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I love when families contact us for their portraits because inevitably they want something different from what most photographers take.  (I guess we have that kind of reputation around town.)  Megan and I her family were hoping to capture a family date in Copenhagen since as expats this isn’t going to always be their life’s backdrop and they wanted something extra special for their Christmas card this year.  We decided to use our one hour shoot in the city center, visiting a favorite coffee shop, and roaming the streets.  Their family was so sweet and fun loving that I couldn’t help but include a few of my favorite photos when the girls really relaxed in front of the camera, added bunny ears here and there, and laughed a lot in between.

There were thousands of photos to sort through afterwards and over a hundred shots that I sent to Megan, but these are some of my favorite of the black and white ones.

If you are in the Copenhagen area and would like to book us for an upcoming event or to capture your family, contact me here!

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Slowing Down The Pace…

by Tina on November 10, 2015

in family, Travel

 Traveling With Kids :: The New Diplomat's Wife :: Valentina Fussell

Ania, the author of The New Diplomat’s Wife and mom of two is back to share more of her experiences with traveling with kids!  Thanks so much, Ania!

Have you noticed that travel has become nearly a new form of rat race? You read definitive guide upon definitive guide on a place, and then there is so much pressure to instagram it, and photograph it, and make a video collage and montage and triage… You work to get through all the recommendations you’ve filed away on a place so that somewhere, someday you can write the newer and even more definitive guide. The cool thing about traveling with a baby is that you let that all go…first because you’ll have to, and later, you’ll find you do because you want to.

Traveling with a baby is the perfect excuse  – or the perfect scapegoat – for slowing down.  It might take you one or two trips to realize that you can’t quite keep your prior pace without making yourself and everyone around you crazy, but once you do, I think you’ll find it’s the most freeing admission you’ll make in your traveling memory.

A baby in tow on your travels means that days will likely start earlier, that it will take longer to get out the door, that breaks will be more frequent and that bed times will come sooner and not always be uninterrupted.  After all, most babies prefer to be on their own schedules, rather than follow yours – and that’s doubly true if there is jet lag involved.

But it also means that you yourself will slow down.  You’ll get to know hotels and their staff better.  You’ll learn that your hotel room actually matters because you’ll naturally spend more time in it.  Or you might bypass hotels altogether to stay more in apartments and home swaps, taking on the identity of resident in your chosen destination for just a little while.  You’ll realize how important it is to you when waiters and salespeople and total strangers take the time to be nice to your baby or hold the door or help out when needed.  Little connections start to mean a whole lot more than big landmarks.

Slowing down with a baby also means that you’ll be able to absorb the little corners of places more fully, like the cafe where you stopped to feed or the statue by the park bench where you sat to rock the baby to sleep.  New places that you travel to become your own places in a special way because there was a new little person in tow to share that moment with you.  Because that person is likely the most important person in your life, those memories really hold, regardless of whether you got a picture of it or not.

As your child gets older, you’ll be able to do more – the pendulum does swing back.  Eventually, you’ll find that you might even be able to return to your old pace, but I suspect, after getting used to all of this, you might not want to. That’s okay, just keep blaming the baby.  They won’t mind.


Photography: Valentina and Jack Fussell


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Our holiday Craftenhagen events are always my favorite every year.  With the chaos that surrounds the holidays, this November event is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit with Christmas treats to eat, a warm fire aglow, and Christmas music while we get a head start on holiday preparation.

If you have never attended a Craftenhagen event, Christmas Cards 2015 is definitely one to consider if you will be in the Copenhagen area.  Each month a group of us creative ladies meets in my home to try a new craft, a great recipe, a new technique, or whatever it is that we have come up with.  We’ve done everything from Bread making and macarons to clay ornaments and home decor.  The group is open to anyone who would like to anyone who would like to attend and registration and details can be found on the Craftenhagen event page!

For this event I will be pulling out all the Christmas supplies and letting the attendants create designs that really show off their style.  Here are two takes I created, one that is cute and fun while the other is a little more of a blend of traditional and modern.

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Photos: Valentina Fussell


NIBU Rain Boots Valentina Fussell

Jack and I were so delighted to help our dear friends create visual stories for their new rain boot company, NIBU, which was founded here in Copenhagen, Denmark.  With more than 120 rainy days every year (written while it pours outside my window!), Danes know a thing or two about rainy weather and they happen to be very stylish people, so those two things put together equals one truly beautiful boot.

NIBU offers a modern twist on the traditional rain boot with it’s sleek and lightweight design with the goal of not only being the elegant rain boot for every season, but every occasion as well.  This is a boot that will take you from the forest, to the beach, to downtown, to even a night on the town.

We really wanted to capture the essence of NIBU through our stories, focusing on the style, the practicality, and the design.  From story boards, to style consultations, to the day of the shoot, we focused on these key aspects to create a visual stories for every occasion.  Here are a few of our favorite shots:

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NIBU boots come in seven colors plus a bootie and our friends are offering our readers a 20% off discount from now until December 16th with the code: Valentina


Photography: Valentina and Jack Fussell


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My nearly 9 year blogging journey has literally been one of the most life altering things that has ever happened to me.  Having a place where I am expected to show up regularly and share a piece of myself, my work, and my perspective have pushed me to strive harder, dig deeper, and seek harder than ever to give my very best.   When I first began I had no idea who I was, where I was going, or what I was doing, but blogging has opened opportunities up to me that have completely changed my life. (A huge thanks to all of you who have been an encouragement to me along the way!)

This is why Jack and I are delighted beyond words to be co-teaching with two world renowned bloggers, journalists, and stylists, Holly Becker of Decor8 and Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle, in the upcoming Blogging Your Way:: Photography + Styling Bootcamp.  This course is meant to help bloggers and other creatives gain new tips and tricks for photography and styling, plus we will all be sharing ways that you can monetize your passions if you want to turn your skills into a business platform, including some methods that may surprise you!

We will be discussing many aspects of photography and styling, including everything from composition and angles to the how-to’s in creating your own styled shoot and how to create a story through your instagram, blog, and online presence that will really help you tell the world who you are!

We absolutely love being a part of other’s journeys in creativity and would be delighted to have you join us November 15th- December 7th!  Visit Blogging Your Way to find out all the details, including a full course outline and registration!

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