I’ve been in the ‘photography-world’ since I was born. Started photographing weddings on the weekends as a 16-year old and by the age of 18, I was awarded Sweden’s 6th best professional photographer.
Since then my career has made a huge turn: I followed my heart and ended up capturing horses. It’s about making personalized art with feeling. I am a fine-art equine photographer. Making personalized art for a home is something exciting, and being able to see the soul of a creature is the magic I want to capture. By posing the horses as I want the light to touch them, I get that out of them.
I try to travel light, and in addition to this I have learned to make the most out of natural light and barely ever use anything else. I firmly believe in capturing the right moment and use editing tools as little as possible, to not ‘waste film’ and get it right from the beginning.
My main focus nowadays is horses, but a lot of people don’t know that I also love to photograph interiors. Straight lines, minutes or even hours styling a whole house—it’s really the opposite of wild and running horses. But that’s a different story you have to read about some other time.
So what’s in my bag?
Canon 1Ds Mark III. Old is gold, right? Well, yes it’s an old body but I’m the sort of person who sticks with what gives me the most of what I look for. So this guy will stay a little while longer.
Backup camera: Canon 5D Mark II.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L USM. We make magic together! This lens helps me move fast, whether it’s a close up or a horse running freely in the pasture. My most used and versatile lens.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM. Always makes me think outside the box! Mostly used for extravagant and landscape-horse photography or for interiors assignments.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. The surprise! I recommend this for all of you who want to try out a new lens for a cheaper price. It gives some chromatic aberration, use Camera RAW and you’ll get a lot of it away and barely noticeable, or just don’t go up to aperture 1.4-2.0.
Lastolite reflector. For whenever I need to make my clients glow a little bit extra! Sometimes I use it to light up dark situations or to get attention from the horse, or sometimes I use the cover for clients to sit on when it’s muddy underneath them.
iPhone 6s. My little music-box, behind the scene-taker and ‘ear-fetcher.’ This is my travel buddy, the one that posts all those Instagram images. Whenever a horse’s attention is somewhere else I use different horse sounds, hence the ‘ear-fetcher.’ It helps me stay connected with clients and followers when I’m on the go!
Canon Speedlite 580EX. Emergency light! At those times when the sun sets too fast or whenever it’s dark, I use this little fellow.
AirCell Camera Strap. Exciting! How could anyone get excited over a camera strap? This strap is the best there is. The ergonomics and the quality are top of the line, and the price is right! I had my last one for 6 years and I just bought a new, not because it was broken, but because I wanted to have one on all my camera bodies.
ThinkTank Airport Take Off. With both straps and wheels to carry me around the world!
Inside Denise’s camera bag:
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