Christmas Couple Photoshoot in the Harpa Concert Hall

 

Elisabeth and Tim

Couple Photoshoot | Iceland Portrait Photography

Bettina Vass Photography | Iceland

I am a natural light photographer which means I mostly only work with natural light wether I am photographing outdoor or indoor. Throughout the years I became more and more aware of how the quality of light is linked to locations and seasons.

I got super excited when Elisabeth contacted me about a photoshoot at the Harpa Concert hall in Reykjavik. Harpa is one of Reykjavik's greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city. The lights are always soft and perfect in the building.
Harpa was design by a Danish firm co-operating with the Danish - Icelandic artist Ólafur Eliasson. The structure of the building consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. The lights float through the glass panels softly which makes this building the perfect location for portrait photos.

Unfortunately there is not much daylight during the Icelandic winter time. I am on a forced but happy and relaxing vacation between the end of November and beginning of January. The shortest day of the year is (or Winter Solstice) which falls somewhere between December 20th and December 23rd. On this day, the sun rises around 11:20 and sets around 15:30 which gives us just over 4 hours of daylight. But it doesn’t mean there is perfect daylight between sunset and sunrise. Sometimes we don’t even see the sun itself for weeks because of the thick cloud coverage.

The Harpa Concert Hall is always a good spot for a visit but especially for a portrait photo session.

Thank you Elisabeth and Tim for that lovely November afternoon! I hope we will meet again, and thank you so much for the Christmas card! It’s hanging on my wall!

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