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ELE Interview: A Day In The Life Of Viola Virtamo – Photographer, Graphic Designer and Cookbook Author

Gooseberry bundt cakes, buttermilk honey buns, strawberry rhubarb pies…Viola Virtamo’s beautiful food images leap of the pages of her delicious blog, Nordic Violet. Digging a little deeper we were fascinated to find out that this Finnish creative is a fully self-taught photographer, self-taught graphic designer and self-taught cook.

We are inspired by how Viola has created a dream life for herself based around her talent and passion. We chat with her to find out a little more about what a typical day looks like for this full-time creative.

My Morning Routine

I’ve always loved slow mornings and late breakfasts. But then this summer my life changed when I got a little puppy into my life. And she also turned my morning routines upside down! Now I wake up at 7am every morning, but even though I expected to hate that, I’ve gotten used to it pretty quickly. It actually feels good to have a long walk in the fresh air in the middle of quiet nature, maybe even see the sunrise and then enjoy a fresh smoothie or a cup of tea and start the workday early. That means I’ve done a lot by lunch time!

My During The Day Routine

I’m a bit of a workaholic, so I’m used to working most of the hours during the day. But what makes my life easier and less stressful is making lists. A lot of lists. I’m a list person! I love writing to-do lists and then striking through the things I’ve done. That’s also the way my mind stays organised and I can concentrate on one thing at a time. In my life, every workday is different. Sometimes I have photoshoots for clients or for my instagram, sometimes I might sit the whole day in my home office working on a book layout. Sometimes I might have meetings. Usually I have a filling salad for lunch, maybe with roasted vegetables or something like that! After hours of working, I always have a 1-1.5 hour long walk with my dog (no matter if the sun shines or it’s raining). It’s so good for both my body and mind! During the weekends I try to have more time for relaxing things like catching up with friends or travelling to the countryside to my cottage.

My Evening Routine

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I work a lot in the evenings too! But I also try to relax by cooking. For dinner I always make something that needs more effort than my lunch salads. Especially during autumn and winter I love to eat something comforting like pastas, stews cooked long in the oven or warming spicy curries. Then I lay on the sofa with my dog, watch tv, maybe even light some candles and try to have at least a short moment for relaxing. I would love to read more books, but that’s something I need to work on to get in to my daily routine!

To see more of Viola’s beautiful work visit Nordic Violet here and her instagram here.

Want more interviews? Click here for our Day in the Life of Jacqui Noël, and here for our Day in the Life of Jella Bertell.

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