The Gift of Friendship

A little over a year ago I received a message on facebook from a Brazilian girl I knew en passant. Giane lives in Belgium and had just had a baby. She told me she loved my images and she asked if I had any mentoring programs. I though this girl might be crazy, I am just starting this thing out! But I replied I didn’t have a mentoring program in place, but I would be glad to share with her everything I knew about photography.

We started with some image critique. I always made a point to be kind, positive and encouraging but I never lied to her. When a photo was good, it was good. When it was bad, it could always be improved, right? That girl grew up and grew up. She discovered a passion for film photography. She dared, she contacted people, she tried. She is now a great photographer. Now it is her turn to teach me, and she’s been encouraging me now when I am taking my very first steps into the film photography universe. We talk to each other every day, we help each other, we lift each other spirits. Now I am not her mentor any more. I am her friend, which is something so much better!

Yesterday a box from her arrived. Filled with little things. A handwritten note from her. Some super good smelling cream from the hands and face. Raspberry lip balm. Two notebooks… So much love. I am so happy to have this woman as my friend!

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…””

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Published on Bröllopsguiden

Yesterday was a good day! I started the morning with an SMS from my bride Elizabeth, saying the latest issue of Bröllopsguiden wedding magazine was on the newstands and her wedding was featured there. I photographed this fantastic couple back in May and their wedding will be published here on the blog any time soon. Their day was filled with love, was interesting, was fun, it really was a personal affair. I am really glad they got featured at the magazine, because they have good solid advice to give to couples planning their weddings. Plus, seeing my photos for the very first time on a printed publication… priceless! My heart was beating so fast as I was walking home with the magazine on my hands, I even had to sit to rest :-)

You find Bröllopsguiden nr. 2 / 2015 on most Pressbyrån in Sweden, as well as online on Ztory.

Another reason why yesterday was special is because yesterday night I finally completed my website and business rebranding. I had been working on this since June, creating mood boards, collecting inspiration, researching. I went on a trip down the memory lane, back to my childhood, finding inspiration on my own life, re-discovering the things that I love and that always made me happy: being in the nature, surrounded by animals, climbing trees, swimming in that emerald green ocean, building sand castle, reading my little books, eating tropical fruits, living a simple life. I decided to incorporate all of this in my work and to show you all who I really am! Welcome to my new home! I couldn’t be happier 

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Lotta and Elias’ Beautiful Wedding Trailer

A few months ago I received a phone call from my good friend Juliana Wiklund. The organization Ung Cancer was helping this fine couple get married and she thought I would like to join the team of volunteers and film their day. Juliana knows me all too well! Usually I take some time before I book a couple. I like to meet them in person, make sure we are a good match (after all I book very few weddings every year, so I want to make sure I love my clients and they love me!). But very few times have I felt so sure I wanted to do something, like I felt when I got Juliana’s phone call. I wanted to film their day, I wanted to document their wedding, I wanted to register their love. I just had to do it.

Last saturday Jaanus and I drove to Västerås to document Lotta and Elias‘ beautiful wedding. I won’t get in details about their day, because a wedding film is on the works, beautiful, emotional, deep. But today I want to share a short trailer, just a little teaser, featuring just a little bit of all the LOVE I saw that day.

Lotta och Elias, tack för att jag fick vara med!