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Yoga. And Goa.

I probably don’t have to say anything more. But I will say (quite) a few words about my relationship to yoga, before I post some yoga photography and other shots from this amazing experience.

I’ve just realised that yoga actually has been in my life for nearly 20 years…! I remember stumbling in to what might have been the only yoga centre in Stockholm back in the mid 90s. A friend keen on Eastern medicine dragged me with her, and I recall middle aged ladies in white, staring at us as if we where really lost. This was even before Madonna started talking about yoga. So you know, before people even asked what yoga was. Really ancient times that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Over the years yoga grew to be a part of my life. My “Go to” wherever I was in the world…ย  when backpacking around Australia and Asia, when briefly living in Tokyo and the US… basically kind of like carrying something that feels like “home” with you when you feel restless or rootless. Sometimes like a soulmate. Other times like having someone to argue with. But most of the time like a medication. I just remembered 12 years ago, how I would have to risk my life bicycling through a gang of crazy stray dogs on the island of Guam, just to get to this really awesome yoga class. That’s probably the sign that yoga had become an important part of my life ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

This winter it suddenly just dawned upon me. I was going to take this further. I was going to let go of all those “have to’s” in my head, this belief that I have to work my butt off all the time. It was time to just leave for a few weeks, to travel away to explore yoga further, go in to its depth, explore the background of it, and to really immerse myself.

I found this shala in South Goa, a little yoga village with the cutest huts and organic food. And a very tempting Yoga Teacher Training course, focused on traditional challenging Ashtanga – mixed with modern vinyasa flow classes, guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, cleansing techniques, pranayama – and I love breathing techniques, it can really change my being on a bad day. And of course the philosophy and ideology behind yoga. Within a couple of days of deciding to become a yoga instructor, my course and flight was booked for 4 weeks later, and I was rushing myself to have my travel injections topped up.

Then I decided NOT to bring my camera. I was going to experience this journey just from within.

I came to my senses though and realised I kind of had to bring some kind of camera.ย  So in the end I packed my ole’ 12 Megapixel Nikon camera and my two cheapest lenses. Then I hardly ever took my camera gear out during the whole trip. Now when I’m back home I want to tell the story of my experience and wish that I had photographed so much more… The curse of being a photographer hey ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

But I want to tell the story about my month at Kranti Yoga on Patnem Beach as much as I can, with the photos I got. It really was such an important trip for me. Something that I wish everybody could be fortunate to experience, to have the chance to just put everything aside, all the cluster in our lives, to clear out what isn’t important. And just step in to ourselves and see what else is there. Welcome to Kranti Yoga

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Wish the best to all the incredible people that I got to meet, and fantastic onward yoga journeys to all of you!

And thank you (or shall I say Hariom Tatsat) to Kranti Yoga for the amazing course. xxx Louise

styled-bridal-shootToday I have some behind the scenes from a beautiful styled bridal shoot to share with you – a shoot where lovely rustic elements meets English garden, set in the airy summery outdoors of the English countryside.

I was lucky to do the “Behind the scenes shots” for this shoot on a beautiful day at the end of the summer.

I say lucky from a lot of different aspects: Firstly, it’s not often that me and photographer Cecelina are free on the same day, and I love it when we get the chance to work together on something (If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve probably seen how we have double shot weddings and bridal shoots on several ocassions in the past) – so I’m really glad she asked me to do the “Behind the scenes” for this shoot.

I also feel really lucky to see a shoot from a different perspective, to be the observer of how a group of artistic people from the wedding industry, are coming together to create something. A lot more goes in to a successful, styled shoot, than one might think… It takes a lot of planning, and demands a good group of people to work with, who’s products and vision for the shoot goes together – so that the shots will be a good source of inspiration for wedding couples that are browsing around for ideas.

Here’s my “behind the scenes story” from the shoot, which was shot at the stunning and relaxing venue Bignor Park – and once you’ve seen my behind the scenes, don’t miss out on scrolling down to the bottom, to follow the link to the featured final shoot and the suppliers!

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Morning gathering to plan the day… it’s not every shoot you get your own section in a stableย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I loved the styling ideas for this shoot! The cute Gazebo at Bignor Park is being dressed up with massive, and very effectfull pieces of fabric by the stylists and wedding planner, together with Nova the Nu Bride blogger. bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling bignor-park-bridal-shoot bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling professional-bridal-shoot-bjorling bignor-park-wedding-shoot bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling stylish-bridal-shoot-UK bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling styled-contemporary-groom-bjorling modern-bridal-shoot-bjorling stylish-bridal-shoot-uk-2 bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-073 elegant-bridal-shoot-bjorling bridal-shoot-bignor-park-louise-bjorling wedding-shoot-bignor-park bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-086 bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-085 bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-091 styled-wedding-shoot-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-094 stylized-bridal-london-bjorling bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-098 rustic-bridal-shoot bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-102 bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-101 bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling-096 bignor-park-bridal-photography bignor-park-bridal-photography


Shoot was shot for the Nu Bride wedding blog and Brides Magazine

Link to the feature on Nu Bride

Link to HD Moment’s video


Planner: Always Andri Wedding Design

Photographer: Cecelina Photography

Behind the scenes shots: Louise Bjorling (well me)

Videographer: HD Moments

Assistant Photographer/behind the scenes: Louise Bjorling

Female model: Syanne

Male model: Devante


Venue: Bignor Park

Florist: Blue Sky Flowers

Caterer: The Naked Food Co

Cake: (2nd look) The Sugared Saffron Cake Studio

Makeup: Brides & Beauty

Hair: H K Hair Artist

Stationery: Curious Me Design

Wedding dresses: Morgan Davies Bridal

Accessories: Feather & Coal

Shoes: Love Art Wear Art

Suits: Keye Indivisual Fashion

Ribbon: Lancaster & Cornish

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Back in the day, as a photography student at City of Westminster Collage… some 10+ years ago… one of the dreams I had, was to one day have one of my photographs on a London tube billboard.

Yes, the London underground system can make quite an impression on somebody who has just arrived in London.

So it really made me smile a dull morning last week, when it actually came true… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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