Celebrating 720

August 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Last Monday, August 1st, Switzerland turned 720 years old as a confederation. Every year the 1st of August is celebrated with a huge firework show (or let’s say ‘large’, Switzerland has different dimensions than some other large countries…) launched from a ship anchored in the middle of the Rhine in downtown Basel. This year we went, as we had very a special visitor, and both she and I enjoy photographing. Here are some impressions from that day and evening.

From lump to lovely little lady

July 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

The other night, I was playing around with some photos from a maternity shoot I did a few months ago. I enjoyed testing the different effects, which are more suitable for studio shots than outdoors. It’s all a taste thing, and there are some black and white captures. After the fact, I see how I would have wanted a few thing shot differently, but ‘Oh well!’ as my step-mom use to say, our art y-moods can change from day-to-day. What do you think?

And a little Cross Process on the lump that became a beautiful little baby girl.

Show your Chocolate ~ Competition

July 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

As some of you know, we usually have an assignment/competition on my Facebook page which has a pre-determined theme. The members then have the freedom to bring out their creativity as long as they stick to the theme and any guidelines mentioned, go out and take photos, and post them on the Facebook page. This time the assignment will be a competition, about CHOCOLATE!  This is how it works:

  1. First: Go to Chocolate-Spots on Facebook and ‘Like’ the page.
  2. Second: Post your chocolate photos on the vjk photography page on Facebook.
  3. Surf around on the Chocolate-Spots website and gain some insight on where to be for chocolate, when you are in Switzerland!

Winners will be voted by the jury of admins at Chocolate-Spots and announced here, on the vjk photography page and Chocolate-Spots page on August 1st  (you can’t miss it!)

The winners will get a nice chocolate surprise… So dig in! Looking forward to your tempting posts!

Wedding Season

June 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

… is in full swing. For me, spending a day with a happy (yet sometimes nervous) couple on their special days is a real pleasure. The day is full of joy, hope and LOVE. What a pleasure to enjoy a profession that full of joyous hours in the work day!

Last summer, we spent a special weekend with special friend’s at their wedding in Italy. I will start with posting some shots from there, and soon will follow photos from the weddings of this season.

Tuesday Morning

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

There used to be a nice interior design shop around the corner from our place in Houston that my step-mom and I loved to go to. It was called Tuesday Morning. Is it still around in the USA? I like the way the name sounded so peaceful, adventurous and special.

Last Tuesday Morning was special to me. I had a wonderful photo-session with a family I photographed 6 months ago when little Aurelia was just newly born. Her sister Jasira ran around and wanted lot’s of attention back then, this time she was doing great with direction and knew how to pose, by just being herself. She is really gorgeous. Here are a few impressions from that shoot.

End of winter

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last week I spent a few days back home in Sweden. One night was spent with good friends enjoying the sauna and taking dips in the almost frozen water.

Heavenly. Somber. Peaceful.

Nothing like the lively dinner that followed..

China Top 10-ish

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

How in all the world, could I give myself the goal to choose 10 photos to summarize a  post from my recent trip to China? I have heard many times, that choosing a few of your best photos for a competition, an exhibition, or anything of that sort, is a difficult task. I find it to be a downright impossible challenge. But then again, they only have to be the best FOR ME. And I chose most of these because there was a FEELING behind each one when they were taken.

So I will try, here we go:

1) Celebrating our arrival? Nääh, celebrating last days of Chinese New Year.

1.5….) Working in China, a jacket is cheaper than heating…

2) Everybody wants to be a superstar

2.5…) Sooooooo China

3) Never-ending delicacies

3.5……) All kinds of things take place in restrooms…

4) One view of many skyscraper decorations. Amazing night shows, but only till 22.00, then the lights go out for energy savings.

I really liked these police bikes; rustic, standing all over town, blinking red and blue up front, and always without a policeman in sight.

A Lakers fan/street vendor in Shenzhen. Too risky (for us)

Oops, forgot to keep counting, oh well! Gas bottle transport. And IKEA.

Bathroom with a view.

Modern city lights

Spontaneous kisses

Sleeping on the job

Job searching

Sunday Chess in the park

Kung Fu fighting, la la la la la la….

Yarn spinning to order

Lost in translation, so many times….

Sunny smog

Roasting chest nuts as the world passes by.

Piggy back eating

What, it turned out to be more than 10 photos….? Who cares?!  😉

First 48 hrs, China

February 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

One of the most liked types of photography would have to be travel photography. For me it’s something to do with the excitement of the exotic, the extremes, difference from my everyday. So while the Chinese take pictures of road signs and buildings in Switzerland, I am doing the same right now in Shanghai.

I started to write some words down in my little China travel book which I bought for this trip, to help me remember some of the many impressions I would see and experience. When putting these with some pictures on this blog, I can hold on to the memories much longer, even if I lose all the photos stored on my external hard drive… ( long story…).

To start the trip, stress was overwhelming me, until the moment I got into the black limo (no, not stretched), a service which was included with the flight deal. My luggage was swept away from me, I was escorted to the car with an umbrella and climbed into the roomy space which was filled with drinks waiting for me to help myself. Now that was not the taxi I had expected! Pleasant surprises.

First flight was wonderful; fully reclining seats, private little area with a push-button divider to your neighboring traveler (if needed), even automatic window shutters (!), inflight entertainment with screen the size of the seat in front you and good food and wine. I was busy choosing between the over 500 films available and enjoying the amenities, which used to the full would have taken much more than the 5 hours from Switzerland to Dubai. Second flight was less pleasing (you get spoiled quickly); a Boeing 777… (older and less comfortable), so I decided to sleep the whole flight. These impressions (including an inside snapshot of the limo) were captured by my mobile phone, hope to remember upload them at a later time.

Arriving in the afternoon in Shanghai, makes it’s easier to stay awake till bed time. An hour trip to the hotel, and we met our business partner here in China to head out for dinner. The first  text message I received from my husband stated: ‘Watch what you eat’. I should have watched better, and learned that it is a good idea to wait to see how the locals do it before starting to eat… but I survived the mini-mistake without any larger inconveniences! PLUS; ordering the very first meal, I got a question I had a hard time answering: ‘Do you eat pig colon?’. ‘Uhh, emmmmmmmm’ Maybe if they are spiced just right? I tried them, and they were spiced just right.

Before I left for China, I got some advice on my Facebook page from friends that I need to remember to dress well, and the Chinese don’t heat buildings enough. That was quite obvious when we saw employees wearing their winter jackets at their desks. And I woke up to 17° in my hotel room this morning . Right now before retiring for the evening, I am warming up myself under the duvet covers.

Enough text for today, more to follow from this trip. We are just warming up. The day in images:

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After the snow, comes sun

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The past few days has been real springish weather, not usual for the first week in February. The magnolia in the backyard was just so gorgeous in the evening sun, had to snap a few pictures.  Depending on the angle, more or less flare was produced in the lens. Technically this is a fault, but artistically I love it.

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Miles High

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This past week, we were again amazed by the majesty of the Swiss Alps. A week in the snow and sun.

For a photographer, a great challenge to deal with extreme contrasts. Here are a few pictures to give you the feel, if they can in any way. No comparison of being there in person though. Get yourself in a car, train, aircraft, however…,  and head a few miles high!

The Dufour Spitze; Highest peak in the Swiss Alps.

Right across from the Dufour peak; the Matterhorn. The most famous peak in the Swiss Alps.

Matterhorn and slopes surrounding it by night

Working on more daring jumps

Swiss winter picnic

It looks like my external hard drive just decided to step out on me, so the winter wonderland photos will have to end here for the time being. I wish those of you living in the northern hemisphere a wonderful rest of the winter, and to the rest of you; it’s on its way..

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