Dreams that do come true – Holy Sweet The Book


Heliga Söt boken


When I got a phone call early spring last year, I had no idea one of my long-time dreams would be about to come true. The person on the other end was Johanna Kullman, an extraordinary book publisher. She’s in charge of the cookbook department at Norstedts Publishing Group AB in Stockholm. She asked if I would like to photograph a book together with the ladies at the dessert deli Holy Sweet. Holy Sweet is a small patisserie at Östermalm, specializing in luxurious cakes and dessert tables catering to weddings, parties and special occasions. I was over the moon happy and probably rambled, I can’t remember what I said exactly apart from a BIG yes and thank you, think I said thank you a million times over.  Linda and Christina are dear friends and I’ve been working with them on numerous wedding and nothing could have been more thrilling than to shoot a book with them. So at that first meeting, with Johanna and our project manager Michaéla, I just sat with a big grin on my face and trying to grasp the whole thing. We were doing a BOOK!! A real book, that would be available in bookstores throughout the whole of Sweden as well as online.


Och inte någon gammal bok, en frodig dessertbok fylld med godhet och fantastiskhet för alla att njuta av!


Frodig filmfotografering Kodak Portra 400

Vi började planera och så småningom skjuta under juni 2013 och filosofin bakom Holy Sweet är att det inte finns några gränser för vad en söt kan vara – bakverk och konstverk i ett. Det finns något unikt för varje speciellt tillfälle: bröllop, födelsedag och årsdag, men också för det mycket vanliga vardagslivet som längtar efter silverfodret.

Holy Sweet Dessert bok


Det var mitt i min högsäsong, jag sköt främst bröllop, men eftersom det här kanske var det kulaste och roligaste uppdraget jag någonsin har haft, flyttade jag snabbt runt saker i min kalender för att få det att fungera.


Vi hade galen skoj skytte den här boken, skrattade så jag grät, svettade som en gris och lärde mig ett ton under vägen. Till exempel lärde jag mig hur man gör en bok från fotografens synvinkel, det är inte annorlunda än hur jag skjuter bröllop, men jag måste vänta så mycket längre att se den färdiga produkten. Jag lärde mig vad som är värt att spendera extra tid på och vad som inte är så viktigt. Jag lärde mig att jag kan göra bättre, alltid. Jag lärde mig att det är ok att lägga ner foten och säga nej om något inte ser rätt ut. Jag lärde mig att om du lägger ditt hjärta i vad du gör och gör det med en passion kan du uppnå nästan vad som helst. Okej, jag kommer aldrig att köra maraton, men inte för att jag inte vill, för de av er som inte vet, jag har inga ben. Jag har protesben, på båda benen. Jag föddes med handikapp, (oh också,

Isabele Hesselberg skjuter Holy Sweet


But, I have learned that even if you have disabilities you can do what ever you want, almost, if you just trust your gut and roll with it.

Eftermiddagste efterrättstabell Stockholm IsabelleHesselberg-HolySweet-DessertBook-04 IsabelleHesselberg-HolySweet-DessertBook-05 IsabelleHesselberg-HolySweet-DessertBook-06

I won’t bore you anymore with my life but I do want to take the opportunity to once again say thank you. To Johanna, Linda and Christina who trusted me with this project, I’m forever in your debt. THANK YOU!


The Holy Sweet book is an inspiration bomb filled with recipes and lots of practical tips. How to make world-class macarons, optimizing flavor combinations or create dessert table based on different themes. You can order it HERE and I swear to you, you won’t be disappointed. You will certainly salivate and thinking about what kind of dessert table you’ll make for the next big occasion in your life.

To life, love and Holy Sötsaker!

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När jag skriver detta har jag just blivit uppdrag av Johanna och Norstedts att skjuta en annan bok tillsammans med Linda och jag kan bara säga att den boken kommer att bli mördare !!!!!! Wiehhhho!



Den här boken kunde inte ha gjorts utan Kodak Portra-film. Alla bilder är skjutna på Kodak Portra 160, 400 och 800. Åh och sedan jag lovade lite bakom scenernas bilder, här är några obekväma bilder av mig som skådar den här boken, artighet Christina Kokkalis och Linda Nielsen-Wermeling 😉

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  1. Pia

    April 10th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Isabelle, you take my breath away!! These images are so unbelievably gorgeous!!! You’ve done a most amazing job and can be very very very proud of yourself!! I really want to hop in the kitchen and start baking when I look at them!! Big compliments also to the amazing baker-ladies! Yummyness extraordinaire!!

  2. David

    April 10th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Congrats Isabelle, the images look fantastic, really stunning.

  3. Siegrid

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Beyond marvellous. The photographs are incredibly beautiful. I am so very happy for you and full of admiration that you follow your dreams and make them come true! xxx

  4. Erica Ward

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    So amazing and inspiring Isabelle…you blow me away not just with your talent for creating beautiful images, but with your passionate attitude to life. I’m so very happy for you! xxx

  5. Annelie

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Du är så himla duktig & bilderna är fantastiska!!!

  6. Barry

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Beautiful photography.

  7. Urška Majer

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The images are simply amazing! Congrats 🙂

  8. Ewa Björnsdotter

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Fantastiska bilder och en fantastisk bok!! Du är verkligen en inspirationskälla och att du har lyckats så bra trots dina hinder får mig att drömma och se lite ljusare på framtiden. Jag vet att min son kan lyckas ta sig för det han vill i livet också, och jag ska banne mig se till att han får det bästa… Kram vännen

  9. Shahriar

    April 10th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    The tone of your images. Beautiful work.

  10. Camilla Jørvad

    April 10th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning! I totally understand why this would be a dream assignment, and this type don’t come along very often here in Scandinavia. Congratulations! 🙂

  11. Jenny blad

    April 10th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Fab images and it looks like u had some great fun in the process! Jelaous as usual!!! 🙂

  12. Jane

    April 10th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Jag ser fram emot att få mitt ex signerat! Vackert!!

  13. Chris Spira

    April 10th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations Isabelle on creating such a beautiful dream to come true. Love those images – they make everything look so delicious – the behind the scenes shots look great fun.

  14. Katharine Peachey

    April 10th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Such gorgeous, gooey softness! You truly transform your subject to something other-worldly.

  15. Johanna Kullman

    April 10th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Måtte vi få göra måååånga böcker med dig! Underbart samarbete!

  16. Laura

    April 10th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I love each and every image! That book is going to be amazing!

  17. Tosha

    April 10th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Wow!!!! Amazing, beautiful, lovely, beyond beautiful!!! Love it and that is going to be one sweet book!!!

  18. Julianne

    April 10th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wow! this is so beautiful and inspiring! <3

  19. damian burcher

    April 10th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Geez I’m hungry now. Great photographs and a wonderful story.

  20. Natalie

    April 10th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    These are beautiful! Love!

  21. Katrina Stewart

    April 10th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful work. It’s really dangerous for my waistline looking at these. Love hearing a bit more about your background and seeing those pics of you in action as well.
    Congrats on a fab job.

  22. bryan

    April 11th, 2014 at 1:38 am

    holy crap this is amazing. what a rad concept, and I’m sure if feels so good wrapping it up too 🙂

  23. lisa lacroix

    April 11th, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Congratulations on the book ( ad the images are pretty stunning too) !!

  24. Patty Lagera

    April 11th, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Wow, this is so inspiring. Yay book!!!

  25. Cole

    April 11th, 2014 at 7:50 am


  26. Matthew Mead

    April 11th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    You got skills!

    Mind blown and damn film has such an awesome feel

  27. Nicole

    April 11th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Oh Isabelle, just when I think I couldn’t possibly be more inspired by you, you write this post. xoxo

  28. caroline

    April 11th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    absolutely gorgeous images. congratulations on the book! well-deserved!

  29. Solveig

    April 11th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Gudars skymning så vackra bilder!! Grattis till boken! 🙂

  30. Janet

    April 12th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    OH seriously scrumptious…
    Your imagery is just beautiful congratulations!

  31. Anna Lauridsen

    April 13th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    As always a great source of inspiration and beauty!You’re fab girl ♡

  32. Jessica Schilling

    April 13th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    This is such an amazing accomplishment and the photos and deserts both look gorgeous!

  33. Sonia Jansson - Photography

    April 14th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Finally got a chance to look at these. I must say:
    I do hope the editors realize that they got much more than illustrating pictures for their book. They got ART.
    Be proud Isabelle, this is as perfect as it gets.

  34. isabelle

    April 14th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Sonia, you have NO idea how much your words mean to me, THANK You from the bottom of my heart!!

  35. Nathan Gilmer

    April 15th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    So cool! You did an amazing job! I love these images.

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  38. Gert

    April 25th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Just reading this article again… looking at the images again…. you rock Isabelle! Truly great work!

  39. Isabelle

    April 26th, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Gert, thank you soooo much!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate you kind words.

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  48. Kim Kjærgaard Sørensen

    May 16th, 2018 at 10:54 pm


    What a great post about dreams come true. And really beautiful work. Congratulations on your book and your talent.

  49. isabelle

    May 21st, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Thank you so much Kim!

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