This year and coming into my own.

This is a personal, long post. And no, I will have no regrets.

It has been a year of ups and downs.

Sound cliché? Think again.

The year before it had been so clear to me. I actually spelled it out. “I shall have NO REGRETS”.

Somehow 2011 remained undefined for a long, long time. What was it going to be about? Could it possibly be better than the epic ’10? No way! Or … way?

2011 was to become my most amazing, epic and insightful year – EVER!

I connected with some of my heroes within the business. Some facades crumbled before my very eyes. I moved on… I grew as a photographer and – hopefully – as a person. I made new friends. Friends who stood by me and supported me every single day. Thank you for being there when I needed you! Thank you for giving me sanity when I doubted myself. You are awesome! And you are going places! I will be here to cheer you on, every step of the way!

Our kids grew up so fast this year.  They surprise and amaze me every single day. I see so much of myself in them. I am privileged to be their mother. It’s exhausting, frustrating, amazing and glorious and I wouldn’t miss it for the world!!!  One day I hope to have raised 3 harmonic, happy grownups. Meantime we’re enjoying the path that leads us there. I love the three of you with all my heart!

Birthday came – and so did the puppy I had wished for.  I thrive with a canine around. I heart my happy Willow. I’ve never had or met a happier dog – ever!

I travelled and took new friends on a roadtrip. Little did I know they were sisters from a different mother. I love you. You are always with me and I owe you so much! I may live far away, but know that I am there if you ever need me.

Summer came. Whilst everyone was complaining about the weather, I kept hearing the blast in Oslo over and over again in my head.  Hug your kids and pray for a sane future.

And finally … to my soulmate.
We were friends. We became lovers. We exchanged vows. We became parents.
I will grow old with you. You are there to pick me up when I feel insecure.  You are sanity when I am crazy.  You … are my ROCK.
I love you.

So with this said.
I look ahead, with no regrets. With only hope and plans for the future.
Where it will all take me, I do not know.
But I will give it my all.
I love my life. I just need to remind myself from time to time.

I still wonder what 2011 was all about… Maybe it was more about the journey than the actual goal.

Enjoy these last days of the year.  And make YOUR 2012 amazing!

Much love,

Tanja

PS: below are some shots from my favorite time this year… on a mountaintop in Norway – pre 7/22.  Enjoy the goofy selfies of the rock and me. xo

 

 

Merry Christmas and the Gift of Time

Today is the day.

Our three little ones have been so patiently waiting. The tree is surrounded by white and red wrapped presents.

They will soon know if they will get what they wished for. They’ve been so good, they have nothing to worry about.

It’s such a joy to watch the kids’ innocent anticipation.  There’s a sparkle in their eyes!

I’ve been pondering about what the ideal gift would be for myself. And after much consideration I came up with the best gift ever: time.

How is this a gift?

I live a fast-paced life as a mother of three with an own business. I passionately love what I do. However, someone decided their would only be 24 hours in a day. And that isn’t working out for me – at all.

Needless to explain that a day only streches so far. So how to get more time? The answer is simple : delegate!  So I have made a list of the things I do not love passionately. And those things will be delegated from now on.

In return I will have more… time.

May all your Christmas wishes come true!

Love.

XO

T

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Shoot

This year I was going to do it differently. I was going to plan this waaaaay ahead of time and avoid stress.

But then time went warp speed on me…. again.

I’m sharing one of the shots from our little Christmas shoot yesterday.More to come – later.

Enjoy 2 of my babes.
xoxo

 

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Happy Birthday Lisa!

She was our little surpise. Today is exactly four years since she was born at home, straight into our home, our heart, our lives ! Our little bundle of joy!

Lisa is funny, passionate, LOUD, talented and intelligent!  I see so much of myself in her. I love her with all my heart! I could never imagine life without you our sweet Lisa Amalia! She blows me away every day.

Lisa loves her binky and blanky… And I love how she plays with her hair when she gets tired.

We love you Lisa. Happy 4th birthday, baby! Please keep surprising us.

xoxo

 

And here’s our little song… I improvised my own lyrics when you were born: “Lisa, Lisa, Lisa – Du må ikke gråte… ”

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Marius is 8

He was the ultimate Lano-unge. I can’t help but wonder where the past few years have gone. In front of me stands this eight-year old boy with a twinkle in his eye. He is kind, beautiful and has the best sense of humour I’ve seen in a kid. I’m so proud and happy to have this boy in my life.

He is a good boy – and a good man in the making. I love him to bits!!!

Marius, my awesome first kid turned 8 on Saturday.

It was not to go unnoticed ;-)

Here’s a bit of this and that….

Mike Larson Tuscany Style Workshop

I met California-based international wedding photographer Mike Larson almost by accident in the spring of 2010 in Antwerp. Little did I know that Mike’s talk at Calumet would have such an influence on me as a photographer.  Later in the year I got an email from his office about small group consulting sessions througout Europe in November of 2010.  I wanted to know more and put together a group quickly. That session changed a zillion things for my business.

Then. came. Italy.

I was already booked for a destination wedding in Italy around the same time. So it made sense to head out there early and do the workshop. I posted about the workshop on Facebook.  Three fellow photographers, wanted to join me on my roadtrip to Tuscany. That trip in itself was epic!   Thank you Natalie, Patricia and Vinita for being my travelling companions. Vini thanks for keeping me awake for 20 hours just by interviewing me and asking me a zillion questions. I loved it!

Mike specializes in vineyard and estate weddings. This particular workshop is for photographers who want to specialize their business. Mike is hosting another one in Italy next week. Also he will be doing a workshop in The Netherlands in November. Be fast if you want to grab a spot, as day 1 is already sold out!

Below are a few of my shots taken during the 2-day workshop.

The gorgeous styling and stationery is by Vanessa from Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations. Her work blows me away.  I love her eye and style!

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Mike Larson Tuscany Workshop: Mike Larson Photographers, Inc.
Design, Styling + Coordination: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Invitation + Stationery Design: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Floral Design + Furniture Rentals: Floralia
Table Settings: Small Masterpiece [ We Set The Table ]
Wedding Cake: Erica OBrien Cake Design
Venue: Villa La Selva
Bridal Gown (white): Angel Sanchez via M Bride Salon
Bridal Gown (cream ruffle): BHLDN
Jewelry: Rachel Leigh Jewelry
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Durantehttp://www.calligraphybydurante.com

 

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A royal wedding!

A girl can dream, right? Well let them dream I say!  So they stayed home this afternoon to witness the wedding of the century with me.

They even dressed for the occasion… tiara’s and all! I’m sharing some images of our princesses, their wedding procession around the fireplace and practicing royal poses!

Life is a fairytale if you want it to be!

Many congrats to the royal couple!

T

 

 

 

Destination Norway

It’s where I recharge my batteries and regroup my thoughts.   Norway is where the heart is.

I love what I do and love doing it in different countries meeting new people.  That is why this year I hope to do some sessions and maybe even a wedding in Norway during the month of July.  So… if you’re interested, or know anyone who is, spread the word and contact me!

I’m excited about this! Hope you are too!

Oh and I’m excited about corona strawberries too… they are a very important part of our summer! Sorry belgian strawberries. Yes you are early, but there’s nothing on like norwegian corona’s – so sorry.

Much love,

T