For those of you who didn't know. I'm half Moroccan. My dad is born there and moved to Sweden some years before I was born. Whenever I visit I feel that I somehow have come back to my roots, and yet it feels very alien and different to me. But I miss it. Very bad. It's an amazing country. Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech are all amazing cities.
I can't help though but to feel a little bit worried when I hear about the happenings in North Africa. So this post is for my family over there. Je vous manque.
People tend to have a lot of shoes. And I admit. I have. But, my biggest sin when it comes to clothes is probably jackets. I have loads of them. Here's 10 of them. I will put up some of them at Tradera quite soon, since I realised that I can't make use of them all, no matter how pretty I find them. If you're interested in one of them, shoot me an email. (email@example.com) All the jackets are size an Europeian 36/38 unless something else stated.
1. Jacket bought at H&M, original price was 750 kr. I really like this trenchcoat but grown a bit tired of it, shame I think. Trenchcoats are awesome.
2. Also from H&M, bought it like 3 years ago. Still like it. A lot. I think it was around 400 kr or something like that.
3. This is from Cheap Monday, I used it a lot last spring and will probably do the same this spring. It's kinda like a poncho, except that it's actually not. I bought it for 600 kr.
4. Bought this jacket from a Chinese woman at Spitafields market in London. One of my favorite markets, for sure. I think I bought this for around 40 English pounds.
5. Newly bought from H&M, a super military jacket! It's really comfy. I use it whenever I feel like colour, but not so much of it. Original price, 1000 kr. I bought it for 150.
6. This one is way too big for me, but it's so pretty. I love asymmetric stuff. One of my favorites, ugh why didn't Weekday have it in a smaller size. This one is Medium/Large. It was around 1200 kr I think.
7. This 50-inspired jacket from Zara was actually bought by my mum. She figured I liked the colour, and sure I did.
8. My aviatorjacket bought at Topshop in London. It feels so unlike me though. I'm more of a coat person rather than aviator person when it's winter. Considering selling it.
9. Mmmm I adore this jacket. From Weekday, with fringes.
10. My absolute favorite right now. The picture doesn't do it justice though. It's a very pretty indigo. From Asos.
I mean, look, LOOK! Solve Sundsbo captures magic here. It's entralling, magical, enchatning and oh, so pretty. I really really wish I could shoot like this.
Behind this photo there's a lot of hard work, from everyone's part. If you start with the appearance: The horns are real, I worked on them quite a while. They're attached to a headband that's hidden behind her thick hair. The dress is from Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair (one of my favorite Swedish brands) and it's absolutely gorgeous in real life. And it's really flowy, which suited this picture quite good. Her make-up is very sheer and almost unnoticable, instead of enhancing the eyes with mascara and such they're rather hidden behind light powder. And we left her freckles as they are, I mean, freckles are amazing. And the flow in her hair is actually made by waving a reflector screen on her right side (just outside the picture).
I remember that this day it was really sunny. So I had to do what I could in order to make it possible for Flora to endure the sunlight. As many of you know looking directly into the sunlight (or even near the sunlight) is not pleasant nor healthy. But unfortunately, photos taken that way tend to be the prettiest. So we tried to work around it and ended up with this picture. Backlight can be really beautiful.
This was shot in April (or Mars, not sure) and it was the first sunny day we'd had for a very very long time. And basically, it was for me a very successful shoot. Here I used backlight aswell, but with a reflector at the front and a lot of light was also reflected from the snow around us. I asked Elvira to do several angry expressions and growl (haha yes it's pretty weird, but it looks more authentic), something that can be very hard for a model if they're not used to it, but after a few tries we got this picture. The wavy things you see around her in the picture is actually another picture that I put onto the original picture in Photoshop. It's a photo of flames that I took in our stove at home after the shoot.
I absolutely love this one. Mostly because it's a combination of sepia and black and white, which makes the picture much much more interesting, although it's very subtle. If you look carefully you can see that different areas have different colours. In the middle it's mostly black and white but if you look more around the sides you'll see that it's more sepia there. This was shot from above, I was standing on a pretty big stone and taking picture. My assistant Clara was standing beside me a little bit on the right reflecting the sun on the reflector onto Josefin.
It was freezing the day we took this photo (I swear that Lisen has been through a lot during our photoshoots) but it turned out really pretty. We used my smoke machine to make the background a little bit softer and then we took a few photos very fast since I didn't want her to catch a cold or something. She had roses in her hair from an old boquet I got a few weeks before. The light in the picture is from the lights that we had on our Christmas Tree, odd huh?
This is a self-portrait (or two combined actually) I took of myself after coming home from the hairdresser. My hair was straight and I found it so weird but nice at the same time that I had to perpetuate it. So I took these pictures in the soft evening light and made it even softer by adding a pink tone in Photoshop. I really should do more self-portraits like this.
This photos is perhaps the most powerful I've taken. The light is coming from two sides, one is from a softbox that stands very close by on her left and the other is an umbrella a little further away. There's a lot of photoshop behind this picture as well. But I think the photo was really good from the beginning so it was merely a matter of enhancing the photo rather than making it pretty. I could say a lot about the work in this photo but it would probably be a few pages so we'll leave it at that.
This thursday I slept in and had a long time before I had to head for school. I enjoyed this very non-stressful morning by trying on, walking in and admiring my beautiful new shoes I got from Solestruck. Of course it's Jeffrey Campbell. Of course it's Lita. I have like many others fallen for the Lita fever. I have a pair in Mustard as well. And they're goooorgeous. In my litas I'm not merely walking, I'm flying.
Saturday I will launch a massive post, stay tuned.
I took these pictures today for my art course at school. We're working on our own projects and my project is black & white combined with aquarelle illustration. So I'm going to work big time on these, I hope it will turn out good, since aquarelle is beautiful.
I haven't shot anything for a long time and my fingers are itching to shoot something awesome. But I haven't got the time to plan them! Makes me wanna quit school and just shoot full-time. But I won't. Just a little bit more than a year and I'll graduate.
So in the mean time I'm making some kickass black and white conversions.
This is the usual progress that all of my photos go through: Original photo, raw-processing in Lightroom and then Photoshop retouch. I think that the last photo is a tiny bit over-processed but ah, it's just an example.
Today these two have been keeping me company this weekend. Zanzibar by constantly whining about playing with him and Cami by watching me swear over not being able to pull off wallruns and stuff in Mirror's Edge. Right now we're working on a new design for my blog, which have been due for a long time, I think.
Thanks for all the super helpful comments I got at the previous post! You'll be seeing some pretty small but good changes soon.
Ps: I suggest that you listen to Fleet Foxes new single: Helplessness Blues. Cami woke me up by playing that song, best way of waking up, ever.
It's time for a change I think. I've noticed that the amount of readers have been going up and down. And honestly I understand why. Therefore I ask you guys, what can I do to make this blog better? The amount of photos? The quality of the texts?
This is what I can do:
1. Write more about my opinions on things, like different photographers, how I look upon photography, what I think about photo bloggers in general and you know... write about stuff that's related to what I do.
2. Before/after photos from already published or non-published photos I've taken.
3. Recommendations and features. I'm thinking about developing a sort of interview thing for the blog, perhaps perhaps.
4. More photos about my daily life, what I actually do during the days.
5. A brand new category for something exciting! Any suggestions?
This is what I can't do:
1. I can't teach you photoshop. Honestly I don't have the time nor the ambition to do so. I learned Photoshop all by myself and it worked out fine. I think that if people really want to be able to use Photoshop at it's fullest, then open the program and try! (There's also a very nice website I heard of that's called Google) It will take time. But it'll be worth it.
2. More photo shoots. I shoot as often as I can. Believe me. But I can't escape from the fact that I'm still a full-time science student and there's only a certain amount of time that I have on my hands in order to plan them.
Do you have any opinions? Is there something you could do without on this blog? Or is there something that's missing? Do tell. I really really appreciate every single opinion here. You are my readers and my blog is pretty much nothing without you.
In case you've been wondering where I've been during the last couple of days since there has been no post what so ever for a long time I can tell you now that I've been at Sthlm Fashion Week and taken photos for Radar and Rodeo. And it has been a lot of stress but a whole load of fun as well, meeting new amazing people and seeing the shows (I loved loved loved Odeur). Now I'm onto next project, another editorial for Modette and some video editing.