The Finnish outdoors with Maarit Vaahteranoksa

The Finnish outdoors with Maarit Vaahteranoksa


Maarit Vaahteranoksa is Finnish photographer, and also a true adventurer and outdoor lover! Here she has shared with us some of her wonderful photographs of Nordic nature at its finest.


I live in the southern Finnish city of Espoo, along with my husband and a beautiful dog - a Finnish Lapphund. My childhood home was in Lohja, in the Finnish countryside. I am a farm girl at heart, so my childhood was full of warm atmosphere, animals and easy going happy life in a small village. I think all that is the basis for my interests in a simple life and the outdoors.”

I love peaceful time in the forest and being able to concentrate on taking in the surroundings. I have always been interested in visual things. I love to combine colours and materials in a harmonious way, and I try to translate that into my photography. I got my first SLR camera about 12-years ago. First, I just photographed everything. Nowadays, I work as a professional photographer and shoot models, products, families and children. But I like to see myself as a lifestyle and outdoor photographer. My mum has taught me to spend time in forest and see the beauty of nature. First, I just took my camera with me while I was hiking and spending time in forest. Then I learnt to see all that beauty that nature can offer. I learnt to see the light, and now I think that the light is the most important thing when photographing nature. I love morning and evening light - which shows the very best of nature.”

I really recommend to budding photographers to get out to see the sunrise and sunset. I promise it will not let you down - this is when some of the most atmospheric and beautiful moments are created. I love to try to use this to create a special mood in my photos. Autumn season is often the best for capturing true atmosphere - the colours and light can create very evocative moments.”

A misty autumn day, across a perfectly still and deserted Finnish lake - so atmospheric

A misty autumn day, across a perfectly still and deserted Finnish lake - so atmospheric

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See more of Maarit’s outdoor adventures at her instagram @maaritvaahteranoksa


Interior stylist Karin Ljung

Interior stylist Karin Ljung

MUNK Collective

MUNK Collective