Good morning, readers. I woke up at 6.39 AM on a Saturday. The first sure sign of Spring! Might as well blog some :)

At the beginning of year 2011 we had a big contest. I chose a favorite photos from shoots we did in 2010 and people voted for their favorite images and the winning photo was from Eevu & Anssi’s wedding. Meaning that they won a photo shoot of their choice!

Last October we had the pleasure of photographing Eevu, Anssi, Lumi and Linnea, the newest addition to their lovely family.

This is probably one of my favorite shoots ever. Maybe it’s because I absolutely love working with them. Maybe it’s because this was one of those pivotal moments when I realized how I want to document children and families and people in general. :)

For me (and for us) documenting the lives of people is important.  Photographing the little and big parts of their lives. The emotion. Feeling. Atmosphere.  Details. And there is no better way to capture the true spirit of someone than capturing them in the safe of their own home and surroundings. Children playing, families just hanging out. Being who they are.

Because when you are who you are, you get an honest portrait. When you’re in a place you love, you stop pretending. May it be your home, may it be some other place you have a connection to.

One of my all time favorite set of photos from one (well, two :) ) of my favorite photographers, Nordica Photography is this one. Their “Document You” pretty much sums up everything I’ve had on my mind since we started thinking what our approach to photographing people is.

Just like my dear friend Nani said: “If you want to do things differently, then why are you doing them the way everyone else is doing?”

Last October in general was a pivotal point in my life. It feels good to find your own voice. And I’m going to listen to that voice :)