Iceland

Fashion shoot in Seljavalallaug, Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

Seljavalallaug is an old pool located about an hour and a half away from Reykjavik. To reach it, you have to walk for about 10 min, with no cell phone signal, but it's an easy walk and the surroundings are beautiful. I wonder if Icelanders think tourists are crazy for wanting to go there, because while the scenery is worth it, the pool is taken care once in a while by volunteers. Some people are not respectful and leave their trash behind, and the bottom of the pool is slimy (by what I'm being told. I didn't actually swim in it). 

When planning my trip to Iceland, Seljavalallaug was on my list of locations for photo shoots. Also, I really wanted to work with this Icelandic model I had worked before. But this time, it would be have a more modern feel to this shoot. Bryndis was great, she never complained despite the tough weather conditions, and I got some great photos from that day!

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Maternity shoot at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

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I've been following Sonia's journey on her YouTube channel Layoutline where she mainly vlogs about moving to Iceland and adapting to her new life. I was attracted by her fun filming style, her nice voice and her authenticity. So going to Iceland was also giving me the chance to photograph Sonia and her husband Ingimar, as they are expecting their first child. 

I always suggest to my clients to pick a location that has a special meaning to them. Initially, I was surprised that Ingimar would choose the Blue Lagoon. Don't misunderstand me, it is a beautiful location, with its black volcanic rocks and milky blue water. But it is also very touristic, so Icelanders tend to avoid it. But it all made sense when Ingimar explained that as a child, he used to swim there, and even when it was modernized into an ultra chic spa, it still remained as one of his favorite locations. He loved it so much that he took Sonia there on their first date, to impress her! I guess it worked because she ended up moving to Iceland later on. 

There is a park next to the spa, and that's where we shot at. It was a little tricky, due to the light changing as the sun would come out at times. But fortunately, it didn't rain, hale or snow like it did earlier that day (yes. All of that in the SAME day!). Sonia and Ingimar were a lot of fun to photograph, they are the type of people you want to hang around with. And the funny thing was, one of Sonia's viewers recognized her during our shoot! It was unexpected and a fun moment, something you can see in her vlog. You can watch it further below <3

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A little black church in Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

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Budir is located in the western region of Iceland, in the Snaefellsnes peninsula. There is a little black church there, located between the mountains and the sea. I just couldn't believe that I got to be there, it was so beautiful and completely opposite to my every day life in Virginia.

Workshop: The Path / Photographer: Instant de Vie Photographer / Stylist: Augusta Cole / Dress: Maria Lluisa Rabell / Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry / Makeup: Fanney Rosa / Model: Bryndis Lif / Scans: Photovision

Photo shoot in northeast Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

One of the reasons why I went to Iceland was to learn from the amazing international film photographer D'Arcy Benincosa, from marketing to photography tips, but really, also getting some life lessons :).
I was incredibly lucky to be part of this journey, and I just couldn't believe that I was actually in Iceland (in Grundarfjordur to be exact), shooting in this breathtaking landscape with models wearing dresses just as beautiful as they were!

Event: The Path Workshop by D'Arcy Benincosa
Stylist: Augusta Cole
Dresses: Maria Luisa Rabell
Makeup: Fanney Makeup Artist
Models: Bryndis Lif and Klara Solsig