Trust yourself

More than two years have passed since I decided it was time that I did something serious about my passion for photography. I decided that I wanted to show my work for a wider audience, and that I would make an attempt to do commercial photography – stock photography. I invested a large amount of time and money in the right setup, in equipment, models, studio, workflow, paperwork and corporation.

The intervening couple of years have been really exciting and it really did trigger my “career” as a photographer. Now I’m well-known in my line of business, I have thousands of images for sale, I’m represented at almost any stock agency, I get job requests from strangers, numerous model applications every week, and I experience to be both loved and hated for what I do. So everything is more or less as it should be 🙂

I produce two kinds of images (in addition to emotional portrait photography): Commercial stock photos and artistic photos. I have a passion for the genre that is best described as “dark art”. Many of my photos are melancholic, dramatic and morbid.

I have chosen to specialize in children and young people as my subjects in both stock and artistic photography. Mainly because I think they are really fun to work with, but more specifically because they are really good at expressing exactly the feelings I want in my images. And I’m really good at getting them there.

The combination of young people and my addiction to dramatic images resulted in many strange experiences in the last couple of years. The images often turned out as very unusual with strong emotional impact, and I have experienced being called ugly things, being “yelled at” and threatened by email because of this.

My dramatic images are generally categorically rejected by american censored galleries, while I’m receiving fan letters and excited acknowledgments at the uncensored galleries. A very strange combination that it takes some time to get used to. I do listen to criticism, of course, but my first and primary advice to others is that if they master the technical aspects of photography, they must simply trust their own judgement and beliefs. There are no absolutes in photography. It’s all in the imagination. The newcomer of today could easily be the star of tomorrow.

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