Anniversary shoot

 

I have not been able to shoot too many wedding anniversary sessions but those that I’ve shot have been really amazing. One that I have posted here before was 40th anniversary…yes, really 40 years in marriage!

This gorgeous gorgeous anniversary shoot was really something else than average (okay, I have to admit that my clients have never been average in any way, ever!!). The couple wanted to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. This photo session was a part of that celebration. They didn’t really have photos when they got married so it was quite natural thing to have some images of them together after 10 years of marriage. They also wanted to do it in style. The anniversary party was held in 20’s inspired style including proper costumes. I was also photographing their photo booth at the venue later that evening. Such a fun thing to do!

And what can I say about this couple…they were so nice and lovely despite the cold weather that we had during the shoot. We didn’t have snow but it was really really cold in December. What can I say – my couples are the best!

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This session has been featured also in Best Day Ever wedding site. You should definitely check that. And more photos of this lovely couple can be found in my wedding portfolio.

Bride’s dress: Marianne Jääkarhumaa

Hair: Kampaamo Omahelmi Niina Ruokkeinen

Make-up: Saara Suominen

It has been a great May so far. Lots of sun and outside activities with our kid. I can truly say that I am loving every minute of my life. I also started to love child photography again after some “hesitation moments”. Maybe it’s because of this emerged sun, light and green nature which I love to incorporate into my images.

Last year I started my wedding season in May. It was great but now when our “baby” is 1,5 yrs old and having fun outside…playing and doing “mud cakes” to mommy, I decided that I don’t take any weddings in May. Instead, I have been photographing personal projects this month, closed some great deals (that I may reveal sometime later this year) and of course enjoyed the great weather which we have in Finland. 

So, my wedding season starts next week. I really look forward to my first weddings this summer. I know it’s gonna be awesome!!

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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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