EMMA T H I R T E E N

Stop time.

Or, no.

Or, yes.

Or… just turn back time so I can smell newborns again. 

Or maybe no.

Because the NOW is amazing.

I realise I may sound like a big hot mess writing this.  I feel like I was thrown into a time vortex and was just catapulted out the other end.

My baby girl is thirteen today. This means she can officially call herself a teenager. 

Emma. You are part of a generation where not only friends and parents, but a wide array of influencers are part of your world. I love how you are sceptical and careful, yet elegantly curate what you choose to share. We sometimes discuss what works and what doesn’t and why. I love how you see the world, be it the real or virtual one. 

The overthinker in you is slowly giving way to this reflected, opinionated, decisive assertive young woman. I love to see you grow and bloom! You are at the start of your 13th year here and it will be a transitional one. High school is right around the corner. You are more confident than I´d ever imagined. And you will take on the challenges ahead with grace. Of this I am certain. 

My Em… I love you. Know you can always come to me. I will listen, and promise to never ever judge or flinch. I will listen and promise to say nothing. I will listen and just hold you. 

Forever, mom. 

 

 

 

E L E V E N

You turned eleven two weeks ago…

At the risk of sounding cliche, I really am amazed at how time flies. I remember your home birth as if it was yesterday. You came into this world ready to take it on and haven’t changed one bit. 

Your passion and feisty nature shows in all levels of your life.  You do things with passion, or you don’t do them at all.  You bring so much joy and fun into my life. At the same time, no-one drives me more crazy than you do.  

Be that unique person that you are! Continue to stand out in the crowd. Not everyone will appreciate that or understand. But what others think of you is none of your business. Nor should it EVER throw it off your tracks. No-one will be like you. 

People will come and go and true friendships will forge as you go along. Don´t be surprised if the ones you hold dear today, dissapoint you. Open your heart to everyone! 

Keep dancing, keep entertaining and keep being the least boring person I know! 

My dearest cheeky monkey, I love you to the moon and back! 

Always know that I have your back, and that I am here to guide you the best I possibly can!

Endless love, 

Mom

FIFTEEN

I call for you. I call again, and again. You mutter ´huh´.

A hazy gaze meets my eye.  Oh, the slumber that is puberty. 

But it´s allright. Paces change, and that´s a good thing. I love every step of the way. 

You took your first breath fifteen years ago today.  I´ve recently learned that the first 1000 days after conception are formative. Some stars must have aligned during your first 1000 days of creation because you turned out pretty good.  I feel so fortunate to be your mother. 

Today you are 15. And on this day you are abroad. You are on a school trip with class mates in Berlin. And to top it off you will fly home tonight. You love flying so much.  In a way, you are teaching me to face my fears.

Thanks for being the young man that you are. You´re one in a million. 

With love, mom 

 

T W E L V E

It was yesterday. Please tell me it was just yesterday that you came into my life.

That´s how it feels.

Yet here we are, twelve years later. In front of me stands this young lady. Frail, yet poised, and elegant.

My little thinker isn´t little anymore.

Dear Em, you are growing up so elegantly, reflecting upon life, and the situations at hand. It´s such a joy to watch you grow and flourish as you meander from childhood into puberty. 

How fortunate I am to be your mom. 

I love you to the moon and back. 

Mamma

My home

Last year we moved into our new house. It was literally the place where pine came to die. A 1996 built pine place with a solid 80´feel to it. The patchwork left behind by numerous pictures, soon became a monochromatic oasis. A blank canvas as that became a home. 

Sharing some pictures here… more to come. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Dance

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.

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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. 

 

Ten

Two was enough. We were two parents, with two hands each. Two kids was enough. Supposedly.

Guess what? Enough makes me sad.

Deep down I was secretely hoping that one day, I would have a third little baby.  

That day came sooner than I could have imagined.  You were a little surprise, and the best gift I could have ever had.  You came into this world and opened those big blue eyes. I remember thinking ´This kid isn´t waisting any time´.  You were minime v2.0 with extra sparkle! 

Stages were skipped and you grew up at the speed of light making plans to move to L.A. or Miami at the young age of four. Barbie and Ken spoke fluent english and you and your big sister Emma started documenting Ken and Barbie´s lives on the ipad. 

Life with you is fast-paced. And soon my tagline became Never a boring moment–   It seemed all too fitting for the adventures you take me on. Sometimes I feel like we are living out our favorite sitcom and I don´t want to miss a single episode. 

I love your endless hugs filled with love,
I love your energy,
I love your ability to light up a room by just being you.
I love how you challenge me.
I love how you move, your funny walks and your gracious moves. Your range baffles me. 
I love your passion, eventhough it goes into turbo speed at times. 
I love our convos in different accents. Especially our texan and New York routine. You nail it kid. 

Don´t let anyone dull your sparkle my little star. Be brave and go places. Show yourself and don´t be afraid to claim your space. If there is anything I would love to give you in this lifetime, it would be the freedom to be you in your purest form. 

So you go girl! Go spread that energy of with those who are lucky to surround you. 

Butterfly kisses, mamma

 

Finally you are in the double digits. The 

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Fourteen

You are fourteen today.

Two pale lines on a stick indicated your arrival. An ultrasound reveiled you were a boy. A what??? How on earth was I going to be a mom to a boy? Panic.

Then you came. And all I could do was look at you, smell you, feel your tiny body against mine. It was all absorbing in the best of ways. I wonder who I was before you. Life without you was and is unthinkable.  You showed me a side of me that had been dormant and under a rock for way too long.

Thank you for your wit and your wicked sense of humour with impeccable timing. Thank you for being the poised young man you are. Thank you for making me a mom. Who knew motherhood would be so rewarding.

So as you swagger into your 15th year on this earth we know there will be bumps in the road. But we´ve got this. I´ve got your back. We may have it all now but we will have our battles. But know – no matter what – that you can always rely on me. Everything is figureoutable.

Love, mamma

PS My puns are still funnier than yours
PS2 I still kick your butt in armwrestling just sain´ :-P

 

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An image that speaks volumes – FAMILY

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The desire to show them ´my´ Norway had been lingering for awhile. Actually I had wished to take them on a roadtrip last summer, but it didn´t materialise.

With a boy heading for middle school and two younger sisters, a roadtrip may have seemed like the worst idea ever to some. Sarcasm was never far away when we told people our holiday plans. But I was adament to show the kids the North Cape. They were on board. We had a goal.

And so it was that we set out on a journey that would fill us with memories to last a lifetime. The nights were white, our sleep was short and sometimes so was our temper. But encounters with moose and reindeer along the way made it all worth it. We drove, took ferries and enjoyed fun and games at adventure parks.

Maybe the wanderlust gene that I myself seem to lack, has been awakened in them. And if not, they will at least appreciate the magnificence of this country we are so fortunate to call home.

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 these links:

Vinita Salome | Natalie Carstens | Tanja de Maesschalk

Personal project – Balance

An image that speaks volumes – Balance

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 March

marchtulipsMarch and things are moving along fast.

Two wintery months have passed and nature is slowly awakening from hibernation. Month 3 is here and so much has happened behind the scenes. The speed at which things are moving is exhilrating.

I´m looking forward to longer days and the budding of spring. Easter is coming early this year which is a treat!

Hallo mars!

To vintermåneder er lagt bak oss og naturen begynner å våkne fra sin vintersøvn. Mars er her og det er så my som skjer her bak kulissene.

Nå er det bare å glede seg til våren og lengre dager. Det er snart påske. Den er tidlig i år og jeg gleder meg til dager på fjellet med barna!

 

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.

Mamma

 

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.

Mamma

 

Tanja de Maesschalk

Personal Project – Blue

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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 February

February is birthday month! I´m a happy creative aquarian who starts February with celebrating her birthday. Happy February to all!

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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

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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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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.
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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…

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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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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