In Finland it's especially important still to include the student cap in the graduation photos. How could you otherwise tell that the photos are taken because of his or hers graduation, right? So not true.
Everyone involved in and who knows the graduate, will always know that that was the time, the photos were taken because of graduation. It's just that simple. You don't need a cap for that.
My clients have noticed the shift in the trend as well. They come in for the shoot and right up front ask if we could only take just a couple of pics with the hat for, you know, the thank you card. After that they want to ditch it all together and focus on being themselves and not having to think if the cap is rightly-angled and how we should have it naturally posed in the photos.
I am so loving it!
With Ella, we went at sunset to this field of flowers, that nicely suited with her bohemian styled dress. I actually shot Ella's confirmation pictures a couple of years back, so it was nice to see her again! We had an amazing time catching the last rays of sunshine for the day.
Suomessa on ollut edelleen erittäin tärkeää pitää ylioppilaslakkia kuvauksissa. Koska miten muuten osataan sanoa, että kyseessä on ylioppilaskuvaus, eikö? Ei pidä paikkaansa.
Kaikki, jotka tuntevat ja ovat kuvattavan elämässä, tulevat aina muistamaan, että kyseessä on ylioppilaskuvat. Se on niin yksinkertaista!
Asiakkaani ovat myös huomanneet tämän. Tullessaan kuvauksiin he kysyvät melkein heti ensimmäisenä, josko voisimme kuvata vain muutaman kuvan lakin kanssa, tiedäthän, kiitoskortteja varten ja sitten he haluavat jatkaa kuvauksia ja unohtaa lakin murehtimisen; onko lakki suorassa, pitelenkö sitä oikein ja miten me sisällytämme lakin luonnollisesti kuviin.
Se on niin mahtavaa! Lakki kun ei valitettavasti ole sieltä kauneimmasta päästä...
Menimme Ellan kanssa yhdelle kukkaniitylle auringonlaskun aikaan. Kukkaniitty sopi hyvin yhteen hänen boheemin mekkonsa kanssa. Kuvasin itseasiassa myös Ellan rippikuvat pari vuotta sitten, joten oli ihanaa nähdä häntä jälleen! Meillä oli todella hauskaa kuvatessa päivän viimeisten auringonsäteiden kanssa.
Did you notice that half of the images are film?
Huomasitko, että osa kuvista oli filmikuvia?
Päivi wanted to fulfill one of her long-term dreams of having her portraits done. First she thought of waiting until she has kids so she could implement that with family photos. But why wait when you could do it now? You don't need a reason to have your portraits taken!
Päivi loves to walk around Lammassaari, it holds a special meaning to her so it was rather easy to decide where we would go and shoot. We went there around sunset and light was so soft and light. We had so much fun and it was so easy to photograph Päivi, although she's never been in front of a camera like that before.
I wanted Päivi to have some pampering as well so I asked Pinja to come and do her makeup and hair, which turned out natural and gorgeous. Before the session we also emailed back and forth with Päivi about what would she wear for the shoot but she couldn't find anything perfect for her tall figure (almost 190cm of gorgeousness!) until the day before the shoot, she listened to her gut and popped in Ivana Helsinki and found the perfect, flowy dress!
We had an amazing time and I honestly didn't want the evening to end, but it was getting a bit chilly (thanks to Finnish weather) and she had a dinner reservation with her girlfriends, - why not make the most out of looking so beautiful!
Päivi halusi toteuttaa pitkäaikaisen haaveensa tulla kuvatuksi. Ensin hän ajatteli odottaa kunnes hänellä on lapsia ja otattaa ne kuvat perhekuvien yhteydessä. Mutta miksi odottaa kun voit tehdä sen heti? Et tarvitse syytä otattaa itsestäsi potretteja!
Lammassaari on tärkeä paikka Päiville ja hän tykkää kävellä siellä paljon, joten ei ollut vaikeaa miettiä sopivaa kuvauspaikkaa. Menimme sinne auringonlaskun aikoihin ja valo oli todella pehmeä ja herkkä. Meillä oli todella hauskaa ja ei olisi uskonut, että se oli Päivin ensimmäinen kerta ammattilaisen kameran edessä.
Halusin, että Päivi saa hieman hemmottelua, joten kysyin Pinjaa meikkaamaan ja laittamaan Päivin hiukset. Lopputulos oli kauniin luonnollinen. Ennen kuvausta viestittelimme myös Päivin kanssa ja mietimme, minkälainen mekko olisi ollut täydellinen kuvauksiin. Sellaista ei vain tuntunut löytyvän ennen kuin vasta kuvausta edeltävä päivänä, kun Päivi kuunteli sitä pientä sisäistä ääntänsä ja piipahti Ivana Helsingin liikkeessä. Sieltä se täydellinen mekko löytyi!
Meillä oli mahtavaa kuvauksissa ja en oikeasti olisi halunnut illan päättyvän, mutta alkoi tulla hieman viileää (kiitos Suomen sään) ja Päivillä oli illallismenoja tyttöystäviensä kanssa, - täytyyhän sitä nyt siitä lookista ottaa kaikki ilo irti!
My first minisession day in Helsinki was so much fun and exciting, so when I heard that clients wanted me to organize a similar event in Rauma, I jumped at the chance!
So at the end of May, the evening before the shoots I arrived in Rauma with my family and Meri-Pauliina, my great friend and assistant for the minisession day.
The pouring rain didn't stop us from scouting for a suitable location. I had couple of locations in mind already that I just wanted to check out in what conditions they were and how suitable they would be for the shoots. The last location seemed fit with it's paths running through the little forest and people could park their cars really close.
Then, just before we were leaving for the car to run for cover of the rain, we spotted this magical spot that I haven't ever seen before! And I've been shooting at the same location a couple of times over the years.
In the middle of the forest there was this piece of a bridge of some sort, which I concluded that it must've been used for drying rugs after cleaning. The bridge was surrounded by greenery and the spot was gorgeous and unique. During the minisession day people were admiring the location and were also saying that they never knew there was a place like that in there!
The people that attended the minisession day have now received their galleries from their shoots. I loved the day and how much everyone made an effort with everything! Thank you so much everyone! Here's just a few of my favorite images from the day. As you can see I had a hard time picking just a few...
Would you be interested in a minisession in the fall? Outdoors or indoors? What city?
Leave me a comment and I just might come!
A couple of weeks ago, we created a beautiful intimate boudoir shoot with Sannu, one of this summer's brides. I was part of an awesome team: Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look planned, directed and styled, Kirsi Maijala was responsible for Sannu's hair & make-up.
I loved the simplicity of the settings, the make-up and the wardrobe Hey Look chose for Sannu. Working alongside a creative director on a session like this doesn't mean that the photographer's creative vision gets lost or that I'd be forced to shoot only what someone else tells me to. While Hey Look came up with the concept, location and feel - based on Sannu's nature and personality, we talked about each and every decision. This way we don't only make sure that the shoot suits the client, but also reflects my personal style and creative vision for the imagery.
Michaela and Lotta talked Sannu through poses, facial expressions and me through what to focus on to achieve the intimate, sofly bohemian feel. I didn't have to be worried about the locations, on how to pose Sannu, where to position her, if her hair and make-up are correct, if the facial expression matches the overall feel. The creative director is always by my side taking care of all that for us. They point out when a pose is starting to look unnatural or stiff - which easily happens when you've positioned a regular person in a certain way for more than a few seconds. That way I as a photographer can truly focus on the model, fine-tune poses, notice smaller details and capture more fleeting moments. The connection between the model and the camera goes so much deeper this way, and the resulting images all follow our common creative vision.
Sannu being so down to earth and serene, we decided to have the shoot in Villa Andania, located in Kallvik; a villa surrounded by forest and the sea and that had an old wooden sauna next to it. The style and wardrobe was really simple and natural. Clothes you might actually wear when waking up in the morning and drinking your morning coffee on the porch on a warm summer morning. Like most of my clients, Sannu is a real woman who has rarely been in front of a camera, and never in a shoot like this. So letting a complete stranger come so close to you, to capture you when you're being sensual and vulnerable with little to no clothing, can sound really intimidating. That's why we always take our time with a boudoir shoot. Using those moments when the hair & make-up is done to talk, joke around, get comfortable with one another is crucial.
A shoot like this is about praising your femininity, about what makes you the woman you are. Although brides-to-be usually book a boudoir shoot to surprise their husbands with an "only for your eyes" album on their morning after the wedding, it's also a gift to the brides themselves. A gift that's actually more meaningful. As they can see how gorgeous they are through someone else's eyes and gain incredible confidence from that. It's not the little imperfections we all have, but the eyes, the smile and...you know, our assets.
What Michaela of Hey Look had to say about this shoot:
"When we design a boudoir session for a bride-to-be, we approach it in the same way as we do their wedding - we want it to be intimate, personal and true to the woman in every sense. Even though we may choose a style and direction, the bride herself truly directs a session. Sannu's soft bohemian boudoir session was to show her as she is: a free spirit, shy and sensitive, strong and confident, an athlete and a dreamer. We knew right away that the regular girl in lacy lingerie and push-up bras wasn't her, so we chose simple, flowing garments, silk shirts, knits and cotton tops. Sannu, amazingly, although a total novice to being in front of the camera went along with the concept like a pro. She let go of her fears and inhibitions within moments, was sensual and sexy, confident, yet vulnerable. I could go on about the thoughts behind it, the style or the story for longer, but really this one just speaks for itself. Susanna did a stellar job in truly capturing in Sannu. The essence of female beauty and power."
It's almost been a month since I had my first styled minisession event. By now the clients from the day have received their images so I thought I would share some of my favorites from the day with you! And just wanted to give you a heads up, - I had a hard time narrowing those favorites down so sorry, it's gonna be a long post. :D
So with each client I had 15 minutes to shoot and with 21 slots for the day...IT WAS AMAZING! With all the laughs, kisses, hugs, couple of tears and some spittle the day went by so quickly! I had so much fun and I hope my clients and everyone involved enjoyed the day as well!
I just wanted to thank all of you who came! I was really touched to see that the day was sold out in just a couple of days!
And a special thank you to Michaela Egger from Hey Look and her family for making the setting, flower crowns and boutonnieres so gorgeous, Romany and Juho from Cakes by Aan Tafel for the delicious cupcakes and Otto! The man who really was my right hand during the day and even managed on the side to gather up some video material which you can check at the end of this post!
What do you think of minisessions? Would you be interested if I'd organize a new one in couple of months? Any wishes for the type of setting or props you'd like to have on the shoot? Let me know so I could grant your wishes! I would love to organize a new one really soon!