West Pride | Gothenburg

Every Pride week in Gothenburg, for a couple of years I've always missed out on the opportunity to attend West Pride. It's always something that comes up during that week, such as family matters, work, events or something else which had made me not been avalible that day. 
This year, was my first time to attend West Pride to photograph the festivity and I'm so happy that I was able to go. Carol joined me to attend the event and we had a blast! First thing that happened that day was the West Pride Parade. 
I didn't knew what to expect from the Parade. The only Pride parade I've experienced before was the one in London, which is much bigger than the ones in Sweden. Luckily, it was very nice weather during the most of the day. The only problem we had as photographers was that the light from the sun, which was very harsh. Harsh light is not the perfect light to photograph in. 
We tried to see where on the route in town which would be the best spot for us to photograph at. It was hard to pick which spot since there was no shadow and the sun was shining right on the people walking the parade. We managed to get a decent spot for us to take photos. 
It was so much fun seeing all the people that was there to see the parade and support the LGTB community in different ways. No matter what colour, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, economics, everyone deserves equal rights.  
When we first decided to attend West Pride, I had in mind that we only would take photographs of the parade since we have so much content already and need to not get too much content that only gets forgotten on the hard drive. But we didn't felt satisfied with the photos we had got of the parade so we decided to go to the event village to take part of the festivities there. 
There were different sponsors, help organizations and other brands that were there to inform of different important LGBTQ topics. There were also tents where you could make buttons, bracelets and other things in the rainbows colours. 
The main stage of the event where nearby as well and as we were walking around photographing there were different artists performing that evening. I wasn't thinking about photographing any concert photos but I couldn't help myself. I mean, I was on set so why not?
One of the performing acts were Oscar Zia. I have seen Oscar perform numerous times and this time I didn't do much effort in taking photos of him. It was tricky to shoot since there were so much smoke and I couldn't really get a good angle to get photos, so I just skipped it and only took some shots of him. 
I was not aware of who was going to perform but suddenly a guy entered the stage with lots of energy and charisma. You could tell that he was not a Swede through that. His name was Johnathan Celestine and he got our attention. I had never heard of Johnathan before but I was liking what I heard from stage and I had to capture his performance. 
The vibe on stage changed a lot compared to the other artists that were performing which was a positive thing. 
Johnathan came down to greet the people who was there to support him. I took the opportunity to say hi and let him know how much I liked his performance and his energy on stage. I didn't had in mind to take selfies with him since there was so much people everywhere. But as nice as Johnathan was, he asked me if I wanted a picture and I felt rude to say no so here's a picture of us with my phone. :P 
After Johnathan's performance, Carol and I decided to stick around to photograph a bit more around the audience and to capture the festivities. 
I had so much fun photographing West Pride and I loved seeing all the fun and happy people everywhere. I'm definitely going to try to attend the event next year. It seems like next year, Europride will be hosted in Sweden which I'm very curious to see how big the festivity will be. 
Big thank you to Carol for joining me to go to this event. It's always much more fun when you are with me!
I have more posts on it's way of other event's so stay tuned for more updates.
Until next time, ingat!

Meeting Carol & Viktor Frisk @ Frölunda Torg

Meeting two people that I haven't met in a long time was so much fun! 
The plan for the day was to purchase a new camera bag in the photostore in Mölndal. Since I was nearby Frölunda I thought I could pay Carol a visit since it had been a while since we last met. Only a day or two before I was heading into town, I got to know that Viktor Frisk was going to have a signing in Frölunda Torg for his new book that got released in April.
The timing for everything was great, three birds with one stone!
Carol and I talk a lot on messages and call one another on the phone once in a while, but it was nice catching up with Carol in person. It's always a lot of fun with Carol, we always come up with things to talk about, things to photograph and just hang out. And of course we had to go for a fika and get some Boba to drink.
I don't think there's a time that Carol and I have met where we haven't photographed something. xD
After have been hanging out with Carol for a while, we decided to pop-in to Viktor's signing. 
To be honest, I didn't knew what to expect of the the signing at all. People are more used to see Samir & Viktor, being energetic and performing their fun songs. This time around there was no Samir around, it was only a signing with Viktor. 
Viktor's book is named "Min superkraft: så har jag lärt mig älska min struliga ADHD" (which means "My superpower: this is how I've learn to love my bothersome ADHD"). Which is about his experiences with his ADHD and how he suceed to turn the diagnos to his personal super power. 
The first thing that happened after taking a couple of pictures of the signing was that the security told me not to photograph the event, which made me very confused and shocked. Most because that he told that someone had said to him that people were not allowed to take pictures?
I was not happy about what I heard so I decided to ask the person working with Viktor about the rule to not take photos. She said that it had been a misunderstanding, that the rule was that fans were not allowed to get a video message for a friend since the limited of time Viktor had. She said I was more than happy to take photos, it was only a good thing for promotion and to have actual photos of his signing. 
The woman working with Viktor, her name was Sara and it was lovely to see how proud she was over Viktor. You could see her smiling and laughing when he interacted with his fans. She genuinely was happy for him which I was glad to see. x
It made me so happy to see all the people that came to see Viktor. Everyone was very excited to getting their photos taken with him, and the smallest kids were adorable! A lot of the kids were very shy to be meeting Viktor but he handle the situation very good.
I've been at many signings by now, I have seen many different artists and how they are like during them. The signings usually are very quick, the fans get their autograph, merch and sometimes a picture. Usually it's basically all the same, but during this signing it was a bit different. Viktor made everyone's moment with him something special. He was so sweet to everyone and really made everyone's moments with him something of their own. He made conversations, gave people compliments and even if the kids were shy, he made them lose up a bit, talked to them and try to get them to smile. 
I waited to approach him since I wanted the fans to get to meet him first and to not feel that I'm rushed when there's people in line after me. Once I came up to Viktor, it was all good.
(Backstory: Most of the times I've met Viktor has been with Jenevia, so I've most of the times talked to him in English.) He made sure I was the one that knew Swedish since he was a bit worried that he had to talk in English, since he was not prepare for that. I made sure to tell him that he has nothing to worry about and that his english is good. 
It was very nice to get the chance to talk more with Viktor when things are more calm and not having loads of people around us wanting his attention. We had a very nice chat talking about various things such as Melfest, his book, Samir & Viktor's latest single "Kung".
Meeting artists during Melfest together with Jenevia is one thing, but meeting them afterwards is different since I need to be talking more and make me visible for people to see me. It was great meeting Viktor again, to get a better view on things and feel that I've made a good impact for him to remember. I think it's a great thing that Viktor does, writing his book about his experiences in life with ADHD and to show people it's okay to have ADHD. To give tips and just talk openly about it. 
- I haven't had the time to read the whole book yet, but the things I've read so far has been very good. I recommend you to read it!
Hope to be able to see one of Samir & Viktor's shows during the summer, it's always such fun seeing them on stage doing their things and it's a pleasure meeting them, they are such sweethearts
Thank you Carol & Viktor for everything that day, it was great of fun to be meeting you again! x
To everyone else, thank you for tuning in and for being patient while waiting for new posts. More updates to come!
/Until next time, ingat!

7 out of 12 acts for one-on-one interviews!

The good thing about our interviews from Melfest is that you can watch them afterwards and still get something out of them that isn't related to the contest itself. The way we did our interview was to get more deep to talk more about them as artists, their back catalogue, the future and to just cover a lot of ground. Simply just have a nice chat with everyone 
During the finale week of Melodifestivalen 2017, we managed to get 7 of the 12 acts for one-on-one interviews. All of those interviews took place Wednesday, which was the first day of our week in Stockholm. I arrived in Stockholm the same morning as the interviews and we were on a go as soon as I arrived!
First off, we have Ace Wilder! It's always interesting to hear what Ace has to say and to get her input on the artistry. It's fun that Jenevia always seems to have something more instore for them to talk about even if we have multiply interviews with Ace for just the past year. Make sure to watch the interview above to hear Ace talk about her EP "The Wild Card", culture and react to Ukrainan music videos.
Second interview is with the one and only Boris René. I've said it before, but I will say it again, I love his energy! It's always fun around him, he has such a positive vibe that is hard to miss. I'm happy that we got to do our interviews with Boris through out the contest to show people more of who Boris is. To get to know him more since there's not many interviews where the journalists gets more deep into who he is as an artists, what he has to say about music and even the most basic stuff about how he started in music.
Make sure to check out the interview above to hear Boris talk about the Swedish industry, what's next for him after Melfest and more! 
My mum has been nagging me during the whole Melfest season for not having photos with almost any of the artists and since we had a couple minutes to spare, I decied to get my photo with Boris. 
So, mum if you reading this, look here I am with Boris René! xD
I wasn't in the semifinal where Mariette competed in, so it was nice meeting her and get to hear her talk about her creativity, how she begin in music, that she had her own record label, the swedish industry and lots of more!
We reunited with Nano for another interview. When we first met him, we didn't know what to expect of him as a person and as an artist. This time we were more familiar who Nano is and he kinda knew what to expect from our interview. The first time we had an interview with Nano, he was new to many people and not used to the whole media circus. This time around, it felt like Nano were more relaxed and used to the media, which was nice to see. 
Watch our interview to hear Nano talk about his song "Hold On", what he has been doing during his time off before the finals and what's next. 
For those that has been following my content know that I've been following Robin Bengtsson for a while. I was happy to hear that Robin came back to this year's season of Melfest with a great song and performance that made him qualify. I was not doing press at the semifinal Robin was in this year, so I was happy to meet him again. 
Not many people know but Robin is quite a sassy person. It's fun to see that Jenevia brings that out of him and that he gets to show more of his personality than maybe he would do in other interviews. 
- Make sure to hear Robin talk updates about his upcoming EP, being himself and more! 
One of the returning acts from last year was Wiktoria which quickly became the big favorite this year. We met her last year but this time she felt more relaxed in a way.
Hear Wiktoria compare how the experience of Melfest felt like last year compared to this year, her various songs, her experience with Spanish fans and more in our interview above!
We couldn't get an interview booked with Benjamin Ingrosso but we could get a hold on him during the welcome party in Stockholm, he was happy to talk with us. I hadn't met Benjamin before but I had heard a lot about him from Jenevia when she met him during the second semi-final. After what I've seen and heard about him, he seemed like a very fun and nice person. Once we met him and did our interview, I got confirmed that. 
Hear Benjamin talk about his love for Italian food, his music video for "Good Lovin", songwriting and more!
The video also includes funny moments of Benjamin talking in Italian, making jokes and Robin Bengtsson interupting our interview. 

One of the new comers that quickly became a favorite for many is Benjamin Ingrosso!

Ett inlägg delat av Lizel Strömberg (@lizelstromberg) Mar 9, 2017 kl. 5:59 PST

It was funny, right before Robin interupted our interview I saw him walking towards us, he gave me this look and I knew something was coming and just nodded at him and gave him a smile. xD
- I didn't had a lot of photos from these interviews because of limted time but I hope you enjoyed the photos I included and reading the stories behind the interviews. 
Until next time, ingat! 

My Top 7 | ESC 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is just around the corner. The contestans have already arrived to start off their two weeks of Eurovision in Kiev. First semifinal will be on Tuesday, 9th of May. Second semifinal is on the 11th of May and the Grand Finale will be on Saturday the 13th of May. Robin Bengtsson the one representing Sweden will be the act opening the whole competition.
As I've done previous years, I will be doing a list of my top favorite songs in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Making this list was very hard this year since I had a hard time to pick my favorites. There were many of decent songs and some better than others. For example, some of the songs that I enjoyed listen to, which is not on my Top 7 list are "Hey Mamma" (Moldova), "Grab The Moment" (Norway), "Dance Alone" (F.Y.R. Macedonia), "Historyja Majho Zyccia" (Belarus), and "Don't Come Easy" (Australia).
In this year contest there are a lot of ballads and many of the songs are not catching my attention enough to put it on playlist. 
Photo: Thomas Hanses found at https://eurovision.tv/
I will do my Top 7 of ESC 2017. I don't do a lot of research when it comes to Eurovision and actually don't pay attention overall of the contest and everything around it. It's just a lot of things going on and it's too much for me to get into since I don't have time and are not that interested in it. I only listen through the songs and if there are an artist/song I really like I might look more into the artists and their back cataloge. As I do not have enough knowledge about music, the songs and the artists themselves my list will only be very brief summary of the act and some of my thoughts about the songs. 
I will start off with my number 7, which is Timebelle from Switzerland with her song "Apollo". The band Timebelle is a trio containing Miruna Manescu which is the leadsinger, Emanuel Daniel Andriescu that plays the piano and Samuel Forster which is the drummer. I'm very picky when it comes to singers that has a high voice but I really like Miruna's voice. I like "Apollo" and the beat in it. The song builds up from the beginning to the end.
#6. Manel Navarro which is representing Spain with the song "Do It For Your Lover". Manel is a singer and composer that first got discovered for his covers on YouTube. I really enjoy "Do It For Your Lover". I'm such a sucker for the Spanish language. I was hooked already after the first chorous. I love the acoustic vibe in the song and the good feeling in it. There's a mix of Spanish and English in the song but I don't mind it at all. I think in that way it reach out to more people. Other than that, Manel's voice is very cozy to listen to. 
#5. Joci Pápai is representing Hungary with the song "Origo". The song really stands out from the lineup. Joci Pápai is from a musically family, he could have become a professional sportsman but decided to persue his dream in music instead. "Origo" is a blend of modern pop, cultural sounds and it also contain a rap break. It's very contemporary. Despite the fact that I don't understand the lyrics, I love the song and the sound of it. It seems like Joci is the first Romani to represent Hungary in ESC, I'm glad he got to be in this year! 
#4. Austria's represant is Nathan Trent with the song "Running On Air". Nathan is a singer/songwriter that genres in pop and RnB. The song is written by Nathan himself and Bernhard Penzias. "Running On Air" has a more acoustic vibe to it. It's more of a folksy pop and has this positive melody. I guess this is just that kind of music I prefer to listen to. Nathan's voice has this genuine sound and you wouldn't mind sitting by a bonfire hearing him sing this song. 
#3. Israel is getting represented by IMRI with the song "I Feel Alive". IMRI has been in ESC two times before as a backing singer but this time he's back as an artist. "I Feel Alive" is a dance pop song and it's a bop! There's some Middle Eastern instrumentation in the production which I think prevent the song to sound too much alike what's new on the radio. Personally I enjoy this a lot and it's one of the few songs I have on my playlist from this year contest. It's uptempo, it makes you want to dance and you get happy to hear it. 
#2. Hovig will be representing Cyprus in ESC 2017 with the song "Gravity". Hovig is a singer/songwriter of Armenian orgin. He has been in the national selection to represent his country in ESC two times before and both times reached to the finals. I had some difficulties to decided which ones of "Gravity" or "I Feel Alive" I would have as my number 3 and 2. After listening to the songs more I had to put "Gravity" as my number two because it's more of the style in music I like. I absolutely love the beat and the hook in it! It's a bit dramatic and the production of the song is very good. I like Hovig's voice which is a bit rocky and edgy. Everything with this song is amazing and I'm really looking forward to see how the performance of this song will look like!
#1. In the beginning when I was planning this post, I had in mind that I wouldn't have Sweden in my list to find something else I liked and show some appreciation towards. But when I listen through the songs in ESC I had such a hard time to pick my favorites and didn't found a song that were as good as my real top 3, so I ended up having Sweden in the list anyway.
Robin Bengtsson is representing Sweden with the song "I Can't Go On". The song is very catchy, the production of it it's very contempary and it has it's hook. When you hear the song, you can't keep yourself not croon, sing or do some headmovement to it. It's easy to follow along and you get pumped up. Other than that Robin's vocals are on point. I know I've been following Robin's career for a while and have some kind of bond with him but to look away from that, I do think this is the best song in ESC this year. We already know how the performance will be like and from that, we know he will deliver something eyecatching. It's not like I need him to win the contest, since I'm already super happy that he won Melfest and get to represent Sweden in ESC. That's already a big win!
- I'm looking forward to see how well he will do and see the response he will get after his first performance in ESC. 
That was about it for my Top 7 of Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Hope you liked this kind of post. For those who doesn't pay attention to Eurovision Song Contest as much I hope you found something new to put on your playlist. If so, which ones of these songs did you liked?
If you are a ESC fan and have heard all the songs, which ones are your favorite? Please let me in the comments below or through my social medias, I'm curious to know! 
I will be tweeting a bit during the live broadcast of Eurovision Song Contest so if you want to read my thoughts about the show, follow me at: @LIZELSTROMBERG.
Until next time, ingat!

Celebrating my 22th birthday!

First of all, thank you for all the birthday wishes and the love I've recieved the past two days!
I really appreciate it! 
I don't have a lot to tell about my birthday. I didn't wanted a big celebration of some kind or to go out partying. I simply just wanted to get together and hang out with some friends. I celebrated my birthday at home with a calm dinner with some of my closest friends, which was very lovely. I treasure those moments when you get to hang out with friends without feeling stressed out or having the need to think about what to do the next day. 
Guess what, my mum surprised me with this cake of a pair of boobs. xD
To be honest, I knew something was up. She accidentally told me that she was going to get a cake and had this sneaky sound to her voice when she tried to play it off. Haha. 
Either way, it was funny! I finally got myself a pair of boobs. haha
Here's some of my closest friends that I've known since junior high or high school. A lot of people lose their friends from their time in school or at least don't have the close connection that they had back then. But I'm lucky to still have more than a handful of friends from school that I still have a very close bond to. I'm so happy that we still keep in touch despite that we are busy with doing our own thing in life. 
Thank you to my friends that came and celebrated my birthday and a big thank you to my family for preparing my birthday dinner! 

The artists in the final of Melfest 2017!

The amount of footage I have from Melfest is A LOT and it's ridiculous how much that I haven't posted yet. 
Hopefully you are not tired to see my photographs from the contest and to read my stories from it. As from this post, I will be starting to post the very last photos from this year's coverage since I've reached to the coverage of the final in Stockholm. 
As the previous shows, the week basically starts off with an artists press conference. Here are the acts that made it to the final of Melfest 2017:
Ace Wilder - "Wild Child"
Boris René - "Her Kiss"
Lisa Ajax - "Don't Give A"
Robin Bengtsson - "I Can't Go On"
Jon Henrik Fjällgren ft Aninia - "En Värld Full Av Strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)"
Anton Hagman - "Kiss You Goodbye"
Mariette - "A Million Years"
FO&O - "Gotta Thing About You"
Nano - "Hold On"
Wiktoria - "As I Lay Me Down"
Benjamin Ingrosso - "Good Lovin"
Owe Thörnqvist - "Boogieman Blues"
For those who have been following my social medias have probably seen these photos from before, but I wanted to share this post with some stories, few new photos and the interviews we got during the press conference. 

At this press conference in Stockholm it was a lot more international outlets there to do coverage of the contest, which I think it's very fun. It's nice to see that there's an interest of the contest outside of Sweden and the fact that international outlets actually go to Sweden so there's more interviews for the non-Swedish speaking fans.
Overall doing press coverage during the final week of Melfest is much more hectic than the semifinals since there's a lot more media covering the final. Due to the fact that there's 12 acts in the final there's also a lot of more people to interview. This year, we were a lot more prepared and knew how to work during the limited of time we had and how people think when they are planning to get their coverage. 
- The act we prioritized to get during the final was Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Aninia because we hadn't talked with them before and due to the fact that Jon Henrik wasn't feeling alright and needed to rest, we couldn't get an one-on-one with him. 
Make sure to watch our interviews in the clip above!
There wasn't enough time for me to walk around to get some photos during this press conference so that's why there's not a lot of them in this post. But I did manage to grab some quick photos of Ace and Boris. It's always nice to see them!
Who of these acts were your favorites? Please let me know, I'm curious to know what you think. 
Until next time, ingat!

The vibe inside the arena in Linköping!

It's always so much fun going to the rehearsals of Melodifestivalen and to feel the vibe inside the arena when the audience get to see the performances live. It's always a special feeling to see a performance live, you get to experience it in another way together with other people fan of the music.
Heading into the arena, I got surprised over how small the arena actually was. For my sake, that was a good thing because that meant it would be easier for me to take pictures of the dress rehearsal. During the dress rehearsals are actually the only opportunites we get to photograph the hosts. 
I have to admit, those faces that De Vet Du is making in the car in their performance are creeping me out a bit. x')
I didn't take a lot of photos during the rehearsals since I knew I already had a lot of footage from the rehearsals the day before. I focused more to tweet during the rehearsals and just take some photos of the hosts and the interval acts. 

I really liked the interval act in Andra Chansen with Dani M and Linda Pira. It's nice that Melfest open doors to other kinds of music than are usually shown in the show. It lets more people being able to get the exposure and show there's much more music out there. 
Another person that was one of the interval acts was Daniel Norberg together with his brother Emil Norberg. Daniel competed in Swedish Idol back in 2010 but these days he's most known from YouTube for his parodies of various subjects. Daniel and Emil has done parodies of Melodifestivalen's songs since 2013 and the interest for these videos have grown ever since! 
I've actually followed Daniel's journey since he was in Idol and seen him perform numerous times and watched him grow as an artist and change direction. I really like Daniel's and his brother Emil's work and once I got to know that they were going to be the interval act, I got so excited! It was interesting to see how they would do the performance since a lot of their work includes visuals and art that gets done in the editing but this time it was going to be shown on stage. I really like what they came up with this year and I'm so happy for them that they get to do it on the actual Melfest stage this year! 
Watch Daniel's performance in the clip above! 
When you are at it, you should watch the parodies they made of the contestans in Andra Chansen on their YouTube channel which you can watch in the clip below. My favorite of all the acts must be the on of Axel's songs which in their video is called: "Det Slinker Ner" by Axel Kylskåp. :P
After the dress rehearsal it was time for a press conference with the artists. At that time we had already got interview most of the artists so we were not in a hurry in any way. We decided that we wanted to make sure to get another chat with Loreen since we knew there were a lot of fans wanting to hear from her. But also De Vet Du since it's always such fun talking with them. 
Once we were finished with the two interviews we decided we didn't need more since we still had the one-on-one interviews to post, so I took the opportunity to walk around record some footage and take some headshots of the artists. It's fun that people recognize me and are happy to pose for me to take pictures. 
It's interesting to see how a lot of the people treat me differently when I'm approaching them than some of the other media, in positive way. Some people seems to be surprised over how polite and genuine I am which is interesting since that in my mind is something you always should be. 
This is the last blog post about Andra Chansen due to the fact that I applied for press to Andra Chansen later on, I didn't had a press pass for Saturday, the day for the broadcast. I'm glad that I decided to go to Linköping since I bonded with people, created contacts and got a lot of good content made which I never would have if I didn't make the decision to go. Some times you just have to take the opportunity when it's there and do most out of it. 

Until next time, ingat! 

Happy Easter | 2017

Happy Easter Everyone!
Hope you had a great holiday and that you could enjoy your time off. Easter was very calm for us and we invited my uncle, his wife and my aunt for dinner at our place. I've been sick the past week so I was glad that we didn't had a bigger celebration than that. 
One of the best things about celebrations are probably the food! Pancit which is a dish of noodles, that I love and is kind of something you gotta have on every kind of celebration according to the filipino culture. 
The amount of dessert was so many! First off we had Fruitsalad.
We had cake, casava cake and buns as well for dessert. The food was so good and everyone was so full at the end of the dinner.
It's fun to have some quality time with my family and relatives to just catch up and have some laughters. I appreciate it and I think it's important to have those moments where you just spend some time with your closed ones. 
I hope you had a very pleasant easter and that you got to treat yourself with food, had some quality time with family/friends or just have a moment of free time to do nothing. 
Until next time, ingat!

TB | Celebrating Easter in The Philippines

How people celebrate Easter in different countries can vary depending on the religion, culture and society. In Sweden, the bigger Chrisitan holidays are celebrated but the reason behind them is often forgotten in the festivity or not that important anymore, (in this context Easter).
When my family and I celebrate Easter we usually just get together with family and friends to eat dinner and spend some quality time with each other. Some Swedes might do an "Egg hunt" where the children get to search for easter eggs containing candy for them to get, which the "Easter bunny" has left for them. I haven't experience that tradition myself but that's what I've heard anyway. We paint eggs, decorate our places colourful but with most yellow and give away easters egg containg different kinds of candy. 
When I was in The Philippines last time, back in 2015, I got to experience a tiny bit of how Easter can be celebrated there. 
In the Philippines, Christianity is a very big thing and the religion is very important for many Filipinos. The people in Philippines celebrate Easter for a week and they call it "Holy Week". 
These photos are taken in the province where my mum is from and where many of my relatives lives. During Friday night of Holyweek, there was a procession taken place where the people walk from one side of the village from one of the church, through the village, into town and back again with their carriges of Jesus or Maria. I don't know a lot of how the traditions are like because they can separate of where you are from in The Philippines. I do not either have a full understanding of their religion and their beliefs. But according what I got told was that it's a Catholic tradition and the procession is the walk when the people get to know that Jesus died to join Maria in her grief. It was interesting to see the procession and it was something I've never seen before. I admire the creative work they had put into to make their carriges as good as possible and to make sure they light the way. 
It's interesting and fun to see other aspects of an holiday we both celebrate but in differents ways, in that way I get to learn more about other cultures. I've been in The Philippines numerous times, but I would love to go back soon to learn more about the culture and exeperince it through new eyes. Next time I will head back, I will make sure to experience new things and try to capture the beauty of The Phillines, the people and the culture. 
To end this post I would like to say Happy Easter to everyone whether you celebrate it or not. Enjoy your holiday, treat yourself and if you are meeting friends or family make sure to spend the quality time you have with each other properly without looking to much on your phones. 
Until next time, ingat!

From a funny performance by De Vet Du to getting goosebumps over Loreen's Statements!

One of the things I really looked forward to in Andra Chansen was the rehearsals since there were a lot of performances that I loved watching from home, so I was very excited to see them live and getting to photograph them. In majority of the performances during Andra Chansen were uptempo/midtempo and had a lot going on in the choregraphy.
I don't know what the other photographers do to prepare themselves before taking pictures of a show, but I like to do some research and study how the artists are like on stage. Since the performances in Melfest are most of the time the same if they get to do it the second time, I could watch the performances and get to know when I need to be ready to get my shot
I will take the performances in order of how the line up for Andra Chansen was. First out in Andra Chansen was De Vet Du with their funny performance of "Road Trip". It's a very technical performance where the camera angles have an important call in how the performance will get out to the tv viewers. 
From watching the rehearsals in Gothenburg, I already knew how the performance are like and what to think about when photographing it. I got quite many good photos of the performance in the semifinal but the only thing that bummed me out was the fact that I couldn't get any good photos of Tor since he's always in the back. My plan and priority for photographing the performance in Linköping was to get photos of Tor. Unfortunately, we had to run off during their rehearsals since we had an interview setup but I manage to get some pictures from the first round through. 
As I've said many times before, I have a soft spot for boybands and FO&O is not an exception. The thing is though, when things come around I'm very picky in what there's to like. The bands have to give something extra and show that they have work ethic which FO&O has constantly done throughout the years they have been artists. 
"Gotta Thing About You" might not be their best song but I enjoy listening to it. The lyric is stuck in my head whether I want it or not. I was a bit sad that they had removed the platfrom from the performance since it was something extra and memorable. Also, I had already planned out how to take photos of it once I saw the performance back in their semifinal. FO&O was probably the act that was the easiest to photograph for many reasons. They are very photogenic, there's movement but not too hard to capture in photos and I know by know how they move consider I've seen a lot from them throughout the years. On top of that, the lighting was very decent and made things easier for me.
Axel Schylström was one of the acts that really surprised me with his song and the whole performance. The only songs I've heard him sing before Melfest was covers, so I didn't really know what I could expect from him. Once I heard the song and saw his performance, I really loved it. It's very catchy and I like his stage presence. You could tell that he was loving every second he got to be on that stage!
I have split opinions about Lisa Ajax and her Melfest entry. I'm not really a fan of it as much as her last one but at the same time, I like it. It wasn't much for me to photograph during her performance since it was not a lot of contrast in her performance that made my pictures a lot different from each other. 
The charming Boris René was as always loads of fun to see perform and I really enjoy photographing him. Since I already knew his performance almost in and out from being at semifinal 1, I didn't needed to rewatch it a lot beforehand. The most challenging part of photographing Boris's performance is the fact that there's a lot of movement and there's many of them so they get out of frame when I want to get all the dancers and Boris in the shot. 
Dismissed was one of the debuting acts. Their music and style isn't something that the Melfest audience are used to seeing in the contest but personally I really liked "Hearts Align" and it was a nice contrast to what else that were in the show. It's nice that the Melfest stage has changed and lets different kinds of music get the exposure as well. 
It was very difficult to photograph the Dissmissed's performance because of the lighting which had it's own effect to it. I'm not sure how to explain it but in simple terms, there were not enough proper light on the bandmembers except for the singer, which was a bit of shame. 
Anton Hagman became one of the new favorites this year quite fast. I really like his song "Kiss You Goodbye". It's VERY catchy, radiofriendly and it's easy to follow along to the lyrics. I just wished there was something more to the performance. It could have been as simple as moving to another part of the stage or leave the guitar and walk out more to the audience in the last part of the song. Just something
The performance that had everyone talking was of course Loreen! I was super excited to see the performance and hear her sing live. She's a great artist and really thinks about the whole package and puts a lot of effort in the visuals. Her entry was of course one of my favorite this year and I'm so happy she decided to enter Melfest with her statements. 
I adore Loreen and she's way too good for Sweden and Melfest. I really hope she keeps working and getting her music out there. She has everything going on for her and she's a Queen. With the right work ethic and the right people around her, I hope she has her breakthrough soon so she can show the world what she got to offer and make more statements through her art
Photographing Loreen's performance was the most hardest one because of the lack of light. It annoyed me so much specially since I had in mind beforehand that I would finally be able to photograph her with a better lighting than the shows I've been at before with her. I tried to do my best and I got some decent photos to share. But in the end of the day, I was just happy to be able to see it live. 
That was about it for this time, I hope you enjoyed this post. 
Until next time, ingat!

Meeting Loreen, photographing Axel Schylström, Boris René and more!

The first day in Linköping was very eventful and we had several interviews scheduled during the day. Jenevia arrived earlier that day but since I had work before I could head to Linköping, I missed out on some of the interviews. 
Before I arrived, Jenevia interviewed Boris René and Axel Schylström. 
In Jenevia's previous interview with Axel, he was very surprised over the how much she knew about him because of the research I had done. In the interview he even said she should say hi to me, which was so random but fun! The funny thing, I didn't felt that I found that much about Axel so it was really nice to know that the research I made was appreciated. 
Axel is such a nice and funny guy, it's a shame that the more energetic and funny side of him doesn't really get to be shown as much as it should. Make sure to check out our interview with him in the clip down below to get a more clear view on his personality and hear him talk about Melodifestivalen, international fans and more fun things! - Love that he tells Jenevia that he's still amazed over how much we knew about him and that he got surprised over the new trivia I had found for this interview. 
Unfortunately, I missed out on the interivew itself but Jenevia had told Axel and his publicist that I was coming later that day and would love to get photos of Axel. They were totally fine with giving me time to get my photos later that evening. It was very nice to finally meet Axel in person, to introduce myself and give him a face to the person doing the research that he was so amazed over. 
Another artist Jenevia interviewed during that day was Boris René. We met Boris back in semifinal 1 and we were very happy to see him back and that he qualified. Doing research for the interview with Boris was very hard as they talk about in the beginning of the video. We still have to keep in mind that Boris is a newer artist. But I had gone through lots of interviews and articles but they were saying mostly the same thing. Which I think is a shame since Boris is such a good artist that has a lot of things going on for him plus he has a great personality and lots of charisma. 
If you want to get to know Boris René, you should watch our interview. We get to hear Boris talk about being in the Motown show with Afro-Dite, personal interest, music and more!
When I arrived to Linköping, I got to the opportunity to photograph Boris as well. He's so much fun and was being a bit silly when I photographed him but I loved it! This first photo is for sure one of my favorite photo that I've taken! I love when people do something extra for me to photograph which will make my photo stand out and not look like just another photo. 
One of the acts that I was most excited to see back in the contest was Loreen. Getting an interview with Loreen is hard and not everyone get the opportunity to do so. When we got the confirmation for our interview we still were a bit unsure because, things can always change in the last minute and we have experience that several times by now (with other people). The interviewed got pushed back but when we finally had Loreen before us, we were so happy to be getting the interview set up. We knew there are loads of international fans out there that wanting to hear more from Loreen and we wanted to interview her to post something for the non-Swedish speaking fans. 
Our interview with Loreen must be one of my favorites from this year. 
I've been following her since she competed back in 2011. I really admire her as an artist and all the humanitarian work she does. Loreen is a strong woman that works hard, she's a great vocalist, performer and puts out great music. I adore her!
When we are working, I'm always busy taking photos but this time I had to make sure I try to get a photo with Loreen. I was a mess that day from working at my daily job, running around and traveling but I still wanted to share the photo here since I got it. 
We thanked Loreen and soon after that we were reunited with De Vet Du!
If you thought our first interview with them were long, this second was is even longer. xD
You can tell that it had been a very long day, we were tired and things were just messy but despite that it's a very fun chat about various topics. We talked with them about their previous songs, projects, them explaining the "dad jokes" they make, the song they wrote to Penny Schulman and more!
In our interview due to the conversation the guys gave me compliments for some of my photos which I was happy to hear. Another thing that happens in the interview is that Jenevia pulled up a photo of Tor and Dj Hunk that I took for them to see and their reaction was very funny. The guys made her watch one of their videos called "Fartglasses" where we ended up talking about "Frasse King" which they were surprised over that we didn't liked. x)
The video might be long but there are many funny moments in it to see which I recommend you to see. If you decided to watch it, make sure to pay attention to each member because they keep doing funny faces/sounds. Also, if you really pays attention you can see DJ Hunk smiling. ;)
My last photo with De Vet Du was messy, we all know that so I wanted a photo with us when we look much more decent and them not looking drunk. Guess what, it turned out pretty well. I have to admit, I was worried about how it would turn out since I was having a bad headache and was super tired but I'm so happy the photo turned out as well as it was!
Through out the week we did two more one-on-one interviews, one with the FO&O and one with Anton Hagman. 
The rehearsals of the day we were going to interview FO&O were late and we didn't knew how things would worked out since FO&O were rehearsing right before the time we had set. But things worked out and we got our interview with the boys. 
I've been a fan of Swedish music and been around for a while so I've seen how many of the artists have grown from when they were just starting off. The same goes off for FO&O, I even met Omar briefly before the whole thing started off with the Fooo. Many people thinks that the guys in The Fooo/FO&O are just another boyband that just have been giving everything and that they don't really work as hard because they have the looks and their fangirls. From the start I've seen that there's a lot more behind what people see of FO&O. They do their own choregraphy, they have been putting out consisting music and been good at promoting themselves. Other than that, they work to contain their contact with their fans and been treating them with merch, livestreams, videos and competitions. Their fans are their everything and they have shown that repeatly and always make sure to show their appreciation for everything the fans do for them. 
I enjoyed hearing them getting to speak more in dept of their work and them as artists. I think it's not often they get to speak about the work behind the performances and everything that people only get to see on tv or hear on the radio. 
Anton Hagman was one of the debuting artists in Melfest. It seems like Anton was a bit popular since before from YouTube but I had actually didn't heard about him they announce the artist for Melfest. His songs "Kiss You Goodbye" is very catchy and is actually one of my favorites from this year. 
He's a very new artist and hasn't been around for that long but he has done a couple things musically before this. Anton was in a due called "JA" and have been on promotours in Singapore. In our interview you can hear him talk about "JA", music, how he felt about competing against Loreen and much more! 
It felt awesome that we could get 6 out of 8 acts for one-on-one interviews, it was also a relief since then we didn't had to stress about getting numerous interviews at the press conferences. At this time, we knew how to organize our work and how to prioritize what we should do so things felt more easier and natural than before. 
I hope you haven't got tired of my Melfest blog posts since there are more coming. Despite that you are not a fan of these artists or this kind of music, I hope you can enjoy seeing the photos and hearing the stories anyway. 
Until next time, ingat! 

Baking day at Linnéa's place!

My friend Linnea and I, have been helping out with baking cookies for some of the culture events in the commune. Linnea and I are very busy people, she's studying at the university while I'm working and always away doing something. The baking days we have is basically the only times we meet each other these days, which is fun that we get to do. 
If I'm going to admit, these pictures are actually from last year. As some of you have noticed, I've been very bad at publishing the content I make in a timely manner. Things were messy last year, I wasn't confident enough of my work and my computer didn't wanted to let me work with my photography at all. With a new computer, things will hopefully change this year!
Even if these pictures are a bit old, I think they are still relevant since we are still baking cookies together. 
I don't remember what exactly these cookies are called but at least they tasted very good. xP
Despite being lactose intolerant, chocolate is one of my favorite things so I really enjoyed these cookies once I got to try it out. 

Melfest: Andra Chansen - Artist & Host Press conference!

First when we applied for press to Melodifestivalen, the plan for me was only to do semifinal 1 since it was in my hometown and then the final in Stockholm. The reason for that was because I couldn't take too many days off from my daily job. 
Things changed and since things went so well in Gothenburg I decided that I would do the most of the opportunity and go to Linköping for Andra Chansen. I'm so thankful that I was able to go to Linköping to work at Melfest. Some people might think it was unnecessary to go and that I've should have prioritize my job where I actually get paid at. All I have to say about that is, I think I made a good decision and worked things out so it wouldn't affect anyone than myself. In the end, things worked out fine and I got to show even more people what I'm capable at and created new bonds. 
In Andra Chansen things are different from the semifinals. There are 4 duels which two acts compete against each other. The voting only takes place during the each duel which is about 8 minutes for people to vote. In the end of the night, there will be 4 acts that qualifies to the final in Stockholm. 
In the first duel of the night was: De Vet Du with their song "Road Trip" which was competing against FO&O with their song "Gotta Thing About You".
In the second duel: Axel Schylström with his song "När Ingen Ser" competing against Lisa Ajax with "I don't Give A".
Boris René with his song "Her Kiss" was competing against Dismissed and their song "Hearts Align" in the third duel of that night. 
The last duel that had everyone talking was between Loreen's "Statements" and Anton Hagman's "Kiss You Goodbye". 
The hosts David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson were there as well. SVT had made one press conference for all the acts and the hosts this time, which I think was because to give the acts more time to rehearse.
Things were very hectic that day and we wanted to make sure we talked to Loreen since we knew there were a lot of fans wanting to hear more from her. We stood in line to talk to her but she had to run off to prepare for her rehearsal since it was starting right after the press conference. Because of that we didn't really had time to talk to a lot of the acts but we did manage to get a bit of time to talk with De Vet Du. Which you can watch down below.  
Since we weren't in a hurry to get interviews, I was able to get some photos of the acts. At one point I went to FO&O to take some photos of them, and what do I see in the background? DJ Hunk lurking! He was definitely doing it on purpose! People think he's just there to be eyecandy but he's doing some pretty funny things if you just pay attention. xP
The pictures of FO&O in action didn't turned out that well but I did got a photo of them posing. 
Since I was close to De Vet Du and saw an opening I went over to photograph them as well. I appreciate that they always make sure to give me the time to photograph them. 
And of course I had to go over to say hi to Boris and take some photos of him as well. Such a friendly and genuine guy!
Might be a bit late to ask but, which ones of the acts did you wanted to win their duel? Let me know in the comments below, I'm curious to know! :) 

TB - Afterparty with the artists in Semifinal 1

It seems like this blog post didn't got published when it was suppose to, but since I still want to share these photos, I will make a throwback to the post-press conference and afterparty of semifinal 1. 
Some of these photos can be from the different press conferences during that week, if you were wondering why some of the people are wearing different clothes in the photo compared to the interviews down below. For example this photo of Jenevia interviewing Adrijana. Majo was recording the interview so I could walk around to get some photos of the acts during the press conference. It was very fun and helpful having Majo on set doing press with us during some of the days.
Here Boris René was happy for qualifying to Andra Chansen! Always such fun meeting him even if it's for a short moment.
"Winning photo" of Nano and Ace Wilder which was the ones qualifying direct to the final from semifinal 1!
Make sure to check out the interviews we got during the press conference with De Vet Du, Dinah Nah, Boris and Adrjana in the clip down below. It's short clips of each acts, but it's worth watching. Specially for those who might not have the time or want to sit through the longer one-on-one interviews. 
After the show it was time for the afterparty! Many of the media are still working during the afterparty to get some footage, but Jenevia and I don't really feel like doing that. When we are at the afterparty we are off the clock and we don't want to cross the line. I did get some photos, when I felt it was okay and when I wasn't intruding people.
This photo with De Vet Du will always be funny. xD
I must say, I'm not a party girl at all. It's not an enviroment that I feel comfortable in, specially when it involves a lot of alcohol. Despite being a bit uncomfortable, it was fun at the party and getting to talk with some people there. After a long night and a week full of work, it was nice getting some sleep that morning. 

Back at work, but the updates are on their way!

Melodifestivalen 2017 is over. Jenevia and I have been working very hard to create as good content as possible, that we also can be proud over. It has been so much fun to do press coverage this year! We upgraded our work on every level and made more quality content than last year. We made impact on the people we met, bonded with new people and created many great memories. I've learned a lot through our experiences at Melfest this year and the fact that our work makes a different feels good. We put so much of our energy and time into doing our content that it's nice to hear that someone appreciate the work we do. 
I'm going to keep this post short, since this is mostly an update for you to know what the plan is for my updates here. First of all, I'm back at my daily job which mean that I can't priorities my photography and be editing as much as I want. Because I still have loads of unseen photographs from Melfest and stories to share. I know there are people out there curious to see what I captured, but also maybe to read my view on being press during Melfest. Blog posts are being worked on as you read this, I've planned out the content so it's on their way!
Photo by Lina | Edit: Me
For those who don't only want to see pictures from Melfest, of artists and events, I will be posting other kinds of content as well. I have many unseen photos in my archive and will be trying to take some new photographs to post between all of the Melfest content. Hopefully there will be content that will suit for everyone. 
If you want to make sure to keep up with my updates on social medias and know when the next blog post will be published, follow me on Instagram & Twitter. Just to point it out, some photos that won't be published here will be posted on my Instagram. I've also started to post quick updates on my InstaStory since it's easier and I don't need to stress as much about what I post there. 
Thank You for being patient and for keep watching my work, I really appreciate it!
More work to do, plans to get done and updates to come. 
Until next time, ingat!
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