SWEDEN | My first published book: “LCHF På Riktigt” by Monique Le Roux Forslund | Published By Pagina Forlags AG


The  journey to having my images published for the first time in a recipe book, happened rather quickly.  My friend Monique le Roux Forslund and I have been friends since we were about 8 years old.  She grew up in South Africa then moved to Scandinavia soon after school.  Monique is one the most dynamic, driven friends I know….she sets her mind on a goal, and does whatever It takes to get there.  Her positivity and absolute belief in her herself, has made her one of Sweden’s most successful woman.  She is the author of “LCHF For Hela Familjen” and owns the popular  health and fitness blog, www.lifezone.se all about Low Carb High Fat living ( also in English).  We have kept our friendship growing by visiting each other whenever we had the chance….in fact, she is about to land in Cape Town today!  When Monique approached me about photographing her Swedish recipe book “LCHF På Riktigt” (Low Carb High Fat For Real) , we were both waiting with bated breath if the publishers, Pagina Förlags AB would give us the go-ahead.  When Monique phoned me in Cape Town, to say they loved my work and would be happy to have me on board, we were both jumping around and talking over each others words.  The excitement was too much.  I literally had a few weeks to sort things out my end, and before I knew it, I had left the hot Cape Town summer and was in -18 degrees and snow in Sweden.

Meeting the publishers….

The morning after I arrived in Karlstad, Monique and I took an early morning train from Karlstad to Stockholm to meet with the publishers for lunch.  Walking towards Pagina’s office was such a surreal moment…beautiful snow,  fairy lights on the trees…the day could not have been more magical.  I kept thinking ‘this is my  life…this is what it feels like to be living the dream.’  We met the dynamic Pagina publishing team, Lennart, Tobbias, Ivan and  Inger, we headed for lunch to a cozy restaurant, Rissne Gård…which I highly recommend if you find yourself in Stockholm.  We chatted about the book, brain stormed some ideas, and I think I picked up a few Swedish words along the way when the conversation trailed off from English.  Meetings are always more productive with good red wine…

Prep for the shoot…

The daylight is very limited in Sweden in winter, so I bought a video light to use after dark.  Without it, the shoot would have taken double the time.  As each page in the recipe book would require a different background, we headed off to a wall paper shop, and they kindly loaned us some  rolls of paper!  We were all set to go.  Each day we had an early start, with Monique cooking and me shooting.  Sometimes it would take so long to get the perfect shot…all kinds of challenges with food….and Monique would keep bringing more and more dishes out.  There were lots of stressful moments, and at times tears of happiness, mixed in with great music, laughter and a blazing  fire.

Day five arrived, our last day of shooting, and also the day to do the image for the cover.  First some shopping at Odd Molly, and then we headed to get Monique’s make-up done by the lovely Elisabeth Szabady, at The Make-up Store in Karlstad.  We had so much fun on this day… the combination of the excitement of the past week, mixed with adrenalin.  We took a little trip to a building site, where Monique had arranged to get some photos done of the guys eating LCHF….and had some good laughs along the way.

Finally the selection of images…..there were so many to go through….but between Monique and I, we finally agreed on the one’s we both liked, and “LCHF På Riktigt” was on it’s way to being born.

Pagina will be publishing LCHF På Riktigt will be published in Sweden in April 2013….and we are holding thumbs that an English version will be published in South Africa!

Here are a few images from the shoot.  All images are copyright Pagina Forlags AB

Thank you to both Monique and the team at Pagina…this has been the most wonderful adventure.  I am completely in love with Sweden and can’t wait to go back in the summer!


LCHF På Riktigt - Monica Dart Photography

Meeting Pagina, the publishing team…


The start of our shoot…




LCHF På Riktigt - Monica Dart Photography


LCHF På Riktigt - Monica Dart Photography


some serious Crossfit Training…

At The Make-Up Store in Karlstad

My beautiful friend in the winter sunshine…

A day out taking photos of the guys on the building site…

Some more food shots…


 “LCHF På Riktigt” Book Cover

Some instagreamme fun along the way… 




5 Responses to “SWEDEN | My first published book: “LCHF På Riktigt” by Monique Le Roux Forslund | Published By Pagina Forlags AG”

  1. louise | b.loved 19/03/2013 at 12:17 pm

    Wow Monica! Go you, living your dream!! So very proud of you 🙂 xo

  2. Lizelle 19/03/2013 at 12:45 pm

    moni neem die wereld oor! ..en ek love dit.

  3. Geraldine Van Biljon 20/03/2013 at 7:49 am

    There was not one single photo I did not enjoy! Your gift is beautiful! God bless you! I love the way in which you tell stories with pictures! I never thought of asparagus as beautiful – I do now 🙂 … I am WOW’d – great, absolutely gorgeous job!!

  4. Monique 20/03/2013 at 11:46 pm

    O.M.G! Just LOOOOOOVE this! You are the most wonderful friend ever! I love you to bits and back! You know it! THANK YOU for it all! Much love forever… M xxx

  5. ClaudiaDeNobrega 31/05/2013 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Moni this is just too amazing! Well done and congrats! What a beautiful achievement! This is gorgeous! I love how you captured every photo! So proud of you! 🙂 May you be blessed abundantly more and more each day! 🙂 *CLOUDS*

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