19 July 2017

30.06.2017

I don't usually visit Italy during the summer, but because of a wedding I had the chance to meet my family at the end of June for a few days. I brought my camera along with no special purpose, but ended up taking a lovely photowalk with my dear sister and her boyfriend at Parco Nord — a beautiful wild-looking park in the outskirts of Milan. The sky was overcast, but the park was full of flowers and the peaceful sound of cicadas: it truly got me thinking about the summers of my childhood. To me, these pictures will be a precious memory of those lovely days spent with my family!
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC

27.06.2017

In occasion of my workplace's summer party, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day in Nuuksio in a way I had never done before: not only I could see a spot of the national park that I had yet to visit, but I had the chance to meet a nature guide and enjoy my first ever canoeing experience! Even though the hike started off with the rain, the weather turned for the better — nevertheless it was cool to wear the mimetic raincoats that the guide provided us with (check out the picture that my colleague Greta took of me, with wet hair and a dreamy expression!). Canoeing was absolutely fantastic: I had never felt as peaceful and as close to the nature as I did right at that moment! I also loved having tea and cinnamon buns by the open fire, meeting a flock of very friendly sheep — I have become quite the sheep whisperer myself — and last but not least enjoying local food in a picturesque red cottage. Oh, how I loved that day!
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC

15 July 2017

23.06.2017

On Midsummer Eve we visited a National Park I had never been to in the Kymenlaakso region — just a couple-of-hour drive from Helsinki: Valkmusa Kansallispuisto. The trail wasn't that long, so we had plenty of time to take photographs and enjoy the scenery: I really liked the boardwalks and the tupasvilla and suopursu flowers!
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC

09 July 2017

21.06.2017

Back to Kuusiluoto, which has since that first time became one of my favourite places in Helsinki. This time I took a photowalk with my dear friend Mandi & Katja, in the beautiful evening light. Summer rain had pour down only a couple of hours earlier, but in the evening the sky had cleared up and we could enjoy a magnificent sunset. I am extremely grateful to my friends for allowing me to capture some of their intimate moments during our walk around the island: Mandi & Katja are very much in love and will get married in September. The magic of Kuusiluoto and the love between these two wonderful girls make these photographs very special, don't you agree?
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC

05 July 2017

19.06.2017

I have met Eeva through Instagram — I have to say that through Instagram I have met a bunch of lovely people lately — and immediately thought about asking her on a photowalk, since I truly loved her style! We met at Huopalahti to visit the famous Alppiruusupuisto — a park just outside Helsinki blooming with thousands of rhododendrons. Unfortunately the park was packed with people and we couldn't really take many photos without being bothered by the passerby's, so the best of our session actually took place a few-minute walk from it, in a field full of beautiful lupines. Oh I really love those lupines photos! Most of all, I am so glad I got to know Eeva: she is a wonderful creative soul, that I'm planning to meet many more times again!
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC

30 June 2017

14.06.2017

A magical island I had never been to before, a best friend, a new friend, three adorable sheep and the evening light. Could I ask for more? In Kuusiluoto I had one of the most beautiful summer evenings so far. These photos are a precious memory — that is why I have chosen to share so many — so I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC
P.S. Lately I have been listening to a Finnish musician that I got to know about just recently: Vesala. I think this beautiful song by her might be the perfect soundtrack for these photos: Sinuun minä jään.

28 June 2017

11.06.2017 part 2

That evening already started off in a magical way, when Riim and I saw a fox just a few meters away from us: even though I wasn't able to take any photos, I thought it was such a wonderful sight! Seurasaari was full of flowers and once again proved to be a great location for photowalks just outside the city. Believe me, it was so hard to stop taking photos that evening — just as much as it was hard for me to select only a few to share here! Once again, I would like to thank Riim for being such a lovely model and a wonderful person: you will definitely see more of her on this blog and on my Instagram!
Camera Nikon Df
Lens Nikon 135mm f/2 DC