I'm turning 30 in a few months. Life is passing by. I'm still dressed in girly dresses and finding music as the biggest inspiration source. Can't make it without music in my emotional life and it often keeps me awake at night dreaming. I have a lot of things in my life to be happy about, some parts are missing, some parts to be proud of. However photography has been my way to realize my dreams and it keeps me alive. Without my clients I am nothing. I can't even with words describe how much energy and emotions they are sharing directly with me. It's like being high on sugar, but I guess you have to be a photographer to understand that feeling. To every single client during 2011, thanks for putting your trust in me and thanks to all of you who have send me thank you notes. I'm putting my heart into this profession so your words often make me teary-eyed.
This is a list of the past in 2011 and a bit of what future will bring.
Most scary thing: To drive in the Alps in Austria while shooting a travel reportage. These roads to the "Alpenhuttes" are killer roads!
Most unforgettble: Another year living my dream and the summer nights at my office when friends came over with food and love and was hanging out at the balcony. The rooftop skyline over Stockholm is so magical at night.
Most hurtful: The tattoo on my arm.
One day I was lucky: The day it was confirmed that I was going to shoot a wedding in Bali in May 2012.
Looking forward to: Falling in love.
One of my inspiration sources: Hans Zimmer's soundtracks. Specially the song "Time".
Best feature coming up: Style me pretty.
Most fun editorial shoot: Photographing the painter Johan Patricny and his home for the Swedish magazine Gods & Gårdar.
I'm thankful for: Working with the amazing journalist Evelyn Pesikan and to have found Hanna Melin, also a brilliant journalist, and to work with the ultra talented stylist Anna Rosén Rösiö.
Most emotional: To receive Emmeli & Jouni's thank-you-card.
When I had to pinch myself in the arm: When I woke up for the second time this year in one of France prettiest old villages for another wedding shoot. The family Hening/Holmes are adorable people.
I'm honored to: Have been asked by two French photo organizations to held a workshop for 66 photographers in France in April 2012.
Most challenging: To photograph Natalie and Dag's wedding in pouring rain and to shoot an editorial shoot on a sunny day when we wanted dark and cosy Christmas photos.
One thing I would not do next year: To photograph with such uncomfortable shoes.
Most embarrassing: Spent time photographing the Swedish princess Madeleine for 6 hours without recognize her.
My goal with 2012: Find harmony, work more structured and book more weddings abroad.
About my own wedding dream: Barefoot in the woods close to a lochan with fabrics hanging down from the trees. A Braveheart theme with bagpipes and my favorite song from the movie. Fog would have made a beautiful setting (but I guess you a least have to have a boyfriend to continuing dreaming...).
I also want to thank my readers. Thanks for your comments on the blog (they mean more than you ever can image) and for the support on my Facebook page (I recently passed the 800 likes which I'm very happy about). For those of you who have an account on Twitter, go follow me! I have finally understood what Twitter is all about and I got addicted for the first time during this Chrsitmas. If you want me to write about a special topic on the blog, please leave a comment. I promise to post more editorial shoots during 2011 and at the moment my website is being updated.
Below you can view some of my favorite wedding images from 2011.