Interview: Photographer Mia Ossbring (Sweden)
Tell us something about yourself Hi, im Mia 30 years old woman from Sweden, im a former modell and been in the industri for a while and now I'm hiding behind the camera instead. I'm a mother of one and living a very busy life joggling work, photo and family life. I love driving out to the countryside breathing the fresh air and gathering strength and inspiration.
How and when did you get into photography? Only a year ago I start photographing, a know I'm fresh. But I know a good picture when I see it. It all started one day when a had a conversation with a fellow photographer and aske "how hard can it be taking a good picture" and he laughed at me and gave me a camera and started teaching me. It was way more difficult than I ever could imagine but he believed in me long before I believe in my self. It's been a long year for me, struggling and working harder then I've ever worked for anything in my life.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography has helped me find my self and giving me a new meaning to my life. It my way to let my creativity flow free and have fun. It's mean everything for me, it's all I think of, dreaming of it and seeing location and set up everywhere I go.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My style it's soft with an edge. I want my pictures to be beautiful and memorable. I want the viewer to look at my pictures and start wandering and making up a story in their head about what the are looking at. Who is she? We're she's going? What's she's doing there?
Where do you get inspiration from? I get my inspiration from everything and everyone. A dress, a flower, someone's looks, how the light falls in the sunset. From moves, from cd-covers, from posters. I'm all over the place and gets my inspiration from every daily life.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Usually a known exactly what a want the picture to look like. A have a clear vision of what I want and I'm a perfectionist. I work hard on details, a want the picture in the camera to be as close to perfect as possible. So before a snap the shot a make sure the clothes and hair/makeup is perfect, that my location is clear from distracting objects and junk.
Studio, on location or both?
Location location location. I'm a natural light photographer so it's necessary for me to shoot outside. And location gives life to the pictures, and makes them interesting and gives the eye more to look at.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I'm a hobbyist, and love having it as a hobby because it's my biggest passion in life. In the future I'm planning to start my own business.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I think it my milk bath shoot. 6L milk in a bathtub with a gorgeous model. I was standing on a ladder above the tub with my assistant holding me, trying not to fall in the tub. Laughing so hard because we looked like a freaking circus.
10 What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Other really talented photographer I look up to. I admire others retouch skills and working hard to be as good as them.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Neither, I use Sony. My favorite lens is my 30mm f1,4. It's amazing. I love my Sony camera, it smal, light weight and affordable.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Nothing comes easy, but if you love it and are willing to work hard for it you can achieve anything you set your mind on. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow.