This summer i did a photo shoot for Sassy Mama with Shan Wee, DJ for Singapore radio Kiss 92FM and author of “99 Rules for New Dads”, and his two gorgeous boys. We spent a hot afternoon in the Botanical Gardens, with Shan and the kids playing around and me crouched behind the camera, sweating buckets in the humidity. In other words, it was completely normal, tropical Singapore weather. And I loved every minute of it.

One summer evening in Swedish Lapland. In the woods, up on a mountain, where the traces of the sea and the inland ice from the Ice Age still remains. We hiked up and shot two series of photos right before and after 10pm. Before, light photos with the sun still reaching above the treetops. After, darker moodier photos in the blue hour that never turns dark in Swedish Lapland in August. It just lingers, until the sun rises above the trees again early, early in the morning.

….and when the sun sinks below the horizon, the light nordic summer nights take over.

I had the privilege of hanging out with and photographing Photographer Danny Santos and his baby boy Elias one evening for Sassy Mama’s serie about dads called “Cool Dad Hangouts”. Not only did we get some great shots, but we had some time to bond over various aspects of photography, which is always a both interesting and fun.

I love these types of shoots where I can capture the special bond between parent and child.
Click here to read Danny’s interview with Sassy Mama.

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This Wedding, this couple.
Perfect in every detail, even down to the very raindrops of luck that sprinkled down during the ceremony on Rayavadee resort in Krabi.
I’m so blessed to have to have been part of their day.

Full wedding on the blog later, but here is a preview from our portrait session on the beach at sunset.

Congratulations Ola and Ben!

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8 weeks.
We’re counting down the days at this point.
It’s a surreal feeling for me. I always knew that having children very early in life might lead to this; my baby having a baby of her own while I am still immersed fully in a diaper changing, night waking, snot wiping period of life myself with my youngest still being under two years old.
People ask me how it feels that she lives so far away in times like these. The situation is not ideal, but it’s also something I accepted might happen when we decided to move across the world. And now we are where we are, on different continents, and I am as always so thankful for modern technology that allows me to keep up with her and see her through one of my screens almost every day. I am too far away to put my hand on her belly and feel the baby kicking, but through the wonders of digital life I can log in and see her almost every day. And in all this, I am still just a call away for advice about big things or small, and even though I can’t hug her close, I am here, always available.

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The past few weeks have been hot, hot, hot here in Singapore, with a scorching sun blazing down in the humid tropical weather. It has been the kind of weather where even the shade feels like stepping into a steamy hot shower room. But that doesn’t stop me from shooting outdoors and I had a wonderful, albeit sweaty time photographing Mei-Lin and Jon together with their lovely bunch of kids on this hot Tuesday. An hour before sunset when the sunlight becomes golden and the slight breeze by the water gives some relief is the perfect time to gather the family at the beach for a photo session, which is what Mei-Lin and Jon did.

I’m extra happy to blog this family session now because Mei-Lin is picking up her beautiful prints today. I love knowing that these photos will go up on their wall and remind them every day for years and years of this time in their lives, with this newfound happiness and a bright feature ahead.

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When I was 18 I found out I was pregnant and two months before I turned 19 years old my daughter Fredrica was born. It wasn’t always easy being a young mother, but we had lots of love and a stable home. Over the years we welcomed her siblings. She became a big sister for the first time at 7, we then had another baby when she was 12 and now, we have our precious last baby boy Henry and there’s a whopping 20 years of age difference between them. It is a weird feeling to know that the age gap between her and me is two years less than between her and her youngest brother. Sometimes life throws you a surprise curveball.
Our children have been born with so many years in between them that we’ve managed to have small kids to take care of for over twenty years now. I can barely remember what it felt like to not be a mother.

When the kids are in that diaper changing age It’s hard to imagine how life will change over the years when you’re in that rut of sleepless nights, poopy diapers, food all over their clothes and hair, and that faze when you need to be constantly watching them just to keep them alive (Henry is 16 months and determined to do every life threatening climbing activity he can find). Time seems to pass both slow and fast. Slow when you’re just waiting for them to fall asleep so that you can get a break, and fast because, wait.. didn’t he just pop out of my belly all new and slippery and gaze at me for the first time, and then suddenly in between all those hours of care, in what seems like the blink of an eye they are 16 months. After that the years just keep adding on and you find yourself holding on to your child just a few more extra seconds during those precious moments when you get to see them. My daughter is her own person now, living on the other side of the world, has her own home, her own income and her own life. And almost 22 years have passed since we first met. Life goes by so fast.

I miss her every day. But most of all I am thankful for all those years we got to spend together, and for every second that I now get to spend with her, which is a couple of weeks every 6 months or so.

Thats why this photo is so very precious to me. My oldest and my youngest playing together at the beach. This was taken two weeks ago when she was here visiting. I’m going to put it in a big frame and hang it on the living room wall, so that I can see this moment every time I walk by. I want to be reminded every day, of how lucky I am to have been blessed with four amazing children, and that I have had the privilege to be their mother for so many years, and hopefully many, many more to come.

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Meeting your brand new sister can be a roller coaster of emotions. Just 29 hours old, she’s such a tiny precious little being, with a head full of curly black hair.

Newborn babies are amazing. There are very few things in life that melts my heart so completely like newborns do. With fingers and toes so tiny they will make the toughest person sigh in adoration. Having the privilege to meet babies during those first hours and imagine where life will take them years down the road is something I’m very grateful for. Maybe someday this little girl will grow up to be someone that will change the world for the better. Only time will tell. Right now her world is full of love, love, love, plenty of sleep, milk and diapers. And a family that adores her.

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Family. The most important thing in the world for me. With 4 kids ranging 20 years apart from the oldest to the youngest, I very rarely have the opportunity to have them all gathered together under the same roof at the same time. These photos were taken the year before we moved to Singapore and my beautiful daughter stayed behind in Sweden. I treasure them beyond words. Life just happens so fast. They are a constant, always there, until one day, they have flown the nest. Independent and strong with their own lives, and all that silence that I wished for so many times feels too silent. Thank goodness for video chat and high speed internet. People that say fast internet is not important has never lived on the other side of the world from their child.

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Family portrait at the beach by Irina Nilsson Photogrphy

Three of the four boys/men in my life. When this photo was taken, the baby was still a surprise waiting to happen.

When you’re 3 months old, the world has suddenly become very interesting. Those heartwarming tooth less smiles make up for all the nights when sleep deprivation is more the norm than the exception. Just look at those squishy toes and that chin! Memories to last a lifetime is what we got when gorgeous Alvin and his beautiful mother Marie welcomed me into their home for an indoor photo session with the light from the window as our natural source of light.

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I had the honor of photographing Dr. Anousheh Ansari and the charity luncheon that was organised by Women on a Mission Singapore to raise funds for UN Women’s effort to end human trafficking in Asia.
Held here in Singapore at restaurant Me@OUE with spectacular views of Marina Bay Sands, we had the opportunity to listen to a very interesting talk from key-note speaker Dr. Anousheh Ansari, the first self-funded female in history to fly into space. She is also the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and fourth private explorer to visit space. As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies, she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the $10 million Ansari X Prize, an award for innovative space entrepreneurs. During this special lunch affair, in support of the Singapore Committee for UN Women’s efforts to end human trafficking in Singapore and in the Asia region, Dr Ansari shared her awe-inspiring journey from daughter of war-torn Iran to space pioneer. Her very human story is a testament to the power of conviction and to the understanding that through indomitable commitment and unwavering focus, even the unimaginable is possible.

Thank You to Women on a Mission Singapore for inviting me to photograph this event.
More photos from the event at Women on a mission’s Facebook page.

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Dr Anousheh Ansari speaking at Women on a Mission Singapore charity lunch fund raiser against human trafficking.

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What a great time I had!
Once a month I usually get together with some of my fellow photography colleagues here in Singapore for some coffee. Being a photographer working in your own business can be somewhat lonely so it’s really nice to meet and chat with others in the same field. This time we decided to help each other out with business portraits and new profile photos. As photographers we are almost always behind the camera and never in front of it, so photographing each other was a great idea, and one that we will definitely do again next year.
Portraits on this post are of Amber from Click-Oh! Photography, Gunilla from Sugarlight Photography, Tatyana from Kildi Photo and Natasha from Natasha Shuttleworth Photography.

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Two days, two separate occasions. The first one, with the sun just below the horizon, casting that everlasting light in the northern Swedish summer night. Blue, colder hues, mosquitos buzzing in the still of the late evening. I think the time was about 11 pm for the first shots.
Day two, one more session, but this time with the sun still blazing it’s last rays above the line of trees over the water with that mesmerising glow. It creates the best natural light source for this kind of portraits and I’m loving every minute of it. Buttery soft warm light on Ellens beautiful face. 10 pm at night, fast photographs, fast, and then the light is gone.

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