I really do have the best clients – they come perfectly dressed for the best possible images!
Today, I thought it would be fun to do a shoot that really showed just how beautiful Finland is in Winter. If I could design a postcard of an amazing Winter wonderland, then these are what I’d submit as the artwork.
Presenting a 9 year old Finnish girl, her reindeer, a book on antique Finnish maps, and a beautiful snowy day in January.
There is a reason the national flag of Finland is blue and white – and never is that more evident than along the Baltic coastline.
Here, model Heidi Moijanen is wearing a 60 year old Japanese wedding kimono (shiromoku) at a stretch of beach outside of Helsinki. Hair and makeup was done by Cemille Nismetdin and I was fortunate to have a great assistant in the form of Richard Hernigle. And he had his hands full not only keeping the lighting rig from blowing away a la Mary Poppins but also keeping the wind-damaged umbrella open enough to spread light onto Heidi.
And Heidi was amazing – modeling to perfection despite gale force winds and a frigid -10c along the sea. She’s also standing nearly knee deep in heavy snow yet still manages to look elegant.
Oftimes shooting in Winter can be a bit more difficult; but the beautiful soft feel of blues and whites truly make for extraordinary imagery.
I took a trip up to Hameenlinna this week to photograph this brother and sister team. We even captured some magical images in the crisp snow after the indoor shots. There’s something spectacular about January – cold but beautiful!
Here’s a sneak peek!
I had over 125 entries for the Winter free session offer I ran last month. Using a randomizer, number 28 was drawn and I’ve contacted the winner to book the session. I’m looking forward to sharing those images later next month.
Thanks to everyone who sent in an entry!
Images from my session with model Hanna Kyyrö. Make up and styling by the extremely talented Lotta Eloranta.
It is melting fast – these are the last of the Winter pictures now that the snow has just left in the last few days. Welcome to Spring, Helsinki!
These two were a lovely couple and brought their sweet family to be photographed on a crisp Winter day. But I couldn’t let them go without a quick shot without the kids. I can’t wait to return and finish processing their family shots!
We’ve had a warm spell for a week – but not enough to melt the hard ice in the lakes, fortunately.
These were shot around Fagervik and Snappertuna area. It was -4 but the cold crisp Winter makes for very distinctly Finnish images. Most of these are supplemented with flash to compensate for that soft but weak December light.