Baby Selma

Som en del av fotograferingen for Relasjonssenteret, hadde vi en session med baby Selma og mamma Vibeke.

Babyfeberen gir seg jo aldri og denne lille hjerteknuseren var bare så skjønn at hun fikk meg til å smelte! Deler gjerne et par tusen bilder av den lille snuppa.

As a part of the photography for Relasjonssenteret, I photographed Selma and her mom. I´m sharing a few of my favourites.

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Hello January

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This year starts with blank pages and a full heart. Transformation has been the theme for the past two years and this one promises to be no different.

So as January brings longer days and cold nights I plan ahead and embrace the warmth and comfort of home.

So from me to you

Happy new year

Happy new beginnings

XT

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Session for Relasjonssenteret

Relasjonssenteret by Tanja de MaesschalkI forbindelse med utviklingen av ny nettside ble jeg bedt å ta flere serier med bilder for Relasjonssenteret. Bildene i denne serien ble tatt på Nesøya. Både huset, brygga og dukkestua egnet seg veldig godt til fotograferingen.

De nye nettsidene til Relasjonssenteret er utviklet i samarbeid med Trine Grung og Gry Finsrud.

Relasjonssenteret commissioned me for a commercial assignment. A series of sessions involving children and families for the launch of their new website. These photos were taken at a residence on the nearby island Nesøya. The house aswell as the grounds served as the perfect backdrop for this shoot.

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Hello December

December has arrived and it’s one of my favorite months of the year.  The first advent candle is lit, clusters of stars light up the living room and it’s all cozy inside. This season brings soft winter light, coziness, and candle lit evenings. Christmas month has officially started.

Having cuddled up and lit the first advent candle, here are some impressions how we welcome December…

Love, T

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Endelig er desember her. Desember er uten tvil en av mine favorittmåneder. Vi har tent det første adventslyset og det står grupper med julestjerner i vinduet. Juletiden kommer med mykt nordisk vinterlys, innekos og tente stærinlys overalt.

Så mens denne gressenken koser seg i sofaen med tente lys og julekalender på tv, deler jeg noen bilder av stemningen her hjemme.

Klem, T

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Blogging with Studio Toutpetit

When I was approached by Annelies and Liesbeth from Studio Toutpetit about a blog collaboration, I said yes immediately. These ladies are at the forefront of PR agency Studio Toutpetit, specialising in PR for children´s brands. We are joined by wonderful german fashionista Sonja who is launching her own webshop in 2016.

studiotoutpetitSo when a lifestyle photographer, a fashion designer and two friends with their own PR-agency get together, you would expect the perfect fashion and lifestyle blog. But being mums our lives are as messy, hectic and fun as anyone else’s’. On our blog, we share the life of 4 mums throughout Europe.

 

 

Personal Project – Light

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Personal projects are a great adventure that often lead us through the most unlikely of paths. Our intention in starting this project is to hone our skills and see where this particular path takes us. We would love it if you joined us on this adventure.

Our intention is for the images to do the talking. We believe a single moment captured forever in a photograph can speak volumes. These images require no words and at the same time, tell a whole story.

Every other month, we will choose a single image to share with you. These images will usually follow a theme. By seeing, we hope you hear our voices.

If you’d like to visit other participating photographers to see their interpretations, follow the links:

Vinita Salome | Natalie Carstens | Tanja de Maesschalk

Hello November

Hello November

There is a sense of tranquility that comes with the beginning of November.

October is always intense. As much as I love its parties and social gatherings, I feel an urge to cocoon by the end of the month.

This morning, a gorgeous moody fog covered the fjord and the hills. Maybe it’s nature’s way of telling us it’s time to embrace the cold and darker days ahead.

Hello November. I embrace your cold days ahead, your darkness and your foggy mornings. I welcome you with candlelight, cozy sweaters, wool socks and sophisitcated red wine.

Warm cuddles,

T

Lisa er 8

Lille snuppa er 8. Hun er overraskelsen som kontinuerlig overrasker meg.  Hverdagene er aldri kjedelige med denne lille tulla. Livet med Lisa er herlig! Hun utfordrer, engasjerer og gir.

Jeg er så glad i deg Lisy.

Stor hjerteklem,

Mamma

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Hello October

There he was. This tiny little boy arrived on october 1st 2003. The feeling of love was completely overwhelming. I had brought a bunch of magazines to fill my days in the maternity ward. They were left to collect dust. All I could look at was this beautiful perfect little baby.
That was twelve years ago…
Over these past twelve years I have had the honour of being your mom. So here are some words for you my little man.
I am winging motherhood as we go along. I had no idea what to do with a boy. How would I relate to a boy? I was never a young boy myself so I appreciate how you share your views with me. Constructive feedback makes us grow.
I love how you make eye contact.
I love the way you take time to say hello and introduce yourself to people you meet.
I love your sense of humour, quick whit and impeccable timing.
I love your cuddles.
I love waking you up every morning.
I love your sense of respect for others.
I love the way you make the best out of difficult situations.
I love how you stand by your friends.
I love how you don’t pass judgment.
I love how you ‘get’ me.
I love YOU.
Mom(zilla)
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The lake

Just a 10-minute drive from our home is another world with farmhouses, horses, cattle and even a waterfall. It´s called Semsvann and is utterly gorgeous. I wanted to show the girls my favorite lake around here.  We headed out for an evening walk last month. The light was low and warm and the lake showed itself from it most stunning side yet again.

Lucky I took my camera…

XO

10 minutter fra hjemmet vårt ligger vakre Semsvann. Et magisk sted med gamle gårder, hester, kuer og til og med en foss. Jeg tok med meg jentene ut der en kveld. Lyset var varmt og vakkert og vannet viste seg fra sin beste side. 

Jeg er så glad jeg tok med meg kameraet…

XO

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Connect with me if you would like to book me. Maybe we can do a session around the beautiful Semsvann.

Ta kontakt hvis du ønsker å booke meg. Vi kan godt ta turen til Semsvann!

 

 

Hello September

As raindrops fill the window I realise that summer is quickly drawing to an end. The summer that didn´t deliver. The summer that somehow remained unfulfilled.

I choose to look ahead and find joy in every leaf that turns yellow.

So dearest September. I welcome you. I welcome the way your low light makes for long shadows. I welcome your fresh air and blue skies.

May your rain wash away all that summer didn´t grant us.

Dearest September, we meet again. Let´s make you count.

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Iphone shot on the last day of August as yet another summer was left behind.

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Personal project – Joy

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Personal projects are a great adventure that often lead us through the most unlikely of paths. Our intention in starting this project is to hone our skills and see where this particular path takes us. We would love it if you joined us on this adventure.

Our intention is for the images to do the talking. We believe a single moment captured forever in a photograph can speak volumes. These images require no words and at the same time, tell a whole story.

Every other month, we will choose a single image to share with you. These images will usually follow a theme. By seeing, we hope you hear our voices.

If you’d like to visit other participating photographers to see their interpretations, follow the links:

Vinita Salome | Natalie Carstens | Tanja de Maesschalk

Hello August

August. Oh where do I begin? With its crips air and powerful colour palette, August is definitely a statement month.  It may be one of my favorite months. The water in the fjord is warm and inviting. Friends are back from vacation and ready to reconnect. Life is good.

So here´s to August in all it´s glory.

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Hello July

Happy first anniversary of living in Norway. What a year it has been. Bring on July – one year into this new life.


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And we happened upon here.
And here is home.
And home is where the heart is.
And the heart is a wonderful thing.

So here we are. Wholeheartedly.

Tile crush

You open the door to a visitor. As you greet the person in front of you, your smile quickly changes into an apology for the clutter they have to experience walking into your home.

Does this resonate? I’ve been guilty of all the excuses in the book.

Cluttered hallways with scattered shoes, keys and clothing makes for an obstacle course. A welcoming entrance is not only inviting but pleasant to the eye.

The owners of this house we ready for a change and wanted to replace their wooden flooring with tiles.

The Uflven tiles just bring out the beautiful light airiness that is so characteristic to this house.

The result is stunning. The hallway is light, airy and inviting now!

Sophie 20x20cm fra Ulfven fliser.

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An Image That Speaks Volumes – Connection

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Personal projects are a great adventure that often lead us through the most unlikely of paths. Our intention in starting this project is to hone our skills and see where this particular path takes us. We would love it if you joined us on this adventure.
Our intention is for the images to do the talking. We believe a single moment captured forever in a photograph can speak volumes. These images require no words and at the same time, tell a whole story.
Every other month, we will choose a single image to share with you. These images will usually follow a theme. By seeing, we hope you hear our voices.
If you’d like to visit other participating photographers to see their interpretations, follow the links:

Our intented future.

Tanja_coffeeI stand leaning against the terrace doors.

The morning’s first coffee in my hands. I sip.

The house is still quiet. I notice the seagulls flying over, a ferry passing and I know that I am home.

I have arrived.

A feeling of intense happiness overwhelms me. I take it all in.

This didn’t just happen. I made it happen. We made it happen.

A life visualised intentionally created to fit our needs.

 

The house we left behind.

There it was. A comment on someone posted around the new year on Facebook.

We celebrated new year´s eve in your old house and had an amazing time.

I cried. I loved that house. Not at first though. I can honestly say I hated every brick and wished I´d never bought the place. But then we remodelled.

We adapted the house to work for us as a family. I redesigned spaces and gave them a new purpose. I studied our movements and mapped down our needs. We made the house work for us. There was FLOW. It was our home.

Dreams needed pursuing. And we decided to leave the house.

I envisioned the new owners as a lovely family. And I had my closure. I gave love to every room, took photos for the realtor and sent the house on it´s merry way to find new people.

My wish turned into reality.

Within 3 days without even being viewed, our house was sold.

Our journey had begun.

On the day we left, I thanked the house.
I took a moment in every room and smiled with the knowledge that I would never see it again.


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Hello June

As a first of a series, I intend to welcome every month. Not by looking back but by looking forward to things to come.

Hello June! I welcome you!

You house the birthdays of some of my favorite people in the world.

Nature is wide awake and ready for warm long days with midsummer as the ultimate white night.

You will be filled with parties and social gatherings. Summerparties where we will meet new people and celebrate with new friends who already have become so dear to us.

June will feed our hearts and our souls before the summer vacation.

Let the celebration of life begin.

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The reading list Part I

Daring Greatly.
– How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead.

By Brené Brown.

Brené Brown first inspired me with her epic TED talk about vulnerability. This talk has been viewed over three (!) million times. I´ve been wanting this book for awhile. I have a huge smile on my face as I devour the pages of this wonderful book!

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17. mai!

I morgen er den store dagen der! Endelig!!!

Denne 17. mai blir helt spesiell. Det er jo den første nasjonaldagen vi feirer siden vi flyttet til Norge.

Morgendagen blir STOR og det blir som prikken over i-en for denne familien. Det er litt over 10 måneder siden vi flyttet til Norge. 17.mai betyr om mulig enda mer for oss nå.

Vi har gledet oss MASSE til denne dagen. Og selv om det regnet i dag, hadde jentene det gøy i rondastakkene sine.

Hurra! Ønsker alle en fantastisk dag i morgen.

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