I first met Kärolin during the warm summer of 2011 when I was just starting out with photography. I hitchhiked to her place in Hiiumaa and we drove around the island over two days, doing spontaneous photoshoots everywhere. Here you can see where it all started: http://mellupesa.blogspot.com.ee/2011/09/owls.html
Now it felt right to see her again. Thanks to flying around the world so often, my Finnair account had gained enough flight miles for a free trip to Stockholm where she now lives, and after eating way too much amazing brunch and an inspiration trip to the local IKEA, we climbed up the hills in Nyckelviken and shot these images in the fading winter evening light.
Maarja-Liisa and Triinu have been friends for 18 years, lasting way more than an average marriage. They do all kinds of great things together. Since one of their favourite pastime activities is exploring and hiking around in bogs, our shooting location obviously had to be a bog as well. And as neither of them really qualifies as a “good girl”, we decided to go with a dark and witchy theme for the photos…
“I will follow you into the dark.
There has always been something fascinating about the darkness. Maybe it’s seeing things as they truly are - raw and beautiful. We have always believed it’s the same with us. Our true colours start to shine in the most silent and loneliest places, showing what we really are - wild and innocent at the same time. But what you don’t know…there’s a little bit of devil in our angel eyes and if you look closely you can see it in these you-will-never-really-know-me smiles.” - M&T
When Kadri wrote to me the autumn before her wedding and mentioned she was going to have a steampunk-themed reception, I almost screamed. Dress by one of my favourite designers! Victorian accessories! TOPHATS! What’s there not to love about it?!
“We met 5 years ago at his band rehersal. We started talking and soon went to Viljandi Folk. The rest is history.
He makes me laugh when I am mad. He pushes me to do things I am afraid of, but they actually benefit me. He makes me take risks. He makes me a better person. He completes me.
After all we have been through, all the good and not so good, I still would not imagine anyone but him by my side.”
“She makes me realise, I am not alone in my worries and my joys. She makes me stride to be a better person and actually want to reach my potential and not give up.
Even though we may see some things differently, we complete each other, creating a beautiful harmony.”
I am very, very, very grateful that you two chose me to photograph your most important day ❤