norway photos: part 3, Bergen!

The last installment of my Norway photos! I'm going to live in the dream of that country forever. Our last stop: the beautiful city of Bergen and Hardangerfjord!

train from Voss to Bergen


the dream!

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tiny little streets

Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen.

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The Floibanen, a funicular up the mountain.

view from Mount Floyen

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the top of Mount Floyen was my dream world. I was so in heaven.

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Damsgard manor.

found flower crown

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a pride parade!


fjord cruise through Hardangerfjord

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frolicking in Eidfjord

Voringfoss waterfall. a little snowy & beautiful!


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just the prettiest place...

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See parts one and two. I love you, Norway.

xo, Michelle

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norway photos: part 2!

I'm continuing to share my Norway photos! It's been 3 months and I still can't believe it was a real place because it was so beautiful! Our second stop: the Oslo-Bergen railway to Voss & its surrounding fjords!

Oslo -> Bergen

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Flamsbana Railway from snowy Myrdal to the fjord town of Flam

snowy and very very cold. beginning of June!

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a little nod to beloved Field Trip (click photo for blog post)

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the lake in Voss

Do you feel swept away by the cold northern beauty yet?

Check out Part 1: Oslo if you missed them! I'll post the final set of photos next week :)

xo, Michelle

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little jonah, one year old.

IMG_6358*-3 Finally sharing this adorable family session I shot back in May! Little Jonah turned 1 year old, and toddlers are MY JAM. It's so obvious how much his parents love him. He is so fun and expressive! And he loved when planes flew over us :)

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Such a pretty place & family to shoot! 

I hope everyone is having a nice summer so far :)

xo, Michelle

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this is #yeahfieldtrip.

Three weeks ago I attended Photo Field Trip in Santa Barbara, CA for the 2nd year. It's a 5-day photography workshop /camp /gathering, and it's one of the most amazing things I've been a part of. Last year I learned so much that it actually launched the photography portion of my business. I knew nobody, and had to push my comfort zone so hard so that I could meet new people. This year I took more wonderful classes, was less overwhelmed and a lot more comfortable, and made new friendships a priority. As a result, I feel like I found a little creative haven where I actually fit. This is #yeahfieldtrip. Where you learn through play. Where you stay in cabins and tents and wake up early and go to bed late and learn from your favorite photographers. Where you laugh and love so hard it feels like your heart is going to explode. Where 400 photographers flood the beach at sunset and don't even get bothered by the crowd. Where you find your people, the people with creative heartbeats who understand yours. Where you talk about where you live and what you photograph, but then immediately start talking about life stuff and there are no walls up like when you're in the rest of the world. Where photographers are finally sometimes in front of the camera. Where you're encouraged to do what you love and do it the best you can. Where you are reminded of why you love to do what you do and feel inspired to keep doing it, no matter how hard it is. Where you feel like it's all worth it and that what you do is really important in the big picture of life.

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And now a couple of my favorite SmileBooth photos with friends...

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I'm so happy to be a part of this. I'm not really a joiner, so to finally find somewhere I genuinely love and fit is so welcome in my life. 

To the people who made Field Trip a home, thank you for welcoming me. Kindness is the most beautiful thing. And the power of a familiar face should never be underrated.

[some friends pictured who you should check out because they do beautiful work: yan palmer | anna naphtali | jenna kutcher | megan gielow | alicia white | posy quarterman | becky earl | simone anne ]

You can see my post from last time here.

I'm working on a watercolor piece to remember this year, because I loved making one last year. So you'll see that soon :)

xo, Michelle

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custom painting: a mandala!

img038 edit_800 I loved making this custom piece for my yogi friend, Ryan! It was such a challenge because I'd never created anything even remotely similar to it before! Ryan knew he wanted me to design a mandala, and to have the word namaste underneath it. So I started sketching and came up with this design, we agreed on it, and here's the piece in just ink, before color:

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Ryan sent me photos of a color scheme he liked, so I applied it where I thought it would look best, then added my calligraphy "namaste." It's done with ink and gouache paint, 8x10. (and without the copyright tag). He will probably be using this on his yoga instructor business cards, as well as displayed in his living space :)

Been busy with this, editing photos, record-keeping, lining up new projects… I'll share more new work next week!

xo, Michelle

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