Favorite Sessions

My favorite sessions show love, personality, relationships, life.  My favorite subjects are the ones who can look in my camera and declare “Here I am, for better or for worse.”  I love photographing a child’s tantrum as much as I love a good snuggle.  I love the unexpected moments, the accidental photograph.  I love to photograph a goofy grin, a shared laugh.  I want to photograph a session that inspires memories, that takes you back to a specific moment in time.  I love my job, and I’m honored to put my clients in front of my lens.

About Pikku Arkki Valokuvaus

Pikku Arkki Valokuvaus ultimately documents the love affair between my children and me.

Pikku Arkki Valokuvaus means Little Ark Photography in English.  Its original title is Finnish.  Finnish is the language spoken in Finland.  And Finland, in case you didn’t know (you wouldn’t be the first) is the country sandwiched between Sweden and Russia.  It’s a beautiful, clean, safe, socialist wonderland that has been home to me – an Arizona native- for the past 10 (TEN!!!) years.

Like many photographers, I was originally inspired by my children. When my first son was born, I didn’t want to miss a thing. Now three kids and three cameras later, I still can’t get enough of them. Practicing on them has taught me how to think on my feet, how to aim and fire with speed and accuracy, so I never miss a moment of YOUR session.

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STARTMay 2014
  • Autumn!!

    I was just talking with a friend on Thursday about the changes to my vocabulary since moving to Europe. 1.  I always say "trousers" now and never "pants."  Because in England, "pants" means "underwear" and I don't want to confuse the two. 2.  I use "pram" when talking about the big Mutsy stroller I use.  "Stroller" just doesn't cut it, because this thing is a beast.  In fact, I should probably start calling it a chariot, because it's a pretty sweet ride. 3.  I never say "fall" anymore.  Always "autumn."  I'm just afraid Finns won't know what I'm talking about if I say "Fall is coming."  This is my own hangup.  I bet 98% of Finns WOULD understand.  But just to make sure my meaning is clear, I say "autumn."  And autumn is the title of this post.  Or, rather, Autumn!! Because autumn is here.
  • Henry is Four

    You read that right.  Henry is four.  FOUR. This morning, lying in bed, mentally preparing the day's insane game plan to make his birthday party a reality, I stopped to think about Henry's previous birthdays.  His third birthday, spent in DC at the zoo.  His second birthday, spent at Hop Lop where he played floorball and waddled/ran all over the place.  His first birthday, totally jetlagged in Arizona, too tired to celebrate.  And of course, his BIRTHday- that precious moment when Henry flopped out, and I held him for the first time.
  • Busy… Kind of…

    So, you know how sometimes you're so NOT busy that the though of doing ANYTHING seems overwhelming?  You just sit in a puddle of despair, dying of boredom, unable to move, unable to imagine moving? No?  That doesn't happen to you?  You're so overwhelmed with things to do you can't think straight?  You're lucky if you get 3 hours of sleep a night?  You're so frantic between work, kids, school, church, meal planning that you're afraid you might actually lose your mind? Well.  Sorry, guys.  At this point, I can't relate.
  • Adelaide the Able

    I've always said that putting my kids in daycare is like the Great Leap Forward.  It's insane.  I put them in there, babes among wolves, and they emerge 7 hours later a fully capable human being. Ade has been no exception. She started daycare in early August.  2 days on her own and the kid was feeding herself with a spoon, insisting on wearing a bib (she had refused a bib ever since we snagged her hair in the clasp), and drinking by herself out of a real cup. We had a hiccup for about a week when she'd scream when we, but now she's a champ. She finds her friends, pokes them in the belly as a greeting, and she's good. She's on the daycare schedule, which means she now naps at 11:30.  And that's rough for days she doesn't have daycare.  It kind of throws everything off.  But okay, we just need to readjust.

    IMG_5221 copyPs.  This is Adelaide eating an entire peanut butter sandwich by herself.  She ate her half then snagged her brother's half.  Hey, dude.  You snooze you lose.  

    So, now I'm just at home, kids in daycare, my phone always by my side, waiting for a substitute teaching job to come through.  I feel like a teenage girl waiting for a boy to call me.  Except the boy in question is the principal, telling me I have work!  Fingers crossed September will be the season of virus and bacteria, clearing the way for my triumphant return to employment!  And fingers double crossed that the infection and bacteria will leave me alone!

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Helsinki, Finland
+358 50 349 4460