May 31, 2011

Annie Leibowitz and Lady Gaga!

Maybe I don´t have the budget or Lady Gaga, but that only means that I have something to look up to!
I simply love Annie and the lady!

May 27, 2011

True blood anyone?

You simply have to listen to the song while looking at this picture! 
It was not inspired by the song but the final outcome sure works with the vibe from True Blood!!

Tommy Fredvang is shedding his good guy image!

Taken last Saturday at Kolonihaven Studio.

Who needs Eric Northman when you can have Tommy instead?!

May 26, 2011

Rein Alexander - the great!

Taken last Saturday:)

I really like this picture as I feel I captured his essence:
Grand, powerful and classic!

What an amazing voice!
Enjoy...I know you will;)

May 25, 2011

Amazing Lofoten!

Thank you Arne Adli for sharing the picture you took of me at Skrova. 

I simply love it!

May 24, 2011

Naked photographer!

Melancholy on a Tuesday...

Press play!
What´s the story behind the girl?
Held in captivity and broken down.
Still there is light.

I took this picture this weekend at Skrova.
I found the perfect location and the feeling of complete and utter silence penetrated my skin.
It filled my lungs with harmony and the cold played with my fingertips and toes.
The privacy in this worn old house was both numbing and therapeutic.

This picture can make me cry as it represents a time in my life when I could not see the light but I knew that it was there somewhere.
For the first time I see myself from a distance. 
Vulnerable and naked. 

Lucky am I to have been there, and lucky am I who have grown stronger from it.

Let there be light!

May 23, 2011

Fantastic weekend at Skrova!

This weekend I had the great pleasure of participating at a photo workshop hosted by Bresson Leica at Fotobrygga at beautiful Skrova in Lofoten!

I have, sadly, never been up north until now, but oh my, am I glad that I finally got the opportunity to go:) 
CF Wesenberg was the lead speaker and I was so lucky to be invited to go with him!
Bjørn Opsahl was there as well and contributed with valuable information about retouch and behind the scenes.
In all we were 15 people with ears sharpened and cameras ready.
Except from the, needless to say, AMAZING scenery, I would like to give you a quick summary of my personal highlights from the trip:

- A moral discussion with Bjørn on the effect of retouch within fashion and portrait shots on today´s society
- CF´s take on cropping and colors
- Self portraits - I had my own little project going over three days
- The energy and inspiration that is bound to emerge when you spend Thursday through Sunday only talking about photography 

I will of course share pictures with you later this week.
Also I will show you some pictures from one of the participants, that I particularly liked:)

May 19, 2011

You have NEVER seen Tommy Fredvang like this!

Press play before reading!!! I need to get you in the right mood first!
(but don´t pay attention to the lyrics as they don´t apply here...)

Toot toot beep beep!

In lovely Norway we have a certain something called "janteloven". Basically this is a way of perceiving those who have succeeded in something and NOT in a good way!
It´s a form of hatin´ (I am sooooo street...) and there are actually limits to how successful you are allowed to be.


I say f$%# it!
I am tooting my own horn today and if you ask me - rightfully so!

This young lady is stepping up her game and is now showing growth in her passion.
Right? Well, maybe it´s just me...
Or maybe I am adding this sentence so I don´t get arrested by the "jantelov"-police...

The portraits of Tommy are probably amongst the best work I have done so far.
Don´t mistake this for me thinking that I don´t have more to learn, because I really do!

But for know I will look at these pictures with a sense of pride!
I took them last Saturday and the feeling of satisfaction of a hard days work can simply not be described in words!

May 18, 2011

The 17th of May:)

The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17yh in 1814. 
The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation!
And here you see how we celebrate in our beautiful national costumes:)

May 16, 2011

Sweet weekend!

What a weekend I had...

Tommy Fredvang picked me up at 6 in the morning!
We went up to Sognsvann where poor Tommy had to go swimming...

After our shoot in the water we made breakfast in the studio, and we continued shooting inside until 3 pm.
In other words - the longest portrait shoot I have had, but totally worth it!

Then Rein Alexander and Mads Belden came to the studio for press photographs for their Christmas concert tour.
We had so much fun!:)

Check out the video:

This was actually the third video I took of them, because my iPhone speaker could not handle their powerful voices!

In the evening I went to the Kamelot concert where Atle Pettersen was one of the guest vocalists.
I took some pics of him in action!

How lucky am I?
I went from acoustic "one man band", to opera, to heavy metal in one day!
Gotta say:
It was a day filled with contrasts that left me on a high like never before!

Needless to say:
I spent my Sunday rating and choosing pictures form the shoots.
Retouch here I come:)

May 13, 2011

Location scouting with Tommy Fredvang!

While CF Wesenberg was shooting Fredrik Skavlan at Kolonihaven yesterday evening, I went location scouting with Tommy.
We are shooting this coming Saturday and I think we can get some good pics!

May 11, 2011

Just another day at Kolonihaven:)

Per Heimly had a shoot yesterday at Kolonihaven Studio.
Halvdan Sivertsen and Jan Eggum (troubadours) was shot both by Per and TV2.
It all ended up in them having a (tiny) concert for us:)

May 10, 2011

Having some problems uploading...

on my blog! :( 
I wanted to share some pics with you from my weekend, but I guess this one has got to do in the mean time.

I´ll try to fix it today!

Photo by: Rune Bendiksen

What a great day!!
And I keep dreaming of the ocean and pussycats...
Wonder what it means?!

Have a great day in the sun:)

May 6, 2011

L.A. Chic!

Styling: Sol Naghibian
Hår: Nikola Grozdic
Make up: Anja Borgen

Going out to celebrate my beautiful sister today!!!
Shout out to my love Gine Margrethe Kaarstein Larsen:

Have a great weekend:)

May 4, 2011

My way to "Santiago De Compostela"

When does one draw the line of life altering change?
Where does one draw the line and must one ever draw it?
Must it be physical or is it enough that it is mental?
If only emotional why is it so easy to fall back into old patterns?
Why is it so easy to fall back and why is it so difficult to move on?
Are we all like this?

Are we just to scared to make a final decision, terrified that it will be the biggest mistake of our lives, or maybe even worse, we don´t make a decision and the choice is forever left in our hearts unanswered, leaving us to rome this earth as zombies with no final destination.
If a mistake, one can try to make it good or even convince ourselves that we will make the right decision next time around. 
If undecided - no answer, neither here - nor there: LIMBO!

Is it schizophrenic or just how we cope? 
Seems like many of us are terrified to make a choice and stick by it.
Must we push ourselves to the extreme?

I always find myself asking so many questions.
I have many more...

...but sometimes I also have to come to a conclusion.
I am glad I had a choice to make to begin with!
I would never be without.

Though my line may be fragile and sometimes invisible, I still made my choice.
All my choices are based on my gut feeling.
I believe in faith.
I believe in destiny.
I believe that we are always at the right place and the right time, for life. 
Of course YOU make the decisions, but at the end;
I believe that you learn what you are supposed to,
and grow as much as you are supposed to.

There will always be the butterfly effect causing ripples in our life, but still, I believe that once this life is done, you have experienced what you came for.
Lucky us - we get to decide!
You can choose the wrapping of your gift, but the gift itself, will be the same and it will find you.
As one particular found me!

Thank you dear gift.
Thank you for the experience and the wisdom so far!
It has been a pleasure, and some headache, but it wouldn´t taste as good if it hadn´t been for the headache;)

I will cherish this special gift forever!

I am guessing you are curious of what I am rambling about?
I am talking about the gift of my work, all together.
I have just now grown aware that this work schedule of mine is a substitute for a bigger dream I have, that has not yet come true.
I fill my days to the maximum, but voluntary and gladly so.
How far can I push it?
How many hard working, "100% focus on work"-years, does one person get?
I don´t know the answer to the latter, but I believe I still have a few.
A few more years with these working hours before I can kick back and enjoy other aspects of life.

I CHOOSE to enjoy the ride!

Me in ZEN mode..
In Turkey last summer, just about to start my new life with my new gift! <3
No make up & no retouch.

May 3, 2011

Girl Power to all you lovely ladies!

"Phenomenal Woman" 
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size

But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

May 2, 2011