Lifestyle Portraits in Lapland Finland with Riikka and Mia
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Lifestyle Portraits in Lapland Finland with Riikka and Mia

Engagement Photos in the Snow, a Cosy Cabin and the Northern Lights

I took lifestyle portraits in Lapland in the snow with a gorgeous couple to celebrate their engagement. 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! So lifestyle portraits in Lapland Finland are my most favourite style of shoot!

 

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!

 

 

Aurora Borealis over a cabin in a snow covered forest A wood fire burning in a fireplace A couple embrace on a bench in front of a fireplace in a wood cabin A smiling couple sitting together in a wood cabin Light shining out from the window of a cabin with thick snow on the roof and ground A could sit on a snow covered ski lift A closeup of a couple holding hands while sitting on a snow covered ski lift A smiling couple sharing eskimo kisses while sitting on a snow covered ski lift A cabin covered in and surrounded by very thick snow Very thick snow hanging from the roof of a cabin A couple holding mugs of coffee and showing their "milk moustaches" A couple playing in very heavy snow A couple playing in very heavy snow A smiling couple sit close together on a ski lift A snow covered forest as seen from a ski lift A skier skis past a cabin in a snow covered forest Very thick snow on the roof of a wooden cabin Footprints in the snow on the deck of a wooden cabin A smiling couple reading a book while sitting on a couch A couple kiss while sitting together in a couch with their feet in colourful stripey socks are entwined on a table A smiling couple in front of a snow covered ladder and cabin A couple smile at each other while standing in front of a snow covered wood cabin A closeup of a couple's snow covered snows as they stand close in front of a wooden cabin A couple sharing eskimo kisses in the snow A smiling couple playing on a sled in the snow A smiling couple playing on a sled in the snow, and a cabin in a snow covered forest A couple holding hands as they pull a sled up a snow covered hill A sled being pulled through the snow A couple having a snowball fight A couple playing in the snow A couple playing in deep snow A couple playing in the snow A couple kissing as they play in the snow A smiling couple lay next to each other in the snow A couple laying together in a snow covered forest A couple smile at each other while laying in the snow A couple having a snowball fight A smiling couple covered in snow after a snowball fight A couple kissing in a snow covered forest A smiling couple laying in the snow A couple smile at each other while laying in the snow Two rings on a snow covered log The moon glows through clouds over snow covered trees A woman salting salmon to prepare it for cooking Salmon cooking over an open fire in a wooden cabin A smiling couple serving salmon in front of an open fire A wooden cabin in a snow covered forest A snow covered ski field on a fine day Sun shines through clouds over a ski field A couple standing looking out from a snowy hill over a snow covered forest A couple snow-shoeing across a hill looking down over a snow covered forest A couple kissing on a snowy hill overlooking a snow covered forest A view of a snow covered forest from a snowy hill A couple stand together in snow shoes on a hill overlooking a snow covered forest A landscape view of mountains and snow covered trees A woman stands on a hill overlooking a snow covered forest A couple snow-shoeing across a hill overlooking a snow covered forest A couple standing on a snowy hill overlooking a snow covered forest A couple snow-shoeing up a snowy hill A landscape of a snow covered forest One image of a snow covered ski lift and another of a mug of coffee and a waffle with jam and cream A view through a window of a snow covered ski lift Thick snow covers trees on a hill A couple in snow shoes stand in front of trees covered in very thick snow Thick snow covering a tree branch A couple snow-shoeing down a hill towards a snow covered forest Sun shining on snow covered trees A wooden cabin in a snow covered forest A smiling couple in snow shoes standing near a wooden cabin in a snow covered forest A couple standing in front of a wooden cabin in a forest covered in thick snow A couple drinking tea in front of an open fire A couple smiling at each other while holding mugs of tea A couple drinking tea in front of an open fire Snow shoes and other equipment in the snow A smiling couple sitting in front of a snow covered cabin A ski lift and snowy trees A woman looking up at the northern lights in the sky over a snowy forest A bright orange and pink sunset shines through the clouds over a snowy forest