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Marie och Sammi gifter sig en strålande vacker dag i början av juni på Villa Sjötorp i Ljungskile. Det var startskottet för mitt oavbruta bröllopsmaraton som varade tills första helgen i augusti och jag kunde inte fått en bättre start. Jag kan inte komma på en enda sak med denna dagen som inte var helt och hållet ljuvlig. Marie, Sammi, deras lilla dotter, vädret, platsen, utomhusvigseln, deras närmsta vänner som sjöng och inte minst en helt fantastisk middag. När jag satte mig i bilen den kvällen skruvade jag upp volymen på radion och kände mig såå lycklig. Det var startskottet för sommaren och bättre kunde livet bara inte bli.
In English: Finally time for an entire wedding here in the blog. I'm spending the last days of summer working and studying. And tonight, I thought also would share a blogpost with you.
Marie and Sammi got married a beautiful day in early June at Villa Sjötorps in Ljungskile on the Swedish west coast. It was the start of my wedding marathon that lasted until the first weekend in August and I could not have a better start. I can not think of a single thing to this day that was not lovely. Marie, Sammi, their little daughter, the weather, the venue, the outdoor ceremony, their closest friends who sang and, not least, a fantastic dinner. As I sat in the car that night I turned up the volume on the radio and felt soo happy. It was the start of summer and life just don't get any better than this.
This is one of my favourite pictures from one of my recent weddings. I guess you can tell why.
Lately I've really started to treasure moments that are a bit different, but still so important during the wedding day. I think I'm going to start publishing more alone pictures here with special, emotional or funny moments like this one.
Spent a few days in Rome this week with my mother. 4 days just to get away from home, eat pasta, pizza and gealato and enjoy everything that Rome has to offer. It was really warm and really crowded but we had some lovely days anyway. I find it really hard to take personal pictures now days, I usually get bored after a day or two because of the lack of people and emotions in my pictures. But here are a few I took the first two days and don't misunderstand me, I love travel and travel pictures and it's nice to shoot without preasue, but sometimes it’s even nicer to leave the camera at the hotel and just enjoy the environment with no camera.
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!