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When was the last time you felt beautiful?

The day I met him I could see through his photographs how he saw me. And I remember thinking, things don't get any better than this. He saw me for how I wanted to be seen. - Nate Berkus on Super Soul Sunday

It's weird how a simple thing like a photo can change your perception. I remember one occasion very clearly because it also inspired me to keep developing my photography. Continue reading

What’s in Nick Cave’s Sick Bag?

imageWhile waiting for Mercy On Me*, a new comic book inspired by Nick Cave, I picked up The SICK BAG Song* to get a fresh dose of my favourite artist. I remember the moment I learnt about Nick Cave like it was yesterday. A friend from work was hopping on a bus and just uttered: “You should check out Nick Cave. I think you’d like him.” Off he went and my life was changed, the spider-like shadow of Nick Cave following me around, inspiring my creations, perfectly describing my emotions in all their contradictions, leading me towards some crazy life choices and never leaving me for long. Continue reading

Have you ever had an affair?

2017-03-16_11-40-32_592 (2017-03-18T16_16_16.071)I've just finished a book about creativity called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and there's one concept in particular that I liked a lot. She talks about treating creativity like an affair - sneaking off, getting glammed up, seducing inspiration and making out intensively with your creative self, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes in a dirty stairwell. Continue reading

Clean beauty

340px-Gwyneth_Paltrow_avp_Iron_Man_3_ParisWhether you've been gooped a long time ago, or the idea of cleaning up your beauty bag has come to you recently, this is for you. I believe that making changes in our beauty/wellness routines, eating and cooking style as well as voting with our purchases matter. When I started my website in 2007, I wanted it to be a resource for more natural alternatives and information otherwise scattered all over the internet. When Gwyneth Paltrow started her website Goop in 2008, I became a subscriber because many of the ideas were close to my philosophy. It has since become a popular resource for all things clean living. Continue reading

Namina – a true wellness gem in the heart of Helsinki

IMG_5344As a photographer I spend a lot of time carrying a heavy camera and other equipment, as well as long hours by the computer editing, copywriting, marketing etc. Despite trying to rest my arm, stretching and exercising, I sometimes feel my body is out of balance and I need some extra help. In the Czech Republic I have a massage therapist, and I visit her when I can to get a massage or a craniosacral treatment. I’ve been looking for a place in Helsinki that would offer some more holistic approach and where I could truly unwind. Continue reading

Behind the scenes of “Lake of Blood” music video

I want to take you behind the scenes of a project that's very close to my heart. I’ve worked with this band many times in the past, either taking promo pictures, documenting their gigs, designing album covers, merchandise or making videos. We’ve just published a new music video for a song from their upcoming album which opens with these lines: I’ll wait … Continue reading Behind the scenes of “Lake of Blood” music video

Are you looking at me?

Have you ever felt like people immediately notice a feature that you’re very self-conscious about and you start adjusting your body language?

When a woman orders a session with me, I ask her what she loves about herself. I want to know what to focus on. I also ask about the things she doesn’t like so much. It’s interesting to have these conversations. It’s an opportunity to explain that the reason why some features look worse in photographs is just because some lenses distort them, perhaps the light was bad, or the angle. Photographs are not perfect representations of reality.
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Why I actually recommend Wordpress-hosted sites

My thoughts on the wordpress.com vs wordpress.org dilemma

You might have come to a point when you needed to consider starting a website or a blog and you had to find out what you actually need for that to happen. There are many articles on the topic and I frequently hear that you should go with wordpress.org which requires downloading a software for building the site, finding a hosting service and then you also need to take into account where you get the domain for you website. Continue reading