Maternity session – raskausajan kuvaus

 

I can’t believe that it’s almost a year when I shot this maternity session in Hatanpää Arboretum, Tampere. Time really seems to fly!

I have to admit that I love photographing baby bellies and maternity sessions are one of my favourite portrait sessions of all. It’s great to see that glow which a future mom usually has when showing her belly to the camera.

I showed a sneak peek from this pregnancy shoot already in here but now you can see all my favourites from that beautiful garden maternity session. I think I am in love with green colour at the moment.

And my love for Hatanpää Arboretum never ends, I guess. There are endless possibilities to shoot beautiful images…you can go by the water, stay in front of brick walls and rustic wooden doors, go to the flower garden or under the trees. There really are so many options to choose from.Maternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola PhotographyMaternity photo by Petra Veikkola Photography

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  • August 23, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Annika - I stumbled across your pictures on Pinterest, but just wanted to say how much I love your natural style.
    Just beautiful. You’ve captured that happy glow a pregnant women experiences.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Linda - Lovely work. These maternity photos are beautiful.ReplyCancel

Lifestyle photography and setups

Here is a small overview to another workshop that I recently attended to – it was mainly aimed to interior bloggers who’ll want to make better pictures and style their photos for their interior/lifestyle blog. The teachers were one of the best in Finland: a stylist Jonna Kivilahti and a photographer Krista Keltanen. If you are not familiar with their work, you should definitely check them out (just click their names). Highly recommended! I am interested in lifestyle photography and I also needed some inspiration for my blogging so that’s why I participated the workshop, and it was worth it.

The first day was all about blogging tips & styling set ups and we got to make our own set up and photograph it. Jonna even lended her own stuff so that we could make beautiful setups. All I can say is that it takes time to make a setup if you have to start from zero…I mean zero experience that I basically had. But I am still interested in any kind of lifestyle photography – with or without intentionally made setups. I got few great tips and I think I might be improving…

The second day was all things photography related. Krista is so sweet teacher, and even though most of the technical things were already familiar to me I didn’t feel bored at all during the whole day. And yes, I still learned new things. It was great to hear what camera settings Krista uses when she is taking interior photos and how she works in those situations. I kinda felt like the second day was too short as I am sure that Krista could have talked even more about styling/framing/compositional things if only we could have had more time. Overall, I was very happy with that workshop and the other participants were such a great company too!

Here are some shots from the workshop. All did such a great job with the setups! Unfortunately, I didn’t get good (enough) photos from all setups and that’s why I am showing here just few of them. Sorry guys! I took all photos in handheld without a tripod (Krista mainly uses a tripod when photographing interiors).

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Wedding photography workshop by Fer Juaristi

I love educating myself. I love e-books, CreativeLive (www.creativelive.com) and other self paced courses that I can find from internet. I constantly try to push myself as a wedding photographer and get better and better each day. I love when I can learn new things, new tricks and techniques.

Last week I participated in my first (ever!) photography workshop. That was an epic workshop held by the great international wedding photographer Fer Juaristi (www.ferjuaristi.com). Fer is a very humble, open and energetic person who had us all laughing the whole day. He was a real Mexican monkey! It was so great to get some bits of his knowledge. I especially loved his “1-2-3 simplicity thing”. I am also going to experiment further his technique of under exposing images and exposing for the highlights. One thing which for sure stays with me is that I changed my camera’s live view in monochrome mode. That really helps to see the light in your image when looking it from the back of your camera!

Overall the workshop was very inspiring! And yes, it was a full and really exciting day!

Here are some of photos that I manage to take during the day. I tried couple of different editing styles here…the colour ones are not not really my usual editing style but I thought it’s good to experiment once in awhile.

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I have been neglecting this little blog of mine too much. Couple of days ago (or was it weeks?) I made a promise to myself that I will update this blog more often. So, I should start with an easy post to get going. This is a personal travel story with travel photography.

We went to Rome, Italy for a long weekend. I was supposed to take iPhone photos also but guess what…I didn’t take any one of them. That’s why my Instagram (@petraveikkola) has been very quiet during our trip.

I have been in Rome before but the others that I’ve travelled with have never been there so we went to see all “the must see” sites, of course. Despite those great tourist attractions that we visited, I concentrated more to photograph things and scenes that inspired me in one or other way…rugged walls, letterboxes, small alleys, scenery over the roofs and great spring colors.

We were staying in a nice B&B in Trastevere which is a great neighbourhood if you don’t want to stay right in the middle of Rome’s centre. Easy walking almost anywhere worth seeing during a long weekend trip…

Weather was really nice, sunny and quite warm (around 18 – 20 degrees). Superb early spring! And great news is that I will be back in Rome in August! If only I could photograph a wedding in Rome someday…

Couple  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

In Rome, Italy   I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

In Trastevere, Rome   I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Fontana di Trevi, Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

In Rome   I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Rome I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Fishing in Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

At the Trastevere

View over the rooftops in Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

In Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Rome, Italy  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Houses in Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

The view over Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Fiat mini  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Spanish steps, Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Trastevere bar  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Details from Rome, Italy  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

In Rome, Italy  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Flowers in Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Window in Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Pantheon, Rome  I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Sights in Rome   I  Photo by Petra Veikkola

Engagement shoot, Photo by Petra Veikkola

Engagement session is always a great way to get to know your wedding photographer better. I am going to shoot their winter wedding.