Commonly mistaken as my last name, hygge (hue-guh) is actually a very important Danish Design Philosophy. (a little like feng-shui but goes a bit further beyond design into a more all-encompassing life philosophy)
The Oxford language dictionary defines Hygge as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)."
Merriam-webster.com explains hygge, "About mid-20th century, the Danish word hygge (pronounced something like \HEW-guh\) began appearing in English writing, as a noun and adjective, to refer to cozy and comfortable surroundings that invoke an inner sense of contentment or well-being.”
I named my business after this Danish design and lifestyle philosophy because I use this philosophy in all aspects of my work. I want my photographs to embody a sense of warmth, intimacy, charm & contentment. Even though a photojournalistic approach my objective is to capture those sweet hygge filled moments. Even in my editing and post-processing I use a classic, minimalistic and timeless approach which adds to the timeless aspects of hygge.
I hope you see that in my photographs.
I also hope you feel that in my presence if I am ever to have the pleasure to photograph you. Of course I have my off days and ‘real world’ struggles but this philosophy has been a guiding principle in my life. Its how I approach not only my photography but also in everything I do. Its the way I organize and decorate my home, approach conversations, and how I choose who to let into my life.
Without oversharing, I have struggled with intense anxiety for most of my life. That sense of contentment hygge speaks to is what I see as an ultimate life goal! The ultimate cure for my anxiety!
Here’s a link to some of my favorite books about Hygge!
Author: ELLE JAMES
Wedding & Portrait Photography
*has camera, WILL TRAVEL*