The creative process I work in when finding and planning a session for a couple includes their needs and visions. But also involves a variety of aspects and inputs but I am going to try to put it into words.
When I was growing up, I spent part of my summers with my father sailing in the many waters around Sthlm. The rest of my summers I spent in Poland. I was either in our apartment, or at relatives in Zakopane, Katowice or Gdansk. So I did see and experienced a lot, and I loved doing so. As I continued to travel, I always preferred exploring new places. The silence when you go somewhere less known is magical, and I’ve come to enjoy places where the locals go instead of more crowded places.
Part of my creative process comes from my history and maybe also from the fact that I feel at home on more than one spot. Sometimes Stockholm is home, sometimes Gotland and sometimes New York. You may wonder how this effects my creative process, but I believe that I (in some ways) try to make the places I find to feel comfortable or home- like to the persons I am photographing.
So, let me try to be a more practical in my way of putting it.
- Yes I use apps. I use Google maps, I use Sun Seeker, I use Pinterest and I use Instagram.
- This is my lifestyle. What do I mean by that? I have my eyes and ears always open to find new spots.
Examples that I have done in photoshoots. Let me start with Scotland. I had never been to Scotland when Lorna found me on my instagram. She wanted to get photos of her teenaged daughter and her in Edinburgh. I used all of the apps above to find photos, inspirational ideas, and to see where the (possible) sun would shine. This was in January, so I knew the sun would stay low and we’d get light from the side more than above. I wanted sunrise photos by the sea, but was told that they rarely see sunrise in Edinburgh. Well…. Did I make it you think?
Also I wanted to catch the lights in the alleys from the castle down on the Royal mile. So we had breafast and waited an hour or two for the sun to get a little higher.
Some of my most super fun jobs has been those where i hD NO IDEA where to have the session.
I did a similar (yet not at all) family shoot in a place I had never been. Maspalomas sand dunes in Gran Canary.
I used the apps and did scout as I do as much as I can, and we set sunrise. Thankfully the family trusted in me and dared. This is what we got.
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