This is my dream of summer. A summer when you sit in the shade drinking wine eating lovely meals that are so easy to make and so good to eat. In real life there are numerous meals to plan and cook when school is out so these images are more of a dream than reality. But once in a while it does happen.
It has been an unusually long summer and unusually many lazy days (probably too many) for me and my family. Three weeks in Italy, a few weeks on the Swedish island of Gotland and a few weeks of not doing anything at home. Today is the first day of school after summer for my children. So I start working again. I have lots of fun projects and assignments for the end of summer and beginning of autumn. But first I want to show you some of my work that has been published over the summer. The first one is for the Swedish magazine Lantliv. Helena Larsson was the recipe developer and stylist. The story was shot close to her home a very lovely evening last summer in Småland in the southern part of Sweden.
Here are a few examples of the photos I took for the book Food Pharmacy. I worked with the authors Lina Nertby Aurell and Mia Clase and the designer Anna Lindelöw from the Swedish blog Food Pharmacy. It’s a scientific book with lots of humor, fun to work with. Published by Bonnier Fakta.
I spend a big portion of my working time making cookbooks, which I love. Here is yet another one that was recently published. I’ve been working on this one for the last year. It’s with the, in Sweden, very popular Ernst Kirchsteiger. On the team was also Linda Berlin, prop stylist and Kristina Valentin, recipe tester and cook. The book is published by Bonnier Fakta. I mostly enjoyed shooting this book on location. Spending a few days in a part of Sweden where I ever hardly go, Värmland. By dark lakes, and blue forests in an old spooky mansion. A little scary but with beautiful places to shoot. Here are a few of my favorite images.
When making this book I worked with the lovely Maria Carlsson and equally lovely Marina Asplund from the raw food café SthlmRaw in Stockholm. We shot all images at and around the café in central Stockholm. We used the city’s pavements, streets, walls, doors and I enjoyed it so much. I love shooting outside the studio, working with what I have around me.
A book with all kinds of breakfast inspiration with recipes by Liselotte Forslin and photography by me.
Yesterday I finally received my first copy of the Swedish cookbook Till Bords med Systrarna Eisenman by Lisa Eisenman Frisk and Monica Eisenman. I took the photos. I started working on the book about a year ago and finally it’s here. It’s about gathering family and friends around the table, being and eating together. It covers both winter and summer so we have shot a lot outside for the summer and a little bit for the winter when we were lucky to have snow. I especially enjoyed taking all the photos of people for this book and of course working with Monica and Lisa again.
In December I went to the United States on vacation with my family, we began in New York. I wasn’t on an assignment, but of course I couldn’t keep from bringing my camera everywhere we went. I have lots and lots of shots of buildings and streets. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with all the images I brought with me back home, but then I decided to make prints out of some of them. These prints are now for sale in my etsyshop: www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/UlrikaEkblomPhoto
I will soon also have prints from Italy, Miami and Charleston in my etsyshop…and hopefully lots of other places in the future.
In the latest issue of the Swedish food magazine Lantliv mat och vin I have no more than three stories. All with food stylist Liselotte Forslin, absolutely one of the best food stylists. One story is about new ways of preparing and eating porridge, with lots of different grains and lovely things to go with it. Another story is about making your own pasta and the good sauces to go with it.
The last story is a winter story. You would think we always have snow in Sweden, but we don’t get snow every year. Last year was one of those years with almost no snow. But we were asked by the magazine to make this feature with food and people with a wintery feeling and of course preferably some images in the snow. We had planned a day for shooting the story without snow and asked Matilda (she is part of our creative studio and is a wonderful children’s book illustrator) if we could shoot the story with her family at her parents house which we could. Thank you!! Well, we had planned the shoot without the snow and we were going to make the best of it. But just after arriving at the location the snow started falling, we were just so lucky! Next day the snow was gone. So we got the snowy shots together with the cosy inside shots.
Here are some of the photos from the three different stories, but from the same issue of the magazine Lantliv mat och vin.