FREQUENTLY ASKED

Do you shoot outside of Finland?

Absolutely! I will travel anywhere to capture you and your loved ones. Every now and then while I travel, I offer destination shoots without added travel fees. Follow me on Instagram if you want to be kept up to date on my itinerary.

Do you have a studio?

No. I used to have one, but found that for most indoor sessions we needed a more personal space. For an indoor shoot, I am happy to come to your home, or come up with a beautiful location will do justice to your personal style and the feel of our shoot.

When is your next mini session date?

I used to set up a mini session day about once a year, but am currently only booking personalized shoots. If you are looking for a couple of head shots or a small set of portraits, please let me know. My smallest package only includes 5 images!

Why do you shoot your photos on film?

There’s something about a film image that can never be quite reproduced digitally. Film is so forgiving and flattering for skin tones. It erases blemishes and focuses on light. It has a unique aesthetic quality that speaks to so many of my clients.

 

Through years of me shooting digitally, while fine-tuning my editing process, I always looked to those photographers I admired. And even though I found myself getting closer to the look of their images, a certain magic was missing. I kept trying, but I was never really 100% happy with the end result of my digitals. Until I realised that all those photographers were shooting on film.

 

So I bought my first cameras and am now shooting with a Contax 645. And for the first time, I can see that same incredible magic in my own images.

 

The process of shooting on film has been life-changing for me. Not just for the look of my final images. But for the way I shoot. Every digital shoot had me looking down at the preview screen on my camera all the time - and it took me out of the moment every single time. With film I can’t do this, and I love how much more present I am because of this.

 

And while a digital memory card can hold thousands of images at a time, on film every single shot is precious. When I create an image setting with you during a shoot, I slow down and intentionally craft each image. When I look through the camera, I feel the moment, I am focused entirely on you. I see every movement and every flicker of emotion. And then I press the shutter exactly when it feels right.

Do you also shoot digitally?

I’m a hybrid photographer, that means I shoot both on film and digitally - I sort of have to be in Finland during the darker months of the year. Film loves and needs light! Whenever I can, I will pick film, but I always choose the camera and equipment that works best for the moment and location. 

Do you publish every shoot in your portfolio? What if we don’t want our images to be public?

I usually reserve all the publishing rights for my images, but of course I respect my clients’ privacy wishes. For children and family shoots, I totally understand that you may not want the faces of your little ones published.

Do you offer prints and albums?

Yes, I do. From fine art photo prints to bespoke premium quality albums, you can order your custom print products through me. I work with amazing printers that are open only to professional photographers. After your shoot, once you get your online gallery, we can chat about personalised print options for you!

Additional questions?

If any of your questions are left unanswered, please just get in contact and I'll be happy to chat! Can't wait to hear from you. 

Lifestyle photographs for families, couples and brands by Susanna Nordvall

Finland • Sweden • Norway • Estonia • Denmark • Iceland

susanna@nordstories.com

+358 (0)50 35 24 863

 
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