It's June and in Finland it means that the summer has finally began. I know there's someone out there who might think that 'summer' and 'Finland' cannot exist in same sentence, but I hope to prove you wrong during the next couple of months. In Finland summer starts about June and lasts until the end of August. It's common to have some heat waves where temperature rises above 25 degrees of Celsius (about 80 on a Fahrenheit scale) for couple of weeks, but you never know how it's going to be, and everyone is anxious to see how it's going to turn out this year. Last summer was spectacular as we had continuous hot weather over 50 days without interruptions. It would great to have something similar again, but I'm sure there will be space for rainy days too. If you ask my opinion, summers are beautiful time in Finland even though people mostly associate Finland with winter and snow. And just to shoot down another common stereotype about Finland: no, unfortunately we don't have polar bears – even in winter. :-)
During the next couple of months I will be concentrating on summer photography and our two daughters Aura and Meri. I've always felt that capturing and documenting early years of our children is very important to me. It's about creating visual imagery of someone's childhood (and being there together), which definitely represents the most influential work one can ever do as a photographer (no matter the skill level), and when the summer starts I want to avoid anything that might distract it. Of course there are work and other mandatory tasks to do, but I feel I'm lucky to have this possibility in my life right now (with amazing camera setup), and I should try to seize it since, as you know, times will eventually change and someday summers will look a lot different.
So, I took today's picture couple of days ago when we went to the beach for the first time in this year. It's a simple shot, but I love the way it seems to glow that bright summer light that will find its way to diffuse everywhere. The lake wasn't particularly warm yet as the warm days have just began, water was about 16 degrees (60 on a Fahrenheit scale), but it never stops the kids from having fun. I have to admit that it was a bit too cold for me and I decided to stay behind the camera, but I'm sure I'll have my chance to swim later on. The most important thing is that the summer has finally began.