Through Lani's Lens

About Lani

I am an American living in Sweden.  In 1998, my husband and I moved from sunny San Diego, California to an old farm near Lövestad, Sweden.  Needless to say, that was quite and adjustment, but I’m getting along just fine now.  I speak Swedish pretty fluently, and I write fairly well too, but it’s so much easier for me to write in English, so that’s what I’ll do here.

Photography has been my passion since I was a child.  I got my first point & shoot camera at about age 10, and my first SLR as a teenager.  I loved nature photography, but in the suburbs of Southern California, I also developed my skills for photographing people.  In both junior high and high school, I took pictures and did layout for my school yearbooks.  In college, I earned a bachelors degree in Biochemistry but also competed in nature photography.

I started photographing weddings as a favor for friends and relatives, and I discovered that I really had a talent for that.  Here in rural Sweden, the beautiful scenery inspired me to pursue photography, and in 2006 I started my own business.  I specialize in weddings, but I also do portraits, travel and nature photography.  What I don’t do is anything that requires a studio.  I don’t like fussing with lighting and minutia, and I don’t like trying to get people to pose perfectly.  Perhaps it’s because I hate posing for pictures myself that I prefer to photograph people when they’re relaxed and not self-conscious.  I do like the challenge of adapting to the ever-changing situations of weddings and other on-locations shoots.


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