20 Mar 2017

Photographer of the Week - Jaana Vuola, Finland

I got in to photography by accident, even though I have always been interested in it 
and been basically taking pictures all my life (using film but let’s not get in to that age thing). 
A couple of years ago I started to take it seriously when the life I had planned didn’t go 
as that, I found something new. Good example how life guides as, 
we just have to grab it. 

Horses have always been in my life but when I started to photograph horses 
I found the thing. You know, the thing that makes other things somewhat less important. 
Something special that I could do all day and never get tired of it. 

Photography and travelling go so well together, just money getting in the way of it all but 
when it’s possible, I take my camera and laptop and hit the road! Last year I did some 
travelling around Iceland. My favourite place definitely, there is something in that place 
that you can't explain, have to see it for yourself. Also did a trip to the US and met some 
mustangs for the first time. Very special place that impressed me but will write 
about that in a different post.

I used to have horses of my own but now I have only two miniature shetlands, my guys, 
Retu and Wilburi. They are in my pictures time to time but as they say in Finland 
“suutarin lapsella ei ole kenkiä - the shoemaker's children go barefoot”, I take 
pictures of other peoples animals. Not enough time or what ever excuses but this 
summer I try to photograph my own animals more. 

Couple of interesting ideas that I try to make happen, so let’s see what crazy 
stuff I come up with this spring and summer. 

See more:

Homepage: jaanavuola.com

Instagram: photosby_jaana

2 Mar 2017

Photographer of the Week - Johanna Vaurio, Finland

I have always been very interested in animals, especially horses. As born in sixties 
here in Finland, the idea having a pony of my own was an uthopie. But I never 
stopped wanting one. I got to go to the riding lessons, though, and spent all my time 
at stables. In the country I cared and groomed Finnhorses, in the harness racing 
events I groomed racing horses and with a girlfriend of mine I went to test ride ponies 
for sale - just to get on a back of a horse.

In the college I had to concentrate more in studies as I wished to become a vet. It all went 
well and I started my studies in the university to become one. With my first student loan 
I bought a Finnhorse. Quite soon I realized that I would like to live in the countryside and 
suddenly the amount of horses started to accumulate. And other animals. And children.

2 x white and fluffy

So now I am a mother of four children, live in Nurmijärvi and work as a veterinarian 
here in Klaukkala. At home I have had horses for over thirty years, sometimes more, 
now less - only ten. Two of my children have ridden very actively, also competing 
with Shetland ponies, big ponies and horses. For the other one of my children 
horses became a profession, my son Ville Vaurio works as a trainer of dressage horses in
Germany and also as a coach here in Finland a couple of weekends per month.

I have bred Shetland ponies, miniature Shetland ponies and Finnhorses and we 
have seen more than 50 foals to be born. Nowadays only a few mini Shetland pony 
foals are born at our stables and for riding we have Icelandic horses.

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horses

Shetland ponies

So I´ve been quite busy! When the children, one by one, moved away from home 
I had more time for my own hobbies and discovered photographing. First I was more 
interested in processing images, for me it was like a coloring book is for children, 
but I had to learn to take pictures to process. I also needed pictures for the 
website of my stud farm. 

An ordinary pocket camera wasn´t enough any more and I bought my first 
DSLR camera and it totally went out of my hands... I went to courses three 
nights a week and spent all my free time learning to photograph. 

I still do photograph a lot, almost every day, and I love to participate workshops and courses. 
Mostly I photograph horses, but also people and other animals in milieu, and in my little 
studio children and dogs, too.

Girl with huskies, workshop with Elena Shumilova 

White reindeer in Lapland

Iceland. I´m crazy about Iceland. It´s a paradise for a photographer and I
wish I will have a possibility to live there for a year and just to take photos. 
I visit Iceland several times a year, riding and photographing.


Visit Johanna´s Facebook page to see more
Photography by Johanna

Johanna in Instagram

And if you are in Finland and need a vet in Nurmijärvi...
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