Wonderful Winter & Nostalgic Memories

Despite the freezing weather, there’s a lot of natural beauty in winter, and for me as a photographer, it’s a joy to capture. I love going outside for a winter hike with my camera. It’s magical to see my home and my neighborhood covered in a white blanket. I see everything with fresh eyes, from another perspective, and appreciate how I connect with my surroundings in a new way. 

This year, in Denmark, nature graced us with an unusual abundance of snow, catching my city Aarhus somewhat off guard. The unprepared roads caused disruptions, keeping many from work and children from school.

The snow always makes me nostalgic. It evokes memories of my grandparents. As the snowflakes fall on my cheeks they are transporting me back to cherished times of winters spent with my grandparents in the countryside.

Marselisborg Harbour, Aarhus, Denmark

It’s very happy memories of snowball fights and laughter echoing through the snowy landscape, and my grandparents enchanting Christmas parties in their cozy home. These gatherings, now living in my heart, instilled in me a deep love for the festive season.

Marselisborg Forest, Aarhus Denmark

My grandfather, a charismatic and confident man, led our family with calm and loving guidance. His creative mind and hands crafted his visions into reality, building his dream home with a beautiful garden – full of English roses he lovingly tended. Every morning, regardless of the weather, he plunged into the pool at 5 am, showcasing a level of grit and self-discipline that left a lasting impression on my childhood eyes.

Me in the snow, December 2023
Boat in the snowstorm

Grandpa also loved taking photos. Of course he shot film, as they did back then. He made a darkroom in his home so he could print his photographs in the traditional way, and sometimes he would delicately paint colors onto the black and white photo prints with a tiny brush.

Our yellow home in the snow

It was my grandmother who cultivated in me a deep appreciation for nature. Our days were spent wandering fields, hills, seasides, and woods. We collected treasures – flowers for pressing, seashells for keepsakes, pine cones for decorations, and berries for homemade delights. These moments, whether biking for hours to get ice cream, helping her in the garden, or dancing together in the living room, were pure magic, filled with love and joy.

Survivors of World War 2, my grandparents’ resilience and ability to find joy in every moment became a guiding light for me. My grandparents unconditional love for handcraft, art, nature and life has very much shaped the person I am today.

My grandparents met when they were only the ages of 14 and 15. Their inseparable love bond endured until the end. Yet, life dealt a cruel blow, taking my grandpa away too soon. It was a hard blow on my grandmother. She went into a 5 year depression and even though she got better, she never really became the same person again – the shadow of sorrow stayed with her.

Later in life, she was diagnosed with Dementia. In her nursing home we hang a photo of my grandpa on the wall. She was no longer able to understand or remember who he was, but every time she walked by the photo she pointed at my grandpa and asked “Who is that handsome man…?”

Tivoli, Marselisborg, Denmark

I still miss my grandparents very much. The truth is; when someone you love dies, you grieve the loss forever. Grief never ends and that’s okay.

Life goes by so fast. When you are young and healthy, you think time is forever, but the older you get, the more you understand that we’re just visiting earth for a while. TIME is our most valuable asset – every moment is precious. Life is beautiful, and there’s so much to be grateful for.

Marselisborg Forest, Aarhus Denmark

As I step into 2024, my promise to myself (and my grandparents) is to appreciate life to the fullest – the highs and lows, the down times and the good times. I will embrace the flowing rhythm of life and feel grateful for the gift of existence. In all four seasons, I will immerse myself in nature without complaint, appreciating even the storm and the rain. And I will not spent a moment second guessing my intuition or critiquing myself, but make it a daily goal to meet life with compassion and acceptance.

For this year, my guiding word is “appreciate.”

With heartfelt LOVE,


Christina Greve
Boots in the snow
Mr Bowie on the stairs
Our yellow home in the snow
Our yellow home in the snow storm
Conrad on the stairs up to the house
Marselisborg Beach, Aarhus Denmark
Our yellow home in the snow
Me in the snow, December 2023
How I protect my camera from the cold weather when I’m out in the snow.

About Christina Greve

Christina Greve is an experienced Photographer, Educator & Mindset Coach with a passion for flowers, decorating & country living. She's the founder of The Lifestyle Photography Academy + The Empowered Creative Show. She provides tools, education and inspiration designed to help multi-passionate women, artists and creative souls find direction, push through self-doubt + make a living doing what they LOVE.She is known for her elegant storytelling photography and draws much of her inspiration from the Nordic countryside, travels, food and still life.Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, blogs and books worldwide. After a decade of working with psychology, Christina's passion for photography evolved into a full-time photography and coaching business.Today she runs a thriving + fast-growing international empire specializing in professional online training, motivating and engaging female photographers, designers, bloggers, makers and creatives. She has coached thousands of fabulous women from more than 40+ countries.With her Podcast "The Empowered Creative," her popular Instagram posts, and quickly sold-out workshops, Christina has become the go-to person for many creatives seeking like-minded sisterhood, real support and heartfelt encouragement.