Saturday, February 18, 2017

TRENDING FLOWERS

CREATING WITH FLOWERS


Since the last August I've been organizing flower workshops at my workspace työhuone ovi 10. Why? Purely because I love love love flowers. At työhuone ovi 10 there are 5 creatives working. We all have our own room plus we share a big space where we can make different kind of things like workshops. Today I made a photoshooting with flowers. I want to learn and this is how I do it.

I did 6 workshops with floral designer Hanna Piippo during autumn. First one was with ecological lifestyle magazine Huili. It's my favorite magazine in Finnish of course. I made a blog post about the workshop, you can read it here.  Idea of flower workshops has been a success and I've noticed that now it's really trending.  Not to mention all kind of workshops. Helsinki is buzzing, people are organizing workshops a lot and I think it is a great thing because these one day or shorter workshops gives us a chance to learn something new without longer commitment. With other words - fun learning.

I had an idea of flower workshop more than two years ago before I could make it happen. I've been an independent professional photographer and artist over two years now and I have been so thrilled to develope my ideas to reality. Workshop doesn't just happen, you make quite a lot of work before it does. In January I had one intimate workshop on my own with very small group. It wasn't only about flowers it was about composition in still life. But of course we had flowers too with vintage props and fruits. Very classic.

The latest news is Creative Flower Workshop by Laura Syväniemi from @lovejunedesign She is Finnish talented stylist and floral designer who has worked and lived in Australia but now she has returned to Finland. I was happy when I found her because her work is very beautiful and she has a very good eye for colors and style. We can learn a lot from her. Her work has been in international wedding blogs like Magnolia Rouge and Adorn Magazine.  

With Laura I have planned carefully our very first workshop. We want to make your day relaxed with beautiful flowers, photography and with tasty food by talented cook and cooking book author Meri-Tuuli Lindström. It is on Sunday 12 of March. Go and see more information in FB event. You will find it here. We will have another one on Sunday 23th of April. You will find it here.

Binding sign-up e-mail me:kreetta.jarvenpaa@gmail.com
That's all folks! 
Take care and have a lovely weekend!

xoxo
Kreetta

ps. I will revamp my blog's layout in this spring. This look has been live about two years. This is the third one already, haha I started blogging in 2012. Can't wait to make it!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS


WREATH LOVE

Time for peace and tranquility. A present for a dear friend.


Filling your soul with beauty. Nourishing your body with delicacies.


Memories to remember.

Dearest and beloved ones around.
 

"It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time, we let in light and banish shade
And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time."


Band Aid 1984
Songwriters
Bob Geldof, Midge Ure



Merry Christmas!

xoxo
Kreetta

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES - SHOOTING FOOD

MY STORY


Have you ever thought how to make a perfect food pic? I have. Over ten years ago I learned from the best. I was assistant to talented food and commercial photographer Juha-Pekka Laakio during years 2004-2006. It all began there with food.

food photography photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

From the year 2006 I made a career as a in house photographer in big publishing house till the year 2014. I made a lot of people photography but I made also food, lifestyle, car, fashion, medicine - you name it - photography during those years. You can find the best of it in my portfolio. We had Finnish big customers like Fazer, VR, Alko, Osuuspankki, S-ryhmä, Volvo, Yliopiston Apteekki and many more.

food photography photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

In Autumn 2014 I started a career as an independent professional photographer. About two years ago.

food photography photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

And here I am. I'm focused on food, flowers, lifestyle not forgetting people either. I also can concentrate more to painting and ceramics. I have my own workspace with such a lovely group of people. We have great co-work with talented cook and author Meri-Tuuli Lindström, she is one of my workspace colleagues. We just published a cooking book Pataruokaa - A Book of Stews in English it would be. She is an excellent food stylist, I have to say. Lucky to work with her.

For me our cooking book Pataruokaa came with perfect timing. My mom had just passed away suddenly in the very beginning of this year so luckily we had our book project mainly during winter and spring when I had the most difficult time of my life. I'm so proud of us and expecially the result - the book. First print run is sold out in November so we are going with second at the moment. It has received very good reviews. I'm very grateful of all the lovely feedback.

flower photography photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

At the workspace - we call it Työhuone ovi 10 - the light is magical and I think the place has a very special feng shui - if you know what I mean and I love to share it with my customers and fellow colleagues.

This autumn I've been organizing flower workshops there and people have had a lovely relaxing moments with beautiful flowers, photography and good food. Students have made so many beautiful flower arrangements and then we have photographed them. You can find a lot of pics from the workshops by following hashtag #kukkaworkshop in Instagram. Planning to continue with workshops next year but thinking a next level - more learning possibilities and more talking about creative work. That means smaller groups with flowers, food and photography. Here you can find a blog post about this autumn's flower workshop.

food photography photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I've been telling you a bit of my history as a photographer and about my past year and same time you have been watching the pics from one of the lovely photoshoots during this year I made with Meri-Tuuli. It is part of a huge project we made for keksihylly.fi. It has been a great joy. Meri-Tuuli made recipes and styled the food and I photographed it but before that I planned and collected the props and made backrounds and styled flowers. See the whole pic here. We always try to make our best for customers with unique style. With handmade props and backrounds it's possible with a good taste of style and food styling perfection.

food photography photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Last pic is totally behind the scenes. There are never enough words how creative mind works. Usually you don't receive the words at all and you can only see the result - the photo or what ever the creative goal is. Actually that is how it should be - the final work should work without any explaning words. 

I hope you have enjoyed the story and the pics. I wish you a Merry Merry Christmas! 

xoxo
Kreetta

ps. Next post is about - wreaths :0 of course!


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


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