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Tonje H. Lilleaas

LIFESTYLE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

Based in Hamar, Norway. Grew up among fjords and mountains in the north-western part of Norway, but never really recognised the amazingly beautiful surroundings before I'd moved away and came back to visit. Offers moments of both adventure and solitude to help people lower their shoulders and remember to breathe and enjoy life. Raw, natural, candid moments. Nothing more, nothing less.

My way

BEHIND THE SCENES

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We all are influenced by others in the way we work creatively, so in a sense no-one is truly unique. But how do I work to get images that reflect who I am, and what is it like to work with me?

I walk out the door of wherever I am, my camera in my backpack and my tripod in hand. Sometimes I know the general direction of where I am headed. Sometimes I have planned the image in detail. More often I just wander off to where my heart leads me that day. I wait to take out my camera until I get the urge to shoot. Until I feel the drive and inspiration and feel pumped to get the image. It is a special state of mind, and I love being in it.

When shooting a landscape I try to make it reflect my emotional landscape as I shoot. I don’t bother too much about images being technically perfect. I find more interest in caring about the mood and the feeling that I want the image to communicate. This means that my landscapes are not always balanced, not always sharp and not always perfectly exposed. But it also means that the flaws that I choose to show are intentional parts of the image.

I’m not your typical female lifestyle photographer. Whatever that means. And I think that’s important to know when you work with me.

My style is raw, natural, honest and unposed. I like images that look more candid, and try to get to the point where I truly just am an observer that people I am shooting don’t take notice of anymore. To get to that point I make sure I get to know my models before I take out my camera. I tell you about how I like to work, and we talk about what the idea of the shoot is. What images are we after? That way we work together instead of me just telling people what to do.

Working with adventure and outdoorsy lifestyle is where I feel most comfortable, but I do all kinds of lifestyle images as long as I feel I’m the right photographer for the job and can deliver what you wish for.

My workspace

From ideas to images on your wall

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I have set up my workspace in our family room. That way I can always be close to family even if I have a lot to do, and I am always able to start sketching and planning images that I think of when I’m in the shower. If you want to work with me, you are more than welcome to come over for a coffee and a chat to see if we are a good match. I look forward to getting to know you!