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.
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.
I entered this image into the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2014, in the category Food off the Press. It made it to be a finalist with six other images in the same category. The image was also included in a exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in the end of April. Unfortunately I could’t be there for the exhibition.
Food stylist/creator Ylva Porsklev made the doughnut for the photo and it was originally published in the Swedish food magazine Mat & Vänner and it is now for sale through Stockfood. I’m looking forward to working with Ylva again after the summer. She has been away almost a year working on another assignment, but after the summer she is finally back! Next year I want to win this competion of course!
Se more images from the feature published in Mat & Vänner here.
This was published already in September in the Swedish food magazine Lantliv mat & vin. I worked together with Liselotte Forslin and we were not in our studio instead we worked in a beautiful kitchen in a beautiful home in Uppsala, Sweden. Working in another space than our studio gives us inspiration. Even though you can’t always se the location in the images we believe it makes the photos better (if it’s a good location). It can be a slightly different natural daylight from the studio, a chair, a wall that looks really good in the background, props from the kitchen we are working in. Small things that inspire me and the stylist and make the food look even tastier.
I was very happy when I got the assignment, for Elle mat & vin, to shoot Lotta Kühlhorn while she cooks in her colorful and inspiring apartment in Stockholm. Lotta is a well known Swedish graphic designer who always uses a lot of color in her designs. I love color so this was the perfect assignment for me. Lotta’s home is filled with wonderful things that turned into wonderful props for the images I was shooting. This feature is in the latest issue of the Swedish magazine Elle mat & vin (Swedish for Elle food & wine). Here are some of the images I shot. And by my side doing some styling and writing was Liselotte Forslin.
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