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This summer my family and I were able to spend some time in Norway. My sister’s friend asked if I would possibly take some confirmation photos of her son. What a treat! I have so many places I would love to try out. I got my first wish: the old dock where the store was when I was a kid. Of course everything looks different now, but it was an awesome place to shoot.

Joachim was such a fun guy to photograph! He didn’t object to “stand there”, “move your foot” or “how about…?”. Thanks! You made my job even funner!

Here are some…I know…a lot…of favorites. Enjoy!

 

Just giddy with these images. Here is one…more images and text to come!

 

This couple actually got married a year ago…in Norway! I knew they would come dressed in their bunads. Man, did they ever look stylish! Carolyn even re-created her wedding bouquet. They looked really nice! With the waterfall in the background it looked like it could just as well have been shot in Norway. We lucked out with some cooler weather, otherwise the wool outfits would have been totally awful to wear.

Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

 

My sister’s baby came early and my baby came late, as all three of my kids did. Instead of being two months apart, our boys are one month and one day apart. I should really dig out a shot from their first birthday, they were so cute…with a cherry on top! Matching green shirts with a frog and a party hat…it was quite a sight!

Well, today is Theodor’s birthday…six years old…wow! What happened? These boys are now scootering, riding motorcycles, diving, doing flips on the trampoline and know how to run ANY Wii or Playstation game. I am actually okay with it though. What I have enjoyed with all my kids are the different stages they go through…and at the end of the day they all still love to snuggle. Mmmm…enjoying it while I can!

After the kids came home from their summer activities, basketball and cupcake decorating (posting stuff later), we got on the computer to Skype Theodor and sing him the “Happy Birthday” song. Luckily they were all home and our kids had a fun time visiting via Skype. He had just received the letter we sent last week with cards from each of our kids, and one from Stine’s friend Grace, plus a bunch of Diego band-aids.

Here is a cute shot of my oldest daughter visiting with Theodor, his baby sister and my sister. Plus a cute curious friend in the background. Thanks to Skype we get to see and speak to my family at the same time, for FREE. Lovin it!

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I was looking through some shots from October and came across the ones below. I totally love being at airports. I doesn’t matter how many hours I have to wait – I LOVE IT! There are so many cool images – everywhere!

Had I waited just one more day I would most likely not have been able to go anywhere. The weather turned into a snow storm and all planes were grounded the following day.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Loved the bright yellow marks on the glass sliding doors at the airport in Oslo. Fresh!

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The silhouettes of people walking was super cool! The people walking on the top is actually a reflection and were behind me.

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Looking down the loooong walkway. I like the lines.

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Lots of fun lines crossing each other.

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I totally loved how neatly these planes were lined up.

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Norwegian fjords and mountains. My nose was “glued” to the window the whole time until we got to the coast. Just beautiful!

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The coast of Iceland coming closer.

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…more Iceland. Looks like a crater to me.

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Going in for landing. Check out the loooong stretches of roads cutting up the landscape.

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Back up…icy windows.

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Iceland air have fresh fun colors! I have quite a few shots like this one. Just something about those colors.

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This one has a sort of stormy underwater feel I think.

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After what felt like a never-ending flight we finally reached Minneapolis. Amazing sun set! You can even see the reflection in some of the small lakes in the city.

Hopefully I’ll have images from another trip sometime soon.  : )

During my last trip to Norway I went to Kongsberg to see a dear friend who is 96 years old. She lived on “my” street (Kragsgate) and used to baby-sit me when I was younger. She is an amazing artist and I always try to stop in on my trips home.

After our visit I decided to drive back to “my” street, as I always do. (I’ll post some of those shots later.) Then I drove past “my” church. Not that I really spent that much time there, but I was baptized there (as if I remember that), took confirmation classes there, sang there when I was in the youth choir, my best friend got married there and I’ve also sat through some amazing Christmas services there. If you have a chance, Christmas is by far an amazing time to go there!!! For those of you that don’t know this church, it can seat 2400(!) people and there is even more standing room. It is the biggest baroque church in Norway and has the most beautiful paintings. It is old and pretty much all the stairs squeak when you walk up or down. Here is some more history about “my” city.

Before I get too lost talking about the church, here’s my wild story. I stopped in the parking lot and took a couple, alright – probably ten, shots of the outside. There’s a whole floor I wasn’t even able to fit in my lens. Should have brought a point-and-shoot I guess. I absolutely need a wider lens!!! Hey, Christmas is right around the corner. It’s officially on my list.

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Anyways, this is a beautiful church from, as you can see, 1761. I believe the first church was built in 1624(?), but unfortunately burnt to the ground. Okay, so hopped in my sister’s car and drove off. I figured the church was closed and didn’t even go check the doors. I happened to turn my head and saw two people entering the church. The car was parked and I was on my way over to the church with my camera around my neck. Besides borrowing my sister’s car, I had also borrowed her cellphone and it was rang. It was my mom. We chatted for a minute and then a guy peeked out from the door and yelled: “You better come now, because I’m locking the doors”, so I sprinted for the door. He pointed to the stairs and when I got to the top I realized what was going on. There were a bunch of other people with cameras around their necks, bags, lights and even tri-pods. I quickly explained that I was not part of this group and sorry for the misunderstanding. Before I could even think I had been invited along with Kongsberg Kameraklubb to take pictures inside the church. They had the church to themselves, and the best part, they were going up in the bell tower next.

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I quickly took this shot before heading up, up, up. Note how the pulpit is up on the wall. I would always pay close attention to the door to see when the pastor would walk through for the sermon. I never did catch him coming or going through that door, he was too sneaky! I guess I’ll have to come back for a service just to make sure I see that. Right above the pulpit is an amazing organ that I have never heard played. It sat unused for about 100 years(?) before it was restored just a few years ago. I was too excited about going up to the bell tower to remember to get shots of it. Next time! : )

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This is the window you see in my first picture that is right over the year on the church. 

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This looked like a great background for a poster or something…

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Note how the enormous hook has made a grove in the wooden door. Besides a wider lens I wish I had a person standing next to it, just for reference. HUGE, that’s all I can say.

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I rounded the corner of the door and almost fell out. Not really, but on top of my excitement of even being there I got this amazing view. My day was absolutely a good one!

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The other stairs were as I mentioned squeaky. This one was squeaky AND wiggly. You can tell by the wear that it has been used for quite a few years.

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I also wish I had someone standing next to the bell. It was enormous! You can see the stairs behind for some kind of reference. I’m sure it pretty much fills the space of the green doors you see in the first shot.

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Here’s the look up into the bell.

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The monogram you see is for one of Norways Kings, Christian the 7th. The detail in the wreath and the crown is just amazing!

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More details on the bottom. 

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Finally on top of the stairs I got a top view of the bell. I made sure I tested the railing on the bottom right before I leaned on it. Which I didn’t. It was very wiggly. As you can see in my next shot you’ll get hurt if you fall off that landing.

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That same wiggly railing was also what kept me safe from “flying” out of this door. I carefully leaned out a little. Again, check the first picture to see how big these doors are. 

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Another view.

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The very nice man (sorry, I didn’t catch his name) that opened up the church also said it was okay to go up into the clock room. 

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Happened to catch this red house through a hole in the clock window. The dial is covering the bottom part of the house.

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I  moved to the other side to see one yellow tree in between all the green ones.

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A wider shot. The clock is so big you could easily stand in there. 

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There were keys by each clock. Nat. = Night and Dag. = Day. No chance of loosing those keys! Not quite sure what function they have, but it obviously has something to do with morning and night.

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The mechanical parts. You can faintly see someone in the back taking pictures. That’s how BIG this was. I guarantee you, it will NOT fit in a wrist watch!

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On my way down this was my view out another one of those green doors. Wow!

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I headed downstairs and almost to the bottom came across these old leather buckets. Yikes, I sure hope they have a back-up plan in case of fire. Seriously, these were very old buckets and each of them had a name beautifully painted on the front. 

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Down on the main floor. The top box is reserved for royalty. 

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A detail from above the pulpit. As far as I know most of the decoration is painted wood.

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The ceiling is an amazing piece of art. The whole center has been painted with amazing detail and color. 

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I wanted to get a shot of the whole ceiling but as I have mentioned I need a WIDER lens. I was almost laying on the floor for this shot.

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Another shot of the pulpit.

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These old leather chairs are beautiful. I’m sure they were there and in use when I was baptized. I bet they still use them today.

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There are three chandeliers in the church. They are each put together of hand blown glass and when they are lit they add to the magic during Christmas service. During World War II they were disassembled and hidden in the mountains for safety.

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Leaving. I could have stayed for a long time. 

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This shot makes me think back to when as a young teen I would on one occasion stop outside in the cemetery with some of my friends. We would tell each other scary stories or ponder on ‘what if: a grave suddenly opened or a ghost came walking…’. We had already seen too many scary movies. : ) 

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I wish I would have had that wide lens. Did I mention that? I guess a tilt-shift lens would have been good as well. Oh well, there’s always next Christmas. : )

This was a little bit of “my” church. I hope to come back and do more shots soon. 

Thank you sooooo much Povl and the other members of Kongsberg Kameraklubb that let me tag along. It was fun chatting with you!

My sister, her daughter Tindra and I decided to walk down to the new Opera House in Oslo. It opened in April of this year and has been in the news quite a bit.

The moment I saw the building I was blown away. I have seen lots of images, but they are nothing compared to actually being there. Oslo Opera House is simply stunning! You better believe I got my camera out in a hurry. Those moments make it hard for me to focus on anything else other than framing up images through my camera. 

The building is an amazing piece of art. There is white marble everywhere you walk and the building has lots of glass which gives a bright wonderful light on the inside of the building. The cool thing is that you can actually walk up on top of the roof. When you get up there the side of the building is put together with these  “braille” looking tiles. On the bottom the marble goes right into the fjord. 

The inside was another sweet surprise. Contemporary design a classy giftshop and a simple restaurant with an amazing wine list. Even the bathrooms were something to see.

I could have walked around all day. I think my favorite part is the simple style that you see everywhere in and outside the building. There are strong clean lines EVERYWHERE. LOVE IT!

Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

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Me in the brisk wind with a sleeping niece. Perfect timing!

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My beautiful little sister.

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I would love to go and see a performance. Imagine the view from inside when the sun goes down. 

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A close up of the tiles on the buildings.

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Not a posed shot. It just felt right.

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Beautiful wall that greets you as you enter the Opera House.

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Another “on-the-go” shots of my sister.

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In between all the white and wood you will find a bright dash of red on the tables in the restaurant. Which also has a beautiful view of the fjord.

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As the weather changed I found myself constantly drawn to this huge window facing west. 

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For these last two I chose to use my “gold”.

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Finally! I’ve been able to pick a few favorites from this summers best party – ever! Style, class and fun are just some of the words to describe Tonje’s wedding. She is a planner and darn good at it too. Nothing was done half way. Everything was top notch! On top of that there were fun people everywhere. Family, friends and even some people that showed up in disguise. 

Congratulations to my favorite, and only, sister! : ) See you in October!

My Dad lives on a small island south of Bergen, Norway. I always refer to it as “my Dad’s island”. It is small and he lives at the very end of the road. 

The day of the wedding I stayed up all night before tucking in at 6:30am!! An hour or two before that I watched the sun rising and shining on the mountains, giving off a very special glow. There were a few others with me that watched the same amazing view. I think we were all breathless. That image is photographed in my mind – forever! I will add some of my nature images later. 

Here are some shots of my nephew and my kids playing. They played non-stop all day, every day we were there. I wish I had some of that energy.  : )

I swear! These kids can out-jump any adult! They never tire of doing flips and games.

Jakob running.

Theodor going up.

Theodor coming down.

Jakob and Theodor doing their cool dude show. 

Stine wanted to join in on the fun.

Quick! It’s gonna rain. Let’s go home!

These boys ate like there was no tomorrow. Finally!  : )

Maria finishing off the day by sending her friend Mariah an email.

Tonje went to the hairdresser to do a trial run for her hair. We had fun with Hanne, the hairdresser. Tonje will guaranteed look beautifuler. : )

We have had rain, rain and more rain. Please, someone make it stop – soon!!!
Today was actually a little warmer and we were hoping to see the sun…but then as soon as I took the kids down the road on the scooters, the rain came down, again.
This is just a rough idea of what it will look like.
…adding the veil. Magical!
The guys went out fishing and set out a crab trap. The next morning there were three crabs. They were cooked up and gone in not too long.
Tonje had not seen what the kids were wearing so we had to do a little dress rehearsal for her. They rocked around the living room and were very excited to be wearing all the fancy clothes.
When the boys started rolling around on the floor we decided it was time to take the party clothes off.
We got a little ways down the road to the waterfall. The big waterfall was actually empty when we got here so I guess we must have brought the rain.

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