Did you know that Design Aglow's amazing writer, Andrea Joki, is an incredible photographer as well? Andrea writes for the Design Aglow magazine and her articles are always so well thought out and written...we love having her as part of the DA team!
Andrea writes, "These were taken in an historic area of Southern Finland - full of 300+ year old mansions and estates. Capturing snow like this is rare - the temperature has to be just below freezing. If over -5c, the snow is fluffy and falls off and if above 0c, the snow melts. To keep the snow from clipping (I love the texture of snow), I meter for the snow and not the skin - on an overcast day like this, the snow tends to be near the same brightness value as skin tones. In post processing, I'll add color with a brush, color dodge mode, and about 12% or less opacity. Aquas and greens work best to bring out the color of the foliage. And as always, the clothing is specifically chosen to make the most of the environment but still help my subject to stand out - though I don't recommend a dark coat against white snow unless you don't mind removing chromatic aberration in post processing. :)"
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.