Lizel Strömberg

The Philippines, Melfest and life update!
 
These past 5 months or so, my updates here on my blog have been the worst. Time has flew by and things have been super crazy with lots of work, drama and life. To tell you about everything that have happened will take me days to go through, but I will try to fill you in over time. As a start, I will give you a brief update of what I've been up to these past few months and some of my plans for my content in the near future. 
The Philippines:
First off, the end of 2017 I went back to my roots in The Philippines to visit my relatives there. I travelled from Sweden with my aunt and cousin. My trip was nothing that I expected it to be. I wanted my trip to be a time for me to bond with my relatives, experience new places and take a time off from work to have fun. It was all that I wanted, but add a lot of unnecessary drama that really took a hit on my mental health. I won't be going into specific things but in simply terms, people don't always get along with each other. On top of that, I also managed to caught something which made me sick during the visit. 
Despite all the negative factors of my visit in The Philippines, I had the trip of my life! I've never bonded with my relatives before as much as I did, I experienced a lot of new fun stuff and met some new people. I have lots of photos from all of the fun shenanigans I did with my relatives. I even tried out to vlog during my vacation and I have to say, it was very hard. I can't wait to share all of my content from The Philippines! I will share all of it over time in between all of my concert and event photography. I hope you will enjoy what I've captured of the country and culture of my second home
 
Melfest:
As for those who follow me on my social medias such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, are fully aware that I've been doing press coverage of Melodifestivalen 2018 together with Jenevia. Most of you that are following me, do that because of the music content I create. Heading into Melfest this year, was very difficult for me because I had only arrived back in Sweden from my trip to The Philippines, three days before I took the train to Karlstad (semi 1). Everytime I leave The Philippines I'm very sad to get back home in Sweden. Adjusting from the differences between The Philippines and Sweden is one of the hardest things I know. Not to exaggerate, it takes me months to adjust back into my life in Sweden. Consider everything that happened during this trip, everything was even harder than usual and I was not prepared to do press coverage at all but I had to suck it in and keep working. I had to keep it together not only for myself but also for Jenevia's sake.
You would think doing press coverage a third time, would be easier but it wasn't. With limited time, access and resources it wasn't that easy to get the coverage we wanted. I might not be the person in front of the camera but that doesn't mean that my work isn't important. To be able to reach the level of quality of content we make, there's a lot of work behind the scenes which you don't see us doing. 
I don't think anyone really understand all the work I do behind the camera, so I will break it down for you: 
★ Research
★ Booking accommodations
★ Plan which transportations we take to different places
★ Making sure we don't forget to eat inbetween our work
★ Making sure we get a proper place to conduct our 1-on-1's
★ Filming our interviews 
★ Photographing all the events on set during the Mello weeks. Everything from our 1-on-1's, press conferences, rehearsals, parties and more.
★ Editing all the photographs during the tour
★ Planning my content and posting on my social medias
★ Translation, which mean subtitles on our interviews or translate information that is in Swedish to Jenevia but also helping out with the communicaton between Jenevia and the creative people we meet
★ On top of everything, I also try to film some behind the scenes footage for video content
That's just some of the things I do when I'm on set, Jenevia does a lot of work hereslf which are more focused on the work before, during and after the interviews we get. It's a lot of work for just two people and it would have been nice to have an extra person with us to help us with everything, specially with all of the things I do. As for now, we can't do much about it other than keep working on our content and grow our numbers. 
For some reason, there were a lot of drama on set this year. I'm not sure if it's because we are a lot more in the bubble than previous years and more people are starting to be aware of us and the work we do. I'm not here for the drama and it hit med a lot more than it should have. I don't want to get into specific things but I will mention some of it in future posts to give you a more insight of what I mean. Everything with this year's season was simply not what we expected it to be.
Despite all the obstacles we faced during the tour of Melfest 2018, I'm very glad that we were there to work. I've made a lot of new contacts, experienced new things and learned a lot of new lessions. We have made a lot of work that we can be proud over! Even if our numbers haven't been as near as many to last year, I think the quality and regular viewers we have gain for our work weights a lot. We have more engaging viewers and as for now, it seems like the right people are watching. I hope you are not tired of me talking and posting about Melodifestivalen, because I still have a lot of photographs, stories and even video content to share! More about everything will be coming soon!
LIFE UPDATE
I would lie, if I told you I was doing fine since I'm not. As for now, I'm trying to recover from being sick and all of the craziness that have happened over the past few months. I wish I could work on my photography more than I am, but I need to prioritize my ordinary job and my health. I need to be careful and think about my health, I'm already starting to see signs that I'm pushing myself too much without an actual time to rest. I can assure you, I'm still working but you might not alway see it because there's so much more else happening behind the work you get to see me posting. I will take everything in my speed for now and only focus on editing my photography and videography. All the other kinds of content involving music mondays, sharing other kinds of work will come once I'm more in phase with my work. 
Summer season is closing in, the outdoors concerts and events are soon about to start. I will of course cover and photograph the nearby events, since that's what I love to do. I'm not 100% sure yet of what kind of opportunities I will be giving but I'm going to do my best to do as much as I can. I have lots of idéas for content that I want to create, not only regarding event and concert photography but other kinds of photography as well. I want to explore and practice other kinds of photography to envolve my work. I will also try to create video content to practice a new type of way to express myself. 
It's going to be a lot of hard work and late nights, but it's going to be fun. I really wish I will be able to be healthy, strong, start excersice and make sure I rest to be able to step up my game with my photography. This is what I want to do and one of the few things I'm actually good at. I will take everything as I go and do what's best for me. I say it all the time, but I really hope you will stick around to follow my work. Not only because I ask you to or because you want to see the latest updates of you favorite artists, but because you genuinely enjoy and appreciate the content I make and like who I am as the person I show to be. 
This will be the end of this post and if you read through the whole post, kudos to you! More content is on it's way! Stay tuned for more updates and until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
Melodifestivalen 2018 has officially started!
Hello everyone! 
I came back home to Sweden this past Saturday but I left for Karlstad only three days after I arrived. I’m currently reunited with Jenevia in Karlstad as Melodifestivalen 2018 has started! We are here to do press coverage and this is my first post about the contestants in semifinal 1. I have lots of new photos from the set here in Karlstad but while I'm editing those, here's pictures of the contestants from the press conference back in December in Stockholm. In this post, I will tell you about which acts are in semfinal one and some of my thoughts about their song as I've heard them during the listening session earlier this week. I'm not very good at commentary, so I will just give some thoughts about each song/entry of the vibe and what heard. Nothing fancy but I will try my best. 
Let's get this post started!
The opening act of this year’s season is Sigrid Bernsson with the song "Patrick Swayze". I think this song is Sigrid’s best one so far. Personally, it’s not something for me. It’s an uptempo song and I guess I can understand that it might fit for the "arena vibe" but I wish it would be something more to it. That it would drop and pop a lot more than it does. But that’s just my opinion. If you like Sigrid’s earlier releases you will probably like "Patrick Swayze". 
John Lundvik is one of the debutants in this year’s season. He is a bit known for the public but most for being a songwriter and this will be his first big appreance. John is one of the best vocalist that has been participated in the contest and he really shows what he got in his song "My turn". Having a ballad in Melfest can be a tricky and you have to be able to emote during the performance which not everyone succeed with but I think that John will pull it off. 
Renaida is new-comer and some of you might know her from Swedish Idol. I was shook when I first heard " All the feels", I was not prepared for the song to pop and have the edge it has. Renaida is a good vocalist and she has the attitude to pull of a bop as "All the feels". It has a very good production and it's a lot edgy than a lot of songs are in Melfest and I'm loving it!
Edward Blom's song "Livet på en pinne" is basically about living your life to the fullest. Personally, I don't really enjoy this song. But I can understand the people who will like it. It's a goofy song and easy going. It's a bit different and I think the people that don't like that the young male artists always getting the hype and qualify might vote for this just to have something else in the finals. 
Kikki Danielsson's "Osby Tennesse" is a slow country song which is her biography in three minutes. It's not a bad song and I think it can be a bit cozy to listen to the song but it's not something that I will put on play. If you know Swedish I think you can connect to the song more since she has put the focus on the lyrics. 
Kamferdrops, "Solen lever kvar hos dig" is a very typical Kamferdrop song and when you listen to the song you can hear her sound in it directly. Which is neccessarily not a bad thing but I would have liked for them to switch it up a bit, have done more to the production like a drop or a change to make a more impact.
The act closing semifinal 1 is Benjamin Ingrosso, which I definitley understand. His song "Dance You Off" is a bop and a lot sexier than his previous releases. We know by now that Benjamin is a very good songwriter and he keep showing it with his music that he release. I love the vibe and groove in "Dance You Off" and with his showmanship, I'm sure we will enjoy watching him perform this on Saturday.
Only based on the studio versions of the songs in semifinal 1, this is my ranking of which I like the most.
7th: Edward Blom - "Livet på en pinne"
6th: Kikki Danielsson - "Osby Tennesse"
5th: Kamferdrops - "Solen lever kvar hos dig"
4th: Sigrid Bernsson - Patrick Swayze"
3th: John Lundvik - "My Turn"
For the 2th and 1th place, it's a tie between: Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" and Renaida, "All The Feels". Can't choose which one of them is my favorite because I like both of them a lot. I will have to listen to them more to be able to know which I like the most but even if I do so, I might not be able to pick one. 
 
If you want to hear the 30 seconds videos of each songs you can listen through them here:
This was it for this time, a very brief post but I will be sharing my content from Karlstad as soon as I'm able to. Make sure to stay tuned on my Instagram and Twitter to get the latest updates:
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
Behind The Scenes of Melodifestivalen 2017
Hello everyone! 
Melodifestivalen 2018, is just around the corner. While we are waiting for the season to start, I thought about sharing some unseen behind the stage footage of our press work during Melodifestivalen 2017. I will keep this post short to instead let you watch the clip to tell you more. Enjoy!
 
 
Until next time, ingat!