Iceland Adventures – Destination Travel Photographer

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One month ago today, I landed in Iceland for a weeklong adventure that opened the door for lifelong memories.

This trip was years in in the making – coordinating the schedules of a bunch of talented wedding photographers from around the globe took some effort. But it was so worth it, because traveling with other photographers means no one minds stopping for you to take a picture of anything you fancy, everyone’s willing to pose wherever you want them to because the light or scenery is perfect in that spot, and we all got copious amounts of gorgeous images of ourselves and each other in the process. Not to mention that Katie Jane, Elissa, Lauren, Kandise and Andre, and of course my husband Matthew, are all excellent people and fun traveling companions!

The light in Iceland was amazing. The weather would change quickly from sunny to overcast to snow flurries or hail and then back to clear again, but I loved all of it. This trip was a mix of personal vacation, travel adventure, and photography shoot out/ business learning exchange. A little bit of everything, and the photos I took reflect that mix of fun, work, people, scenery, portraits, snapshots, and in between. I somehow ended up taking 4 different cameras with me, 5 if you count my iPhone – a waterproof disposable camera for the Blue Lagoon, my brand new Lomo LC Wide toy camera, my beloved Mamiya 645 Pro TL, and a Fuji XT1. All of these photos are film, except for the Northern Lights photos where the film didn’t quite do justice to the magical light display we witnessed.

There’s a list of links to highlights and resources at the end of the post, or feel free to comment or contact me for any questions about our trip, or to set up your own destination photo session. You can see the full set of photos here!

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Romantic portraits at Reynisfjara in South Iceland on film.Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt columns on black and white film with Lomo LC Wide toy cameraReynisfjara black sand beach on black and white film with Lomo LC Wide toy cameraIceland destination travel photography on film. Skogafoss waterfall.Southern Iceland destination travel photography on film. Skogafoss waterfall.Iceland destination travel photography on film. Portraits with rainbows at Skogafoss waterfall.Birds flying over Skogafoss waterfall. Iceland destination travel photography on film.Iceland destination travel photography. Lens flare on film at Skogafoss waterfall.Iceland destination travel photography on film. Portraits with rainbows at Skogafoss waterfall.Iceland destination travel photography on film. Portraits with rainbows at Skogafoss waterfall.Skogafoss waterfall. Iceland destination travel photography on film. Lomo LC Wide toy camera.View from top of Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland. Lomo LC Wide square.Iceland travel photography with Lomo LC Wide toy cameraSunrise over snowy fields in Selfoss Iceland. Iceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400.Cabin in Selfoss Iceland.Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Iceland destination travel photography on film. Mamiya 645 Pro TL. Portra 400.Gorgeous natural scenery in South Iceland. Destination travel photography on film.Iceland destination travel photography on film.Iceland destination travel photography on film.Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland destination travel photography on film.Seljalandsfoss waterfall in south Iceland on film with Lomography Lomo LC Wide toy cameraDriving through southern Iceland. Lomo LC Wide, Kodak Tri-X 400Iceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400. Solheimjakoll Glacier, Iceland.Iceland destination travel photography on film. Rocks and moss at Icelandic glacierIceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400Iceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400Destination travel photographer. Portraits on film. Solheimjakoll Glacier in South IcelandSolheimjakoll Glacier portrats and travel photography on film in Iceland.Moss, glacial melt, and a cute couple. Destination elopements and travel photography.Destination elopement photographer - couple on Solheimjakoll Glacier in IcelandSolheimjakoll glacier in South Iceland. Destination travel photographer Jessica SchillingSolheimjakoll glacier on film with Lomography Lomo LC Wide toy cameraSolheimjakoll glacier on film with Lomography Lomo LC Wide toy cameraIceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400Portraits and travel photography on film at Drangshlid in Southern IcelandDrangslid Iceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400Iceland destination travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400Gulfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland. Travel film photography with disposable cameraSun Voyager statue in Reykjavik Iceland. Travel film photographer Jessica SchillingDestination and travel film photographer Jessica Schilling - IcelandReykjavik Iceland travel and architecture photography of Hallgrimskirkja churchReykjavik Iceland travel and architecture photography inside Hallgrimskirkja churchReykjavik Iceland colorful rooftops and ocean from the top of Hallgrimskirkja church towerReykjavik Iceland colorful rooftops and ocean from the top of Hallgrimskirkja church towerReykjavik Iceland toy camera travel photography Lomo LC-Wide view from the top of Hallgrimskirkja church towerHallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik Iceland toy camera travel photography Lomo LC-WideReykjavik Iceland travel photography on filmReykjavik Iceland street and travel photography on film.Reykjavik Iceland street and travel photography on film. Mamya 645 Pro TL, Kodak Portra 400Reykjavik Iceland toy camera travel photography Lomo LC-WideGlass windows and architecture at Harpa music hall in ReykjavikHarpa concert hall in Reykjavik Iceland, taken on Lomo LC-Wide toy cameraTravel photography of Lief Erikkson statue and Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik IcelandTwilight street photography in Reykjavik Iceland.Reykjavik Iceland. Destination travel photography on film.Iceland northern lights timelapse photographerNorthern Lights as seen from southern Iceland. Fuji XT1 cameraSelfoss Iceland Aurora Borealis timelapse portraitNorthern Lights by Iceland destination photographer Jessica SchillingNorthern Lights photographer. Time Lapse Selfoss Iceland

Places we went and things we saw:
Blue Lagoon // Selfoss // Eyjafjallajokull // Reynisfjara black sand beach // Skogafoss // Seljalandsfoss // Solheimjakoll Glacier // Drangshlid // Gulfoss // Geysir // Thingvellir National Park

Reykjavik sights and stuff to do:
Hallgrimskirkja Church // Harpa Concert Hall // Sun Voyager Statue // Saga Museum // Kolaportid Flea Market

Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay, Drive:
Reykjavik Ink // Lebowski Bar // Reykjavik Roasters // Gardurinn // Kaffitar // Cafe Babalu// Eymundsson Book Store // Kjarval grocery store // Skyr everywhere // Snorri Beer // Ice Rental 4×4 // Inga’s Guesthouse 

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  • Kandise said:

    OMG has it been a month already?! Love these. What a trip!

  • Elissa said:

    Yayyyyy! The film shots of Skogafoss are my favorites!

  • Mercedes said:

    NICE! I'm coming to look at this blog post again in August.

  • Kim said:

    These photos and all this filmy goodness make me so ridiculously happy. <3

  • These are so good!! I had such an amazing time with you guys!

  • alex said:

    such a strong set, Jessica!! Wow!

  • Jasmine said:

    This made my heart so happy but also ache for a return to Iceland. <3

  • That last picture is green...like me. So jealous. Beautiful and Amazing!

  • Wow, Iceland looks incredible! The last few shots of the northern lights were badass.

  • Darin Collison said:

    Holy wow, Jess.

  • Luke Hayden said:

    This makes me want to visit Iceland. Real nice.

  • Anytime i see northern lights photo's im always in awe! Amazing trip.

  • Thanks for sharing these - they are beautiful! I'm going to Iceland in June so really enjoyed looking at what you got.

  • Rachael said:

    Looks like you had an amazing time! Great photos.

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