Monday, 26 January 2015

PREPARING FOR FASHION WEEK WITH MY PEN


Come end January, and it is time! The fashion weeks have begun, and models, photographers, editors and bloggers (heyaa!) are coming together from all over to see what the movers and shakers of those hot spots on the world are coming up with. As you are reading this, I am well on my way to Stockholm, which is the next city on the map to host the fashion party, and I'm beyond excited!

Now, a fair bit of preparation goes in to attending fashion weeks, and the process beforehand is the still before the storm. The cherished moments of quietly planning with the odd chaotic clothes crisis - oh the fun. Last mentioned made me purchase a short vintage 60s dress yesterday, to wear with knee high boots, but more on that another time. My camera is of course my most essential companion and accessory at fashion week, so the fact, that my leather case just so happen to match my other fashion week companion, my Chanel no. 5 for those special occasions, well, hello for a match!

In my preparation, I have kept my beauty routine to a minimum, leaving skin bare and let whichever red spots that came go untouched, unconcealed and instead focused my energy on my photography. For the fashion weeks, my PEN will be joined by my 12mm f2.0 lens for some scenic shots and my 75mm f1:1.8 for capturing portraits, and in-between-shows-coffees. I'm really enjoying how light I've become at the fashion weeks, and it's not because I've finally quit my daily in-take of whipped cream (one needs supplements for the soul), but because I'm not carrying heavy equipment around. Handy much? I think so! I started putting bricks in my bag, just to slowly get used to the difference.. With good preparation pre fashion week, planning outfits before being thousands of miles away from your closet, fashion week runs rather smoothly, and I can't wait to show you, what I'll be up to these times!

REMEMBER YOU CAN FOLLOW MY FW ATTENDANCE ON INSTAGRAM @SrhMikaela, FB AND TWITTER! HAVE A GREAT START TO YOUR WEEK
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

THE LONDON RUN


photos taken with Toni Tran

MONKI COAT (similar style here & here) / VINTAGE PEPE JEANS (similar here) / REISS BAG / POLLINI BOOTS / MAGASIN SCARF (similar here) / NORDENSTAM RING

I'm spending more time out than in these days. There's an "organizing" situation going on at home, meaning that I practically need stilts to even get to my bed, and this tends - from past experiences - to stick around for a while. The cause for the "organizing" can either be one of following three: 1. outfit crisis (self explanatory), 2. something has gone missing (I enter a slightly insane state of mind, flipping cushions, picking up floorboards, you know, the usual stuff) or 3. Mercury is in retrograde (because you can blame any problem on Mercury in retrograde, obvs). When ALL THREE are in play at once (!!!), now, my place becomes completely unlivable and therefor my solution is to tidy up go outside! And how lovely it is when the sun is shining, right?!
To elaborate a bit further on the above listed reasons for my home chaos, the outfit crisis is due to the Stockholm and Copenhagen fashion week both happening next week. You would think my Scandi heritage would naturally make me an expert in how to stay warm and still look good. But no, I have never succeeded in this, and although I believe it must be possible, it's a bit like the tooth fairy to me (you heard it here first). So what went missing then, since my whole place is being turned upside down? One of my favourite earrings; my tentacle earrings, made by my talented friend Carina behind Nordenstam. I dropped my jewellery box, and whilst I managed to find everything else, that dual spiked one, with the beautiful fresh water pearls has gone MIA. Until I find it, I'm blaming this on Mercury and going outside!

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT AND LESS COMPLICATED WEEK THAN THE ABOVE!
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SARAH MIKAELA


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

5 TIPS FOR CAPTIVATING COLOUR PHOTOS


Shooting in colour can be incredibly powerful, and personally nothing can get my heart racing than a well-composed photograph, where the colour just jumps out of the photo. East London being where I lay most of my routes, is going to be my model in showing you some of my tips for getting good colour photographs, and pass on some of the simple rules, I have been taught along the way and live by every day in my work.



CONTRAST
I say this to everyone who ask me: digital cameras love contrast. There's such beauty in a pastel-coloured photograph for sure, but contrast instantly and clearly communicates what we're looking at and makes it easy for the viewer to understand. Without over-doing it, adding contrast will brighten the colours making it feel real and inviting!


PLAY WITH ANGLES
Okay, so I know how tempting it is to just do the straight-on approach, but leaving your comfort zone and trying some different angles, you just might discover some pretty cool results, making you see your motive in a different way and get that million dollar shot! Even with below, where I chose to combine the word scary with two different angles - the first giving us an idea of the size with the woman at the end of it, and standing right in front of the Y for the next shot. I have found, that having a flip out screen can make it a lot easier to play around with this, but otherwise the jump-stretch-squeeze together with some radical yoga-poses is a way to discover some new angles.



LIGHT IS EVERYTHING
Now, I'm sure if you've read a few of the guides out there, you will have heard this one before. But it's only because it is! Perfect lighting will take the mundane to the magnificent, and depending on the result you want, you'll have to run on different sides of the sun. Overcast weather with just a bit of sun peaking through, is often the best for daylight as harsh sunlight erases the details in the lighter colours. You might already have heard of the golden hour, and this is the queen of all light. When the sun has a low angle to where you are, which would be early in the morning and just before the sun sets, the sun creates this golden light. This is the cherry on top, so if you're going for breathtaking, this is when to get your camera out!



EQUIPMENT
Although your eyes is the most important factor for good shots, a good camera and good lenses will elevate the photographs you take. The photos I have taken here are all done with my Olympus PEN EPL-7 shown below, playing around with different lenses. The EPL-7 provides a lot of flexibility with the earlier mentioned flip-out screen (which has resulted in a selfie, or a gazillion on instagram, whoops), the remote shooting and the fact that you have creative freedom in terms of settings and a set of interchangeable lenses to choose from. Most of the photos in this post were taken with the 45mm f1:1.8 lens, which is brilliant for market shots and portraits being able to set the aperture low. Another goodie is the 12mm f1:2.0 wide angle lens which I have already created several outfit posts with (check this one for an example) - fantastic for those in-city shots full of architecture!


COLOUR CODES
If you're showcasing your photographs, the way you put your photographs together can help strengthen the narrative. Now in blogging, this type of editing process is put in to every post and should be done with a sense of care to get the most exciting results. Above, there was a clear link between the two photos, both having green strongly represented and both having the characteristic yellow bricks (oh London, you!). 


Last but not least, Olympus did this little video of me, which I found quite cute - running around doing shots with my camera! I hope you found this mini guide useful, photography is all about the fun you have while doing it - experiment, pull faces, read the manual (!) and see what works for you.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

SENTIMENTAL MOMENTS



What a beautiful weekend it has been. Something about the light, something about the people and last but not least something about you. Creating the blog now 5 years ago, it never had the initial ambition of connecting with so many amazing individuals around the globe, but being at this point now, having always loved creating content here and loving it now more than ever, I feel you really need to know, how truly grateful I am to have you following along. This might be sounding quite gushy, but no kidding here homies (okay, clearly just winging it with that one) YOU ARE AWESOME! Having you following, listening, looking here, on IG, FB and twitter gives this whole thing purpose, and gives me so much ambition for what to come. Thank you dearly for all of your support!

A little update on something, that is getting me really excited: Darren and I found each other again, and we're working on creating some limited edition bracelets - how amazing would that be! Keeping my fingers crossed that this will be something I can share with you soon.

HOPE YOU'VE HAD AN AMAZING WEEKEND
MUCH LOVE
SARAH MIKAELA
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

MY LIP ROUTINE



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 LIPLINER IN "NICE 'N' SPICY" (similar tone here) / MAC LIPSTICK IN "LA VIE EN ROUGE" / NUXE LIP BALM "RÊVE DE MIEL BAUME LÈVRES"MAC LIPSTICK IN "KINDA SEXY"

Alright, so here we go. I had originally named this post: "FF TALKS TOO", as a lot of you will have guessed, that my devotion and main passion lies with the still image. If you have ever come across me in real life, you will however know, that not only do I talk, but I quite happily talk a lot. And for that reason, I have lovingly tried to spare you, but the wind has shifted, and I thought a video would just be a more effective way of sharing some of my routines with you - starting with one of my everyday lipstick routines. As mentioned in the video, I am no expert on this whatsoever, this is just the way I do it and what seems to work for me - I hope you enjoy it anyhow!

HAVE A WONDERFUL SATURDAY
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SARAH MIKAELA
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