CAMERA, LIGHT HOUSE, ACTION!

 

 

Good books, long walks by the sea shore, and the loved ones around you. O’boy! I always surprise myself with realizing what a good investment a long holiday is to onerself. Now I’m so entusiastic, full of energy and ready for new adventures.

Two weeks ago I was shooting photos for one of my forthcoming art project in Denmark. I was fortuned to travel there together with my family so it didn’t feel like working at all. We were playing together with my daughter on the snow covered beaches, spotting the lighthouses and really enjoying the cold winds blowing from sea and filling our lungs with fresh air and our heads with new ideas.

Even that I might sound naive I have to admit something. I really, trully love photographing. Sometimes when I’m busy with hundreds of different kind of projects, I forget to say it outloud. But here we go: I love photographing! It was crystalized to me during the holiday; finding myself standing in the ice cold water in Denmark just to capture the perfect image.

So, now I’m back in Helsinki and ready for the action. Waiting eagerly on what year 2011 will bring us. I have updated my web portfolio so please do yourself a favor and reserve a small break from everything else, grab a good cup of coffee, lift your feet on the table and enjoy the great new photos I have uploaded for you.

Cheers, Peki

P.S. A couple of months ago I was shooting an advertisement for Genelec together with the guys from Look Mama + Las Palmas in co-operation with N2. We did the advertisement with living legends Michael Monroe and Sam Yaffa. You can find the still picture for the ad in my portfolio. HERE you can find the video with the some behind the scene clips of the actual photo shooting.

EXPECT 2011 TO BE EVEN BETTER!

 

 

Peki a.k.a. Aki-Pekka Sinikoski is represented in the States by the Wonderful Machine. The people working there for him are huge fans of great photos and it has been really nice for him to be represented by the people who truly love his pictures. And guess what, the last two months of 2010 was fully booked already by the end of October so it seems that also his clients love his photos.

Year 2010 was superb for the citizens of Korea. We really managde to extend our client base. We did wonderful job with clients like The New Yorker, Veikkaus, Telia Sonera, Ruukki, Global Blue, Universal Music, Suunto, Sanoma Magazines, Aalto University and Polyvinyl Records. But of course we didn’t forget our old loyal clients either. For example during the last six months of the year Peki shooted four covers + cover stories for Suosikki, which is the biggest youth magazine in Scandinavia. It is also a client who has been using Peki’s photographic skills for more than 10 years now. That’s what we call a loyal customer relationship!

Suosikki made a cover story about juvenile delinquents trying to make their way back from the shadows to the brighter side of society. Suosikki ended up running a close up photo of one of these guys as a whole page opening photo for the story. On the cover shot the same guy was arrested by the cops. Afterwards Peki got feedback from the magazine, its readers, and even from his collegues that these were “great images with a strong emotional feeling”.

Technical qualities like good light and composition can make a good photo but if you are looking for a great one – it’s not enough. Like Mark Murrmann, photo editor at Mother Jones, puts it “What makes a great photo is an image that not only conveys some kind of information, but also works on an emotional level. It can be punch-you-in-the-gut direct, it can be more subtle, something that pulls you in slowly and allows you to wander around the image, keep coming back to it even if you aren’t sure why; it can be funny, witty, wry; it can be something that elicits a feeling of remembrance, something that reminds you of your own life; it can be horrifying, or gratifying. But it has to do something; it has to connect with the viewer.”

Most of Peki’s clients want to make their voice visual and they want their voice to be heard. They contact him because they are chasing great photos that stands out from the constantly growing flood of photographs. Even though we might sound like American TV Shop: It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what kind of photo are great for your business. It’s enough that you know that you need the great photos and you know where to get them. And hey, you should know it by now. Baby, welcome to Korea!

P.S. Peki is still shooting somewhere in Denmark, but don’t worry – he will be back next week so more truly great photos is available really soon.

 

SOLO EXHIBITION IN FINNISH MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

Good news my friends! I have just signed a contract for a solo exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography. It will take place in September 2011. I’m really happy that I got a chance to exhibit my works in the greatest photography arena in Finland. Still almost one year to go but hey, I have to warn you: This is going to be the BIG one!

All the best, Peki

 

BACK IN HELSINKI, BACK IN BUSINESS, AND BACK IN BED!

 

Sleep, honey, c-vitamin, chicken soup and fairy tales about dragons. I’m at home with my daughter trying to help her to beat the flu. She just started to build a hut in our bed for her imaginery friend, a dog called Tapi. Pretty good signs that we can soon say au revoir to snot, coughing and fever.

Autumn has arrived not only with my daughter’s flu from kindergarden but also with coloful leaves and many great photo projects. I have just finished some shootings for companies like TeliaSonera, Ruukki and Global Blue. Next stop will be to shoot images for the visual identity of B-open Art Festival in Bergen, Norway.

Feels great to be back in Helsinki!

Cheers, Peki

STOCKHOLM

 

God morgon Sverige! In the shooting set up with my daughter Isla. For the last weeks I have have been working here in Södermalm with the pre-production for my next photo project starting this Autumn. After weeks of a super intensive work session I’m now having one week holliday here with Isla. So beware Victoria – there is a new princess in town!

XXX, Peki

I LOVE YOU! YOU ARE THE BEST AUDIENCE EVER!

What a gig at Forbidden City in Peking. All these wonderfull people came over just to see me perform… or not really… But I defenetly had one of the most bizarre shootings ever in Forbidden City with lovely rock band Stalingrad Cowgirls from Finland. It felt really quite weard to suddenly realize that there was a hell of a lot more people behind the camera than in front of the camera. Actually there was people lining to see our photo shooting! Only in Asia!

The shooting was a blast and so were Riina, Henna and Enni. We did even more photos back in Helsinki. The photo below ended up as the cover of Suosikki magazine.

Yours, Peki

 

 

KING PEKI BACK FROM PEKING

 

Perfect night. Drinking coffee in the sunset by the sea after chilling the whole day with my family in the Finnish archipelago. Last months have been pretty hectic, but to be honest
– I like it that way.

I just got back from Peking where I photographed Finnish rock band Stalingrad Cowgirls. At this point I can’t really tell you more about this project except that we had super fun. You’re going to love the photos as soon I’m able to show them for you.

Actually I can promise you that Korea will soon bless you with an update with even more new pictures that will steal your heart. That’s because there is so many great projects going on right now for clients like Universal Music Finland, Suunto, Helsingin Sanomat, Palloliitto, Suosikki and ImageMaker.

I’m also happy to tell you that from now on I am represented in the US by Wonderful Machine.

Cheers, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

 

NEW BOOK, NEW PICTURES

Veikkaus just published a book called Respect. It’s the third book in a series written by Erkki Alaja, legendary power player in Finnish sport. The successful athletes interviewed for the new book are all photographed by the one and only, Aki-Pekka Sinikoski. Graphic design is by Sasu Haanpää. We have updated some of these photos to the gallery section.

Be sure to check them out!

 

 

TWENTY TEN

 

Greetings from the palace of Korea. We do not have wasps here, nor ants or mosquitoes either. Only buzy bumblebees buzzing in the Finnish winter wonderland ready to serve you the sweetest honey.

We are super excited about the new decade. We are sure year Twenty Ten is going to offer us fantastic new adventures plus a lot of opportunities and greatness. The last months have been the busiest in Korea’s history. That means hell of a lot interesting shootings including some of the best works we have done. Future looks even brighter!

Definitely a nice thing was that legendary The New Yorker Magazine wanted to buy Aki-Peki’s photo of pop star Annie for their January 11th 2010 issue. You can find the exclusive photo and Sasha Frere-Jones’ great article here.

Before the X-mas snowstorms Peki also shot cover + all booklet pictures in Berlin for the forthcoming Casiokids album. Double CD will be released together with 26 pages booklet including more than 30 Sinikoski’s picture. Graphic design for the CD is made by Petri Henriksson/Blank Blank. Album will be released first in Norway and after that at least in the UK and USA. We will post Casiokids’ photos as soon as the record hits the store.

Meanwhile, check out our galleries. There is plenty of new stuff including marketing photos Peki took for Helsingin Sanomat. Helsingin Sanomat will use these photos mostly as a part of their B-to-B marketing in prints, products, and presentation slideshows (example below). Photos are made in co-operation with Family Inc Advertising Agency. We were super happy to make the client’s voice visible and even happier to hear that “the final result was exactly what they wanted and even so much more than we could even ask for.”

Happy new decade folks! May it be colourful & sweet!

 

 

CASIOKIDS x KOREA

Snowstorm and champagne in Stockholm. The King of Korea just arrived back to Helsinki to work with some great new photo projects. Ajja Bajja, Bang Bang!

But our news is not only about Finland and Sweden. It’s pretty much about Norway too, where Casiokids has released their new album “Topp Stemning på Lokal Bar”. Aki-Pekka Sinikoski has taken more than 30 awesome photos for this digipacked double CD.

After Norway, Casiokids will release the album in the USA and UK as a double CD and a double vinyl. There’s going to be exclusive versions for all these regions so be sure to check them out! All layouts are designed by Petri Henriksson/Blank Blank and photographed by Korea’s finest Aki-Pekka Sinikoski.

And, as the snow storm covers also Helsinki, we leave you with updates full of joy for your eyes. New portraits, new nature photos & a small stack of new Casiokids pix.

Have fun!