I was delighted to discover the incredible work of talented interiors photographer, Carina Olander, on one of my favourite blogs, My Scandinavian Home. Her captivating photography has also been featured on numerous other sites and publications including Hus & Hem and Leva & Bo.
Despite a long and successful career in aircraft mechanics, Carina has always had a flare for the creative and started developing her painting and photography skills as a teenager.
In 2009 she started working as a part-time freelance photographer, expanding her skills with an image processing qualification from Mid-Sweden University. With her photography endeavours going from strength to strength, Carina was able to resign from her job in aircraft mechanics, after 25 years in the industry, and pursue photography as a full-time passion and job.
Based in the small town of Trollhättan in southern Sweden, Carina skillfully captures the simplicity and minimalism of true Scandinavian style. She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her work:
What do you most love about Scandinavian interior design?
I love that it’s simple and honest. It has its roots in nature and often consists of solid materials such as wood, stone, leather, linen and wool. They are materials that have a long shelf life and age beautifully. They are also easily recyclable and environmentally friendly, which is very important to me.
What is the best part of your job as a photographer?
It’s hard to pick out a single thing, as it’s the very job that I like. I love to create an image by bringing individual things together and then seeing the finished result is very rewarding. But the most amazing is probably meeting such incredible people along the way. I have a unique opportunity to spend time with families in their homes. I love the interesting conversations we have, and learning about them brings me a lot of joy. I often find that under the surface, people conceal depth that has moved me to tears on several occasions. I have made friends for life through my job and that has been a big privilege.
What has been the biggest challenge in your photography career?
A major challenge is to maintain a steady flow of projects and to find the right kind of home that my clients want photographed. Not only is this the basis of my livelihood, but this challenge can often effect the belief I have in myself. There is fierce competition in the industry and it’s easy to feel inadequate when comparing oneself to others. Everyone is very active on social media and it’s hard to shield oneself from that.
To find out more about Carina’s wonderful work, you can visit her website: carinaolander.se
All photos shared with kind permission from Carina Olander