Ibland bara vet man. Ibland känns allt helt rätt. Jag känner så varje lördag när jag är på väg till ett bröllop, jag känner det i magen när jag ser hur två blivande makar ser på varandra för första gången på sin bröllopsdag, jag känner det i snyftningarna jag ofta tar när jag står ensam längst bak i kyrkan och väntar på att paret ska gå ut. Jag får ofta frågan vad som är det bästa med mitt jobb, och jag brukar svara att det är glädjen och likheterna i det olika. Varje vecka träffar jag nya par som har sitt alldeles egna unika bröllop. Det är ofta en vit klänning, en vigsel, en kyss, mingel och middag, men inte en dag på mitt jobb är den andre lik. Jag brukar också säga att det är helt fantastiskt att träffa så mycket nya, glada människor varje vecka, på nya platser. Ja ibland vet man att man hittat rätt.
Det gjorde även Emma och Tonny. Herregud jag har nog aldrig träffat ett par som varit så fantastiskt envisa. I höstas fick jag ett mail där Emma skrev att hon älskade mina bilder, och dessutom så hade vi en förkärlek för kaffe och mörk choklad gemensamt. Problemet var bara att Tonny inte officiellt friat än, men ett bröllopsdatum var satt. Trots detta bokade de mig. Tack och lov så friade Tonny och när det tillslut var den 24e maj i år så tror jag att jag och alla gäster såg det i brudparets ögon den dagen, att ibland bara vet man.
In English: Sometimes you just know. Sometimes everything feels just right. I feel that way every Saturday when I'm on my way to a wedding, I feel it in my stomach when I see how a future bride and groom get the first look at each other on their wedding day, I feel it in my tears as I often cry when I stand alone at the back in the church, waiting for the couple to walk out. I am often asked what is the best thing about my job, and I usually answer that it is the joy and the similarities in the inequalities. Every week I meet new couples who have their very own unique wedding. There is often a white dress, a ceremony, a kiss, a toast and a dinner, but not one day at my job are like the other. I also say it's absolutely amazing to meet so many new, happy people each week, in new places. Yes sometimes you know you found the right thing to do.
So did Emma and Tonny. Oh my god I've never met a couple who were so fantastic stubborn and knew exactly what they wanted, including each other. Last fall I received an email where Emma wrote that she loved my pictures and also we had a common love for coffee and dark chocolate. The problem was that Tonny not officially proposed to her yet, but a wedding date was set. Despite this, they booked me. Thankfully Tonny proposed and when it finally was the 24th of May this year, I think that both me and all the guests saw it in the couple's eyes that day, sometimes just know.
Eftersom jag har haft lite tid att blogga i juni har jag satt ihop ett inlägg med några smakprov från platser och stunder jag upplevt.
In English: June 2014 ... What month! Now when it's over and I look back on it with both laughter, tears and a few drops of sweat on my forehead. I have shot 6 weddings, in Ljungskile, Åstorp, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsingborg and Ängelholm. During midsummer weekend, I travelled as an experienced destination photographer between Stockholm and Oslo, celebrated midsummer evening with a glass of wine on Karl Johan in Oslo and went to sleep at 10 pm. I have photographed two full days weddings before, so 2 full days in 3 days in two different capitals was no match, right? I enjoyed every second of it but can tell that I was exhausted on the following Monday. Between the weddings I have had time for a few children photo shoots, engagement sessions, a few days off and a lot of work in front of the computer. Now we are entering in July that I think will be easy compared to June, I only have 4 weddings booked, haha. Anyway. Sometimes it's important to stop and breathe a little. Breathe in, breathe out. This is actually my life, sometimes I have a hard time understanding it. I do not know how many years I dreamed of working as a full time photographer and here I am, the 1st of July 2014, with tons of work, and no other summer job, just to travel around and shoot weddings. Even tough it's sometimes stressful, my life is a little too good to be true right now. Since I've had some time to blog in June, I have put together a post with some images from the places and moments I experienced.
In English: 6 days old and sweet as sugar! Earlier this week I got to meet this princess for the first time and I couldn't resist taking some pictures of her. I don't have much more to say, she is just lovely. If you are intrested in my prices and packages on child photography you can reed about it in Swedish on my webside.
In English: March 29 this year was a verry special day. I even sensed it before, down to earth and forest decorated the bride had described it for me. And so it was. With their closest friends around Daphne and Mons gor married in Dagsås church a glorious spring day in March. The party was held at Naturrum Getterön in Varberg and the couple had planned and decorated in every detail. The day also contained both a bride who sang in church and bridesmaids who danced to the Spice Girls, it was a unforgettable day. Daphne and Mons, thanks for letting me be a part of your day ♥
In English: Earlier this spring I took the train to Malmö to finally meet the third member of this lovely family. I feel so incredibly honored that both captured the wedding, pregnant belly and now their little treasure that was 6 weeks old when we had this shoot. I really look forward until we meet the next time. Other than that, the pictures will have to speak for itself today, I have lot to do before the school semester is done and with the wedding season which starts for real this weekend. For the first time ever, can I'll have my business for 100% over the summer and it feels fantastic!
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I dagarna fick jag hem ett paket med guld. Det inehöll ett en Artbook från QT albums och jag kan på riktigt inte beskriva i ord vilka känslor jag hyser för den här boken. När jag öppnar lådan börjar mitt hjärta slå lite hårdare, lädret känns fantastiskt mellan händerna och luktar ännu godare än vad det känns. Pappret är tjockt, matt och även det får mitt hjärta att smälta. Det här är en bok att älska och åldras med, en bok som så väl brudparen som deras framtida barnbarn kan titta i varje dag om de vill. För att citera tillverkaren:
In English: Last week I had tea with my friend Anna, whose wedding I photographed last year. We came to talk about wedding albums and she said something that I couldn't get off my mind, she told me that they have looked at their wedding pictures a thousands times since the wedding, but not until they bought an album they could take the pictures, and really curl up on the couch and watch on their memories every day.
This week I received a package with gold. It contained one Artbook from QT albums and I can not really describe in words the feelings I have for this book. When I open the box, my heart begins to beat a little harder, the leather feels great between your hands and smells even better than it feels. The paper is thick, dull and also it makes my heart melt. This is a book to love and grow old with, a book for the bridal couples as well as their future grandchildren to look at every day if they would want to. To quote the manufacturer:
In English: Oh my, how I love to laugh. But who doesn't? To spend an hour with this couple was soo fun. We met an evening in Tylösand, Halmstad and we basically laughed all the time, shoot some pictures and talked about the upcoming wedding. It doesn't remain many un-planed weekends for me before all the summer weddings, and this couple will be one of the first in line to tie the knot. Insane how much I look forward to travelling through our country (and Norway) this summer to meet many wonderful people!
In English: It is spring and the last few weeks, time has really been busy, I've been meeting some of the lovely couples who will get married this summer along with other work, school and everyday life. I've experienced a lot of wonderful moments and met many new wonderful people that I want to share with you. First up is Karen and Andrew, a beautiful and bubbly couple full of laughs. And they had brought two boxes of decorations and props for our session, I knew we were a good match.
In English: Spring is the time of family-session, at least this year. I''ve had several sessions of the past few weeks and I think it's so much fun! Last Thursday, I drove down to sunny Landskrona to meet up with a family who got a gift certificate for a photoshoot last year by mutual friend. And what a photoshoot, 5 super sweet energy bundles showed up with their parents and we ran around on the beach and played for almost an hour. They were such loving and fun children. Here are some of the photos from our session together:
I would like to be brutally honest, but I neither dare or can. I can not describe everything I've felt in the recent months. I've not written anything about it but I have been through a tough period in my life but also evolved a lot and now feel a lot stronger as a person. More than ever, it is clear to me what I want to do with my photography and business, why I'm doing it and what I want to do. When I participated in a workshop a few weeks ago with Nordica photography and Fer Juaristi and when I was there everything just fell into place. When I got home, it was mush in my head and emotions ran high over, but now a few weeks later, I feel I'm ready to share with you some of the thoughts that has gone trough my mind.
I started my business when I was 19 because I loved to take pictures. I loved the process of finding the right light, using my camera and different lenses, to get a crisp and cool images, and then to sit up in the evening and edit them. I photographed everything I came across, but always found that friends, family and couples was the best motives . When people actually wanted to pay me to photograph them , I chose to go big and start a business , and I will never regret that. However , I did some jobs that I now don't understand why I agreed to do them because they were not really what I wanted to do. Pretty soon I realized that being a photographer was about so much more than just taking pictures. It was about creating ties between me and my clients , it was about emotions and friendship. When it recently became more evident to me that family and friends is one of the most important thing in life , it has also appeared on me that this is exactly what I should do.
I find no joy in shooting objects, nor fashion , products, and certainly not rigid set portrait for the sake of it . No, I want it genuine, playful and fun , otherwise someone else can do it. I do not want to be the photographer who has as much importance as the drinking champagne at the wedding reception, only because that's the way it should be . I'm never going to work in a studio and photograph children on a white background in clothes they would never otherwise wear and ask them to smile and look into the camera. I want to be there with my clients , not for them. Set portraits outdoor could be great, but I love it when customers show up in their everyday clothes , rubber boots and vinyl pants and goes down to the beach and feel like they can be themselves with me and my camera. It's these little details that will be so valuable in the future , it's the feelings and moments that matter. I've always thought it 's been fun to photograph families, but with the last few months experience, it feels like an incredibly important and valuable job. Right now I sit with tears burning behind my eyes and I feel that it probably is time to rap this post up. It was a long post to be me, but it felt important that it got written. This is who I am and what I want to do.
To conclude , I want to show pictures of a family I photographed a while ago . This family is so close to my heart that it's not even worth trying to describe it in words. I have photographed them at least 2 times a year for the past 3-4 years and it's always fun. Thank you for reading this and have a lovely weekend ♥
Att fotografera mitt på dagen fungerar utmärkt, men (!) är det en solig sommardag kommer vi inte att kunna vara ute i solen. Tänk dig följande situation: Du har suttit hos frisören i 3 timmar och hos sminkösen i ytterligare en. Du har din drömklänning på dig med lager efter lager av tyll, spets eller chifong. Har du inte klänning på dig har du troligtvis kostym, men slips eller fluga, och långbyxor när du egentligen brukar gå o kortbyxor så gott som året om. Det kommer att vara varmt, sjuk varmt och svettdropparna rinner längs med pannan. Dessutom kommer solen att blända er så mycket att ni kisar som galningar och solen kommer att skapa hårda och mörka skuggor i era ansikten. Med andra ord, det kommer inte bli speciellt snyggt. Undantaget är lite myspys på anvstånd från kameran så att jag kan fånga hela landskapsbilden precis som ovan. Annars så är det helt enkelt skuggan som gäller under väldigt soliga sommardagar. Bilden här under togs i skuggan under ett tak vilket skapade det jämna ljuset:
Bilderna här under sol vs. moln. På den vänstra bilden sticker solen fram genom molnen och bildar hårda skuggor och överexponerade partier på brudens armar. På den högra bilden har solen gått i moln igen och ljuset är otroligt mycket jämnare och mjukare. Lite moln under fotograferingen är alltså inget att frukta, för då kan vi ta oss ur skuggan och fota på öppna platser.
Ännu ett exempel på en molning himmel som gav superfint ljus:
Nu kommer vi till min favorit av alla ljus: kvällsljuset. När solen börjar gå ner blir ljuset mjukare och vi kan börja snacka motljus. Följande bilder är tagna på sen eftermiddag, några timmar innan solen gick ner helt. Att planera in en kort portättsession under dessa timmar är verkligen inte fel.
Och så kommer vi till dygnets sista timme. Då stor solen riktigt lågt och 30-5 min innan solen går ner får man den fantstiskt glödande och varma solen som man kan stirra in i föralltid. Om ni känner att ni har 10-15 min där ni kan smita ifrån bröllopsfesten för att ta några bilder i solnedgången skulle jag bli världens lyckligaste fotograf, tycker att det blir så otroligt vackert med bilder i solnedgången.