31 December 2013

2013 in pictures



2013 was a year of self-discovery, teamwork and hundreds of new opportunities. i feel like finally my photography is taking me somewhere and even though i'm more critical about the results, there has been so much progress. i hope i never stop creating.

1. january

no photographs at all (how is that even possible?) while making a living at a coffee bar. 12-hour workdays really leave no chance for planning, shooting and editing, unfortunately.

2. february

new job, new ideas, new photos. plenty of sushi. a crazy friend who wanted to pose on the rooftop on my house in -15C weather while wearing a sheer nightgown. she's crazy and i love her for it.

3. march

one of my favourite friend asked me to shoot him and so i did - he later wrote a story to go with the pictures.

4. april

april was a hurricane and i added my beloved make up artist maret to my team. this is where the magic started.
i also spent a few days in sweden with my beautiful muse kärolin and her boyfriend.
and saw ellie goulding live.

5. may

hardcore gym days, john green books, and homemade indian dinner on my balcony. my team organized a fairytale shoot with a redhead beauty kamilla. i feel like this was the point when i looked at the images and thought, "this is my style and this is exactly what i want to shoot"

6. june

roadtrip with my friends to see lana del rey in riga, finally some sunshine and warmth (more outdoor shoots!).
i did one of my favourite shoots ever which later won the first place in a fashion photography contest and got published in a local beauty magazine.

7. july

i will remember this evening for many, many years. last year i had a photoshoot giveaway on my blog and by chance a girl from my school won it. we had decided to wait until it was warmer, and july seemed just perfect. so much sunshine and love glowing from these three.

it breaks my heart that their son is no longer among us, he was the nicest little boy i had ever met.

8. august

i am now 21 years young and still a dreamer. we did a shoot for a magazine that never got published due to the magazine going on a hiatus - hoping to post it in the new year.

9. september

the hippie project. september was so incredibly warm that the models could run around barefoot.

10. october

my first motorcycle ride, it was beautiful. my second shoot with hannaloora, fun and nice as always.

11. november

started working with a local modelling agency - and let my make up artist go crazy this time. she created a fawn (and later a crow).

12. december

and finally, my favourite client of the year! kaili is a tattoo artist with a passion for bikes and beautiful clothes.

forever grateful for the people in my life who have made it possible to make my dreams come true. happy new year everyone!

9 December 2013

new york girl

makeup by maret ubaleht
model is merilin @ living models

i didn't have much time to plan this shoot since she's flying to new york next month but she also needed new photos for her book so we did something really quick and colourful in the old town's christmas market.

30 November 2013

a heart made of thorns

photography and retouching: siiri kumari
make up: maret ubaleht
style: kadri vanaselja
with some pieces borrowed from johanna ruukholm & anete palmik
model: janeli kirsi @ living models

and huge thanks to the estonian museum of natural history for letting us shoot in their rooms.

18 November 2013


siim was in australia for a year and now he's back. with a beard, long hair and a different attitude.
he is still the nicest guy in the world and incredibly fun to shoot with.

shot on november 17th in an abandoned greenhouse complex. it was very cold.

16 November 2013

blue lilies

i shot these back in june 2012 and finally re-discovered the series a few days ago.
it's always good to come back to your roots. you learn a lot.
model is tea, dress and makeup by me.

4 November 2013

you are enough

november 3rd.

my best friend is back from scotland.

we just stood there and laughed and i felt the joy in my veins. like nothing could ever go wrong again.
you smell like the mountains and the sea. i missed you a lot.
i'm glad to have you in my life.

17 October 2013


as per request, here is a short blog post about retouching. colours were edited with paris in october + hue/saturation layer mask that lightens yellows and saturates reds + vibrance layer mask. i work with photoshop cs6 and everything was edited under 15 minutes.

this is an example of retouching wrinkles - the spot healing brush is definitely very helpful! i worked through the wrinkles with thin lines until the blouse was smooth.

and skin retouching. adding warm yellow curves changed the lip colour and made the skin more glowing. i used a combination of spot healing brush and the regular healing brush to achieve a very natural-looking result. her skin is very good - i only removed a few moles and softened the wrinkles on the forehead and under the eyes. i tried to preserve as many freckles as possible, and only removed two or three larger ones.

should have probably removed the twig on the left as well, but it didn't bother me as much so i kept it. since it's on a neutral, blurred background, it's very easy to clone out.

hoping this helped a little, in the next retouching post i'll try to write about more problematic skin and how to retouch it.

- - -

we got a cat and i got two new lenses, the 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.8.

meet alaska!

he's a little stupid and decided to take a walk on the stove (and burned his whiskers). he's all right though and would probably do it again.

also, there's a free photoshoot giveaway coming up very soon... keep your eyes peeled he he he.