Photoshoot in Las Vegas

This summer we took ”The Roadtrip”. The famous Route 66. Or so it was planned. 

Me and my friend flew to Chicago, rented a Ford Mustang Cabriolet (or similar, as they always say in the rental contract to keep the uncertainty present - this time it really was a Mustang Cabriolet) and headed west.

The journey started with a slight delay, since my luggage went missing on the transfer in Iceland. We got the luggage the next day and started driving on the Route 66.

In Tulsa we decided to take a detour and headed to Dallas. We drove from Dallas to El Paso, visited the White Sands and continued to Phoenix. From Phoenix we drove to Flagstaff, visited the Grand Canyon and continued to Las Vegas. In Las Vegas I had contacted a couple of friends of mine and we arranged a photoshoot. 


Earlier on the photoshoot day we drove around outside of Las Vegas searching for a nice looking location for the photos. We had scheduled the shoot around sunset because of the light. After scouting the place we geared up at a local photography store and picked up Jonna, our model for the photoshoot. 

Here’s some behind the scenes photos taken by my friend who also assisted on the photoshoot. He prefers to remain non-credited. The mystery man. :) Nevertheless, he did a great job on the set. Thank you.


And here’s some of the photos we took that day.

More travel photos on my Instagram feed: @larijarnefelt

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Tuliset Tenorit ja Suloiset Sopraanot -kuvaus Musiikkitalolla.

Tänä syksynä Suomea kiertää Tuliset Tenorit ja Suloiset Sopraanot -niminen konserttikiertue.

Tuliset Tenorit ja Suloiset Sopraanot

Konserttikiertueen järjestää Lilja Production, jonka kanssa olemme tehneet hauskaa ja toimivaa yhteistyötä jo vuosien ajan. Niinpä, kun puhelin soi ja Niina Lilja Productionista kysyi vapaita päiviä kiertueen promokuvaukselle, raivasimme kalenteriin tilaa ja aloimme suunnitella kuvausta. 


Kuvaus toteutettiin Helsingin Musiikkitalolla. Sen sijaan, että olisimme käyttäneet hyväksemme upeaa salia ja lavaa, menimme kunnolla maan alle. Olemme jo muutaman kerran kuvanneet tenoreita ja sopraanoja betonisessa ympäristössä. 

Olimme syksyllä 2012 kuvaamassa promokuvia Tuliset Tenorit -konserttikiertueelle, ja kuvaus oli tarkoitus tehdä ennen konserttia Musiikkitalon Konserttisalissa. Ajoimme hyvissä ajoin sisään lastauslaiturille. Muistan tunteen, kun lastaushalli avautui eteeni ja tiesin, että haluan kuvata siellä jotain. En tosin arvannut, että jo muutaman tunnin sisään ottaisimme kuvan, joka on sittemmin ollut Tulisten Tenorien suosituin markkinointikuva!

Tuliset Tenorit -mainoskuva

Tuliset Tenorit -mainoskuva

Valmistelimme tenorien soundcheckin aikana valot Konserttisalin lavalle. 

Tuliset Tenorit valmistautumassa konserttiin Musiikkitalolla syksyllä 2012.

Tuliset Tenorit valmistautumassa konserttiin Musiikkitalolla syksyllä 2012.

Ennen kuvausta meillä oli pieni tauko, joten "varmuuden vuoksi" kävimme pystyttämässä yksinkertaisen valaisun suureen lastaushalliin. Kuva syntyi lopulta niin, että tenorit kävelivät kaksi kertaa lastauslaiturille johtavan rampin edestakaisin. Toisen kerran jälkeen (josta lopullinen kuva syntyi) tenorit jatkoivat suoraan lavalle ja aloittivat konsertin.

Tuliset Tenorit -kuvauksen luonnoksia vuodelta 2012. 

Tuliset Tenorit -kuvauksen luonnoksia vuodelta 2012. 


Tänä syksynä kuvattavana oli hieman erilainen kokoonpano. Kameran edessä olivat Pentti Hietanen, Johanna Försti, Maria Lund, Diandra ja Tero Harjunniemi. Otimme muutaman erilaisen promokuvan konserttikiertuetta varten, sekä jokaisesta artistista soolokuvat. 

Mukana keikalla oli kollegani Mika Levälampi, joka pääsi kameransa kanssa tallentamaan ns. "making of" -kuvia.

© Mika Levälampi

© Mika Levälampi


Kun Maria Lund oli kuvattavana, annoin oman "pikkukamerani" Diandralle.

© Diandra

© Diandra

© Diandra

© Diandra


Tuliset Tenorit ja Suloiset Sopraanot kiertävät Suomea nyt. Lippuja konsertteihin saattaa löytyä vielä täältä: Lippu.fi

Making a rough male portrait - in studio with Wallu Valpio

I've had this idea of a "not pretty" portrait for some time. Last week I wrote about making a photo series to Mika Ikonen for his new single release. This photoshoot was going to be something else.

As I collected the mood board in Pinterest, I got the idea of a smoking man. Not trendy, not good role model, but just right for this photo I had in mind. Also I wanted to leave a lot in the dark. Almost as if more of the photo was beyond what the light would bring to our eyes.

The mood board for this photoshoot.

The mood board for this photoshoot.

As I went through models for this photoshoot in my mind, I quite quickly came up with Mr. Wallu Valpio that I had met previosly at VÄKIVALLANKUMOUSIn my opinion he's got the kind of rough charisma that I wanted in this photo series. With a quick google image search I also noticed that he had no trouble showing his tattoos, which suited this photoshoot perfectly!

I contacted Mr. Valpio via Facebook asking if he'd like to be the model for a rough portrait. His first answer was "Yes" and then he asked, if it was going to be a photo or a painting. I promised that the final product would be a lot more kind to him if it wasn't a painting. So we agreed on a photoshoot at my studio

As it was our first meeting at the studio, we sat down in the upstairs coffee shop/lounge and had a little chat getting to know each other before going downstairs to the studio. It was a typically grey Finnish day, so we got to talk about the pathetic weather. Wallu told me about his flat in Turkey and I have to admit, the thought of a warm summer breeze and sunlight sounded very tempting. 

Wallu showed me some of his tattoos and told me the last one (The Dance of Death) had never been photographed before. 

We looked at the Pinterest board and had some final talk about what we're trying to accomplish. The good news was that Wallu had an electric cigarette looking a bit like a real one with him. The bad news was that the cartridge was empty, so we couldn't get any smoke. (I added some smoke to one of the photos in the post production.)

However, we got to the studio and Wallu was really comfortable in front of the camera. He mentioned that he really liked the way of photographing where he didn't need to "pose" for the camera, but instead he got to be as he felt natural. Finally we got a series of photos that both Wallu and myself were really happy with.

Here's a collection from that series.

Wallu Valpio at the Felt Fotografi studio.

Wallu Valpio at the Felt Fotografi studio.