I took lifestyle portraits in the snow with a gorgeous couple to celebrate their engagement last month. Over two days there was a snowball fight, sledding, snowshoeing, more snow fights, hot drinks by an outside fire, lots of amazing meals over an inside fire, relaxation in a gorgeous log cabin, exploration of the mountain in pure mist and lots of exploration through the surrounding snowy forest. It is a place I will never forget. We had perfect weather – the first day was misty where the mountain looked quite ghostly and the next day was clear and showed off the surrounding forest and the northern lights. I cannot wait for you to see the difference in the photos because of the weather!
My favourite thing to do is be around people. I love seeing them happy and experiencing different things. Lifestyle portraits are about highlighting people’s lives and the things that make up their experiences. I aim to ‘fit in’ with my clients as much as possible like I am an old friend/part of the family. Mia and Riikka recently got engaged when they travelled to South Africa together. I met them at a wedding in August last year in Helsinki and you could see their wonderful connection even just as guests. Mia’s family owns a cabin in the gorgeous area of Finnish Lapland called Pyhä so we spent a lot of our time in and around the cabin.
I love the snow. I think everything looks so pretty with fresh snowfall. Some may think it is funny that an Australian is so drawn to a snowy winter as we never really get to experience it in Sydney. I am drawn to Finland, it is my second home. I love seeing how the Finns lifestyle is so different to ours. The snow also seems to bring out the inner child in people with snowball fights being a very popular activity for young and old!
I had one chance to see the Northern Nights during my one month stay in Finland. The weather was very overcast so I feel very lucky that the day they appeared was when I was in Lapland! And they appeared at 6.30pm! (usually it is around midnight or later they appear!) We scrambled out of the cabin with tripod in hand and looked up at the sky in awe and then suddenly I realised I had to go into action to capture them as they were moving around the sky very quickly! As I fussed around trying to set up the tripod I remembered what I had said to Mia that morning “wouldn’t it be awesome if the northern lights appeared above the cabin, that would make an awesome shot!” And so they did and I was just ready in time to capture them! WOOOHOOOOO!!!! And then in 5 minutes they were gone again. We were VERY lucky!