I am Tiina (b.1981), a photographer from Finnish Lapland. I have a long history in photography and have been taking pictures since 1998 when I moved to Helsinki. After studying in a culinary school I became a chef. I never had an overwhelming passion for working in kitchens, but it was an easy way to make living as photography opportunities were limited in the early 2000s. At that time we were still in transition towards the digital era, with poor internet and no social media. Art schools never took me in, even though I tried several years in a row. But I never lost my passion for photography, I just kept shooting.
In 2007 I had the opportunity to work as commercial studio assistant for a year. It was great experience and I learned new techniques, but did not feel any passion for basic studio photography. I have always preferred to shoot documentary-style photography.
After several other episodes in my life I felt a strong desire to go back North. I used my all savings and bought a Canon MkII and then went to work as chef in a ski-resort in Lapland for the winter season of 2010-11. One thing led to another and I started shooting nature and landscape pictures for the first time in my life.
The absence of light pollution, the landscape and nature up there are just amazing. You know when you are born and raised somewhere, your surroundings are normal and you don’t even think about them, you just take it all for granted. But after spending 15 years in the southern cities, I saw the North in a different light and was even more blown away about the beauty of what we have here.
It has been long journey but once you follow your passion it will lead you somewhere beautiful in the end.
My work has been featured and published in various magazines and blogs worldwide. I have licensed my images to various companies & organisations worldwide, including Visit Finland, DocArt, Metsähallitus, Chep & Apple to name but a few.
I'm based in Finland, but available to work worldwide. Want to work together or do some collaboration?
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