These images don't need many words. The passion and love between Rosa and Nestori is so obvious that it even survived the cold and freezing wind.
We were literally chasing the sun as it was already setting behind the trees, but it also gifted us with most amazing pink sky against the frost and cold ground.
The team behind this shoot was lovely. My intern for the past 6 months, Jenna, helped me to plan and organize this shoot as a part of her degree display and she did a splendid job!
Thank you Jenna and I'm really grateful for having you intern for me!
It's a pure privilege getting to be a part of a project like this shoot. Observing how other professionals work and do their magic, seeing all the love that's between the couple, being captured on film for them to cherish in the years to come and how all the aspects of the styling goes just perfectly together.
That is what Hey Look does. Getting the absolute best out of people and bringing the couple's personalities into live in the form of textures, shapes, colors and actions. The women of Hey Look really are passionate and love what they do, -and it really shows.
And everything they do is always just fricking gorgeous it's ridiculous!
I got the chance to observe some of the magic happen when Hey Look had a shoot together with the crazily talented German fine art film photographer Katja Scherle. She is one of the best photographers I know. She has an eye for the littlest details and point of views that most of us would just ignore but she can make them to be the most important ones.
This shoot was also a turning point on my own way of shooting.
I bought this old Nikon film camera a couple of weeks earlier as I've lately studied and tried to get the hang of the different feel and tones that the film has compared to the digital.
hile Katja was changing her rolls I got the chance to capture some images as well.
Weeell the film scans turned out to mostly be out of focus, but after that I've mostly been shooting on manual as I feel that focusing manually let's you focus on exactly where you want and while the focus is sharp, it still has the softness like the film. At least it gets really darn close to it!
And it always helps afterwards to have a few images of the shoot on film, so you can then try to match the digital edits as close to the scans as possible.
Design, creative direction & styling: Hey Look
Floral design: Hey Look
Catering & cakes: Aan Tafel
Venue: Vanhat Veturitallit, Helsinki
Hair & Make-up: Beat!
Wedding dress: IDA by Milamira
Groom's suit: NAM
Graphic design: Hey Look
Dishware, cutlery, glassware: Stockmann
Film scans: Carmencita
Michaela and Lotta from Hey Look did an incredible job making Elina and Laurence's dream of having their wedding in tropical Cuba come true as for budget and practical reasons they couldn't actually have their wedding on the other side of the world.
With the help of a perfect setting in a botanical garden in the center of Helsinki, the women created and designed the perfect look and atmosphere for the shoot, giving the couple an actual feeling of what it would've been like in hot and humid Cuba.
I got to observe Katja Scherle working on her magic with film and how she was professionally capturing the elegant couple directed by Michaela. I was honored to have gotten the chance to shoot the couple in between Katja changing her film.
The whole team worked so well together and styling and hair and makeup were truly on point.
Design, Creative Direction, Styling: Hey Look
Hair + Makeup: Meeri of Folk Helsinki
Wedding Dress: Theia via Victoria Rüsche
Groom’s Attire: Frakkipalvelu NAM
Cakes: Cakes by Aan Tafel
Graphic Design + Calligraphy: Hey Look
Venue: Botanical Garden, Helsinki
Silk Ribbons: Fleuropean
Summer has gone by so quickly and I've been swamped with work so apologies for neglecting my blog. I will be posting a lot of shoots and news this upcoming fall, so please be patient with me!
But now it's that time of the year again when the schools are starting and new first graders are walking through the school's gates for the first time.
I can only imagine how it feels like when your child is starting school. Sooner than you realize they are in high school, graduate, turn 18, drive a car, start her or his own career, fall in love, get married and get their own kids....okay okay I'm calming down now.
Ella is one of the kids starting school today. I'm so excited for her and wish I could give her mom a hug but we have 300 kilometers between us at the moment so that'll have to wait.
But Ella was amazing during the shoot. She has been on set of just a couple of styled shoots her mom, Michaela has designed and directed and being so attentive, she apparently quickly picked up the natural posing and instructions her mom was giving to the models. I only had to try to keep up with her and keep pressing that shutter. Me and Michaela were just speechless as it was so cute and gorgeous!
I think it's important to continue capturing your child while they're growing up. At least in Finland you tend to get photos taken of your child by a professional when they are newborns, when they turn one and then the next time when they are fifteen and has their confirmation. Well, a lot happens in between all that time. So why not celebrate it? Why not have it captured?
Why parents only rely on the headshots they get annually from the daycares and schools and still usually every time complain that they are not great or that your child has a weird facial expression or the hair is not right or something.
Don't settle. Take max. two hours of your busy schedules and update your family photos every year. I promise you won't regret it. And remember to print the images too!
Hope your kids had a memorable first day of school.
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."
You won't believe when I tell you that Jenni and Michael weren't hired models, that's how picture perfect they are! And oh so crazy about each other!
...You can't fake the way Michael looks at Jenni when she is not looking ;)
Yes Michael, I saw that!