blogWhat an exciting month this has been!

Many months ago I got a mail from Australia.  E & A, who had found me through the wpja.com, were wondering if I could be their photographer at their intimate wedding at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, 200m above the Polar Circle, in the north of Sweden.

They were looking for our photojournalistic approach that reflected their fun & happy personality and at the same time, captured the beautiful winter surroundings of the Ice Hotel, where E had spent some time working as trainee a couple of years ago. What a dream! Just my cup of tea!

We checked the weather and to our delight, it would be -34 C that week. Well, if  you are shooting in the North Pole, let’s have North Pole weather, right?

Thankfully, the temperatures just reached -24 C that week, so we didn’t freeze as much as we thought we would. We succeeded planning their couple shoots for three hours and thanks to E’s amazing family, who came along with us with warm jackets, gloves and hats, we could ”uncover” them, take a picture, play a little, and then go back to covering them all over again!

When we got to Kiruna, we also noticed that everything was ”blue”. Really blue. Blue snow, blue people, blue everything. When we googled it, we learned that from December 15th to January 15th, a phenomena called ” The Blue Twilight” happens above the Polar Circle:

The blue hour

Around 1–2 o’clock in the afternoon, the residual light is reflected off the blue sea and the white snow, and the landscape is bathed in a glassy deep blue color. This wonderful blue stays with us as long as the snow covers the ground and there is twilight. However, the blue hour occurs a few minutes later every day during winter, as the sun gains strength.

The Blue was wonderful but not as wonderful for us photographers, as every single person looked like they had come out Avatar. Thanks to our research previous to our trip, we also learned that having our cameras’ WB on Kelvin degrees, we could fix the blue out of peoples’ skin, as well as using the flash at all times inside the Ice Hotel. For me who avoid as much as I can to use a flash, this was really an amazing learning experience, nothing better than a challenge to become better photographers!

E & A also decided not to have the wedding ceremony in the Ice Church, but inside the beautiful hall of the Ice Hotel.

Our groom surprised the bride by bringing her favorite Swedish artist to sing at the ceremony. Wow, how wonderful it was to see her reaction and to hear Jens Lekman sing a song he had composed specially to our cute Australians -January 15th (http://jenslekman.com/records/smalltalk.htm ). I looooove the lyrics! Please do note that there’s a little ”cloud” of smoke on every picture: their BREATH! ;-) As it’s -5 C inside the hotel, you can see everybody’s warm breath in every picture! ;-)

After the ceremony, the couple left for their nine month trip around the world before they go back home to Australia. Wow, what a couple, what an experience, what a wedding! We had soooo much in common that I’m sure I’ve made friends for life! ♥

Artists for the pictures below:

ART SUITE: 7 , 5 ° Rø by Wolfgang-A. Lüchow, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, Anja Kilian

ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi. Boom av Wouter Biegelaar, Viktor Tsarski & Maurizio Perron

ART SUITE: Hot Type in a Cold Setting av John Bark & Charli Kasselbäck

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  • Janelle Myers

    Your photos were beautiful and breathtaking. Erin & her mum Michele are my cousins!ReplyCancel

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Winter weddings. Wonderful warm furry coats, fluffy mittens, snow slowly falling, warm hugs that keep the cold away.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing a winter wedding and just when the couple was leaving the church, it started snowing. Everything became suddenly magical.

As a wedding photographer, I’m so happy that this Wednesday I have another winter wedding by the Ice Hotel (where we have heard would be getting veeery cold, around -30 degrees celcius…..brrrrrr) and next week we will be flying all the way to Norway for a pre-wedding shoot with a couple from Brunei.

Being able to capture beautiful pictures in the winter and in cold temperatures demands a lot of preparation, so nothing gets in the way of creating your images.

“Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder.” / ”There is no bad weather, just bad clothes.”

A Swedish saying that fits winter weddings perfectly and something very important to remember when choosing what to wear on a wedding day. Both as a couple and as a photographer.

Here you can find a list on what you should think about, based on our long experience with photographing in cold temperatures:

-Warm feet and warm hands. Save your high heel shoes for the church and the reception. When you are out, boots are a must, specially if you want your couple shots taken outdoors. Did you know that UGGs has a “I-do-collection” (yes, I’m an UGGs fan!)?

http://www.uggaustralia.eu/the-i-do-collection/

Groom: forget your nice suit socks. Ski socks are the best and the warmest! On one of our weddings I had to lend my own ski socks for both groom and bestman, as they couldn’t feel their feet after 10 minutes in -20!

Bride: getting married in the winter means having the possibility of wearing a wonderful winter cape on your outdoor pictures. Even though most of the brides want to have some pictures just with their dress, if you don’t want your couple shooting to last 5 minutes, have a warm coat next to you, so you can always warm yourself in between shots.

-Our Swedish Drugstore or any other sports store sell wonderful ”hand & feet warmers” that can be bought and used when you feel you need little extra warmth. Here you have some stores where I’ve found them:

http://www.engelsons.se/sjalvhaftande-fotvarmare

http://www.coolstuff.se/tag/Handvarmare?gclid=CjwKEAiA5qOlBRDAn8K5qen65joSJADRvlbqwjAbwturoxVnhG-foOxsTYA1t2vd4aUEJtmUbpNq8BoCUMHw_wcB

-if you are planning to be photographed for a longer period of time outdoors, it’s wise to be close to a warm car or a warm room you can go in and warm yourselves from time to time.

As a winter wedding photographer, I always have all of that in my photobag. I go to a shoot dressed as if I would go skiing! ;-) This December, when  I was actually skiing with my family, I found this heating-vest in a local store up in the mountains. It’s already packed in my suitcase for our trip to Kiruna tomorrow and I hope that it will have three different purposes: warming me, warming the couple, or keeping our batteries warm (you do know that batteries freeze or have a much shorter life in extreme cold temperatures, right?)

This is the NEVERCOLD vest I bought:

http://jaktochfriluftsbutiken.se/varmeprodukter/nevercold-varmevast-yukon/

And last but not least, remember that the camera mirrors tend to fog if you go from cold to warm. If they fog, it can take up to hours for the glasses to look normal again. A very cool look in some pictures, but not something you maybe want to have in every single picture!

Have fun with your winter photography!

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blog4The South of Gotland is an unexplored part of this beautiful Island. Old fishing villages, beautiful national parks & amazingly friendly people, these are the things most of the visitors miss when visiting the island. As our couple was  having their reception at Ulrika Davidsson’s restaurant, Hemma hos Ulrika, in Ronehamn, together we decided to shoot their couple portraits in the fishing village of Tomtbod, which was just around the corner.

When shooting couples where the environment is a living part of their wedding, we always try to capture as much as the scenery as possible and also combine portraits with the beautiful nature all around them. As you can see, I really loved the old boats and the fishing pods.

The Ceremony was held in the old Eke Church, another one of Gotland’s magnificent medieval churches and there was not a dry eye left when the angelical voices of the bridesmaids hit everybody’s hearts. Thank you S & F for letting us document your beautiful wedding. I can say that there was not a dry eye left here too when I was ready with all your pictures.♥

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  • I love some of your ideas seeing here. You perfectly mixed happy people and beautiful Scandinavian landscapes. It’s a real pleasure to watch :) Good job!ReplyCancel

    • morethanwords.se

      Thanks Slubna! It warms my heart to read your comment!

blogI was in a workshop a few weeks ago when the photographer said that he had found out why destination weddings always brought the best out of him: the fear, challenge and most of all, the excitement of the unknown. As that came right to me as a powerful insight, I realized that I have always felt the same. I loooove the unknown, I loooove to be somewhere I have never been before, I love to feel my creativity and my sensible soul almost screaming out of my skin, as all my senses work together to absorb and capture everything I see that is beautiful. And then I can tell you my friends, that’s when I can see beauty EVERYWHERE.

I’ve been working on this Gotland wedding for weeks now. I was supposed to deliver an amount of pictures that became…..well…..I don’t even want to tell you how many more pictures than promised I’m sending them. I-just-could-not-take-anything-else-away. Everything was…….just magical….

As I want to share with you all the beauty, love & warmth and the gorgeous Gotland Gisela and I experienced, I’ll share this wedding with you bit by bit. ;-)

One of the best thing about destination weddings is the chance we have of being around for a whole weekend. Then we can also be around from the moment the couple start getting ready to the first dance. Those quiet and intimate moments of the getting ready process have a big special place in my heart. Combine that with two out-of-this-world cute boys and tadaaaaaa, you have me in my natural habitat. I love love love each one of those pictures and hope you can also feel the huge love wave coming out this family while they get ready for one of the best days of their lives. ♥blog1blog3

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Japan. We started talking about Japan. Or was it that they were so easygoing and friendly I couldn’t resist them? Or maybe it was Farelle’s magical laugh. Mmm….or Patrik’s story about a pair of red socks.

Whatever it was, I was sold. I had fallen in love with those two the moment they walked into my door. And not even a tsunami-happening during our couple shooting (don’t ask!) couldn’t make us forget the loving mood that embraced us all on this August day.

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  • Jojo Love

    Wow, congratulations ,I can tell you Haitian woman is one of the best woman in the world ,smart, beautiful and they know how to care their husbands…lollReplyCancel

  • Love you guys. ❤️ReplyCancel

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Being asked to photograph a wedding photographer is probably one of the biggest honours and one of the biggest fears any wedding photographer has. When Laya and I drove 5 hours down to HJO, we listened to inspirational music, we talked about our pictures ideas and we felt really inspired.

This inspiration was nothing though compared to the inspiration we got from M & K love. From the moment the saw each other for the first time, we forgot everything else and then only thing we could see was love. That kind of love that is so strong that makes even us, who are not in the middle of it, feel loved.

The whole day was like a big cloud of love had surrounded us all. We laughed, we cried and we were sold by the energy of these two. I guess I don’t need to say anything else, as the story of their day we will tell you know will show you what we mean.

K & M, we loved HJO, but we loved the gift of photographing your beautiful day more!

This is our song to you and this new family you are building:

K & M

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Paris, the most romantic city in the world, and for us, at its most beautiful state when it’s still asleep.

That’s why, when we book a pre-wedding shoot or an engagement session in the city of lights, we book it EARLY-early in the morning of course. ;-)  This time we decided to meet our beautiful couple at 6 am by the Eiffel Tower. The only problem is that we had gotten the wrong information about the sunrise and we were there waaaay before the sun decided to show up. It wouldn’t have been a problem if the weather would have helped us, but at 2 degrees Celcius, I can tell you that when our couple arrived (thank God they arrived later than what we had told them), three photographers had almost frozen to death! ;-)

Thaise and Luiz came all the way from Brazil to do their engagement pictures in Paris. I was delighted that they had chosen me as their photographer and I decided to give them 150% of my dedication. We spent the whole day with them and took them around the most beautiful Parisian sights. Their love warmed us soooo much that it even brought us some hours of sun on this day that had nothing but rain on its weather forecast for the day.

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In the end of March I had the honor of photographing the intimate wedding of one of my friends. We met when I started photographing her children and since then we have worked together and naturally become good friends. This is one of the joys of working as a photographer with wonderful people, you always get new good friends along the way.

I just loooove their wedding photographs. We were all sooo relaxed and the hours we spend with them and their wonderful three children just flew by.

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