An evening in Ulriksdal

Ulriksdals slott was built 1643-1645 by architect Hans Jacob Kristler, and became a royal palace when Queen Hedvig Eleonora bought it in 1669. The palace has a beautiful garden. Yesterday I met up with Louise Hebrant, Kristina Arnqvist, Madeleine Hjerpe and Vera Tolstoy to do a dance photoshoot in the palace gardens.

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We met up at 16:00, at this time of year in Stockholm the sun is already relatively low on the horisont. Here Kristina Arnqvist strikes a pose.
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I shot Madeleine Hjerpe from a low angle to make it look like she was reaching for the sun.
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Here we wanted to play with the long shadows, so Louise Hebrant moved out onto the grass field.
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Kristina Arnqvist does a jump, also shot from a low angle to include the sun.
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There were a set of old trees standing there waiting for us in the middle of the lawn. Kristina Arnqvist climbed up on one of them, and I picked an angle to have her silhouetted against the sky.
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Kristina Arnqvist and Vera Tolstoy. We also wanted a photo that included the palace itself, so we headed to the fountain.
Of course you can not go to a fountain and not get into the water. Here Kristina Arnqvist does an arabesque in the middle of the pool. The photo is shot at a low angle close to the water surface to get as much of her reflection in the shot.
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It did not take long until the fountain was becoming quite crowded. Vera Tolstoy, Louise Hebrant and Kristina Arnqvist.
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Vera Tolstoy and Louise Hebrant. There were two bridal couples with their entourage walking around taking photos. Inspired by that we did our own version of the cute photos.
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Vera Tolstoy and Louise Hebrant
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Madeleine Hjerpe
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Louise Hebrant and Vera Tolstoy wanted to showcase their matching jackets.
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Kristina Arnqvist
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Kristina Arnqvist. The sun had set, but there was still a little bit of light left to do some final silhouette photos.

It was a long time since I had been at Ulriksdal. I remember going there several times as a kid. The statues of the boars next to the fountain that I remember as being many meters tall, where in fact quite small. Funny how your perspective changes of the world with age.

It was a great fun evening, many thanks to Louise, Kristina, Madeleine and Vera!

– Johannes

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