The Northern Connection – an engagement shoot – Svala and Jhohan
One cannot begin to imagine what Iceland is like, unless they actually set foot in it. And I’m saying this because as a Greek I can tell how different our mindset is and how little we know of this amazing place. Upon my visit I came to realize that there is actually what one could call the contemporary european spartan. The average Icelander has been suffering ever since 2008 the same financial crisis as we have, if not worse. Still the way Icelanders manage gives me shivers of respect. Highly cultured, extremely well-educated, musical, attentive and mannerly, are just a few adjectives that I can come up with; Despite the subpolar temperatures, that to my Greek, spoon fed bones felt utterly arctic (arriving at Keflavik airport felt like someone had pushed the “winter fast forward” button), I was so warmheartedly met, and so graciously accepted that I started missing the place even before leaving.
What took me to Reykjavík in the first place was of course … Love ! Svala and Jhohan is the young couple of Icelanders who had me shoot their love.
Jhohan who has this composed air of regal austerity is a bit camera shy at first, but it’s an Nordic thing as I can tell; Icelanders will graciously allow you into their space, will be excellent hosts and fascinating conversationalists, but when it comes to posing, or standing in front of the camera they do not appear overly excited even if they are. Then Svala, with her milky white complexion and fairy-like, girly beauty approaches, whispering something to his ear, and everything changes; I guess it’s no mystery that your woman’s ways of making this world a milder place for you are phenomenal. They unwind, they embrace and I am sincerely at a loss for words because their intimacy reminds me of an arcadian ballad, the simple, innocent contentement one finds in fairytales of the North. Their gestures, spotless and effortless have me follow them around as they stroll, it’s sort of like a gentle hunt.
By the end of the week I’ve made up my mind to visit them again. I’ve made myself some great friends, I’ve had my share of a tremendously touching scent that surrounds Iceland and its people, residing in their homes, their food, and their way of life; I feel … genuinelly happy !
Sjáumst síðar my friends !!!
SLEEKLENS – AN INCREDIBLE TOOL FOR YOUR WORKFLOW – A note to all of you amazing fellow photographers out there !
If you are familiar with the way I do things, you will already know that I’ m constantly on the hunt for what works best, both in terms of effectiveness and efficiency, as well as in terms of services that can skyrocket a man’s workflow and provide for a smooth, creative workbench; and since sharing is caring, I thought I should answer a few of the emails I’ve received from fellow wedding photographers over time, on what could assist them further with their options in Lightroom presets.
Now, a big problem that we’re all faced with, let’s face it (pun not intended) is that as wedding photographers we have hundreds or thousands of pictures to edit. With speed and great results in mind I’ve been seeking for a means to my end for quite some time now; I would like to share my “little treasure” with you, and let you in to a few details.
Sleeklens is probably one of the biggest and most comprehensive workflows for weddings on the market right now, designed for Lightroom. It has 112 wedding presets and 23 brushes, structured in a such a specific way to make editing fast, potent and uber- productive for yours truly. All of them are stackable (which means you can stack them on top of each other), and frankly they have provided me with major results (see post above so you can judge for yourselves). To make it easier for you, I’m inserting a link below so you can jump over to Sleeklens for more input and details:
as well as a video link explaining how to stack Lightroom presets:
At this point I would like to thank you all for your trust in asking me for advice, it’s much appreciated and I hope it brings out your best !!!
Enjoy this beautiful short edit of our trip to this great land of Iceland, from my friend Rodringo .