Last week I went in to Copenhagen one morning to catch up with my blogfriend, Melanie from Dejlige Days, over coffee. She had asked me to take her portrait and we decided to meet up at Kaffesalonen in Nørrebro. I decided to snap her informally as she is a little camera shy, so the photos are very laid back and I did more candid photography. Even though she knew I would be snapping her, the images I love most are the ones where she wasn’t posed or really expecting me to photograph her. I think they portray her just the way I know her. The lighting wasn’t great sitting outside the restaurant but I was reluctant to miss the opportunity of snapping away while we were catching up over coffee.
Melanie and I walked over to Dronning Louises bridge and it was there that I got the shot of the day. She wasn’t expecting me at that moment and that is exactly what I love about it. Just Melanie.
I love the black and white version of this image too.
And I simply couldn’t resist catching her starry tattoos either, they are so cute.
As I was in the city I used the opportunity to also try a little street photography. I’ve been really inspired by my lovely blogfriend Heather and her whole approach to it. On my trip to London recently I really thought I would get loads of images. However, my gorgeous 3 guys were in tow and to be fair I was on holiday with them after all. I managed to capture a couple in love, be it from behind, but mostly I tried to capture the essence of London through its architecture, buses and landmarks. In Heather’s own words, ” it’s very difficult to capture a real moment as it happens, without altering it”. I found out too that boldly snapping away at a stranger takes courage. I always feel that I might be intruding on someone’s private space or bubble.
I manged a few and got a shot of this cutie being very curios as to what I was up to outside the restaurant. Just before Melanie and I got up to go to the bridge, he decided it was time for a cuddle from his owner and I politely asked if I could snap them. They were adorable.
I love these two guys having lunch. Perhaps business, he was after all still taking calls.
Just another day commuting the usual way in Copenhagen.
And then I needed to dash off home to collect my adorable offspring from school. I got in my car and as I was about to drive away… a very beautiful, elegant lady came walking past with her dog on a leash. At first I thought, too late she has gone past, but then I couldn’t resist and I dashed out with my camera and asked if I could take her portrait. She was so friendly and lovely about it, which absolutely made my day. She didn’t have a business card on her so I gave her mine so I could send her the photos.
For a minute when she said her name, Gitte Brandt, I thought it sounded familiar, but I didn’t think much about it until that evening as I was editing my photos. I googled her and as it turns out, rather ironically, I have been an admirer of her work for quite some time. She is the amazing artist behind these paintings. Her work is so inspiring, I could decorate a whole room using one of her works as a mood board. She is such a lovely person too. Her openess and our fun, chance meeting was really special for me.
I couldn’t help but snap her a few times.
So I left the city happy with portraits and snaps of strangers…..or perhaps strangers no more.
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