Okay, there are so many photographers out there, what made you decide to start shooting?
I was obsessed with magazines when I was younger and this fascination has never really ended. I like looking at pictures and their stories and that made me want to start creating myself. I believe that true, accurate photography today is a reflection of our culture and I think it’s important to document this. Passion is essential – I love shooting. Picking up your negatives from the photo lab is the best feeling!
If photography hadn’t been invented what would you like to be instead?
An actress… I find the concept of acting both fascinating and terrifying…. I think I can be a bit of an actress sometimes and drift into my own worlds…
Where do you get your ideas? What influences do you have etc?
The people I meet along my way and their spontaneous moments inspire me. Other artists inspire me. I often get ideas from conversations when I’m out with friends, it can be anything from talking about good halloumi cheese breakfast recipes to how much I adore films like Buffalo’ 66.
When you are shooting a specific story, what’s your process?
I brainstorm openly about the idea, the mood, the space and basically share my thoughts with the person I’m going to shoot. To begin with I direct them, then gradually I let them take on a life of their own and it all becomes more spontaneous. I always have fun when I shoot and don’t like the atmosphere to be too serious.
Personal or fashion? Can you and do you blend both?
I enjoy both fashion and personal photography and I would say I mix the two. I try to incorporate my own concepts within fashion shoots. For most people, fashion dictates a part of their life and I find it natural to bring that part into the image. For me it is important to showcase fashion, as it’s a reflection of our culture today.
How important is the camera for each shoot? What do you work with?
I mostly shoot on a 35mm Canon AE with either natural lighting or with flash. I love cameras but haven’t been able to afford that many yet. I believe you can take good pictures with any camera; it’s more down to what you show in the image – good lighting is important!
Interview by Amanda M. Jansson