Interview: Photographer Jacob Skovgaard (Denmark)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Jacob Skovgaard, I am working as photographer I my spare time. I live Denmark, in a town called Vejle with my wife and three children.
How and when did you get into photography?
The interest for photography started 4 years ago. I actually started with horse photography fascinated by the beauty in horses. Then I started a little firm called “Fotohesten” (Photohorse) with my fiend (she is a horse rider). We spend a lot of weekends photographing hoses at local events.
That was the beginning and then I began make fashion, beauty, baby, weddings etc.
What does photography mean to you?
For me photography is all about creating a nice picture with another person or persons. Basically I am very interested in people – I love being creative and gets a lot of ideas. The output of my ideas combined with a model or MUA’s ideas is what motivates me the most. To turn over my picture to the customer and get the response and reaction – that’s what it is all about for me.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My style is still very experimental. I would love if my pictures had a unique look, and I envy those photographers that have a personal look.
I am not a fan of using photoshop to change a lot with pictures. I like beauty pictures to bee naturally and have a clean look.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from all over, your magazine for example, other photographers, models, internet different situations, but again I love to discuss my ideas with the persons I work with.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes, I do. I get a lot of ideas all the time. I discuss ideas with my MUA or the model, but it is important that the shoot and picture are 90% created in my head before a shoot starts.
Studio, on location or both?
That’s easy - both. I love working on location because it gives me some extra challenges
What has been your most memorable session and why?
That will be the “gold Shoot” because it was a fun session and the picture are a combination of three ideas from my MUA, my model and me.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I work as a hobbyist, and I like it that way.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Hmmm… it is actually a very good question… People, their stories and personalities inspires me a lot…
Other photographers work and their ideas and creativity inspires me a lot. Specially the photographers who has developed their own DNA in their pictures… I hope I will find my Jacob Skovgaard style/DNA one day.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I am using Canon 1DX – I like my Canon 70-200 2.5 II, but love my Canon 85 mm 1,8 for portraits
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
That is simple: to be creative, be curious, get help from other photographers and just have fun with your camera.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I love your magazine and as I said is it a great inspiration for me and my work – thanks to you and all the other photographers.