Working with different types of portrait photography is something I think is exciting. It has many different challenges, eg. how to catch another person's personality and try to tell a story.
For me, a model is a person who wants to stand in front of the camera. I don't like taking pictures of people, who do not want to be photographed, it gives bad pictures and bad mood. I never pay the models I work with, and I never charge for the photoshoots I do, so I can sometimes stop a collaboration with a model, if I don't feel the collaboration suits me.
PublishingI never take pictures based on them being published, I take pictures I like and want to take. This also applies when I photograph models, with one small compromise as I take pictures that the model also needs and wants, but then I want it to be a collaboration. But if a model does not want any of the pictures published, they will not be published by me. I therefore have a large amount of pictures, which have never been or will be shown publicly, some of which are among my best photos.
I am very technical conscious, and therefore like to focus on the technical, resulting in me always experiment with the lighting in the studio. And have also invested in my own lighting equipment for use at locations.
Portrait can be a very broad term, I do everything from simple headshots to fine nude art. I prefer to work with dance, fitness, sports, pregnant and fine nude art models. That's when I feel I use my creativity best.
Skilled dancers are often very creative and use their bodies to express themselves. As a photographer, finding a lighting challenge and accentuate forms and movements of the dancer, or simply try to keep up with the dancer and try to capture the right moments.
Fine nude art
Working with human forms is something artists have done as long as there have been people on earth. Naked people are the best way to work, if you want to use your creativety. I was lucky to be part of a course with one of the most renowned Norwegian act photographers Knut Hoftun Knudsen 2013, as my first introduction to studio photography. After that, I have been fortunate to work with many good act models, especially pregnant act. I work mostly with female act models, have also worked with male act models, but prefer female forms. Suspects that if I were to be an act model, I would have preferred a female photographer, but then I doubt that there is any photographer who wants to photograph my body.