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3 years ago today...

…I saw a picture of a guy wearing a bow tie and thought to myself “what a cutie”.

A week later, we met. I got drunk on red wine and was dying the following day.

A month later he asked me to be his girlfriend. I said yes.

4 months later I moved in with him.

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We have since then travelled to 6 different countries together, been drunk on champagne in two different cities abroad, moved to a bigger apartment, bought a dog, been the happiest we have ever been (at least I have) and also the most depressed. It has been a roller coaster of 3 years, where the first couple of years started off as a fairytale I thought only were to be found in the movies.

If our foundation hadn’t been so strong, then I am not sure we would’ve gotten through this last year. Thankfully it has been and hopefully we will soon be able to enjoy the calm after a storm.

Love, LifeRenate SolhaugComment
TWB - Natalie & Paul's Wedding
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I studied photography at university and graduated with a bachelor in photography in 2011. After graduating I started working full time for an online marketing company and have continued on that trail up until December of last year. During the years of full time office work I found little time and energy for photography and at times it could take months between lifting up my camera. 

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The turning point was my friend Natalie's wedding. She asked me if I in addition to being a guest also would like to photograph her big day. Obviously I couldn't say no so I dusted off my camera and got ready for my second wedding photography shoot. (I had previously shot my second-cousin Camilla's wedding in 2014).

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It was quite a challenge trying to balance being the photographer and a guest at the same time, but Natalie wanted to make sure that it was en event that I would enjoy as a guest as much as anyone else and therefore told me to photograph amongst mingling and at dinner time and nighttime I could focus more heavily on the guest part than the photography part.

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Even with the balancing of roles and the stress that comes with photographing weddings (I am sure most wedding photographers would agree!), the day resulted in a reborn spark when it comes to photography. After years of practically no photographing at all (except around Camilla's wedding in 2014) I felt so excited to be a bit creative again. I especially enjoyed the post-production work in Photoshop and it just felt so good to be back at it. 

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So after that day in May 2016 I have been photographing on a more regular basis and I am so happy for that. Whenever we were going somewhere, doing something, my camera was attached and now I have the pictures as well as the memories to look back upon, whilst the time between August 2011 -  May 2016 is more of a fleeting, fussy memory combined with bad quality party pictures. 

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I treasure the images taken in Greece summer 2016 and those taken in New York that very autumn. Who knows, without Natalie and her wedding I might have just had images on my phone. I therefore also treasure the images posted in this blog entry, those from her wedding. They helped me regain my love of photography.

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I haven't shot any weddings after this one, but I guess during this year I should do one to make it a tradition doing weddings every two year. Joke aside, it would be fun to do more weddings going forwards. Since doing Natalie's I have photographed more than I had for a long time and invested in some better gear, so I feel well prepared. And besides, who does not love a good wedding?!

Until next time, Renate.