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Interview: Photographer Mette Winther Nielsen (Denmark)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Mette. I’m a 20 years old yet freelance but hopefully soon to be professional photographer. I have been taking pictures since 2010 when I got my first DSLR-camera. I just finished photography introductory course and wish to find an apprenticeship soon enough.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got into photography in 2008 when a friend’s friend introduced me to photography. In the beginning it just started as fun. But I guess it wasn’t just a phase for me because I still love playing around with my camera as much if not even more as back then.
What does photography mean to you?
Well photography is my passion. It means the world to me because I can both use it for fun but also if I’m having a bad day all it takes for me is to go for a walk with my camera and I’ll forget everything else. I love being creative and photography allows me to be that in so many ways!
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I do a lot of different styles. Family portraits, kids, fashion and so on. But I enjoy fashion, lingerie and portraits the most at the time.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I find my inspiration everywhere but I think mostly in the nature. I also use the different facebook photography groups quite a bit.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Usually I think in advance but I mostly never know exactly what I want. I just have some ideas in my thoughts but nothing concrete.
Studio, on location or both?
I almost always shoot on location because I don’t have a studio but I definitely also enjoy shooting in studio when I can!
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Well, I think I would say a little bit of both because it is my hobby and passion but I do have a CVR-number and I have regular customers – but it’s not a profession/full time thing for me. Yet J
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I remember most of my sessions pretty clearly but the most memorable must be a family session I had before Christmas. I shot pictures for these parents with the most amazing little girl. She had this beautiful smile and she was so happy during the whole shoot. We had so much fun and the parents were so happy.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I’m not really sure but I think it must be from my everyday-life.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I shoot with Canon and right now my favourite lens is my Tamron 70-200 2.8.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Don’t sell yourself too cheap! No matter what your prices are there will always be people who think it’s too much. Set the price at whatever you think your own time and work is worth and do not apologise for it.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it’s fantastic. I have only known about Modellen Land magazine for a short time but I think it’s a great way to see other peoples work and to get to know more models. Also I’m deeply greatful for this opportunity to be published in this magazine. Thank you so much!