May 31, 2012

James Dean?


Okay, maybe not, but most of his friends would call him the Vietnamese James Dean, and I have to say I agree!
This guy is so photogenic! I took these pics at Easter.
Thank you Binh Vo Thanh;)




May 30, 2012

A shout out to my readers!


A shout out to all my friends in:
Germany, Sweden, Colombia, Japan, Russia, USA, Brasil, France, Ukraine, Polen, Norway, Great Britain, Netherlands, Finland, Australia & Canada...To mention some of my followers...
I see that you are reading my blog!
Wow!!!!
Thank you:)

And don´t forget to download Instagram and follow me there:
@anneelisabethlarsen

This is better than Twitter and more addictive than Facebook!
And PERFECT for us photo lovers<3



May 29, 2012

Getting married?



High time I did this!!
This video is my wedding portfolio and a salute to the couples that I got to capture "on film". You all look sooooo beautiful:)

In all pictures I have used my D90 and natural lighting. 

I urge you to watch the whole video and also please share it with your friends<3


May 28, 2012

May 25, 2012

THE THIEF



It`s official!!!

As of June 4th I will be the new Sales Manager of Oslo`s newest hotel THE THIEF!
After two years focusing on photo at Kolonihaven Studio AS, I have decided to move on to new challenges.
It has been two years of every emotional aspect you can imagine and I have learned so much!
We have laughed and we have cried.
It has always been personal and it has always been meaningful.
I have met beautiful people I will keep in my life always and the thing I will cherish the most is the love we all shared for photography<3
Although I leave with melancholy, I also leave with great treasures!


I will continue taking pictures and I will continue this blog as long as I can, so no fear, you will not lose me;)

BUT I AM SOOOOOOO HAPPY I AM JOINING THE TEAM AT THE THIEF!!!
A team of dedicated, great people is awaiting my arrival and I can not wait to start this new chapter in my life:)


THE THIEF is being built as we speak and is located at the newest part of Oslo, Tjuvholmen (Island of Thieves, pun highly intended). It will open in Jan 2013.



May 23, 2012

Say hello to love...

I always get so sad when I meet people who's hearts are closed.

They are easy to spot!
Let me give you a couple examples:

It´s the one who desperately want´s to stay single.
It´s the one who doesn't listen.
It´s the one who are more interested in what everyone else is doing. 

I am not restraining this post to romantic love only.
I want to open up for the love that we all have in our hearts<3

To be quite honest it pisses me of!
Because love is all around and these people are missing the purpose of life!

Let me tell you something right now:
The one who is not open for love has an empty soul!

Love is all around
Love is food for the soul 
and love is everywhere

I feel sad because obviously something happened in their lifes that blocked their heart from seeing the truth.
Love can be oh so painful, but most of the time it is oh so beautiful<3

"I see birds flying high
Red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to my self:
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD!"

But maybe we should take some time and think about what love is?
To me love is respect:
Treating people around you like you want to be treated yourself
respecting boundaries and time in the process.
It is not pretending that you are flawless because no one are and being able to forgive and have patience.
It is allowing other ways of thinking and human behaviour.
It is honesty and openness. 

Of course this is all in theory and the practical love is much much harder...

Some time ago I realised that for such a long time I defined my self through others eyes.
Surely this is not love for myself!
It is difficult for me to love myself through my own eyes and I am sure I am not the only one who has this challenge, but I definitely have an open heart!

I believe in the good and I have faced the bad.
I believe that we all have goodness in us and I believe that we all can open up to the love that surrounds us.

Just open your heart because if you don't the day will come when you regret this.
Enjoy friendship, romance and life
ALL IN RESPECT!


What a beautiful day!!


First of all I am in love with this Pic Frame app....U can see why!
Second of all;
I would say yesterday was the first official day of summer:)
Everyone was embracing the 24Celcius.
Shorts, dresses, flip flops and heels all around.
Oh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE summer!!!! 
Here are some pics of my friend Stine and Prince Tobias<3

And... Maybe I should not add this, because I look soooooo stupid, but it´s real:
This is how I look after one hour jogging
(I would say that the picture in the middle is most representing of the way I actually felt),
no rest for the restless!!
 Corny shot - LOL!!!




May 22, 2012

So excited:)

A new book about the one and only:
Ingrid Bjørnov!

My picture is the ending picture:)

LOVE IT!!




The sun is shining!!!


And I am putting on my high heels :) :) :)
Photo by: Jannecke Sanne Normann

Can you beliee this weather?!
Wohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo:D


May 18, 2012

Norwegian cabin and food for the soul!


If only I could spend more days like this:

No agenda and complete silence!
Scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast and a cup of coffee in front of the fire place <3
This is peace and really good for my soul...

My cabin, the small town Seljord and starry night with long exposure. 









May 16, 2012

Preparing 17th of May!


Constitution day:)

Costume - check!
Prosecco - check!
Agenda - check!
I will take pictures as usual and share - stay tuned:)









May 14, 2012

I can only be me!



I don't need to be anything other
Than a prison guard's son
I don't need to be anything other
Than a specialist's son
I don't have to be anyone other
Than the birth of two souls in one

Part of where I'm going, is knowing where I'm coming from

 I don't want to be
Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms
Wondering what I've got to do
Or who I'm supposed to be

I don't want to be anything other than me

I'm surrounded by liars everywhere I turn
I'm surrounded by impostors everywhere I turn
I'm surrounded by identity crisis everywhere I turn
Am I the only one who noticed?

I can't be the only one who's learned!

Can I have everyone's attention please?
If you're not like this and that, you're gonna have to leave
I came from the mountain
The crust of creation
My whole situation-made from clay to stone
And now I'm telling everybody

I don't want to be
Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms
Wondering what I've got to do
Or who I'm supposed to be

I don't want to be anything other than me


***
Thanks Gavin;)

May 10, 2012

"The manual of the warrior of light"


Warriors of light are never predictable.

They might dance down the street on their way to work, gaze into the eyes of a complete stranger and speak of love at first sight, or else defend an apparently absurd idea.
Warriors of light allow themselves days like these. They are not afraid to weep over ancient sorrows or to feel joy at new discoveries.
When they believe that the moment has arrived, they drop everything and go off on some long-dreamed-of adventure.
When they realize that they can do no more, they never blame themselves for having committed a few unexpected acts of folly. Warriors do not spend a single day trying to play the role that others have chosen for them.
They talk out loud to themselves. Someone told them that this is the best way of communicating with the angels, and so they take a chance and try to make contact.
They say things which they do not agree, they talk utter nonsense.
One day, they notice a change in their voice. They are acting as a channel for some higher wisdom.
The warriors may look mad, but this is just a disguise.

Paolo Choelo
"The manual of the warrior of light"

May 9, 2012

Waclaw Wantuch - the genius!

I LOVE nudes! 
That are classic that is - not porn nudes!
What make nudes porn? And what makes classic nudes?

Is it the lighting, the underwear or is it the angle?
There is a fine line between tasteful and tacky.


I am not sure I can draw the line subjectively, but certainly we share most of the thoughts regarding the matter.


Do you actually have to see the picture to decide?
Or do you have to know the photographers earlier work?


Either way, I have gathered a couple of my favourites from a photographer I find HIGHLY talented!


Not since the late, Helmut Newton, have I seen a photographer capture the essence of the female body in such a delicate and natural way!


Never tacky and always extremely tasteful...
I have always said that the female body is a beautiful temple in any size, shape or at any age. 
It looks to me like Waclaw Wantuch would agree with me. 
This is not "just" photography, this is art.
I find his perspective fascinating and extremely beautiful at the same time. 
He captures different angles and pushes therefore the limit of technical expertise regarding lighting and knowledge of what actually works.
Why this brilliant photographer has not gotten more attention is beyond me, but one thing is for sure:
I am a HUGE fan and I could kill (just almost) for one of his pics on my wall!!!
A BIG ASS PICTURE IN MY LIVING ROOM PLEASE (literally speaking) !!!


You can see more of his pictures on his website:
http://www.waclawwantuch.com/


Waclaw - if by any chance this post finds you:
Thank you for your beautiful perspective and pretty please consider donating a picture to my humble crib.
One of your biggest fans -
Annie


I have gathered some of my favourites of his work:
ENJOY!





May 7, 2012

Remembering Skrova!


A cold and harsh north of Norway.
Arne Adli took this picture of me one year ago.

I still love it! Thank you Arne!!

May 4, 2012

The revers/battle of the sexes


In my beautiful country where so many things are right, there are a few things that are so wrong.

This post is based on personal experience and tales from friends of both genders.

Let this tune set the mood for this post...


We live in a most peculiar time.
The "Sex&theCity"-generation has imprinted on us.
First of all evolution has caught up with the battle of the sexes. Well on many levels at least... 
I am lucky, I grew up in a country and a time where we have equal rights. 
The female sex is no longer confined to cooking & house keeping. We have taken the stage alongside the men both in business and other male dominated areas and we are thriving in the spot light. 
We are so lucky to live in a time and place where this is accepted AND respected!

But somewhere in this battle something happened... 
Mothers, sisters, daughters has fought in generations before us for equal rights, burning their bra's in protest.
We became though! We became fighters! We grew cohones! 
But what happened to the men?
What happened to them in the process? 
Well, personally I think we now see side effects that we were not prepared for... 

Equality killed chivalry!

In Norway, you should never be surprised if a woman opens the door for a man, pays the bill at the restaurant or shifts tires on her own car.
This is good, because we are independent.
But do we realise the consequence of this?

When I travel I am always reminded of what once was:
Gentlemen that opens your door and fills your glass when half empty. 
They pul out the chair and they offer their jacket if you need warmth.
The small things like take your hand when crossing the street, follow you to your door without any expectations of an invitation into your home.

This is not because they owe you anything, but simply because a lady should be treated thereafter. 
The man wants to protect and take care of her, because this is normal. This is basic instinct. 
The bigger takes care of the smaller. 
Also he will "collect" later in life when she is washing his clothes and taking care of the children.
It all balances out in the end (I think...).

This might be a bold statement but chivalry in my city is dead it seems. 
Or maybe it´s just hiding from me - who knows!
I am not saying that I don´t see glimpses of it from time to time, but hey, it should be the other way around! 
The absence of gentlemen should be close to nothing and if you ever found a man that did not have a gentleman inside he should be considered a curiosity.
At the same time I see fellow sisters going completely loco after men. 
The rules of formal dating and courting has gone completely extinct.
The fact that I already used the word "courting" might have given away that I am of the old school type.
A lady should be wooed and courted according to the seriousness of the male interest. This is how they did it in the "good old days". I realise that in the good old days they also had loveless marriage and marriage out of practicality (I believe this never stopped), but are we not more evolved now? Are we not wiser and more informed?

The point I want to highlight in this post is actually only one thing:
When did men become women and women become men?
When did the battle cross over to reverse?

I have seen girls who are ruthless in their hunt for men and I have seen boys who cling to the wall in fear of approaching a woman. 
It seems the table has turned and evolution caught up with us alas. 


Is it now, time to take it back?
Should we consider finding a balance?
Or maybe just follow instinct as it has become?

Maybe the men should do what men do instinctively:HUNT. 
Maybe women should let men approach before we eat them alive. 

I know men think that ladies are complicated and I would more often than not agree (also considering myself in the matter) but really it is so simple:
A lady, in any shape, size or age wants to be wooed.
She will not admit it, and also maybe even say that you are wasting your money, but at heart she wants flowers.
She wants compliments.
She wants romance and security.
And she wants it now!

Ladies I know that men has entered the kitchen on a daily basis with maybe better skills than us at times, but make him his favourite dinner and invite his boys over for a poker game (leave the house so they can do whatever guys do on a guys night (really what is it you do?)).
Let him watch the soccer game because you know he loves it!


In stead of competing we must join forces and wish each other more and better. 
We must fight the urge to try changing each other and meet in accept.
We must focus on communication and trust, and regain the RESPECT which, too me, seem lost at times.
I am not saying that we should go back to what once was: housewives only.
But let´s have our cake and eat it to!
Let us be equal in most aspects, but take back the story about the huntsman and his prey.


I wish you all a great weekend...
Romantic at heart<3



May 2, 2012

Underwater dogs:)


This pictures are different and genius!
Oh man, I´m jealous of Seth Casteel! I wish this was my idea!

Check out more HERE!