This is a very different kinda shoot for me as not only was it overseas but it was also at the amazing IceHotel in Sweden! Organised by my fellow creatives at Way Up North, it was an amazing opportunity I couldn’t miss!
The couple we were working with were Moe & Peter, they are celebrities in Sweden and they’d met on the set of the movie “The Huntress” so they were used to getting photographed… probably in warmer climates though!
So I really pushed myself to deliver really creative Photography, and as it was just the two of them it was different to my usual documentary style wedding photography as there were no other guests.
It was also my first experience using Profoto lights, and I loved them. They are super expensive but definitely going on my shopping list!
The IceHotel is a bit of an adventure to get too (flight to Stockholm, then on to Kiruna) and I can say with all sincerity that it lives up to its amazing reputation.
We were blessed with some amazing weather during their day, and after shooting inside the actual hotel, we went out on snowmobiles to some fire pits in the snow.
The couple were very at ease during the session, laughing and joking and when it came to their portraits, it was super easy as the couple didn’t need to be too posed.
It was so cold that I had to borrow a full on ice suit from the outward bounds store, and it was amazing! I was able to plough straight through the snow, without getting wet or cold. Although I did look like a telly tubby, it was well worth it!
I was able to convince them towards the end of the day (as the sun dipped down and it got COLD) to try a few dynamic images to compliment the more candid portraits and I’m thankfully they gave me the opportunity!
The IceHotel is a fantastic location, filled with amazing art, and I want to represent the artists correctly, so below is a list of the works and the artists credits.
* CEREMONY HALL ‘GINKGO’ – KAUPPI & KAUPPI
* MAIN HALL & THE TOWER OUTSIDE ‘BRUTAL EXPERIENCE’
* ‘RUOSSUT’ – ANNA ÖHLUND & JOHN PETTERSSON
* ‘SPRING DREAM’ – LEI ZHAO & YONG ZHAO
JENS THOMS IVARSSON, MATS NILSSON & WORDS BY PETRI TUOMINEN