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My pictures from the fashion photo course





A while back I participated in a fashion photography weekend workshop with youngest kid Anja. The weekend turned out to be a blast, even better than I had hoped. On Saturday we took photos in an old hotel using a model styled in a 60’s vibe. She hade a very vintage movie star, Audrey Hepburn look, so I tried to capture that in the pictures.


It was very different working with a model compared to regular people (whom I photograph in my day job). First of all, she looked fantastic in pretty much every picture! Secondly this was the first time I directed another person in this matter. Normally I try to make people comfortable and natural, and am almost a bit afraid of giving directions (even though those photos often turns out the best, especially if I capture an unguarded moment in a directed situation). So I found the directional bit fairly uncomfortable, do I did warm during the day.





We used only natural light (which is pretty awful this time of year in Sweden) combined with two cheap, hand held, workers lamps, plus a reflector. No studio lightning or flash. Still we managed to create some fabulous lightning, thanks to our very knowledgeable teacher.



This is how it looked behind the camera. We took turn directing but also snapped when others were directing the model.



Day two was all about image editing. I’ve been using Photoshop in my work for many years, repeating the same routines that I learned when I first started, so I got some great new tricks to add to my toolbox during this class.


Anja pondering the editing options.


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So that was my fashion photography weekend. I came home with the best photos I have ever taken, which I credit the creative environment, the model and the teacher that all made me go outside my usual photo routines and really push myself!


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    The model really does have that Audrey Hepburn 60’s vibe! Amazing how someone can create a whole look that the WHOLE world still recognizes 50 years later. Wonderful photos Johanna – I bet Anja had just as much fun as you at her age. Anja will remember this weekend with you forever 😉

    • Johanna
      January 20, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Yeah it was an amazing experience doing this together, I would love to do something similar in the future with her!

  • Carmen
    January 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous. Fantastic work! I’d love to take a course like this. How fun!

    • Johanna
      January 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

      I hope you get the chance one day, it was mind blowing learning this craft from a professional photographer and so fun!

  • Donna
    January 19, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Congratulations on stepping outside your comfort zone–hard to do, but having your daughter along with you must have helped! Your photos are wonderful!

    • Johanna
      January 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Yes sharing this with her was one of the best parts of this weekend and I love seeing how her skills have developed since she began taking the photos for my blog. We all need our creative outlets and I want to encourage my children to find their own

  • Janita
    January 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Now I understand why all your content looks so great!
    Nice work Johanna.
    I’m a new subscriber, just found you on YouTube.

    • Johanna
      January 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thank you for stopping by and I’m flattered to hear your comment on my visuals! I’m definitely a visually inclined person so that’s an area I’m always trying to improve 🙂

  • Amy
    January 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Wonderful! Looks really terrific and what a great idea!


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