4/15/2014

SUN FUN


Sunnies // zeroUV*     Necklace // Rings&Tings*     Top // Monki     Blazer & Flowy Pants // H&M     Purse // Trifted

The sun has made a comeback and I'm thrilled. Also, here's a song I've been listening to a lot lately:

  

4/14/2014

FEATURED


I've already shared this on facebook, but what the hell, there's nothing stopping me from doing it here as well! So as some of you may already know I was featured on Visual Artistry Magazine's latest issue (wohoo). Thank you Mirka for modeling and creating these photos with me and thanks to VA Magazine for featuring them in this issue (one of my photos even made it to the cover)! It feels incredibly good to know that people like my photos, it means I'm doing something right I guess. It also motivates me to go forward and evolve even further. It's a never ending journey and with every experience I'm becoming better at what I do. It's a basic rule in life and everyone ought to remember that! Also thank YOU guys! It's amazing that I've managed to please over 800 people with my work. I really appreciate all the kind comments I've received and the fact that you think my work is worth following! If you feel like purchasing the whole issue you may do that here (link).

4/09/2014

MONOCHROME


Crop Top // Zara     Blazer // H&M     Pants // BikBok     Necklace // OASAP *     Hat // Trifted     Shoes // DinSko

4/06/2014

OOTD


T-shirt // The Mountain *     Skirt // H&M     Leather Jacket // Zara     Sunnies // ZeroUV *     Beanie // H&M     Shoes // Nike

Yesterday me and mom took out my new camera for a test run. And I can't even tell you how thrilled I am. I'm very eager to do some proper photo shoots next week as I'll be taking the photos I'm applying with to school. I won't be speaking any more of my camera in this post though, since I'll probably be making another post completely dedicated to that subject. Instead I have some other good news concerning you as well (that is if you live in Finland in the sweet city called Turku and you love thrifting)! I'll be selling my clothes at Kirppis-Center Manhattan starting 14.4 for a whole week. I have a bunch of stuff I need to get rid of. So pay a visit. You'll find my stuff at 271!

Oltiin eilen äitin kanssa käyttämässä mun uutta kameraa testikierroksella hyvin tuloksin. Puhkun intoa enkä malta millään odottaa ensi viikkoa jolloin pääsen kunnon kuvaussessioiden pariin. Kuvataan nimittäin Taideakatemian etukäteistehtäviä varten kuvia. Teen mitä luultavimmin postauksen yksinomaan mun uuteen kalustoon liittyen myöhemmin joten jätän aiheesta hehkuttamisen sikseen. Sen sijaan mulla on myös teitä koskevia hyviä uutisia kerrottavana (siis mikäli asut Turun seudulla ja tykkäät kirppareista)! Myyn vanhoja vaatteitani Kirppis-Center Manhattanilla 14.4 alkaen kokonaisen viikon ajan. Mulla on rutkasti myytävää josta toivon pääseväni eroon. Käykää siis kurkkaamassa. Mun tavarat löydätte myyntipaikalta 271!

4/03/2014

STRIPES


Necklace // Rings & Tings *     Top // Zara

I've started to like stripes again lately, after a long period of disliking anything and everything with stripes. Speaking of stripes I just found this really cool deal on Oasap involving this beautiful black & white fluid striped shirt. They're giving out 400 pieces for $9.99 (original prize $36.99) and I just checked and they've got 355 left in stock! It only lasts for 24 hours so get your asses over there quickly! By clicking this link you will be directed to the product page.

4/01/2014

OOTD


Coat // OASAP *     Top // Zara     Wide Leg Pants // H&M     Necklace // H&M     Shoes // DinSko

3/31/2014

JADE


Model: Jade Than
Styling & Photography: Sara Lehtomaa

Wohoo, finally done with these! I discovered Jade through a mutual friend on Facebook and instantly fell in love with the way she looked. She'd make a great model, I thought. And so I asked her to join me for a photo shoot. And this is what we ended up with. I'm extremely happy with these and it was a pleasure working with Jade. I like working with "ordinary" people with little or no experience of modeling. Partly because of the looks on their faces when they see themselves on a photo as if they couldn't believe it's them. Priceless. I've noticed that often times professional models who are used to the whole process react very differently opposed to people who spend very little time in front of a camera. Often they lack the excitement, it's just another photo to them. And as a photographer treating my photos as my babies I like the shared feeling of being proud about what you've together delivered and getting super excited about it. It's one of the best feelings I know. Of course everything has it's pros and cons. Professional models (presumably at least) know the drill and therefore make a photographers job somewhat easier. But in the end you shouldn't really make any generalizations because there are nearly always exceptions to the rule! And in this case it's a question of personality as well. I just wanted to point out how much I like working with people who don't do modeling for living :) Thank you Jade so much for modeling for me!

  

3/25/2014

FROZEN


Model(s): Laura Koskinen & Pilvi Lehtinen
Photography & Styling: Sara Lehtomaa

3/24/2014

SOMEWHERE ELSE


Shirt // CHOIES *     Denim Jacket // Zara     Skinny Jeans // BikBok     Backpack // Faith     Sunnies // OASAP *

3/21/2014

CROPPED


Crop Top // CHOIES *    Pants // BikBok     Earrings // Isabel Marant for H&M

Te ihmiset jotka seuraatte mua mun valokuvien takia, antakaa anteeksi pärstäni runsas esiintyminen viimeisimmissä postauksissa. Hieman itseänikin harmittaa kun ei ole testejä päässyt hirveästi kuvailemaan tässä kevään aikana kun fokuksena on ollut lähinnä (kesä)duunin metsästys ja opiskelu. Mutta enköhän pääse pian taas vauhtiin, viimesitään sitten kun joudun vääntämään valokuvauksen etukäteistehtäviä. Älkää siis luovuttako mun suhteen! Nää on tällasia osittain pakollisia asupostauksia koska mulla on noita yhteistyökumppanuuksia syntynyt aika monta kevään aikana (CHOIES yksi näistä). On toki omakuviakin ihan mukava välillä ottaa. Pääsee samalla kokeilemaan uusia valaistustekniikoita rauhassa ilman että on jokin kärsimätön malli (joka yleensä on joko mutsi tai veli) määräämässä tekemisen kulun ja keston. Ja olenhan mä aina ollut pieni muoti entusiasti, sitä on turha kiistää. Eli toivottavasti teitä kiinnostaa yhtään tällaset asupostaukset! Ei mulla muuta.


3/20/2014

PASSÉ


Hi guys! I'm posting an old photo that Jelena took of me some time ago (see unedited version in her blog here) because I don't have anything else to share at the moment. Sure, I have tons of unedited projects that are still in the working progress. And also a bunch of stuff that's only in my head waiting to be executed. There's this one pretty big project that I'm hoping to be able to finish during spring. Involving seven models (who I'm going to shoot separately) it is surely going to take some time. I'm dying to proceed in that project, however lately I've been mostly occupied with studying english and editing photos from last friday (I was shooting an anniversary party) and hence haven't been able to do so. Doing my very best to get everything else out of the way so that I can move on to what I actually enjoy.

By the way, I just have to tell you about this amazing discovery that I made through a friend about a month ago. Namely this wonderful photo editing app called SnapSeed. It's just beyond what I could wish for such an app. And actually this photo is edited with it. It has tons of different cool filters which you can modify as you wish (my favorites are the ones in the category called "Retroflux"). And on top of all it's super easy to use. And free. Please do yourselves a favor and go check it out, here's a download link. Will be back with something not as outdated next time!

  

3/13/2014

OOTD


Skirt // Zara     Top // Zara     Belt // Trifted     Necklace // H&M

  

3/10/2014

POLAROID 300


- This is a sponsored post -

Polaroids are so much fun! Now I can say that as I've lost my polaroid virginity thanks to this wonderful web-shop called CoolStuff. They sent me the awesome Polaroid 300 to test it out and I couldn't be happier since I've always wanted to try instant photography. Instant photography is a lot of things. Exciting as you're waiting for the photo to develop. Easy since there are only a few adjustments you need to make. Very light weight, which is an awesome feature you'll learn to appreciate after shooting many years with a digital SLR. And in the beginning somewhat nervewracking because you wont have a clue what the final photo will look like. But I'm growing more and more fond of this tiny box of magic for every time I take it out for a trip. Cropping is a little bit tricky at first but as you get to know your camera it gets easier. This one fits a film of 10 prints so you need to really consider what you shoot before pressing the trigger. I think it's a good exercise for every photographer. Learning to take a photo with consideration is very helpful. Firing shots high speed has always been a bad habit of mine. It's a pain in the ass to scan through the often thousands (I'm not kidding) of photos and in the end it's seriously just a huge waste of time. So any of you who photograph, I recommend doing this sort of exercise (with any camera) and striving to change your style of shooting (of course when you shoot with a digital camera and there are less limits it's very tempting to "play it safe" and I guess that's ok but it's good to improve yourself and learn what's worth a photograph). It's very rewarding. Also just looking around your surroundings and focusing completely on the search for a photogenic subject is to me a very calming experience, almost therapeutic. So thumbs up for polaroid cameras!

3/07/2014

SNOW WHITE


Model: Susa Pääkkönen
Photography: Sara Lehtomaa

This was the last photo shoot I did in the studio in the end of December when my internship ended. All along I had been meaning to do something cool with their fog machine but apparently just had to leave it to the very last moment. And so half panicking and with a fuss I forced myself to come up with a theme for a photo shoot. Usually when that is the case I end up with really bad results but these were surprisingly good! So why Snow White? Simply because my model Susa looks like her. I guess this is like an adult version of Snow White thanks to the nudity, hehe. But my main goal was to make it look as dramatic as possible. The only thing about these photos that's bothering me is the fact that they make me think of Twilight (yes, the vampire teenage series that we all love so much). Though, I should probably not have mentioned that because if you weren't thinking about Twilight now you are. I might as well give away a secret about myself concerning the subject. In junior high I was a major league seriously dedicated Twilight fan (and my association probably has something to do with that). However I gave it up along the years and last year I even sold my super impressive book collection at the flea market to some lucky fan.

Nää oli viimeisiä kuvia joita studiolla otin tuossa viime vuoden puolella. Kun kerran oli mahdollisuus käyttää savukonetta niin pitihän se hyödyntää. Hieman hosuen kyllä viimetipalla valitsin teeman mutta tuli näistä siitä huolimatta oikein mukavan näköisiä. Ja Susahan on siis ilmetty Lumikki eli ihan sen perusteella tuo teema. Tää on Disneyn Lumikista antamaa kuvaa hieman villimpi versio alastomuuden ansiosta, hehe. Mutta päätavoitteena oli saada näistä mahdollisimman dramaattisia. Tykkään dramaattisuudesta, hihi. Ainoastaan yksi asia häiritsee näissä kuvissa. Mulla tulee niistä mieleen Twilight (kyllä, se kaikkien rakastama vampyyriteinisarja). Mutta ehkä mun ei olisi pitänyt mainita asiaa koska ellette ajatelleet samaa nyt mitä luultavimmin ajattelette. Voisin tässä samalla paljastaa että olen ollut yläasteaikoina uskollinen Twilight fani (mielleyhtymä saattaa siis johtua siitä). Se kuitenkin lopahti vuosien myötä ja myin viime vuonna vaikuttavan kirjakokoelmani kirpparilla jollekin onnekkaalle fanille.

3/05/2014

PIECES OF SUMMER


All photos were taken last summer by me. I'm starting to get into the spring mood and my anticipation of summer is growing and at times feels unbearable (partly because I'm constantly torturing myself with photos like these above). But I'm feeling positive about the coming months. I'd like to believe that the snowfalls of this winter are over and that the temperatures will only be rising. At the moment it's dry and sunny outside. Just the way I like it.