Rosanna + Joel // Tampere Styled Wedding

The snow this winter has been absolutely unreal! It's felt like living in Narnia for the past couple of months and I'm absolutely loving it. Together with Desirée Gardner Photography we put together a real quick styled session in the beautiful winter dream. Thank you Rosanna + Joel for braving the cold to model for us!

Daniela + Jesse // Helsinki Couple's Portraits

This blog post is looooooong overdue. I head out to the sunflower fields with Daniela and Jesse over a year ago, just as the sun fell below the treeline and the sky turned into this beautiful, intense grey. I wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous flowers before their harvest season, so we quickly arranged a date to meet up and managed to pull it off. I absolutely adore these images so I'm not sure why they haven't been shared earlier, but now in the middle of a very cold and icy winter perhaps blogging this session now is my way of waiting for warmer days.

Keshia + Juho // Tampere Family Photography

On an incredibly cold day at what seems to have been the tail end of this year's autumn season, this adorable family braved the chill to create these beautiful family portraits. Not pictured: very warm coats and extra jackets to keep warm between shots, and a lot of running around and silliness (and cookies) to keep the littles happy.  :D

BABY M // Tampere Newborn Photos

A perfect little baby, for a perfect little family. I've had the privilege of photographing Heidi + Joona a few times before, and now getting to see a glimpse of their early days of parenthood was so special. This sweet boy is in very, very good hands.

How Long Have You Been A Photographer?

Whenever I get the opportunity to photograph a new client, the one question I am asked every single time is, “How long have you been doing this for?” I love this question, because it doesn’t have a boring numerical answer and allows me to share a bit of myself with my clients.

Photography has been a part of my heart since I was so young. I have one vivid memory of a hot summer day at my aunt’s house, stretched across the grass and posing with my mother and brother for a few shots on our point-and-shoot film camera. I nervously asked if I could try taking some photos, and when my mom said yes I eagerly grabbed the camera and turned it from it’s natural landscape to portrait orientation – which apparently was a pretty impressive move for my age because it garnered a few laughs from my mom and aunt.

As I grew up I watched my mother develop a passion for photography and start her own business. She set up a dark room in our basement and I got to help her make the exposures and rock the pans of solutions. I remember watching the images appear and thinking this was pretty close to magic. She took me along to photo sessions (go single moms!) and I got to see how she worked with her clients. She switched to digital and let me take the camera she relied on for her business out to the park so I could take my own photos. She took the time to look at my work and compliment things like subject and composition. And when I was 13 years old she took me along to be her second-shooter at my very first wedding. She let me suggest poses to the clients – some make me cringe to think about, but I learned so much about connection on-camera. My entire childhood I wanted to be just like my mom, and it’s so amazing to me that I get to follow in her footsteps.

Fast-forward to 2013 and me waiting for our first child to be born, and I realised that I could use photography as a way to work while still being at home with my baby. I started my own business and fell in love with photography all over again as I began to play around with styles and viewpoints, finding my own voice in this very big industry. I found that I was drawn to emotion, connection, movement and story within a photograph, and I think that is the very core of my work.

So, technically, I have been “doing photography” for 12 years. Looking back on my journey to where I am today is a bit overwhelming – because I’m still the girl sending my work to my mom to see what she things (really!) but I’m also completely convinced that I have found my calling in photography.