"My goals are to communicate my style both in commissioned assignments and in my own artistic expression."
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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I am a Finnish fashion and portrait photographer with a background in spatial design. I am inspired by strong characters and atmospheres that tells a story. I am on a constant pursuit of beauty. Different cultures with their visual identity plays a strong part in my work. I love mixing and creating new cultural fusions with my photographs. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? It is quite simple. In every photoshoot I want to improve myself. I constantly explore new methods and every ideas I have, I want to see them in action. My goals are to communicate my style both in commissioned assignments and in my own artistic expression. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? Photography is all about communication! To be able to capture the desired mood or moment you have to build a connection to your team. The interaction doesn't take place only at the set, but also before the actual shoot when planning it with the client. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? Nothing! All the detours are what makes life exciting! Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? There are many photographers whose work I admire, but few names have been with me from the beginning. Zheng Jingna's portraits and Sun Jun's work has always had a specific place is my heart. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? Education is important - wether you get it from school or elsewhere. I have done my BA in interior design in Finland and Japan, and I'm currently doing my MA in Aalto university in Helsinki, Finland on photography. I find it important not to put yourself in a box. Even my field is photography, I have done courses in miniature painting in India as well as mosaic work in Italy. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Just go for it! Do a lot and share your work. Find people to give you feedback but also make sure to yourself what your work is about.
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