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A Life in Full Bloom

Kreetta Järvenpää


Photographer + Artist


More Time For Everything

Slow living means more time for everything and less running around. Being and doing things that make me happy. Thinking more ecologically and mindfully and being careful where I spend my money, what kind of food and clothing I’m wearing, etc. Concentrating to live a good everyday life—not just waiting for vacations. Drinking less coffee, but better coffee. Eating less food, but better food.

Fun Flower Fact

I have a huge neomarica at my workspace. (It's also called walking iris, apostle’s iris or apostle plant.) Neomaricas produce very fragrant flowers that last for a short period of time—about 12 hours. The name “apostle plant” comes from the belief that the plant will not flower until it has at least 12 leaves— the number of apostles of Jesus.

flowers, florals, home, photography

Combining Fresh and Dried Flowers in Your Arrangements

I love fresh flowers, but I also love the texture, wrinkles and attitude of dried flowers. I let them dry freely in a vase that that isn’t straight. I usually use flowers again. I think the flower is beautiful during its whole lifetime, and after it too. Flowers should be respected not only during the perfect bloom.

Taking Photos

• Find the light wherever you are photographing. Go to the shade.

• Use soft natural light. Find the difference with different light. Check the shadow area—how it’s drawn—sharp or soft. Soft is better.

• Learn manual exposure.

• Take a lot of photos.

• Snapseed app is free, and you can do some cleaning, adjusting and adding text there.

"When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. — Haruki Murakami”

A Few of My Favorite Flowers

• Ranunculus—apricot or black for their amazing texture and fluffiness, or butterfly for its form, shape and organic way to bend

• Poppies—their texture and shape, also love their seed pods

• Tulips—when they are open and you can see their inner world, like Princess Irene (double)

• Fritillaries—like the amazing dark persica—for their shape

• Peony—especially Coral Crush because of its changing color and Claire de Lune because of the red veins on the outer part of the petal

Books I Love

Elie Wiesel’s Night and Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind.

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