Two years ago I started following maximilianphotography on instagram. He was an up and coming wedding photographer in Oslo Norway. He followed me back and the two of us have been admiring each other’s portfolios, watching each other grow and we’ve been inspiring each other along the way.
Overall I was struck by his fairy tale like scenery, rich deep colors and his keen eye for backgrounds and composition. I didn’t know it at the time; but I would eventually meet this mysterious instagrammer from afar.
Earlier this year I told Roey I’d like to look for a photography workshop in Europe in order to work on my portfolio and sharpen my skills. After a few days of research I was a bit discouraged of the options and the pricing… so it hit me… what if I messaged a photographer in another country and asked to second shoot a wedding with them? Max Foto immediately came to mind. I sent him an instagram message describing my ordeal. He was very open to the idea so after a conversation with one of his couples--they agreed and weeks later Roey and I had plane tickets to Oslo.
I found out @maximilianphotography’s real name was Jon. He was married with a young son and lived just outside Oslo. Roey and I arrived on a Wednesday, met Jon on a Thursday for lunch in downtown Oslo. We got along great! Of course for a minute there… Roey and Jon were talking so much about motorcycles I could barely get a word in.. ha!
On a crisp clean morning; Roey and I packed our little car and started the trek North towards Hemsedal--a ski resort community nested in the mountains. The drive was beautiful. Rolling hills, snow covered mountains and farms and lumber yards that covered the landscape. We arrived at our cabin in Lykkja, settled in, and then drove down the mountain towards Hemsedal to meet Jon and scout out the scene. After a cup of coffee we drove down past the venue in search of some beautiful backdrops. It didn’t take us long to find what we were looking for.
Overnight it snowed. A soft powder that covered the landscape. I woke up that day, peered outside; and felt like a kid on Christmas morning. Horses in their blankets were bouncing around in the snow just outside our window. It's a good thing I love snow as much as I do.. Oh and thankfully the car we got was AWD manual 5 speed.
Let's talk about Beautiful Cecilie and her betrothed Oscar. Jon and I met her and her bridesmaids at the local Salon. Happy moods & broad smiles were flowing as much as the champagne. It was a beautiful snowy morning, and Cecilie's fairy tale wedding was about to start.
I really enjoyed working with Jon Sandbu. His rich colors, textures and advocacy for film like images have always inspired me and continue to do so. I asked if I could share a few of his images in this blog post. You can see the difference in our style. I sincerely hope Cecilie and Oscar are pleased with the images from both of us! I thoroughly enjoyed this wedding and my trip overall. Norway---I hope to see you again soon.