mk015“What images make your heart say “WOW”?

That’s the question we got asked over and over again during the days I spent in Palm Springs with a bunch of Beloved photographers, all looking for finding their real call in their photography.

I cannot recall how many times my soul died a little every time I heard a parent say: “Stop playing and look at the camera and smile”, or “Why are you making these faces? Look at the photographer and look happy!”

I don’t blame parents for thinking this is the best way to help me out, but I’ve decided that if you are a parent looking for these kinds of pictures, I’m definitely not the right photographer for you. I want laugh, life and love in my pictures, yes, for sure, but just laugh, life and love that come out of the children naturally. Looking or not looking at me. This actually doesn’t matter at all to me.

To tell you the truth, my favorite pictures EVER are usually the ones no one could tell there was a photographer present at that moment.

A fly on the way. The joy of my family photography, just there to help you create beautiful moments and have them documented for life.

Looking sooooo forward to my autumn shoots!!!!!mk025mk035

blog0This week I had a course  with the wonderful photographer Sonia Jansson. One of the things we did in the course was to really think why we take pictures. Why we have become photographers.

As I’ve been photographing for more than 20 years, I have of course thought of that more than once. I had never had such a deep insight as I had on Monday, though.

I’ve always been an admirer of life. The beauty of life, the magic of life.  And specially, the urgency of live. I realised that this urgency of life is the reason why I’ve been living so intensely since my young years. And I’ve found out I’m not alone, the text below could have been easily written by me.

“I’m one of those people that lives with a hyper awareness of death. For some, that would mean living in a constant state of fear, stress or depression. For me, it means living with a strong sense of urgency to live out my purpose, connect deeply and not waste time on things that don’t matter.”

Stephanie Zamora, The Huffington Post

When I was a child, I had tons of activities, because I could never get enough of learning. When I was a teenager, things only got worse, as I could decide myself what I could learn and where I could go. In my young adult years, I traveled, traveled and traveled. I can’t even count on my fingers how many times I’ve stood like on top of a volcano with a strong wind blowing on my face and thought: ” Wow, I’m sooo happy right now I could die”, and then I would think,”NOOO, I can’t, I have to be able to do this again!”

I’ve also realised that this traveling was a scape of my so organised perfect life. I needed to get away of my comfort zone to feel I was learning something, that I was feeling challenged, so travelling became the best fire to my search.

In this urgency of life, I’ve also treasured moments that I knew were very special. Moments that will all be in Dumbledore Pensieve, so I could just dive in and re-live them over and over again. As Dumbledore was a little too far away from my reality, photography has become my “pensieve”. With my pictures, I could go back again and again and again to those wonderful things I’ve experienced and felt. Things I never wanted to forget. Memories I could go back to as a reminder and a confirmation of how wonderful this life is.

Photography has become a way for me of showing the world the urgency of life. That life is here to be lived at its most and that precious moments are those to be treasured and kept on our own private “pensieves”.

And look at Hanna & Ebba at how many wonderful moments they will already have gathered themselves! ♥︎

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  • It is not only one of the most beautiful mother-daughter shoots I have ever seen, it is also one of the most eloquent texts I have ever read.

    I think you are spot on. You know. You really know.
    Thank YOU !

  • Juliana

    Oh, dear Sonia! Thank you for opening my Pandora Box and showing me all the wonderful exciting scary world I can find in there! <3

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I’m still dreaming that one day we will have a wonderful high resolution camera that will be connected directly to our eyes.

No, even better than that, a camera that will be connected to our hearts, and then will have our eyes as lenses. Think of all the times you have thought: “OMG, if I die now I’ll would die happy.” Or the moments you really made an effort to be present, to disconnect from the world outside and just focus on the moment that was happening, right here, right now. Yes. And just FEEL and try to REMEMBER. How that very moment warmed up your whole body, how that very moment froze time. Forever.

My memory has not been as it was before and I’m soooo afraid of forgetting. Not only moments, but how I felt when those moments happened.

Photography has given me hope that when I sit in my retirement home, at 97 (yes, we can always hope!), I’ll be able to bladder through all albums I’ll have finally have been able to make ( hope, yes!) and I’ll feel it again. Feel that I have lived and helped not only myself, but everyone I’ve met and photographed, to remember what this life is all about.♥

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  • Oh, how I recognize this! The feeling of precious moments that may be forgotten ! And why do we still feel this way when we have an every- moment-documenting-device in our pockets? Or is it BECAUSE we do that we feel moments being lost when we don’t photograph them. My childhood is documented on slides. Moments few and far between. Highlights. Precious to me now. And the diamonds in the collection are the photograohs where I am held and loved. It wasn’t a common subject for cameras back then (the 60s). So now I’m making it my business that every one who enters my studio get those images. For their kids.

    As for you and me, I think we have to take a closer look at Google Glass.,,

  • Juliana

    I couldn’t have said it better myself Bodil! This is what the photographer of the future looks like: a memory maker!

engagement shoot in ParisParis, the most romantic city in the world, and for us, at its most beautiful state when it’s still asleep.

That’s why, when we book a pre-wedding shoot or an engagement session in the city of lights, we book it EARLY-early in the morning of course. ;-)  This time we decided to meet our beautiful couple at 6 am by the Eiffel Tower. The only problem is that we had gotten the wrong information about the sunrise and we were there waaaay before the sun decided to show up. It wouldn’t have been a problem if the weather would have helped us, but at 2 degrees Celcius, I can tell you that when our couple arrived (thank God they arrived later than what we had told them), three photographers had almost frozen to death! ;-)

Thaise and Luiz came all the way from Brazil to do their engagement pictures in Paris. I was delighted that they had chosen me as their photographer and I decided to give them 150% of my dedication. We spent the whole day with them and took them around the most beautiful Parisian sights. Their love warmed us soooo much that it even brought us some hours of sun on this day that had nothing but rain on its weather forecast for the day.

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  • Thayse Freiberger

    Thanks for making our dreams come true!!!! :)

blogWe are sooo effective and excited about all the beautiful wedding pictures we have taken today that we’ve done a same-day-edit of the wedding we are still shooting!

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More to come soon……MERCI BEAUCOUP Peggy & Anthony that you gave us the honour to document your day today!

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