Michelle + Axel Pre-wedding Session

Who can relate to the first time you felt infatuated? Remember, the time you fell in love? Your heart longing to spend time with him/her? That excitement when you see your lover after a period of time? I am sure it is a feeling that cannot be described in words!

Looking back, that stage when I was 17 to 25 was a very exciting one. The whole idea of falling in love and finding ‘the person’ seemed like the only task in hand. Each time one of my friends were proposed to or mutually fell in love, we used to gather around them in our hostel rooms to listen to their story with wide eyes. Most times our conversations would run way past mid night. We bombarded them with questions like,

How does it feel to be love?

Did your heart really skip a beat?

Did you kiss?

What was it like?

We used to nag our friends until we were convinced they have shared every ounce of their story!

And then we used to watch romantic comedy movies for hours on end. Serendipity, Notting Hill, You’ve Got Mail, Sweet Home Alabama and Sleepless in Seattle were some of our super favourites! Those good looking actors, the romantic dialogues, the music and the cinematography would leave us all lovestruck sending each of us into dreamlands.

The reason I was flooded with these bygone memories is because a couple of weeks ago I got to photograph this very adorable couple who are engaged to be married this summer. It was the first Saturday of 2018. It was a super cold morning with the real feel around -8°C. Except for a few joggers, the vast gorgeous landscape of Hagaparken was at its picturesque best. The golden sun was peering through the ginormous bare trees. The glistening water, the meadow and the woods appeared like a painting. Michelle and Axel walked right into that painting!

Watching them both felt like one of my favourite romantic movies being playing out live in front of me. They were head over heels in love. You can just tell they were smitten with each other. To add to their chemistry there was this certain sweetness, innocence and simplicity in both that made photographing them a pure delight!

Here are some of my favourite moments from their pre-wedding session. Do not miss the video right at the very end!

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When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but the
yearning to be close to the other. The presence that is felt
through a hand held, a voice heard, or a smile seen.

Souls do not have calendars or clocks, nor do they understand
the notion of time or distance. They only know it feels right to
be with one another. – Lang Leav

My best wishes to Michelle and Axel as they plan their dream wedding and a very very happy ever after!

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The Daniel Family Christmas Reunion

The Queen delivered one of her best Christmas speeches last month. Clad in an ivory white dress, looking graceful and poised, she said,

“We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love; of shared stories and memories, which is perhaps why at this time of year so many return to where they grew up. There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home. For many, the idea of “home” reaches beyond a physical building – to a home town or city.”

I got to wrap up 2017 photographing Daniel and his family’s Christmas reunion. Each family had flown in from different parts of the world to spend the holidays together in Stockholm, Sweden – their home!

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The reunion was a very special one for them because it was first time all members of the family were present. For me this shoot was special because it was the first time I was photographing three generations together.

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Just as the Queen had put it, I could feel the timeless simplicity of the warmth and love shared between the grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and grandkids.

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These were truly timeless moments because the distance and the time that had separated each other, vanished that moment. I am sure time stood still those few days as they created memories together.

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“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”

In this fast paced world, such reunions become vital because that’s where love and the sense of belonging is brewed and strengthened!

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This beautiful home perched right on top of that little hill amidst the rocks and the evergreens holds memories that have now travelled far and wide but would last a lifetime!

Daniel, thank you for letting me capture these timeless moments for you!

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“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.” – Emily Matthews

Despina + Rafaela (Mommy Daughter Session)

Mother & Daughter – It’s a special bond that spans the years. Through laughter, worry, smiles and tears, A sense of trust that can’t be broken, A depth of love sometimes unspoken, A lifelong friendship built on sharing, Hugs and kisses, warmth and caring, Mother and daughter, their hearts as one – A link that can never be undone. – Unknown

Got the privilege of capturing this beautiful Greek mom-daughter duo! The 30 minute session overflowed with so much love and laughter. Photographing the innocence on the child’s face and warmth and adoration of the mother, was absolute delight!

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Saphira Winter Portraits

The magic, the wonder, the mystery and the innocence of a child’s heart are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that. What we need to learn from children isnt childish. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life, which is everpresent and only asks to be lived. They know the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our own hearts.

-Michael Jackson

Last Sunday I got to capture that magic, that wonder and that innocence of 7 year old Saphira! She carried herself with so much poise, elegance and grace!

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Skansen in Winter

My friend and I planned to visit Skansen yesterday. The plan was to meet at 11. I reached the venue at 11:30. Unfortunately my friend had forgotten to pick up the entrance tickets so she had to rush home and pick it up. She arrived by 12.

Those 45 mins of waiting felt like I was trapped in ice. The temperature was only between -1C. Technically it shouldn’t be much because I have experienced unto -18C. Despite three layers of clothes, my toes and fingers began to turn numb! I stood there stamping my toes so I don’t loose my sense. I almost decided to return home wondering if I will be able to survive that long outdoors!

Thank God I didn’t!
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Aakansha at Slussen

This year I choose to pursue my dream and my passion in photography. The journey was filled with a lot of excitement, new experiences, wonderful people and plenty of learning!

To wrap this great year shooting this bold and beautiful person through the beautiful old cobbled streets of Slussen was an absolute privilege!
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