THE WOMAN BEHIND STUDIO METSÄ
Hi! My name is Erika Lind. I’m a professional photographer, certified coach and the owner of Studio Metsä.
A FEW THINGS ABOUT ME:
- I love cats.
- I love tea, especially black tea (with oat milk). Many have tried and failed to get me into coffee. Many have said “You just haven’t had good coffee”. I just strongly dislike the taste and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
- In love with contrast, contradicting elements, opposites… light and dark, summer and winter, goofy laughter and serious talks, countryside and the city, dance and meditation, noisy and quiet, comedies and thrillers… I like to have the best of both worlds.
- I love rap, both to listen and to do. I’m not exactly a rapper but I love channeling my inner gangsta (and who knows maybe practice will make it perfect!).
- I’m easily excited about things and have been known to bust a move or two during photoshoots..
- I have a BFA in Photography and an LCF Life Coach degree
ABOUT MY BACKGROUND:
I’ve been a wild child and a citizen of the world since 1983. Born in Finland, I always wanted to leave.
This was most likely driven by the isolating and insecurity-inducing experience of being bullied for six years in elementary school. So as a child whenever traveling anywhere abroad with my family, I’d always be found shouting out “Let’s move here!”. It was my biggest dream, to move abroad.
Eventually I ended up making that dream into a reality when I started my photography studies in Vancouver, Canada in 2008.
Even though I was terrified...
And for the last three weeks before my big move, I woke up every night to a panic: what if my landlord would kidnap me, what if this, what if that… very realistic fears ;)
Luckily we’re much more capable than we give ourselves credit for and I ended up surviving just fine. But before we get into Vancouver, I want to tell you about how I got into photography in the first place. Because that love started a long time before 2008: it was 1997 and I was 13 when my aunt gave me a black-and-white photograph that she’d developed. I took it in my hands and thought, wow, I want to learn how to do this.
After that I carried a camera everywhere and fell deeply in love with photo booths (a love that is still blooming). In high school I bought my first SLR camera and began developing my own photographs.
Photography was a type of an outlet for me. If I was ever feeling down in any form, grabbing my camera and going outside always fixed it. I’d be back a changed girl.
I enjoyed photography so much that in high school I started to dream about being a professional photographer. But the more I researched it, the more convinced I became that it wasn’t for me, it was too technical. So I let that dream be and focused on enjoying photography the way I’d done before. But I also had other limiting beliefs such as, only the lucky few get to do what they want and the rest will just have to make do.
So I explored other avenues but nothing felt quite right. It wasn’t until I was studying for an entrance exam and found my eyes glazing constantly. In exasperation I said to my friend “Why can’t I just photograph?!” and he asked “Why won’t you go study photography since that’s clearly what you want to do?”. Obviously it wasn’t a novel idea but the timing was perfect, and I knew, I had to try it.
So it was time. That same fall I started my initial studies in photography in Finland. I loved it and knew I wanted a degree in it so I thought it’d be the perfect excuse to go abroad.
I found my school in January 2008, deadline was early February, in April I found out I got in and in August I moved there. Things can change in a blink of an eye. Nothing is impossible, it’s just a matter of being practical.
The first two weeks in Vancouver I had an ear to ear grin. I was ecstatic, I couldn’t believe I was living in Canada. IN CANADA!!
Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. The combination of the majestic mountains to the flowing sea is unbeatable. It’s the perfect city for creatives, at least in terms of visuals. I was always inspired, the scenery never got old.
In 2012, I graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
I returned to Finland in 2013 and founded Studio Metsä in November 2015. My current concept in its earliest iteration was born in the summer of 2016. In the spring of 2018 I graduated as an LCF Life Coach. I’d dreamed about becoming a life coach since 2010 when I first heard about it.
Everything in my life has led to me creating a business that
specializes in making you feel great in your own skin
STUDIO METSÄ OFFERS PHOTOGRAPHY AND COACHING
AND SOME FREE ENTERTAINMENT
At the moment I offer photography both to individuals and entrepreneurs. If there’s something you’re longing for that’s not here, please write to me and we’ll figure it out!
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