There lies an island one short ferry ride from downtown Helsinki that is one of the world’s best-kept photography secrets. This location has everything you could want for amazing portraits: it has beautiful coastlines, rolling hills, and medieval-style architecture.
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Several dozen Finnish couples get married on the island every year, and it is one of my favorite places to take wedding portraits. All of the couples I have taken there have fallen in love with the place.

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In addition to the coastline, there are a few old tunnels that provide awesome light for intimate scenes. This one made the shape of Hadassah’s dress really pop out.

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Hadassah and Sabin are an Indian couple who loved the look and feel of Suomenlinna, so we decided to have a portrait shoot there. Suomenlinna has a lot of great spots with touches of nature. This perfectly-shaped tree is known on Instagram as #thatsuomenlinnatree.

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We spent 2 hours exploring Suomenlinna and getting some really beautiful shots. I highly recommend Suomenlinna for some out-of-the-ordinary engagement and wedding portraits that feature a side of Helsinki many people have never heard of.

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