What to get Grandma for Christmas

And no, I don’t mean a new grandchild….

I suggest you get her the gift that keeps on giving - portraits. Portraits of her grandchildren, portraits of you, or even portraits of her. I don’t want to send you into Panic Mode, but Christmas is fast approaching. December 15th is not when you want to have your family photo session, well, not if you plan on putting some photographs under the Christmas tree for loved ones. From now, the middle of September, until maybe the middle of October is when it is typically really beautiful outdoors - golden light and leaves in a multitude of colours make the perfect family session backdrop. Oh, and did I mention lots of laughter is guaranteed on a Jolly photo session, and let’s face it, we all need as many laughs as we can get as we head into winter ;)

So, for the love of all that is holy, please don’t leave Grandma disappointed this Christmas. Book your autumn family photo session and make sure Grandma has beautiful new portraits to adorn her mantlepiece. It’s the decent thing to do :).

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Sibling photo session at Rosersbergs Slott | Barnfotograf Stockholm

My very last photo session of summer 2019 and, boy, did we work fast ;). You don’t get a lot of time when photographing babies and toddlers. You have to move like a ninja and think fast on your feet. For this portrait session, I met the family at Rosersbergs Slott (a really beautiful place by the way, which also has a big enclosed area where you can let your dog off the leash - just FYI) and we finished the shoot mere seconds before both baby and toddler ran out of steam. I tell you, folks, it’s a small window of opportunity ;).

Like I always say though, don’t just have portraits taken of your children when they are small. I LOVE when my families come back regularly to have their family photos updated. So much can change in families over the years, so keep having them photographed. 3, 5, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80+ are ALL ages worthy of beautiful portraits. Don’t stop when they are toddlers.

Peace and love :)

Outdoor summer family photo session

“Maybe you can come back sometime and we can go hiking together?” That was what the GORGEOUS little boy in this fun family asked me at the end of our photo session last month. I mean, come on. Could he be any cuter? He definitely stole a piece of my heart :).

This was my second last family photo session of summer 2019 and boy, were we lucky in the light and setting department. These three adorable children were SO easy to photograph. And look how the mom styled the outfits - absolutely perfect end of summer attire for a fun outdoor family portrait session. We chatted, explored the area and even found the cutest little rabbit of all time (see below for evidence). I’ve found myself gazing at this gallery and wishing it was my own family photo session…

In my humble opion, EVERY family needs a photo session. The days are long, but the years are short and you gotta capture this fleeting time. Quick snap shots on your phone just aren’t enough. Your family deserves beautiful portraits :).

Peace and love :)

5 reasons why you should not hire me

I won’t beat about the bush (for a change). Listed below are five reasons why you defintely, absolutely shouldn’t, no freakin’ way, man, hire me as a photographer.

Do not hire me if the following applies:

No. 1

If you are extremely serious with a low functioning sense of humour, do not hire my services. I have no shame at a portrait session and will stop at nothing to get the results I want. I will make shockingly bad jokes, do over the top monkey impressions, and if the worst comes to the worst, I might even tickle you.

No. 2

If your preferred method of communication is to call people, it’s going to be a case of ‘Houston, we have a problem.’ The sufferer of a lifelong telephone allergy, the sound of a phone ringing is, to me, the equivalent of an air raid siren - I find myself looking for the nearest bomb shelter. I am, however, an extremely fast typist and can easily shoot off emails at lightening speed. The keyboard is mightier than the phone.

No. 3

If you are a highly accomplished bargain hunter who likes to get everything and the kitchen sink for a pittance, and can easily turn a blind eye to slave labour, you may, in the words of Dionne Warwick, “Walk on by.” I had been so sure my bank manager would waive my mortgage repayments when she heard I was a photographer, but no. What kind of a world do we live in, I ask you?

No. 4

If you are the kind of person who hates dealing with small businesses who treats you like family (the good kind), gives you handwritten cards and homebaked goods, you definitely should not hire me. As a pen and paper lover, I will write you a card, and when time allows I will gift you reduced-sugar, homemade chocolate chip cookies. Ain’t nobody got time for a business that provides that kind of personal service nowadays, right?


No. 5

If you do not want your children to have beautiful, timeless family portraits to look back on when they’re all grown up, then do not hire me. Who needs those kind of loving memories anyway. I’m sure years of therapy will help soften the blow ;)