I’m a self-taught photographer based near Oslo, Norway. I work with photography as it gives me the possibility to communicate feelings, and work with people getting their emotions expressed in pictures.
I focus on letting my images speak for themselves in my black and white images, where the differences are enhanced by grey, white, and black tones.
My specialty lies in fashion and portrait shots.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Christian. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
As I am self-taught I think that what makes me especially stand out is the way I work with black and white images.
There’s never a one size fits all principal and I draw inspiration from amongst others Bruce Weber to take my black and white images to the next level mixing in emotions.
I work with contrast and tones looking for that extra "vibe" with my black and white that adds to the emotions communicated by the model and the picture.
Christian, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My aspiration is to be able to work with photography also being able to continue with my day job as a consultant. If I can do both, and grow, by that being able to move up and always learning, getting to work with new people, and achieve looks that makes the team look good when delivering I know I will love what I do forever.
Just the fact that you meet so many special and different people through photography drives me, because you get new perspectives, you learn new things and you continue to grow as a photographer and as a person - that's my passion in what I'm doing. If I also could get the cover of Vouge at some point I think it would be even better, but one can dream.
I started with photography two years ago, wanting to work more in depth with my photography, and develop my skills and also wanting to learn more. I started out working closely together with a model agency defining goals for me, and getting feedback trying to hone my skills quicker.
Who is your inspiration in life Christian? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is e.g Bruce Weber to look for my black and whites.
By being able to work with new people I develop my self as a person, and I can see that I grow as a photographer. This inspires me because there is always change, there is always something new and never something constant. My style moves with me, my understanding of gear and how to use them as tools in my craft drives me, and I have learned to be proud when I see my art develop in front of me as I work. Just the feeling when you see straight out of the camera pictures and you feel genuine joy as a kid, that inspires me to continue and learn.
We all make mistakes Christian, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I think my biggest mistake was not trusting myself early on. When you compare yourself to other more senior photographers its easy to want to replicate what they do.
But then you end up being one of many who does that, and you kind of loose your self. I wish I earlier started with courses to build my toolchest, and then started my
path. Not as I did listen to others who wanted me to conform, and look more like others or a certain style.
So through past experiences I have learnt to trust/believe in my own instincts.
Christian ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I work with people on a dialog basis. I learn to know them, know what they need and work with what is needed when. I have learned that a good dialog, where you are in front makes people trust you. That helps you deliver, and also import deliver on your promises, because if you communicate good it helps people understand what is happening and why.
While if they have to ask for status updates it draws on their trust in you being able to deliver.
Please tell us Christian, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Having to balance a main job as a consultant, and photography you learn to be structured in how you work. I always build schedules, worked when commuting and prioritized how to get the most done in the shortest amount of time, but at good quality. By doing this and being quite mobile, I can do many things at the same time.
I.e. when trying to fill out this interview while on the train to a shoot I have planned for a week. It's all about balance, but you can achieve many things while doing other things, just by knowing what to do when.
Christian, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
With regards to photography this has yet to be a situation. Through dialog and team feeling, and off course working mostly with people whom you work well with we have yet to meet such a situation.
But I believe that good and proper dialog, and respect for each other strengthens the team feeling that we are in this to win together. And as such dialog moves mountains.
Christian please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
I think trying to get these pictures published is that moment. The reason for that is because this is the teams first attempt to make a submission. We planned for days
and I worked extra at my day job to take the day of in order to focus. All together everyone pulled their weight, and as a team I think we delivered, and worked well together. As such it also built the team for future work.
Christian, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My best memory was my first time taking pictures of male models. It just clicked, the pictures where perfect from the start, and when I moved them through my workflow it was just magic.
Colors popped as they should, and I could play with moods, choose pictures and work with them as I felt. There was as if there was no boundaries to constraint to. But it was also hard, because what drove my imagination was my gut feeling, and instinct. It was hard to know that even though I felt things was perfect, posting your work and handwork could be trashed.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
I think my best advice would be never depend on 1 person for help, build you own confidence and you will experience people letting you down, but keep moving. You just have to keep going, never give up and learn while doing it. Build on your good sides, tell yourself what do you did well more than what you did bad. But never stop learning from everything.
Be curios, kind towards everyone. I see joy when I tell models they do well, and I tell them what I feel can be better, but I always focus on what they do well to built their confidence.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I would like to work with brands, especially within beach clothes, training etc.
Photographer: Christian Sennesvik @csphotonorway
Make up artist: Elise Madeleine Førde
Stylist: Susann Johnsen
Model: Sarah@Team Models Norway