Christmas sisters

If empathy had a name it would be Karoline. 

This woman is one of the sweetest, warm-hearted, genuine and generous people I know. So this one is from me to her. 

Dear Karoline, you are always there when I need to vent. You pick up the phone whenever I call. You are a rock. I am so grateful to have you in my life. We share laughter and tears and serious conversations. You always challenge me to look into the WHY of my actions. You challenge me to see situations from a wider perspective. 

That’s why it was such a joy to capture your daughters.

I love that the girls were so into the shoot. And even though they were freezing, they were happy to do what I suggested. 

Mathilde and Hermine, you are such wonderful young ladies. I can’t wait to see you both grow up into strong and whole hearted women. Like your mom.

PS : special thanks to Mathilde for constantly telling mom to have Tanja take pictures. ;-P 

PS2 : we need our ´rørtemoji´ yesterday!


Winter in the garden

As I came home from a photo assignment, the girls were outside in the most amazing light. So I grabbed my camera an did som shots :-) The garden, all covered in white,  made for such a perfect backdrop. 


Akkurat i det jeg kom hjem fra et oppdragvar jentene ute i hagen i det mest magiske varme lyset. Jeg tok kameraet mitt og fikk tatt noen bilder. Hagen, som var helt hvit, var den perfekte bakgrunnen. 




Hun kom ned i den nydelige blå kjolen. Jeg skal bare øve litt på dansen jeg. Og vips da ble stuen et dansestudio og jeg lykkelig publikum – med kamera. Drømmen om et eget daylight studio lever. Men en så lenge er huset mitt bra nok.


She came down in the most beautiful flowy blue dress. “I´m going to practice my dance.” And just like that the living room became a dance studio and I was the happy audience – equiped with my camera. 



Se her. I linsen. Ser du det? Ja den åpner seg. Kult!

Akkurat i det øyeblikket ser hun rett inn i objektivet med et intenst blikk. Fotogen og vakker er hun. Og heldig er jeg som fikk fotografere henne. 

Her deler jeg noen bilder jeg tok av denne skjønne jenta med det vakre blikket. 












Happy 10 Emma

You turned ten yesterday. That notion is hard to grasp as it feels like you were a baby just a few seconds ago. But a full decade has passed since you came to the world. Ten wonderfully warm years filled with your kindness. I´m so happy that you are in my life♡

I love you.



Du ble 10 i går. Det er jo nesten ufattelig at et helt tiår har gått siden du ble født. Ti fantastike år med skjønne deg! Jeg er så glad i deg og så glad for at du er i mitt liv.

Glad i deg.



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


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




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


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.



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,


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…


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…


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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.

Hello September.

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

ask yourself if something sparks joy

Personal project – Joy

ask yourself if something sparks joy



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.



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 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!


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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