Last summer was a summer of new things. It was the summer we photographed more weddings separately and I admit, it felt so weird at first. For so many years we were a team that had routines, routines we followed and felt comfortable in photographing together. In the mornings I always knew I’d have the perfect company for roadtrips and in the evenings I kept Jouni awake while he was driving if it had been a long day. Together we talked about how our feet and backs were hurting, but even though long days took their toll, it is laughter and happiness that I remember.
Photographing separately has done us both so much good and when we get to photograph together, we can appreciate the time spent together even more now that it’s not a common thing anymore. We’ve also come to be more confident in what we’re doing and it’s awesome after so many years. To be able to still evolve after all these years feels awesome.
Last Summer I also got to test my feet as a second photographer for Valoisa Photography‘s Senja, twice. Today I’m blogging photos from the first wedding we shot together. I actually just edited some of these photos yesterday, almost a year after the wedding. It opened my eyes in some ways; I’m usually so emotionally attached to every image I take and after such a long time, it was so easy to edit photos when I had forgotten all the things that (in my opinion) went wrong and after I had forgotten which photos were my favorites. This is definitely something I try to keep in mind in future, while I’m editing photos. I need to stop overthinking!
At the same time while I was editing these photos, I started thinking about all the things I’ve learned while being a photographer for so many years. Everything I’ve learned has been a result of actually doing something. Even though you do something wrong, you’ll learn. Making mistakes is not something you should be afraid of. You should embrace failure because all the failures will end up teaching you more than succeeding at first try. I’ve always been perfectionist of a sort and sometimes that part of me kills new ideas at the same moment I come up with them. I have millions of projects in my mind that I keep postponing until the perfect moment comes and the truth is that it will never come. There will never be a moment when we’ll have enough time, money and resources. Life is short and we most do things NOW.
So this year I’m going to get some of my projects into action. Drag people with me to all those places I have in my head, creating images that I’ve seen throughout the years with my mind’s eye. And even if I won’t get things done in a way I’ve always thought, that’s OK too! The most important thing is to have fun and find new dimensions in creativity.
I found new dimensions when I was photographing with Senja as well. We had the best time together even though we didn’t have previous experience photographing together before this event. Somehow our philosophy for photographing matched perfectly and it was awesome to have someone to talk to on the way home and to the wedding. Here’s a few of my favorites from a June day when we got to see Öljysäiliö 468 from the inside and afterwards we photographed a lovely wedding celebration at Restaurant Sipuli. ♥