20 Mar 2017

Photographer of the Week - Jaana Vuola, Finland

I got into 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


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

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