Photoshoot with Tangotheatre Kiukkarainen

  I had the pleasure to combine two of my passions, photography and tango, when I had a photoshoot together with multi-talents Timo & Marjo from Tangotheatre Kiukkarainen. It is always a joy to take photos of performing artists as they tend to have that photographic presence in their own skillset and do not need much guidance for that part. It leaves room for creativity.

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Combining the Best of the Both Worlds

Man in a coffee break The jury nominating Sami Rievinen as the best portrait photographer of 2014 in Finland said that professionals do not take photos, they create those. This can be seen from the best studio portaits. On the other hand there is another trend of photography evolving around the street photography idea of seizing the perfect moment and timing without manipulating or staging the photo. Both approaches are worth of mastering, but it is also worth understanding how to combine these, i.e. how to seize the sudden opportunity to stage a good photo?

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Portait of Singer Susanna Huppunen

First rule for everything: There has to be plan B. Some time ago I went to take a portait of singer Susanna Huppunen. Plan A was to use window light like explained in my blog post about shooting portraits at home. The background was supposed to be an interior wall in a big farm house. Unfortunately it was so dark and rainy day that the window light was not enough, and the wall color was boring and variegated in a wrong way, so that it would not make any justice to portraits. The client was waiting so I had to study the environment quickly and make calculations about the light and judgements about the possible backgrounds... nothing good enough seemed to be available. So, the plan B...

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How to Shoot Portraits at Home


In this text I talk about how I do the portrait shoots when at home without proper studio. I recently faced a situation where I was asked to take a profile photo of a professional with short notice. Here is my workflow. It is basically by the book, i.e. I follow the basic guidelines with no secrets or magic here, or maybe just a little with post processing.

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