Wedding and portrait photographer Fiona Andersen became enraptured with photography the moment she held her first camera as a five-year-old.
Wedding and portrait photographer Fiona Andersen became enraptured with photography the moment she held her first camera as a young child.
She has since developed her passion into a well-honed skill, creating stunning wedding, portrait, maternity and newborn images that encapsulate feelings of romance, beauty and timelessness.
While juggling a hectic family life with her professional schedule poses challenges, Fiona says the reward is worth it.
How long have you been a photographer for?
Oh, goodness, for as long as I can remember. I first picked up a camera when I was five-years-old. It was one of those rectangular models, and I thought it was super cool but had no idea how to work it. It wasn't until six years later when my parents decided I was old enough for my own bright red Kodak. I am sure they regretted it as it was my dad who had to pay for all the developing!! I have been doing photography professionally for two years.
What attracted you to photography?
I was attracted to photography by my inability to draw. I would have loved to have been able to create magic with pencils or paint, however, stick figures were the extend of my talent. Having a camera in hand has given me the ability to look at the world as an artist and to be able to capture what I see as an artist.
How would you describe your style as a photographer?
I think I would call my style romantic, editorial.
What is your favourite gear setup and why?
I love to shoot portraits so I adore my 85 1.2 lens. When shooting a wedding I reach for my 24 -70mm for story telling and then the 50mm 1.2. I am still hanging on (by a thread) to my 5D MkI however I know a day will come soon when I will have to let go and move to the 5D MkII... or maybe the 1DS... Hey, a girl can dream!
What has been or is your greatest challenge as a photographer?
My greatest challenge as a photographer has been the balance between my professional career and my family career. Being the mother of three small girls is an amazing job, but combing the two can be overwhelming for, not only myself, but for my family. Making sure I remember to smell the flowers as well as the toes of my little people is really important.
What do you find most gratifying about being a photographer?
EVERYTHING. I adore what I do. I adore the relationships I form with my clients. I adore creating and capturing moments and I especially adore making people feel happy.