Inspiration, Rooms

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

September 10, 2009

Ready for a hearty dose of visual inspiration? I was reading through one of my favorite design blogs this morning, Emmas designblogg (based in Stockholm), and came across a photographer that looked really interesting, Magnus Anesund. So I clicked over to the site and then clicked around some more and came across another photographer that I instantly fell head-over-heels for. Her name is Ulrika Ekblom and she is a food/lifestyle photographer and her photos completely touch me — some in an emotional way — like I feel like I’m in the scene or enjoying the weather in some of her outdoor photographs. Others simply make me hungry for the food that she is presenting so beautifully!

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Her sense of color is astounding and her ability to capture natural light makes one feel present alongside her as she shoots. What a special talent she is and so inspirational. I hope that you’ll take time to look at her work here but also on the website where much more is featured, VOL, which happens to be her agent as well.

Do you have a favorite image above? Which one? Why? I am keen on the gingham tablecloth in aqua/white with the crumbled recipe and coffee stain… I keep going back to it for some reason that I’m finding a difficult time explaining. Perhaps it is the imperfect perfection. The casual beauty. I also love the first image, the lady presenting the delicious drinks upon a serving tray with the carnations. I think carnations get a bad rap but to me, especially when I find them in white, violet and pale pink, I see beauty and delicacy there — and all the folds are so feminine, like the bottom of a ruffled ballgown.

(images: ulrika ekblom for VOL)


  • Reply Edward Beaman September 10, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I like the Alice in Wonderland ambiance in the first picture and the glass tray. That does indeed look interesting. Very nice images.
    .-= Edward Beaman´s last blog ..Expressive Chef Kitchen Clock Ideal for a Busy Cook’s Wall =-.

  • Reply Carolyn September 10, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Ohh, I think the gelato would be my favourite from these shots… I just LOVE the colours! Those fruits in the wire basket look beautiful too.
    .-= Carolyn´s last blog ..pretty crafty! =-.

  • Reply Holly September 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

    The crumpled paper, with the coffee stain, on the gingham… perfection. This made my morning, Holly!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Wish List Wednesdays =-.

  • Reply Manuela September 10, 2009 at 7:27 am

    i like the secondone… The first thing that popped into my head was: who wrote this peace of paper? i think this image goes beyond the picture and helps you to play with your mind.
    .-= Manuela´s last blog ..Bambù n°5 =-.

  • Reply juliette September 10, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I like the golden service set show below with the soup – I’m not normally a gold person, but I’m finding it particularly striking lately. My mom and I were just looking at the Villeroy and Boch dinnerware pattern called ‘Golden Garden’ and it’s just so gorgeous!

    Check it out:
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Contact paper and a pillow case: Lighten up! =-.

  • Reply Tricia - Avolli September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I love them all! Such talent.

    My best,
    .-= Tricia – Avolli´s last blog ..Bernese Mountain Dog Love =-.

  • Reply Erin Stanton September 10, 2009 at 8:12 am

    The last picture of green soup in a tea cup reminds me of the Avocado/Crab soup that was made on Top Chef last night! Yum!
    .-= Erin Stanton´s last blog ..Handwritten notes are not dead: Change of Address Cards from =-.

  • Reply Elise September 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Hello – what a lovely post ! Your site is really interesting to. Thank you for sharing it, best wishes and…. lovely to meet you !
    .-= Elise´s last blog ..Natalie Cawte interviewed for "Cupcakes & Conversation …" =-.

  • Reply larachel September 10, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I would have never thought it was a coffee stain:) It looked like a watercolour drawing!

    Anyway, just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all your posts. Out of the blue. I really love popping in on your website. I wish you to have a great time in Hannover:)

  • Reply Juana September 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I also find very interesting indeed the one of the gingham tablecloth in aqua/white with the crumbled recipe and coffee stain.
    It looks like something trivial that we see every day, but here is captured with true beauty! which only shows the huge talent behind that camera :)

  • Reply Victoria Klein September 10, 2009 at 8:35 am

    What a fantastic find! She’s going on my list of favorite photographers on my site. :) Out of all the images you posted, I’d have to say that the sorbet shot is my favorite. The crumpled recipe comes in at a close second.

  • Reply jja September 10, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Ma favourite is the swing. Childhood. No worries. Freedom. Unburdened.
    .-= jja´s last blog ..Razno =-.

  • Reply City Chic - Jamie September 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Gorgeous photos! I’m hungry right now so the pic of the heart shaped waffles would have to be my favorite at the moment :)
    .-= City Chic – Jamie´s last blog ..Lovely Clusters – An Online Gallery =-.

  • Reply Diana September 10, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Gorgeous Holly – I can see how you can connect with these. My favorite is the barefoot woman with the harvest basket – something I love to be!

    It’s funny you should mention how these lifestyle photographs touch you in an emotional way. That’s how I felt when I saw Sparkling Ink’s “Favorite Things” – – I just wanted to be there in that adorable red house with the Geraniums, enjoying some pansy lemonade….

  • Reply tiina September 10, 2009 at 10:06 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous, so special and like you said Holly, touching as well. Diana, it totally made my day to read your lovely comment about my photographs. What you said is truly the best compliment, and hearing that makes my work worth doing and even more meaningful for me. Thank you!
    .-= tiina´s last blog ..{ apple tart } =-.

  • Reply Sam September 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I love the photograph of the recipe. I think that just says so much about the experience of cooking.

    Lovely photographs!

    Thanks for sharing.


  • Reply pouch September 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I completely agree, the light in these photos is fantastic.
    I particularly like the crumpled paper one, it’s very hard to make something so mundane look so pretty

  • Reply Amy - no. 15 creative September 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

    These are all lovely. I really like the recipe with the coffee stain and the loaf of bread too.
    .-= Amy – no. 15 creative´s last blog ..Not ready to go inside yet =-.

  • Reply Jennifer September 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Such gorgeous photos and they’re making me so hungry!!!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Neiman Marcus Insite: Retro Fit =-.

  • Reply blue bicicletta September 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    So many delicious pictures! I would like to live in that calm world full of color and light! I love them all, especially the one of the recipe—it looks so lived in–kind of like my kitchen.
    .-= blue bicicletta´s last blog ..Reader’s Choice Buttons =-.

  • Reply fresh365 September 11, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful work! The bread wrapped in the gingham cloth is my favorite, but they all have such a peaceful homey feel.

  • Reply monaluna September 11, 2009 at 10:23 am

    gorgeous photos! the first is my favorite, because of the super saturated color and the texture in the foreground. The fruit in the basket (it looks sugared!) and the fruit cups tie for second.
    .-= monaluna´s last blog ..i "heart" asheville =-.

  • Reply Penny Patten September 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Yum! She caputures ordinary items and makes them extrodinary!
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..100_4315 =-.

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