Five things about my photography
1- I grew up in the Danish countryside, surrounded by fields and marshland. I had an art teacher who was a passionate painter, who taught us to look at light and how it affected the landscape. I was never that good at painting, but to this day, I am fascinated about the quality of light. I love living in Scotland where the ever-changing light can be a photographer's greatest friend and worst enemy.
2- I prefer working in natural light whenever possible. But sometimes the Scottish light (or lack of it) needs a helping hand, so I use reflectors, portable studiolights, videolights and sophisticated flash systems when the weather, season or setting calls for it. That means I can get amazing results wherever and whenever for my clients.
3- While studying photography at university I worked on Scotland on Sunday as a picture editor, so learned the craft from the high theory end as well as the practical "real world" use of photography, although the two didn't always match up. I once got a bad grade for a photo documentary on the Rudolf Steiner school, but subsequently had it published in The Times Educational Section.
4- My first venture into professional photography was as a "society photographer", capturing parties and events for Caledonia Magazine, and later for Tatler and Harpers & Queen magazines. In 2001, Harpers asked me to photograph a wedding for them, which jump-started my wedding photography career. I've never looked back.
5- My mother taught me to work hard at the things I want to be good at. She said you have to practice something for 10,000 hours to become an expert at it. I have been a photographer for 16 years, which in my mother's eyes certainly makes me an expert. Personally, I still feel I'm learning every day.
5- A friend asked me recently what I would do if I weren't a photographer, and I genuinely don't know the answer. My heart beats for the next photo I'm going to take. I think about most things in terms of how to light, pose or photograph them - it's just the way I naturally look out at the world. There are other things I can do, like project management, languages, business management, IT and human relations. But then, I use all of these in my job as a photographer.