11/08/2014

VILMA ALINA


Photo: Sara Lehtomaa

Finally I get to share with you some of the material we shot last summer with amazing artist and old friend of mine Vilma Alina. It's not that often you get to work with such a wonderful team. Everyone involved were really passionate about it and naturally that is always how the best results are achieved.  And an unforgettable day that was. Starting at the studio at 10am and then moving outside to Ruissalo and finishing at about 9pm, we were basically working all day long. So you can probably guess I still have a lot more material to share from that very same photo shoot, but that won't be until sometime next year. Really looking forward to that! Anyhow, back to present time, she just released her first single and the music video is now up on YouTube as well. Warmly recommend you to take a listen!

11/07/2014

CASEAPP


(1st & 3rd photo found here)

Once again I've partnered up with awesome (and now further improved) Caseapp ! They've really widened their selection from last time I visited their site, and the feature I liked the most was the fact that you now can have your case with a glossy surface (obviously I ordered mine that way). I received it about three weeks ago and it's still in great condition, not a single scratch, even as I've dropped it to the ground numerous times. If you've never heard of Caseapp, it's a web store where you can make a custom case for your iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook or Samsung Galaxy. And if you don't feel like designing it on your own they also have a bunch of really pretty ready-to-go designs. Check them out here if you're in need of a new case for your device. Or, I don't know, you might want to buy one as a Christmas present to someone!

11/05/2014

THE BULLY PROJECT


Photography: Sara Lehtomaa
Models: Martin Lehtomaa, Omid Rasool

Check out The Bully Project Mural here: http://www.thebullyprojectmural.com/index.html

So I decided to join The Bully Project. I believe we can all agree that it's a pretty damn important cause if we want to evolve as a society and species. But to get rid of bullying we first need to understand where it's coming from, what in fact is causing it. In many cases the roots are very deep, in early childhood experiences. A poor relationship with one's parents leads to the feeling of not being loved, and that might trigger a need to compensate that important missing part of the human experience with actions, such as bullying. Ignoring or abusive parents will lead to a next generation possessing the same features and ways of acting. The glitch is simply "broken" people. And that is why finding a solution to this matter may be problematic. It's hardly possible to fix everyone? But perhaps by being more aware of this matter, and trying to make these people understand why they act the way they do, we may find a way out. That's why honesty and discussing about difficult things like this openly is crucial.

11/03/2014

HALLOWEEN


Some pretty shitty photos (quality wise) from a couple of weeks back when we had a pre-Halloween party at Kathy's place. A rather awesome night, flavored with Twister, limboing and above all good company. My unimaginative piece-of-shit-brain failed utterly and completely in coming up with a scary costume, which I guess is the point in dressing up (yeah, I haven't gotten all that into the random-halloween-whores movement). Felt kinda sad about my attire after I saw people who had really invested in their outfits. But then again, meh. How was your Halloween?

P.S. Once again, my deepest condolences, dear readers. I've been constantly occupied with a whole lot of supposedly important stuff, and that is the reason for my absence. BUT I have a ton of material to share with you guys (as soon as I've gotten past the editing part), and a lot of new projects coming up. So I hope we're cool!

10/21/2014

I SHOULD PROBABLY GIVE UP EVERYTHING ELSE AND START WRITING HAIKUS


A sweet warm caress,
The evening sun on my skin,
Now frozen on film.

What can I say. I was born a poet. After having analysed a bunch of different types of poems during my literature course, I've come to the conclusion that I like haikus the most. They're cute. Other than that I don't really like poems, they tend to be annoyingly mysterious and indirect. Either that, or they're plain boring (pretty much all love poems). I think it's just really inconvenient. But I guess that's part of the appeal to some people. Slowly figuring out the meaning and then eventually having an aha moment. I'm too impatient for that. I'd much rather listen to a song or see a movie. But in all seriousness, deep inside I do wish I was a brilliant wordsmith. What would be more awesome? Nothing really.

10/20/2014

FACES


Photography: Sara Lehtomaa
Models: Aura, Venla, Nea / FashionTeam
Muah: Timo Vuorimies

Hi there! It's been a while since I wrote something. Something other than academic texts, that is. I'm a really slow writer and I've been stuck with writing take-home exams about literature and linguistics for basically the whole weekend. But it's ok. I probably wouldn't have had the energy to do anything else anyway, since I've been sick. With a soar throat and an unbearable cough. But now I'm getting better, and feel almost completely normal again. I do hate the post-sickness condition though, because you don't know whether you're healthy enough to start living normally again, and after many days of being still, moving your body feels really awkward and clumsy. But then again I'm awkward and clumsy pretty much all the time. Especially now that I haven't bothered to exercise for roughly half a year. It's really starting to reach that point where enough is enough. Feeling like shit all the time is simply not worth it (except of course in the beginning when you just don't give a fuck and go all yolo). So I should probably do something about it. Eventually. I wish all of those inspirational quotes and pictures and whatnot would inspire me too (for some reason I just start to laugh frantically when I see one)...

10/13/2014

FLOWERPOWER


Some oldish outfit photos taken last spring that I for some strange reason forgot to post. Sorry for keeping quiet and only posting photos lately, I've been busy (still am) : (

10/11/2014

DAILY DOSE OF BEAUTY


Photo: Sara Lehtomaa

  

10/07/2014

UNION


Photography: Sara Lehtomaa

10/05/2014

THIS KIMONO IS THE SHIT


Sunnies - zeroUV *   |   Kimono - H&M   |   Dress - H&M   |   Hat - Trifted   |   Sandals - Forever21

I remember drooling after this awesome kimono for many months, but not bothering to purchase it due to its high price. I did however end up doing just that once the summer sales were on. The price had dropped from 90 to only 20 euros. There's no way I could've restrained myself at that point. It's not too practical to wear, though (and I have to admit that I haven't been using it a lot). It's so beautiful that I almost consider it a piece of art more than something to wear, haha. I will most definitely also be using it in one of my future photo shoots. On another note, I haven't been shooting for ages! And it's starting to make me feel just a little bit empty inside. I've been investing so fully in school that I just haven't got around doing it. But there are a couple of shoots coming up soon, one in a few weeks when I'm heading to Helsinki, and another later in November. And thanks to my long break I feel more excited than I've felt in a very long time. So I guess it's not that bad a thing after all, it just gets me even more motivated. I also can't wait for the promos/album covers that we shot together with amazing artist Vilma Alina to be published. Not only because of the photos but also because of her music, which I really liked. Luckily her single should be out very soon. This is more for you Finnish speaking peeps, but here's a Basso Radio interview with Vilma, check it out!

10/02/2014

ESCAPE


This is one of the places I used to love spending time at in the summer, when I was younger. My cousins' summer cottage in Kemiƶ. These photos are actually quite old, I believe I took them with my very first camera. Despite of the quality not being top notch I like them a lot, because of the atmosphere. Warm, inviting and just a little bit mysterious. Like a secret hideaway. Except not that secret at all. But I did in a way consider it as a place to escape to. Going there was something I always really looked forward to. As you may have noticed (if you've read this blog for a longer while), it's always a little bit hard for me to accept the ending of summer and the beginning of the cold season. So I like to look at old summery photos. And cry.

10/01/2014

DETAILS


Paracord bracelet - Naimakka *   |   Shoes - Dr. Martens

Hey folks! It's been a while and I do apologize. I've been completely absorbed by first of all school, which in its entirety has been a very pleasant experience so far. Secondly, my mind has lately often been occupied with thoughts of the rental apartment we are moving into in about a month. There's an infinite list of things to buy and it's kind of scary considering my financial situation. But luckily I'm not left alone with this stuff. Aaand smoothly changing the subject to the photos above. Details of an outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago. I especially wanted to show you guys this sweet paracord bracelet I was gifted by this Swedish company called Naimakka. I really love the simplicity of their design and the fact that it's actually a very handy thing to have. This is how the bracelet is described by the creators of Naimakka:

"Dropped behind enemy lines, paratroopers found Paracord to be a life-saving, multi-purpose tool. When unbraided, you can use your bracelet to build shelter, secure gear to your backpack or hang up food out of reach from animals. You can also use it to make a clothes or fishing line, snares, traps, snow shoes, a bowdrill for making fire, or a splint for a broken ankle. If you unravel the yarns, you can even use it as sewing thread, dental floss or to make a fishing net. In fact, Paracord is so reliable and durable that astronauts have used it to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope."

For more info visit Naimakka's homepage (link) and do watch the video below!

9/16/2014

GRAVITY


Top - Zara   |   Skirt - LWS*   |   Sunnies - zeroUV*   |   Sandals -  Forever 21

This was our last photoshoot at the studio together with Mikko before him leaving to London. Boy, do I miss that guy!

9/14/2014

TOUCH


These photos were taken at my cousin's farewell/post-doctoral party last month, before him moving to Mexico with his girlfriend. I've always enjoyed get-togethers with family, being surrounded by goodhearted people. And it got me thinking about our need for human touch. The fact that we are so connected and in a way dependent on each other. It's what we need the most when we are babies and that's why a lack of it can have such a huge impact on how a person ends up becoming. Our brains are so plastic in early life that if you don't experience being loved and feel depressed due to that, those neural connections are being reinforced. It's like building your brain architecture to be prone to depression.

I've had quite a happy childhood from what I remember and I'm very lucky to have had two loving parents and a wonderful brother. But during early elementary school I had a not so pleasant experience with some of my class mates, which later on made it hard for me to trust people. I often felt like people were conspiring against me, leaving me out of stuff and above all I felt really lonely. For long did I think that I was in some way weird, different from everyone else, not the way you were "supposed to be". I blamed it on myself and felt unworthy. I grew a desperate need to please other people. When I think about it afterwards I'm pretty sure most of it was solely in my mind, though. As time passed I learned to let go of those thoughts and started finding myself (so to speak). In doing the things that I loved (which was mainly drawing and painting back in those days) instead of focusing completely on the people around me I established a comfort zone where I was truly happy. And I suddenly realized that instead of worrying about people that I barely knew, I should be investing fully in the people that were there for me. It took me some time to actually put it into practice but I got there eventually. But I believe I had my "final realization" after meeting my boyfriend and having dated him for two years roughly. That's when everything just became very clear. The trust, sense of security and being able to truly show myself to someone I hadn't even known for that long was so overwhelming. It made me understand the importance of being honest, not only to other people but to oneself.

Nowadays I view getting to know new people as something exciting, not as this huge monster causing disappointment and displeasure, like before. I do still have my limits, though. Too many new faces in a short period of time may be very exhausting as well. Dunbar's number...that's one of the reasons why I wouldn't enjoy living in a big city. Too many people in one place. And the growth of community sizes has happened so rapidly that our poor brains haven't had time to adjust to it. Such huge masses of people would surely make us disconnected from each other, with the lack of trust and whatnot. I really don't know what my point is in sharing this. It's not like I have any answers or solutions to these big important questions. And I don't know the meaning of life, but what makes most sense to me is that we should try our best to do what we love and fulfill our potential (also when it comes to relationships), because that's what happiness is all about, the feeling of fulfillment. And spread that shit everywhere.