the story of me and paris
My Paris is a city of tolerance where people of different origins and walks of life manage
to live together harmoniously - at least most of the time.
There is a freedom to live your life according to what is important for you.
It is how you choose to see your surroundings: if you look close enough, you can see the beauty of life everywhere.
Paris is special because of its history
Imagine all the people who have wandered through these same streets
and entered the beautiful buildings before us.
They have passed and are now gone, but Paris is still here and thriving.
I feel privileged to be a part of this evolution and contribute to it in my own fashion.
BEFORE I BECAME PARISIENNE
I’m originally a small town girl from Finland, up in the north of Europe.
I grew up skiing in the woods in winter and spent my summers swimming in some of the thousands of lakes of my beautiful homeland..
Amidst all the natural beauty, I was born an urban soul and as long as I can remember, longed for big cities and dreamed about living in a metropolis.
MY CHARACTER - AN OUTSIDER LOOKING IN
Shy is my middle name and I have always felt so very uncomfortable, should I become the center of attention.
Public speaking is out of the question for me, I have gone to certain lengths in my life to avoid it.
At the same time, I’m sociable, and like being part of a group. Just please don’t ask me to take the lead.
is my rock.
I’m married to David and we have one son, Victor, who is almost a teenager with his upcoming 13th birthday.
I’m very close to my parents, who live in Spain and to my only sister and her wife, who live in Finland. My extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins helps us to keep in contact with my native Finland and ensures that my son knows this part of his cultural heritage.
My French family aka beautiful in-laws (belle-famille) lives in Lyon, Paris region and Lisbon.
THE PLACE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN MY LIFE
As I work full time, photography is my passion and creative outlet.
I’m so grateful to have its richness in my life.
It has allowed me to see the light and in consequence, everything differently.
It has opened my eyes to the beauty that I did not notice before, although it was always there.
Maybe you feel the same way about photography?
IS IT YOUR HAPPY PLACE AS WELL?
random facts about me
I miss reading, I used to be an avid reader but have difficulties finding time these days.
I know it is an excuse.
I have a huge collection of coffee table books by the masters of photography that I plan to study.
Instead I always find myself in the rabbit hole of photo forums and social media.
Favorite past time: drinking wine, either while sitting in cafés people watching or at home editing my images.
When commuting in the metro, I love visualiZing all the images I could take if I were invisible, or had the nerve.
Secret vice - binge-watching American and British Netflix series.
Lost in translation
My native language is Finnish which I hardly ever use here in France,
except when speaking with my son or on the phone with my Finnish family.
I speak better French than I write, so I prefer to write in English.
Please excuse my approximative English at times.
I sneeze funnily.