Saturday, November 12, 2016

FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

UPDATING PORTFOLIO

flower arrangement and photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


During the last two years I've been photographing more and more flowers. I've always loved flowers but somehow woke up and decided to go more that direction. First I started with natural flowers during summer 2014. Played a bit more during summer 2015. I've made ceramic flower frogs and used them with flowers and my blogger friend Igor Josif from the blog Happy Interior blog also blogged about my frogs last year before X-mas. You can find plenty of flowers in my blog very easily.  

Because I want to learn more I decided to do something about it. I have started to organize flower workshops this autumn. I have talented florist Hanna Piippo teaching the flower arrangement and I am teaching and helping students to take a good photo of their arrangement. When people takes the arrangement home it might not be in same condition anymore. A lot of people have only iPhone or other smartphone but you can make quite nice pic with phone too. The light and location just have to be very well chosen and light have to be quite soft.  

flower arrangement and photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


When you are making a flower arrangement it depends on the purpose how you should make it. For example if you only take a photo of it, you don't have to make it look good from every angle. You can cheat a bit but it is always good thing to keep in mind that you don't learn if you cheat. If you make it as a table decoration then you really have to think that it looks good from every angle. If the arrangement is in front of a wall you can also cheat a bit and not to use so many flowers in backside I think. So it is important to think where and how you are going to use your flower arrangement. Of course it is always better if you make it look good from every angle. Then you have alternatives how you want to show it. I made this arrangement to look good from both sides. It is my first one (I can show you) and managed to do so but this is very much learning by doing. Actually I like the second side (the first pic) better than the first side I made first. 

These photos I updated my portfolio. There are other flower photos too and you can find them all here.

Next weekend we are going to have Christmas flower workshop. It is already fully booked but you can follow how I build the photography backround and props for it in my Instagram @kreettakreetta and of course there will be #instastories and pics from the workshop too.

I hope  you a very calm and lovely weekend !

xoxo
Kreetta

Sunday, October 23, 2016

COOKING FROM PATARUOKAA BOOK

COTTAGE WEEKEND

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Weekend at the cottage was pure slow living. Finnish cottages are often very basic. This time - no running water in the kitchen. The cottage was very old house where we could enjoy of fireplace in the kitchen. Such a cosy feeling it made for us. I was so happy that finally we had time to begin to cook from the book I have made with Meri-Tuuli Lindström. The book is called Pataruokaa, A Book of Stews. Stews are THE best on a cold autumn evening in the middle of nature in the candle light.

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
We made two stews during our stay in the cottage. Here you can see roasted Jerusalem artichokes. We made lentil stew with Jerusalem artichokes. We made also very hearty stew - chorizo beef stew. They were both so good.

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
 Our little Haruki also enjoyed the stay and she was very interested about the birds :)

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Chorizo beef stew was made with tomatos. It took 4 hours to cook and worth to wait, I have to say. The meat was so tender. I ate it again next day with bread and it was so lovely. Rich and thick taste.  It's easy to imagine that after a very cold day outdooring this kind of food is heaven.

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
We are having grey days and the light is vanishing very early. I love the greyness I have to admit. I've learnt to love every season. It makes life very rich because every season has a very special atmosphere. After warm summer it's great to enjoy the darkness, candle light and warm woolly socks on the cosy sofa.

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
This is not my knitting work, it's my husbands. Yes, I have my camera and my husband has his knitting.

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I've been thinking to photograph birches...so long time. But every time when I see a very good birch forest we are driving somewhere and we just don't stop only for photographing except today. Gorgeous burnt orange color from the leaves behind the birches.

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
 I admit. I took my own table cloth and two plates with us to cottage because I knew I wanted to photograph the food we make and you can't do it with ugly plates, can you?

cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
We also brought with us these preserved pears and made delicious dessert from them. These ones are actually Finnish pears. We are going to make them again. They are in season now so have to be quick. They say also that we are going to have snow fall next week. I guess winter is knocking on our door. 

xoxo
Kreetta


Saturday, October 15, 2016

KUKKA WORKSHOP

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT - CAN YOU USE IT WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING FLOWERS?

flower workshop photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Familiar things. Comfort zone. For me going after artificial light with flowers was a big big question mark. For me flower photography has been all about natural light. But as I live in north - Finland - we really don't have much of the light during November, December or January either and I have to photograph then too. Yesterday we had the flower workshop at our workspace in the evening so I needed to try other options than natural light. I rented led light and here you can see the results.

flower workshop photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Not bad. But not exactly the same at all. All these things are matter of the taste for sure. Many times there are not enough natural light or you really have to think where and when to photograph. With artificial light you are not depending at all from the giant big lamp above us. But still...

flower workshop photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

For us in kukka workshop it is important that people get a pic of their work before they leave the workshop. That is because of many reasons but the one is that the arrangement might not survive in it's beauty to student's home door.

flower workshop photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

It's also important to document the arrangement that you can get back to it and see how you develope your skills. By comparing pics of the flower arrangements together - it's easy to see. You don't need any high end camera. With this light you can shoot with smart phone too...ok, it's pro photography light and too expensive in home use and some troubles always with smart phones with right exposure but you can do it!

flower workshop photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I just love to see student's work so it's very helpful to use certain hashtags and they are much easier to find like we use #kukkaworkshop

flower workshop photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Beautiful textures, tones, lines, scents, colors, shapes, thickness, airiness, diagonals, contrasts and many more. When making a flower arrangement you are like an artist who just happen to paint with flowers. Sounds tempting? For me? Yeah!

Next flower workshops will be on 19-20th of November during the weekend and they are all about Christmas. We will be at Työhuone ovi 10 and we will use natural light as much it is possible.  So if you are planning to use camera take your tripod if you have one. I will make a biggest ever background for you with different shades of white. More information here in FB event.

Teachers: Florist Hanna Piippo @piippohanna Photographer and Artist Kreetta Järvenpää @kreettakreetta  Food: Health Coach Maia Söderlund @maiasgreenmedicine

Any questions?

See you there!

xoxo
Kreetta

Sunday, October 2, 2016

KUKKA WORKSHOPS COMING UP IN OCTOBER

LEARNING NEW SKILLS


If ever - it's now.

After a very busy week I finally had a chance to play with these cuties. I bought them during this week and I was a bit of afraid they will be wilted before I have time to make something out of them.  I'm always a bit unsure when I begin with my flower arrangement. How about you?

flower arrangement photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

But getting started makes my creative soul sing. It's flower therapy.

flower arrangement photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

In love with details. Odd textures and forms. Colors and tones. Mixing them all together.

flower arrangement photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Just can't remember all the names of the flowers and plants. That is a bit annoying. Don't know if it's only my problem, haha.

flower arrangement photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Surely it takes sometime and I took pics while building the arrangement and went to computer few times to see if everything is just in the right place. Many times they weren't but now I think they are - surely could do better. I  was building the arrangement for the picture only so one side mattered.

flower arrangement photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I think the moment when you can say this arrangement is ready - no changes anymore - is the most hardest moment of all. I know I'm only on the way because it is still very hard to say: It's ready. But you know what they say 10 000 hours practise is needed to be a professional. Well, I hope it's less though...and do I have to be a pro? Anyway it is very very relaxing to work with flowers that is for sure and when you do it only for the camera you can break a lot of rules - that is so cool. Well, that is another story.

But if you like to learn how to make a luxurious,modern and relaxed flower arrangement, you should come to our Kukka workshop at työhuone ovi 10. I have invited talented florist Hanna Piippo to teach you the most beautiful flower arrangement on 13-14th of Oct and I will teach and help you with photographing the arrangement. Teaching is in Finnish. You can find more information about the workshop in Facebook event you can find here.

Come along!

Have a lovely Sunday! 

xoxo
Kreetta


Friday, August 26, 2016

FLOWER WORKSHOP AT TYÖHUONE OVI 10

WE LOVE FLOWERS

flowerworkshop at työhuone ovi 10 photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

I have been planning this for two years. Flower workshop at out workspace. Finally it has come true but not too late at all or early either. 

We are planning now new flower workshops - two different ones. Another with only flower arrangement and documentation of it and the other one will be flower arrangement and flower photography workshop. You will find information about them here in my blog,  Facebook Kreetta Järvenpää Photography, Instagram @piippohanna @kreettakreetta. They will be held at our workspace Työhuone ovi 10. 

You can find pics from our first flower workshop in Instagram with hashtag #huilikukkaworkshop 

We had also delicious catering by talented cook and writer Meri-Tuuli Lindström.  

flowerworkshop at työhuone ovi 10 photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

It looks like a candy store. I found talented florist Hanna Piippo from Stockholm to work with us. I arranged this workshop together with ecological lifestyle magazine Huili. 

It was great to work with Huili team. I hope you can get to know the magazine. It's worth to read.

Friday, July 15, 2016

STILL LIFE SERIES 4

FOREST WALK PLANTS AND FLOWERS

still life flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

This day has been rainy and dark. I've been a bit sick even though it's my first day of summer vacation and then saddest news from Nice. What ever we people do we should start to care more about - everything. 

We decided to take a short peaceful walk in a forest because the whole day inside the house with the crazy news doesn't make you feel better. On the way I picked few plants and flowers because I felt I needed to. Nature is beautiful in every sense, actually I kind of like the rain if I just have proper clothing and that means - my rubber boots. 

This still life is about all the sadness of killing that happens in the world every day. For us it is shown expecially on the days like this. This day stays in my blog as a sign of human nature. I hope we can all work for more peaceful world. 

Enjoy your weekend!
 
xoxo
Kreetta


Saturday, July 9, 2016

STILL LIFE SERIES 3

GARDEN FLOWERS IN JULY

Flower arrangement photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com This year summer has surprised us. It begun in May and flowers have been blooming quite early and rapidly. In spring I decided to try grow anemones, because they are one of my favorites. I did it as I could and I am so happy I have few blooming at the moment. White, blue and fuchia. 

I gathered flowers from our garden this evening. I also borrowed few from our upstairs neighbour's flower bed. I just wish summer would stay longer with us and these flowers too. The vase is from my mom's home and I remember it from my childhood. I remember huge garden with strawberries, different kind of berries like red currant, apple and plum trees with lines of carrots, peas and potatoes. Lots of flowers. I remember I said that I never will have a garden because it is so huge work! We use to help our mom with garden - she paid us a little money for it. But never say never - now I have a garden and I love it.

xoxo
Kreetta
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