Danish photographer Stine
We had the pleasure to ask Danish photographer Stine Adele Christiansen a few questions about herself, Denmark and photography. She is based in Copenhagen and is a photographer and partner at Skovdal & Co.
How does a normal week for you at work look like?
My week varies a lot from day to day, there is not a week that is the same. We have some regular customers, which means that I love to work as a photographer. I come in, get my morning cup of coffee and check my calendar and brief my staff on what today’s assignment is.
How did you find your talent within photography?
I found out that I wanted to become a photographer when I was living in England south of London, working as an Au pair for a year. I have always been the one with the camera in my hand at family get-togethers and it was first when I attended a course for black and white photography analog, that I figured out that this was what I wanted to do for a living. First I thought that it was portrait that was my passion, but later it turned out to be food and lifestyle photography.
What inspires you?
People that work with a passion for food and in general have passion for their work. People who believe in what they are doing and put a lot of effort in to it. The ones that drive you to become even better.
Do you travel a lot with work or are you mainly based in Denmark?
I travel a bit and am focused on travelling more in the future. But I am at the time mostly in Denmark. We are about to open a studio in Shanghai in August, where my College Thomas Mikkelsen from Aarhus is going to move to act as head-photographer. Shanghai is so different from Denmark, so it’s great with some challenges. We are also opening in London, where I will be helping out. And at the moment I see a lot of New York because my boyfriend Thomas Steinmann is working with Claus Meyer on a bit food project at Grand Central. To sum up, I think there is some travel ahead of me.
Moving from hobby photographer to a professional photographer can sometimes be a challenge. Do you have any tips to our aspiring photographers?
Keep going and don’t lose patience. There are a lot of people that are calling themselves photographers, who is self-taught. That can sometimes be challenge for an educated photographer to see. Cause they haven´t had the training that we have had. Take the education, be better than the rest, and keep challenging yourself, look out for trends and what’s happening in the world.
How do you spend your days off work?
I spend some of it with my family and boyfriend and on Saturdays I am at Torvehallerne, a marked near Nørrebro Station, buying food for dinner.
I workout a couple of times a week, and also enjoy trying out new restaurants or cafés. There is always something new to see or experience in Copenhagen, that’s what I love about it. I am from Odense Fyn and moved to Copenhagen 5-6 years ago to start our studio In Copenhagen, and I am not moving back.
What's your favorite thing about Denmark?
The people. The ones who have the drive to make something of themselves, which is almost everybody, we take responsibility and give it our all. There is also always something new to see or taste. The Danish always want to make a change for the better.
What do we have to see/do whilst visiting Denmark?
Go to the Paperisland ( papirsøen) there you can taste a variety of food, have a beer and go sit in the sun and enjoy the view of the water and center of Copenhagen. And afterwards go on a one of the canal cruises.
Try out Stedsans Østergro , which is a restaurant on a rooftop with chickens and veggies, which they grow on the roof. I know the people behind it, Mette Helbæk and her husband Flemming, they also got another place at Torvehallerne. Check it out http://www.cleansimplelocal.com/
On Saturdays visit Kødbyen (Meatpacking district) there is a food marked and several restaurants.
And if you are going for drinks, there is Gammel Strand, a street near the main shopping street of Copenhagen.
To see more of Stine's work, visit www.skovdal.dk / @skovdalnordic or follow her on her personal Instagram @Stinemadglad