Interview: Photographer Monika Madsen (Denmark)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Monika, I’m 20 years old, and I love to take pictures. Right now I’m only freelance, but hope to be a professional photographer.
How and when did you get into photography?
I always had a camera in my hand and a need to take pictures. When I was little I took pictures of everything I walked by, I thought everything deserved to be shown trough pictures. I loved it, but it really started when my dad gave me my first digital camera in 7. grade. I enjoyed dressing up with my friends and take pictures. Afterwards I just knew that was what I wanted to do.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my call, my passion I have no idea what I should do without it. My camera is like my baby.It has every emotional connection to me. Photography makes me who I am.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I do lots of diffrendts tyles. Like portrait, family photos, fashion and so on. But I mostly do portraits and beauty.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I find my inspiration everywhere, in the people I take pictures of, the different Facebook photography groups, websites, and stuff I see.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Mostly I have some ideas, but i never know where it’s going to lead me. Sometimes I say, okay I’m bored and go shooting without anything, and just being creative.
Studio, on location or both?
I dont have a studio, so its on location most of my pictures. I think its fun to schoot in a studio and try it a few times, but i think the pictures maybe gets a bit to “ perfeckt” with light and stuff. So I do prefer locations.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
It is really hard to say, but i think it´s the social media, there is always so much going on, and i use social media everyday.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I dont know, I do get paid for what i do, and have regular costumers. but right now its just fun, and soon it will be on a higher level. So a bit of both, i have taken someclasses, but its not a professionel full time job.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I think it was in school, we had one week of fashion, and had to deliver 3 done photos. One week 16 photograpers, 1 flyer and five studios.It was tough, but I did it, and it was fun and i learnd a lot.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I work best in studios with Nikon, but I have a Canon EOS 7D. I use my Tamron 16-300 zoom lens most of the time, but i like the style of my canon 50mm. so it depends on the shoot.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Be true to yourself, trust your work, never let a costumer or antother person make you think otherwice. Do what you feel is right.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it’s truly inspiring, I have only known about it for a short time, but all these masterpieces from other artists is so beautiful, it’s a fantastic magazine.I´m so excited to have this opportunity to be published in this magazine. Thank you!
Emma Qvortrup Jensen
Emma Qvortrup Jensen