Saturday, 22 March 2014

juniper (again)

Last summer Henna and I were spending some quality time far away from the city, and I wanted to practice modelling. So, we climbed up a side of a big hill to a huge rock wall (which you actually can't see in the photos but I swear it was huge).
Henna hadn't held a camera for a while and I didn't really know what to do so I guess in other circumstances it could have been more educating. As the time I've spent on that side of the camera is rather limited, this ended up being quite an important experience anyway.

I want to learn to model for two reasons: first of all, I want to be able to guide the models better and I think knowing their perspective helps with that, and secondly, when I want to photograph and don't have a model, I want to be able to use myself.
I often wish I could be both the photographer and the model at the same time, see how my movement looks in the camera just then. It would be super cool.

I've heard that a model in a comfortable position only gives you a comfortable photo, which would be the opposite of interesting. I felt very uncomfortable climbing under that juniper, but I'm pretty sure that that fact alone is not why I like these. And it's not even the long hair: even when looking at these, I can honestly say that I have absolutely no regrets.

Photographs by Henna

Saturday, 15 March 2014


For quite a while I've done very little else in terms of photography but personal work, so it was quite refreshing and educating to take my camera with me on Valentine's day since that was also vanhojen päivä, the day when the second-years become the oldest students in their high schools (except these guys are not the oldest until the 4th of April when we finally leave the school).
This glorious day is celebrated with beautiful dresses, gorgeous suits and a dance.

I didn't prepare my camera bag very well for the dance and as I am not very experienced event photographer, my photos from the actual dance didn't end up being particularly world-shaking. However, what I enjoyed more was taking portraits for the dancers. I really like that big, round window.



Here are a couple of extra photos and gifs from the dance.

Just a few more deadlines left and then all that remains are the last of the mock exams and then the final exams!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

one whole year

I have now had this blog for one year. So much has changed and yet so little.

One year ago I already knew that I wanted to study photography in Scotland. Now the application has been sent.
One year ago I wrote "I'm going to proceed with as little words as I can". Ha ha. Like I had even tried.
One year ago I had photographed so little that I find it amazing that my dreams of studying photography have not changed in any way, though maybe now I have a better idea about what it is going to be like.
One year ago I started this blog to develop as a photographer and write about my journey.

This is what the first year of my blog looks like:





No return II



One year ago I started this blog so I could now see the development, and I think I have developed the ideas I have for the photos as well as the visual representation of those ideas. Back then I just thought it was nice to take nice pictures, but now I have matured and my goals are now clearer and more realistic.
Thus I think it's time to stop jumping around and start to call this blog Juniper Photography instead of Juniper Jumper, and I can't wait to see what Juniper Photography will look like after another year.

Thank you for all of you who have shared this journey with me so far! Thank you for participating in my photography projects as models and assistants, and thank you for giving feedback and you for reading and simply existing. This blog wouldn't be the same without all of