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Interview: Photographer Anne Lysa (Denmark)
Tell us something about yourself
I’m a girl from Denmark, I live in the second larges city of Denmark called Aarhus and I grew up in Copenhagen. Currently I’m studying a masters degree in psychology at the University of Aarhus. At fall I will move to Scotland, Edinburg to go study abroad for a semester, and I’m very excited about it. When I don’t study I photograph on location or in my small home studio in my student apartment and for me photography is a passionate hobby but also a job to support my studies.
How and when did you get into photography?
When I was around 19 years old I began to model and I met a lot of talented photographers, designers and makeupartists. After some years as a model I felt like buying my own camera and because I knew many photographers who could help me whenever I had a question, I learned very quickly how to both photograph and use PhotoShop. I’ve photographed for approximately 4 years now and I both love how you meet new interesting people while on the photo shoot, but I also love the lonely evening with post production and a cup of tea.
What does photography mean to you?
I’ve always been creative and as long as I remember I had creative hobbies which I liked to use a lot of time on. When I was younger I drew a lot and I have also tried singing and theater. When I was a little older I began to model but I got inspired to do all the creative work on the other side of the camera. It’s very essential for me to have something creative in my life and that’s why I love my photography and this time I know it’s the right choise for a hobby for me, because I simply can’t stop doing it
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I mostly do portraits and beauty and my style is mostly fantasy and romance. I dream about doing more big fantasy setups.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Lots of props! Laces, feathers, beautiful necklines, headpieces and jewelries out of this world.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I’m very inspired by fairytales and fantasy stories. I love the universe of Tolkien. I’m also inspired by photographers like Emily Soto and Amanda Diaz.
Studio, on location or both?
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I have a lot of memorable sessions but I think i will remember my most recent photo shoot for a long time. It was just perfect. The location, the models, the styling and all the beautiful vintage dresses.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I think I already answered that question?
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon, but I’m not relegious about it. At this moment my favorite lens is my Nikon 85mm 1.8
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Get the most out of the least. It’s nice to have a big fancy photo studio, but it doesn’t make your photos better just because you have expensive equipment. Currently I live in a very small student apartment and beacuse I’m a student my finances are very small.. I have only one small room but so far it has worked as my bed room, living room, office and photo studio at the same time J I have a curtain pole for my backdrops on one of my walls and I have mounted wheels on some of my furniture so they are easy to move when I need free space by the wall for photography. Start small and learn to use your equipment and also learn how you like to retouch your photos. You can always expand later.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I love it! It’s an amazing initiative and it serves as great inspiration.