Hi guys! Does anybody know what the meaning of life is? Well, I was just watching a random video of some youtuber explaining his view on exactly that and instead ended up reading the comments, and eventually came across this beautiful utterance, which I just have to quote simply because it made me feel good:

Here's my thought, and remember it's just a thought. I view all of us as a part of the universe and nature that continues to evolve and expand itself. Through seemingly "meaningless" experiences and through trial and error learning devices, the universe grows and expands not only as us, but through us. If you think of an indescribably small and single point called the universe (or singularity) that sits in eternity forever, it eventually gets bored and expands outwards which we are the result of. So, as you live your life, "it" is learning from you and through you because it IS you and you are it. As Bill Hicks eloquently said, "we are the universe experiencing itself subjectively". The consciousness looking out of every eye is actually the same brought up from different environments, cultures, and histories. It expands itself into every conceivable vantage point, whether good, bad, ugly, beautiful, you name it, in order for learning and experiencing. In short, I believe there is no wrong answer simply because the universe and you alike do everything. What I mean by this is, if you want to be an astronaut, or a doctor, or simply just work a 9-5 factory job and sit on the porch until the sun goes down, that is your meaning of life. And the universe wouldn't judge just like I wouldn't judge because "I" and "it" are "you" lol. If anything, the universe already loves you because it's already learned from you. We're all learning from each other and expanding outwards into the abyss of the unknown and hopefully having a good time along the ride. I hope this gives you at least an interesting thought if you don't agree, peace my friends.

I agree 100% and I think the person who left the comment put it just perfectly. Imo this is also a very calming thought, and so, whenever I get stressed about something as a result of taking life too seriously I try to remind myself of it. Sometimes people just get so absorbed into living life in a certain manner, in a sense enslaving themselves, that they forget why in the first place they are doing whatever they are doing. Life has no meaning, and at the same time 7.3 billion meanings. I guess you could think of reality as plasticine - the possibilities are infinite. While it is near to impossible not to lock ourselves into a certain pattern of thinking and committing to one supposedly definitive truth, I think the important thing is to realize this multifaceted and subjective nature of life and be empathic. And therefore, asking somebody else about the meaning of life is kind of pointless.



"Botanical Euphoria" for 10TEN magazine.

Model: Kärt / FashionTeam
Photographer: Sara Lehtomaa
Assistant: Jenny Ekholm

I shot this series together with amazingly talented designer Ana Santirso and stunning Kärt last summer in August at the Turku University Botanical Garden. And I have been waiting for ages to publish these but had to wait because of the feature in 10TEN magazine (not complaining). But now they're finally out and I can share the fruits of our labor! If you're interested you can preview the whole issue here (link). I will surely be working with Ana in the future as well and we've actually already been discussing a project which will take place here in Turku once the snow has melted (which is sadly not anytime soon). I absolutely love the girliness of her designs and the sense for detail that she has. And by the way, if you're looking for a dress and happen to be in Turku I recommend you to visit her store. They're currently having a -50% discount on all party and bridal dresses. I actually wish I was getting married just for the sake of getting to buy one of their dresses...



Model: Kaisa
Photographer: Sara Lehtomaa

These photos are actually way back from last fall when Kaisa was visiting me here in Turku. We decided to head to Turku Cathedral because I wanted to shoot these two dresses (both thrift store finds), and it was far too cold for that outside. As it turns out, they ended up fitting the church setting perfectly. My personal favorite is the first one because of the flattering light and the position of Kaisa's hands and head. I like the fact that there's such a varying set of lighting in this series, though. It's quite literally different in each photo. That's always good.

       How are you guys doing? I myself have been living quite a stress-free January, much more so than usually. It's probably all thanks to the break, so I guess I should be back to normal shortly haha. I've been spending a lot of time with friends - cooking, watching movies and other niceness. I've especially enjoyed the cooking part and I'm actually quite proud of us in regards to what we've managed to produce. Should probably start calling us 'chef squad' or something along those lines (totally deserved, I assure you). I've also been spending time alone inside four walls, hiding away from the coldness, watching this TV series called Black Sails (it's a pirate thing). Warmly recommend it to pretty much anyone. Btw, I'd be super happy if you guys could recommend me some new series to watch (I am a very greedy consumer of them and have the habit of watching at least half a season in one day). Thanks in advance!



Photos: Sara Lehtomaa



Fringe Jacket - BoylyMia*,  Blouse - Zara,  Pants - Gina Tricot,  Shoes - River Island

FINALLY I found myself the perfect fringe jacket! I was lucky to find my way to this beauty through my collaboration with BoylyMia, a budding women's fashion online store. They describe themselves as exhibiting "not only the unisex fashion clothing style, but also an independent tolerant mindset". I'm more than happy to support such values and wish the best for them. They've got some really cool designs and I recommend you to take a look at their website (here) where you'll find everything.

        This fringe faux leather jacket was one of my absolute favorites. And I have to admit I was very surprised to find that the size was perfect (I've previously had bad experiences with online stores regarding size so this was a relief) (and in case your wondering, I'm wearing a size S). So you won't have to worry about the clothes not being true to size. That's a great plus. Also it's very beautifully made, I found no faults at all in the jacket. So I would like to assume that the rest of their clothes are of as good quality as the item that I received. All in all I have only good things to say about BoylyMia as my experience was very positive. I encourage you to check them out and order an item or two if you find something that you like!



"Color Play"

Model: Jade Than
Photographer: Sara Lehtomaa
Styling: Jade Than & Sara Lehtomaa



Photos: Eino Ailoranta (2nd photo) & me.

Time traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Ever since I was a little child I've had the habit of flicking through old photo albums exploring the past. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is that is so charming about it. Sometimes it's just a reminder to keep on creating new memories that you will be happy to keep - living life in a way that wont leave you with the sour taste of regret in your mouth. It also reminds you of the past you, who, perhaps, was very different from the present day you. In other words, it reminds you of your personal progress and might encourage you to go even further on that path.

        These photos are not even that old, only a couple of years or so, but still, even in that small of a period of time I know that I've changed a lot. Mostly in a good way. I can remember the uncertainty that largely controlled my life, my actions. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted from life, who I wanted to spend it with, or even what I wanted to be like myself. Photography was one of the only things that I was a hundred percent sure about (ironically that has changed now that I've experienced the not so pleasant reality of the fashion world, but that's ok, because, after all, there are a million ways to pursue a career in photography). I had also just met the love of my life (however cheesy that may sound), which brought with it a tsunami of new emotions and thoughts that were completely new to me. That also caused some uncertainty, simply because I didn't know how to assess it all. I only knew that being with him felt right. And so I stuck to that feeling. Today he is part of my family and I couldn't imagine life without him.

        Eino (in the photos above) is a friend of mine, who has been living in Helsinki for a couple of years now. We haven't really kept in touch after he moved, which is kind of sad, although I know we've both been occupied with studying and such. When he lived here in Turku we got to know each other through a mutual friend and started hanging out more thanks to our common interest in photography. It was nice having a buddy with whom you could do one of your favorite things. And in general I think that photography is always better when shared with someone - be it a model or a fellow photographer. Luckily there are plenty of people who are into that stuff nowadays, with photography becoming such a big thing and all. Any photographers out there (by any chance located in Turku)? I'd love to hear about your experiences of photography or any thoughts relating to the subject, so do leave a comment!



Top - H&M,  Pants - Vintage,  Jacket - Zara,  Necklace - H&M,  Oxfords - DinSko



Hi there! I've been planning to make this video for quite some time and finally got around doing it today, as I had nothing else to do. It's made out of clips that I've gathered during the last couple of years. As the title quite clearly suggests I wanted the video to say something about human existence. The importance of human relationships, but also the necessity of spending some time alone every once in a while. The balance of these things. The joy and the pain of our existence. The spectrum of experiences, thoughts and emotions that we encounter during our short lives. Sometimes it's confusing the shit out of us. Sometimes we don't think too much about it and just go with the flow. The idea that biology can produce such a complex thing as human consciousness is puzzling to say the least. Hope you guys enjoy the video, and please do watch it in HD!



Jacket - BoylyMia*,  Blouse - Gina Tricot,  Pants - H&M,  Shoes - River Island,  Hat - H&M



These photos were taken a couple of years ago in Antalya. Last night I was browsing old files and stumbled across them and thought "why have these never seen the light of day?". Well, I decided to correct the situation and share them with you. The blueness is just mesmerizing. Finland is, most of the time, so gray that merely looking at these photos is refreshing. Especially in this season of the year. I'm glad that it hasn't been that cold this winter here in Turku, but the complete lack of snow is actually kind of depressing, I now realize. Anyhows, I hope these photos brighten your day (or night). I've been taking a couple of days off from school work, but now I need to come out from hiding and exit the world of memories, as exciting and comforting as it is, and get back to frantic essay writing. Wish me luck. I will need it, because my mind is growing weaker with every day that passes. I'm slowly getting into my holiday mood and it certainly aint helping in terms of productivity. If you don't have anything better to do, by all means, leave me a comment below and tell me about your current mood! Peace out!