Break from work

Taking a break from work and eat lunch with one of your closest friends is something I don't do often enough. It's always nice to sit down and discuss or tell one another your thoughts and experiences to process it in another way. I'm glad and grateful that I have Lina at work which I can have a good talk with, make jokes and just have some fun with. We bond very well and I'm happy I get to work with someone that is as hard working as myself.
 

Semifinal 1: Rehearsals with Boris René, Adrijana, Dinah Nah & De Vet Du.

One of the most fun things to photograph during the week of Melodifestivalen is the rehearsals. I love to photograph loads of different kinds of photos but I'm firstly a concert photographer when things come around and that's what I'm best at taking photos of. 
 
The press are allowed to enter the arena during the rehearsals to get their footage in still photo for their work. It's always tricky knowing which seats you want and what kind of angle you want to have in your photos. I always try to do what other people doesn't. For example, I don't want to sit or stand exactly the same spot as everyone else and try to make sure I get my own version of what is happening. It doesn't matter if it's on stage or another event that is happening. 
Boris René was the act who open up the contest with his performance of "Her Kiss" which also was the first one to rehearse. - First round of the performance was a mess! The lighting was not doing what it should be, Boris didn't had any light on him when he was on specific spots on stage. The colours were everywhere and it didn't match as it was suppose to be and it was too much of them. 
 
Luckily they fixed some of the issues for the seecond and third round. It was my first time hearing the songs during these rehearsals since I had to miss the listening session the day before when I was making sure we had a good locations for our interviews. 
When I first heard Boris's song and saw his performance, I couldn't stop smiling. I really enjoyed the song and the vibe to it. Boris is very charming and his energy really comes through in his performance. I think the performance last year was better but I think I like the song "Her Kiss" better than "Put your love on me". 
 
In the picture below, the studioman and stylist are showing the outfits Boris and his dancers are wearing during the performance. I like having these kind of shots as well because it gives another feeling to the post and you get to see more than just the performance. 
One of the debuting artists was Adrijana who was the second one in the running order. I didn't knew what to expect from her since I barely knew anything about her music or what kind of style she was going for. But I must say I was positive surprised over how well she did with everything since she hasn't really been in the business for that long. 
 
I love Adrijana's song "Amare" and I like the mix of rap and singing but also the edge in it. It's probably one of my most played songs from Melfest this year. I'm impressed over her performance and what she showed the Swedish people. I was also impressed over how good Adrijana and her team worked during Melfest. She had a great staging and came with something different. If she had been in a different semifinal, she might have qualified. I will definitely keep an eye out for upcoming music from her in the future. 
Dinah Nah returned with another banger of her named "One More Night". I knew we would get a spectacular number from her and a song to dance to. I was happy to see her back and knew it would be a performance with a lot of girlpower. 
 
She has a strong voice and I love the rap-breakdown she has in the song! I think many people were surprised to hear it but it was something that made an even more impact to the song. 
In a photographer's view on photographing some of the performances, it was very difficult some times. Because of the fact that they used a lot of the colour magenta in the lighting which is probably the worst colour ever, in my opinion. It makes the editing harder since the colour often gets very bright and too much of it. So when you are trying to make less of it, it's tricky since it also affects the skin colour with in the red colour scheme. Some photos didn't turned out well at all, but I made it worked and I got some pretty decent photos in the end. 
The last rehearsal of that day for us was De Vet Du because we had to leave for our interview with Ace Wilder. I must admit, De Vet Du's performance was probably the one I was looking foward the most to see. We all knew their performance would be something we haven't seen in Melodifestivalen before. 
 
Jenevia and Majo as I've said before, had heard the song the previous day. Jenevia had said they would probably show up with a prop car and can you guess, she was totally right! I was sitting on the other side of the stage from where Jenevia and Majo sat, and when it was time for De Vet Du rehearsals and a car came up on stage, I heard Jenevia out of nowhere whisper-yelling: "LIZEL, WHAT DID I SAY? I SAID THERE WAS GOING TO BE A PROP CAR!". It was so funny! 
I was giggling before they started performing because I knew this would be such fun performance to see. 
If you have seen the performance, you know that there's a lot of things going on in it. It's a very tecnical number and each different camera shots are very important in the performance and they have to get it correct to make it more clear of what they want to show.
 
In the beginning of the performance you get to see a bit of introduction of each member of De Vet Du, which I think is a very good idea, just to introduce the members for the people that isn't familiar to their previous content. I like how you can kinda tell the different personalities Chris, Johan, DJ Hunk and Tor have from what they show in the performance.
One thing that I thought was a bit of shame was the fact that they didn't show Tor when he was doing his flying-arms-thing (?) in the beginning of the chorus. I thought it was a funny part and it showed very well how Tor is. :P
I really enjoyed their song and performance. De Vet Du delivered a funny number and a very catchy song. Also as soon as I saw that head-movement they are doing in the chorus, I knew that would be the next thing in Sweden. 
 
There was so many things happening in the performance but it was so much fun photographing everything that was going on in it!
- Actually, let me tell you one thing. I heard from several photographers that was sitting nearby, that they didn't like De Vet Du, and photographing them was very hard because they couldn't get any good photos. It was a bit funny and interesting to hear that, I mean I got perfectly fine photos of De Vet Du despite having so much smaller, lower and less fancier equipment than most of the photographers have. 
This might not be the very best photos I've taken but it was fun being back photographing in this kind of enviroment. I'm glad I get the opportunity to do this kind of work because I learn a lot from it, not only as a photographer but also as person. 
 
We couldn't see more of the rehearsals that day so that's why I don't have any photos of Charlotte Perrelli, Ace Wilder and Nano in this blog post. Do not worry though because have photos of them as well from the Friday's rehearsals. ;)
 
There are a lot of you lurking around on my content, I know and I really appreciate that but please don't forget to give my blog posts/or pictures on Instagram a like or leave a comment as well. I'm really curious of what you think about our work OR/AND what you think about this year's acts in Melodifestivalen. 
 
This was it for this time, more pictures and stories to come soon!
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel

Chit chatting with artists such as Dinah Nah, De Vet Du and Ace Wilder in Semi-final 1 of Melfest.

The ones that have been following my content or Jenevia's knows that last year when we were doing press coverage of Melodifestivalen, we had a hard time to get one-on-one interviews with the acts in the contest. We did semi-final 1 and the finals last year and all together we only got 6 interviews book beforehand. The other one-on-one interviews we had, got setup on set during the week that show was happening. 
 
This year, we had more experiences and knowledge about how people work in the industry so we knew that we had to really work to get the interviews we wanted. For semi-final 1 we were very lucky since we already knew a lot of the artists from before so it was much easier to setup an one-on-one interview with them. We actually got 6 out of 7 of the artists for one-on-one interviews, the only one we didn't get was Charlotte Perrelli. 
Our first interview for that week was with Dinah Nah who came back to the contest with her song "One more night". It was great to meet her again and to see her back in the contest. 
 
We talked with her about how she came up with her artist name, the narrative of her song and the girlpower in her performance. We also got to see her tattoos and hear her talk about them. Make sure to watch to the end to see her message to the international fans. 
Boris René is another returning artist in Melfest 2017, he competed with his new song "Her Kiss" which is made by the same songwriters as last year.
 
We went back in time to know more about his background in music and his fotball career. Hear Boris talk about his music influencer, what his biggest take away from participating in Melodifestivalen 2016 was and much more in our interview down below. 
To end our interview we did a game with Boris. Since Majo know Spanish and there's a lot of Latin fans of Melfest tuning in to see the contest we decided to do a Spanish word game. 
The game was that Boris got a couple words in Spanish that was related to Melodifestivalen somehow and he was going to read the word and then guess what they meant. The game turned out to fit Boris very well, a lot because of his energy! 
 
It was very fun to meet him properly this time because last year we only met him briefly at the press conferences and at the afterparty. He's such a funny guy that speads a lot of positivity and energy to everyone he meets. 
The dark horse of semi-final 1 became to be Nano which is a new artists for most of the audience. 
We talked about his background in music, the narrative of his song "Hold On" and more! 
 
He was very lowkey compared to the others and he has this mysterious vibe but he has more dept into his song and wants to put out his message for us to hear. Watch the interview in the clip below to get to know more about him. 
One of the debuting artists in this year's contest is Adrijana.
She was competiting with her song "Amare" which she also co-wrote.  
 
Adrijana is a new artist which released her first single only last year. In our interview you get introduce to Adrijana as a person and what kind of artist she wants to be. She's also talking about her song "Amare" and her insprations in music, style and for her performance. Hear all of that and more in the interview below!
I think all of us three got surprised over how confident and energetic Adrijana was. She had a very clear sight on her music and work. I think there's a lot of potential for Adrijana to become a bigger artists in Sweden, and who knows maybe an international artist as well?
The fan favorite Ace Wilder has returned!
She's back with her song "Wild Child" which is co-written by Peter Boström and Thomas G:son. We talked with her about her quick return to Melfest, her song getting released in Korea, fashion, what she thinks about doing collebration with Dinah Nah and the pressure she felt about competing last year. 
It's her third time in the contest and she saying she's much more relaxed this time and that she can enjoy it even more because of it.  
 
It's always a pleasure meeting Ace and she has this cool energy and she's such a professional. She has a lot of things going for her and I'm looking forward to see what else she has in store for us. 
Our last one-on-one interview was with the humor-group De Vet Du. 
This one was probably the interview we were looking forward the most. We've been liking their content for a while and as soon as we got to know they were going to compete in Melfest, we got very excited! Most of their stuff and interviews are in Swedish and since I'm the only one in our team that knows Swedish, I did a lot of research before the interviews. While doing research I noticed that many of the reporters don't really get their concept, they always get questions about why Dj Hunk never talks or wear shirts and basically not getting to talk about their work properly. 
There were a lot of ground work we had to do and go through a lot of things from the beginning to make sure we made a proper introduction of De Vet Du for people to see and to understand their work better. 
 
We talked with them about their concept fusion of comedy and club-pop, how they started of with music, their creative process of song-making and why they decided to enter Melfest despite not needing the exposure. We also got to hear more story behind their songs "Dansa som Kungen", "Klä av dig naken", "Panta mera" and "Shades inomhus".
I've said it before on my social medias, but I will say it again: The intro of this interview when Tor is waving into the camera is probably one of the funniest thing that happened that week. xD
 
The interview with the guys was probably the funniest one we made during that week. Loads of jokes together with questions to make a more clear picture of who they are as artists. We bonded very well with them and I think that shows in the video and our work.
 
To end our interview with De Vet Du, we decided to played the Spanish word game with them as well which you can see in our interview in the clip above. The video might be long but we are proud over our work and I think it's a funny and an easy-going interview worth watching. We even captured Dj Hunk smiling. ;)
I'm very happy we got all of these one-on-one interviews during the first two days because it made things easier, and we didn't had to stress about getting all of our footage at the press conferences which often are very hectic. It just made things much more easier and we could focus on other things. For example, I was able to get more photos and was able to get some video footage than compared to last year. 
 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the backstories for them. For those who have watched one, two or more interviews I hope you liked them and that you got a clear or a better view of the artists. 
 
More stories and photos will be published very soon. I'm working as fast as I can to sumbit blog posts for those who are waiting. Please give this post a like or leave a comment of what you think about the artists in this year's Melfest. 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel

One of my best purchase to upgrade my camera equipment!

I've been thinking about updgrading my camera equipment for a long time now and to buy a better wide-angle lens. The lenses I've had before that is more wide were the simply standard I got when I bought my first camera and then my 24-90mm lens that I found at a market. I rarely use those lenses because I'm not happy about the result I get when I take photos with them. The quality of the photos turns out too murky. 
 
So now when I have a proper job and knew I was going to do press for Melfest I decided to buy a new lens! 
Camera lenses can be very expensive and I had a bit difficult to find a lens I wanted that would fit my budget. Whenever I buy something new, I always think things through such as: Do I really need it? How much money can I spend? What's the most affordable and best option to purchase it?
 
At last, I found this 24mm lens with a f/2.8 length for a very good price. There was so much hassle getting it which I don't want to get into but I was very afraid that I wouldn't get it in time before Melfest started. Fortunately, I was able to get it before in a timely matter!
The 24mm lens is very light and affordable. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be what I needed but after been using it for different kinds of photoshoot, I'm very happy about my purchase! I'm so glad that I took the decision to buy a new lens because it really made a difference in my work specially in Melfest. Many of my pictures turned out much better than if I still would have use my old lenses!
 
 

Semifinal 1: The Artist & Host press conference!

 
The artist's and the host's press conferences are two individual events which are some of the first things that happens during the week of the show. It's an opportunity for the press to photograph the artists and the hosts but also to get a quick interview with them. For me it's my opportunity to get my footage, which can be a bit tricky since the space is limited and you have to be fast at getting your spot and taking the photos. 
 
My height has it's misadvantage when it comes to photographing on stage in a pool with loads of tall Swedes but it has an advantage as well because I can sneak in between people without them really noticing. ;)
The hosts of Melodifestivalen 2017, from the left: David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson.
So far, I think they are doing a great work all three of them. Hasse is being this adorable grandpa with his funny accent, Clara is being a funny and strong women and David is serving a lot of charisma and shownumbers!
 
I like the writing of the show that they play on the fact that the three hosts have three different demographics and invites them to the show in their way. 
Boris René is one of the returning acts and we saw him in Melfest 2016 but now he's back with his song "Her Kiss" which is written by Tim Larsson and Tobias Lundgren.
Melfest debuting artist Adrijana was here to introduce herself to the Swedish audience and her artistry. She was competing with her song "Amare" which she co-wrote together with Martin Tjärnberg. 
Dinah Nah is another artist returning to the contest, last time we saw her she was competing in Melfest with her song "Make Me (La La La)" back in 2015. This year she was back with her song "One More Night". Text and music by Thomas G:son, Jimmy Janson, Dr Alban and Dinah Nah herself. 
(From the left: DJ Hunk, Johan Gunterberg, Christopher/Chris Martland and Tor Wallin)
De Vet Du is well-known for their club-pop music with a fusion of comedy and their music videos on YouTube. This year they are debuting in Melfest with their own song "Road Trip" which is written by the members Christopher Martland & Johan Gunterberg. 
Legendary Charlotte Perrelli was back in the contest with a ballad which many people were very surprised over. She was competing with her song "Mitt Liv" which she co-wrote with Lars Hägglund. 
Fanfavorite Ace Wilder is back in the contest, third time's a charm? 
She's competing with her song "Wild Child" which she co-wrote together with Thomas G:son and Peter Boström.
Nano became the dark horse of the semifinal! There were a lot of mystic around him and he surprised a lot of people with his performance. He's competing with his song "Hold On" which he co-wrote together with Gino Yonan, Ayak, Carl Rydén, Christoffer Belaieff, Rikard de Bruin and David Francis Jackson. 
I loved standing there with all the press and doing what I love!
I'm very happy and proud over my photographs from the press conference! My new camera and the bouncer for my flash really made a difference. I also realized that my skills at photographing, using the flash and editing have improved A LOT the past year. I think you can see the difference if you compare the pictures in this blog post from last year: 
 
As I said in the beginning of the post, during the press conference we had the opportunity to interview the acts as well. Our priority was to get an interview with Charlotte beceause of the fact we couldn't get an one-on-one interview with her. Things were very hectic and the line for Charlotte was long but we manage to get to talk to her but also have a chat with De Vet Du.
Make sure to watch the interview down below and all of our other interviews we have posted. Your clicks makes a difference and the more views we get, the easier it will be to get interviews in the long run. 
That was it for this time! I still have loads of footage to show and stories to share. Pictures are getting edited and I'm preparing blog posts as fast as I can. I'm working part-time at my actual work so that's why things are getting pushed back. 
 
New posts will be published during the week, I promise! Since Andra Chansen are getting closer and I will get even more footge then, I will try to make sure most of the footage from Semi-final 1 will be published before then. Stay tuned on my social medias to know when new updates are published.
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel
 
 
 

Reunited with Carol & Madde!

About a month ago, I reunited with Carol and Madde! It had been almost a year since the three of us met. The main reason we met was to celebrate both Carol's and Madde's birthday. 
 
It's alwasy very hard to get together all three of us because we are always busy with school, work or other things in life. So being able to meet just for a couple hours is almost an impossible task but once we meet it's like we never have been apart. 
We had a great time to catch up and just give each other a recap of the past year. I was very happy to hear about Madde's first trip to Chile where her dad is from. It was interesting and exciting to hear what she got to experience and see some of her pictures from the trip. Madde is such a fun person and I love her sense of humour!
Since we were celebrating their birthdays a cake was a must! 
I didn't take a lot of photos from our time at Carol's place because we had too much fun talking with each other. But once we took out the cake, Carol and I couldn't keep ourself from taking photos of it. xD
To end this post, I want to say once again Happy Birthday Carol and Madde! I'm wishing you all the best in life and I'm so happy that I've got two fantastic friends like you! We need to hang out more often, it's all fun when we meet. x
 
To all the others reading this post, I hope you enjoyed the post even if was more personal and not many photos to see. More updates are coming with other topics so keep an eye out for them.
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel

MY SUM UP OF SEMI-FINAL 1 OF MELODIFESTIVALEN

 
I've officially been back at Melodifestivalen as press! 
Semifinal 1 took place last week in Gothenburg and with this post I will update you about what's going on with our work and making sure you know how to stay updated!  
 
First of all to make things clear, I won't be able to go to every semifinal due to school and my actual work. I wish I was able to follow the tour to every city to work with Jenevia but I simply can't. Jenevia in another hand will be doing press coverage of almost every city in the tour except for semifinal 4. She will be doing the work by herself but I will still help out with some of the editing of her photos. 

BUT, I will be back on set doing press coverage for Andra Chansen in Linköping and the finale in Stockholm!

 
To start off the blog post, I will let you know that this will be a quick summary of everything that was going on during semi-final 1 of Melodifestivalen. The photos are a sneak peek of what I will be posting in the upcoming weeks. 
This semi-final Jenevia and I was working together with our friend Majo from Mexico. We have been talking a lot online and we became friends through our interests in music. It was so much fun to meet her for the first time!
 
We are from a smaller outlet and we are just three people working on our coverage of Melfest but yet we manage to get almost everyone for one-on-one interviews. The interviews took place the first two days of the circus and because we had our one-on-one interviews we didn't had to stress as much as last year to try to get interviews during the press conferences. It was great to be able to have a proper chat with people and conduct an interview without any stress or people that will disturb us while working. 
The week of the semifinals usually starts already on Wednesday the same week. Loads of press activites goes on for all the accredicated press such as press conferences with the artists and the hosts, welcome party, rehearsals and much more!
 
Jenevia and I decided to attend the welcome party and it was a nice get together for all the people working with Melfest. They had the well-known seafood buffé and we mingle around. Many of the reporters that were there conducted interviews and taking photographs of the artists and the hosts. Jenevia and I didn't felt like it was the right time to be getting footage because we didn't want to be all in everyone's business. We stood by and enjoyed the party.
During Thursday and Friday we spent most of our time in the arena watching the rehearsals. The rehearsals is my opportunity to get my footage and the photographs of everyone's performances. I really enjoy being in the arena to watch the performances, see the work people put into to get everything right and be able to capture what's going on, on the stage
 
Last year, I had troubles getting the footage that I wanted since I wasn't familiar of that kind of enviroment. Also my equipment was not working as well with me as I wanted. This time around, I've upgraded some of my camera equipment and I'm so happy that I've been able to. I still get judging looks from other photographer because of my equipment though. The camera equipment that I have might not be the fanciest and most expensive but the equipment is surely better than the ones I had last year. 
 
This year, I have more photographs that are quality and my editing skills have improved A LOT since last year. I'm very happy that several of the artists and people around have been showing their appreciation of my photos. 
Those who have been following my content the last year or Jenevia's coverage, you might be familiar of the unprofessionalism we have been facing during our work at Melfest. To name some, walking in our shot, people being rude towards us, the acts we are interviweing and each other.
 
Last year, Samir & Viktor recieved a lot of hate/bullying from the press and the public. Same thing is happening with De Vet Du this year. De Vet Du is a humor-group that I think a lot people misunderstand. They are here to show what they got and make people laugh. Their performance is very ambitious and such fun! De Vet Du are such hard working guys that puts a lot of quality music and they deserve a lot more respect and credit than they recieve. We bonded very well with them and I'm so happy we got to have our one-on-one interview with them and seeing them qualify to Andra Chansen!
 
To sum things up, I'm very happy that I'm able to do this work with Jenevia and Majo. We bond very well and it's our opportunity to show everyone what we are capable of. I think the professional way we do our work, our genuine and polite behaviour towards the people we meet makes a difference. I'm glad that we are on the same level and know the hard work that comes into putting good content out. 
 
So to everyone who wants to keep being updated of everythings that is going on with our content and experiences while working as press at Melodifestivalen, make sure to follow Jenevia and I on our social medias
 
Instagram/Twitter: @LizelStromberg
 
Jenevia's Instagram/Twitter: @LadyJenevia
 
More unseen photographs and stories will be published here within the next upcoming weeks before "Andra Chansen"! Make sure to stay tuned to know when they will get published.
 
Until next time, take care! 
/Lizel

People were judging me because of my equipment

Doing press coverage together with Jenevia last year at Melodifestivalen 2016 was a very learning experience. It was my first time doing press work and I didn't knew what to expect from it. 
 
We went in with not a lot of knowledge of how things were organized and how the people (mostly the press) in the business would be like. Since I was younger I've always been a fan of Melfest and been watching it every year with my family. To be working at the contest creating coverage was a dream come true. I felt so grateful for being able to take one step closer to do what I love. 
 
As you have seen in the previous blog post, our press work included interviews with some of the acts, press conferences, parties and photographing the performances in the arena. 
 
Before 2016, I had never been at a live show of Melfest. I loved feeling everyone's excitment in the arena and see all of the happy faces in the crowd. 
It was very hard to capture any good pictures during the dress rehearsals because we got seats far from the stage and since I didn't had the most fanciest equipment there was almost no chance for me to being able to get any decent photos from stage. 
I loved doing press coverage and being able to meet people. We created contacts, got to show people what we can and met new people. The only thing I was very surprised over was the fact how unprofessional a lot of the media acted. During the press conferences several people walked in our shots during an interview, they were pushing me when I was filming and some even interupted one of our interviews. Ugh.
(The people in the photos has nothing with the text to do.) 
Some journalists would talk shit about each other and the acts in the contest. Even some of the photographers were judging me because of my equipment. I mean, sure I don't have the fanciest and the most expensive camera equipment but look at my work, I know how to create good content. 
I'm not always good at publishing my work in a timely manner but I do create content that makes me happy and they are good enough despite what equipment I have and the amount of following I have. It's just a lot of work, effort and passion in it. Whenever I'm photographing, I'm always pushing myself out of the comfort zone and to become better. Some things makes me terrified but I need to face it and get stronger. 
 
So, for this year's Melodifestivalen I will try to stress less and seize the moment. Create content that makes me happy and be better at publishing in time. 
 
I have one last blog post from Melfest 2016 that I will try to get uploaded during the day. Jenevia, Majo and I will be doing press coverage of Melfest 2017! First semi-final is on Saturday but our press work starts already today. Make sure to follow me on Instagram at U+21E2.gif @LizelStromberg U+21E0.gif to get the latest updates of our work!