"I will never meet my goals as I will never stop creating new ones - that, to me, is living!!"
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How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I have always had a strong sense of what creates a feeling in a picture and been the one arranging photos, coming up with ideas for staging, composition, location, concepts etc. Last summer I decided to get behind the camera and bought my Canon Mark III; we have been inseparable ever since. I truly love all genres of photography as it opens up an entire new world! As a photographer you have the privilege of seeing and conveying beauty in all things. As I got behind the camera I also decided to challenge myself and get in front of it. There has been nothing greater for my development as a photographer to become the model myself and vice versa. Whether you be the model or the photographer you have to have symbiotic relation with the camera and it makes for much greater pics if you have an understanding for the different roles. Not to mention how much editing teaches you how to create a great picture already in the "taking" stage.
What is your opinion on modeling education?
I think it could be but at the end of the day you HAVE to above all have a feel for it. I also think that looking at picture after picture, seeing what works is truly the best type of edu you can get.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
I would say the every day man and woman who goes for what they want and manage to feel beautiful on any given day in any given moment.
Do you feel like you've met your goals?
I will never meet my goals as I will never stop creating new ones - that, to me, is living!!
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
Getting started my much sooner as it really fulfills me.
Do you have any tips?
As cliche as it might sound; go for it! But more than anything, know yourself because who you are will show in the images!
How do you stay inspired?
I look at pictures, I take pictures, I create pictures and I edit pictures!
What photography related things do you recommend?
Mind your composition and light and dare do something different! Go for the feeling in a picture not the technical part.
What's your favourite camera?
Canon 5D Mark III and 70-200 IS lense.
What is your most memorable experience?
I was hired to do a job for an upscale hair salon as they wanted new photos with more of a feel for their webpage. I did each girl separately first and last out was the new and youngest girl whom everyone thought to be shy and self conscious because of her weight. I started off slow, directing her and made sure to show her the results as we began. Her face lit up and she yelled; oh my god I'm so beautiful!! After that she worked it like few, giving me all kinds of poses and angles. I looked at her in surprise, telling her she really had a feel for this. She then told me that she has watched every episode of every model program, studying them dreaming that one day she would loose weight and become a model. To this date she is one of the most beautiful and best models I have photographed.
Photographer: Kim Blomqvist
Model: Tamara Erdnic, Mauls, Andreas Samuelsson, Kim Blomqvist, Gustaf Berggrensson
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