned the tables for me but it’s been raining cats and dogs and all kinds of little animals lately. Beautiful frosty captures of snowmen with their carrot noses being just a dream I’ve instead dived into my photo collections. As the year is coming to an end […]

16 Nov 2015

Day trip to Fiskars

November is here (sigh) but this year it actually hasn’t been half bad! On many a morning I’ve been delighted by the clear, soft sunlight making everything so beautiful and enchanting. The sun going down at 4 p.m. is of course a different story.. Not ideal for shooting in natural light 😉 – but let’s not go into that. Four weeks ago (time flies!) we went on a day trip to an idyllic small village called Fiskars. It’s a village […]

23 Sep 2015

500px.com

Are you familiar with a website called 500px.com? If you’re into photography, you might get a kick out of this one. It’s a photography community where photographers around the globe share their stunning work. This is also a very low-budget way to travel; you get to visit exciting places you didn’t know existed! To a rookie the community is a place to learn from the more experienced. You can create an account and submit your work for comments. Getting good […]

15 Sep 2015

The unwelcome visitor

One of the great things about Finland is the change of seasons. I’m a big fan of all of them! Okay, you got me. Rainy and cold November is not my favorite. But anyway. Seeing the green leaves turn into an array of beautiful colors in the fall and the tone of light getting that soft, velvety feel to it… That really inspires me. You might be thinking, ‘Yes, that’s nice but what’s that got to do with oranges?’ Well, […]