Mikael Roos is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Sweden. For this feature, we are taking a look at some of Mikael’s more recent portraiture work. Enjoy…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in photography.
My name is Mikael Roos and I live in the southern part of Sweden. I just turned 28 years old and I live in a tiny apartment filled to the brim with camera gear and lighting equipment! I started photography as a happy hobbyist with a semi-advanced Sony pocket camera back in 2007-ish. Before that, I would run around shooting sunsets with my phone. I’ve always had an interest in taking pictures but, when I got my first DSLR, I understood that this would be my passion for a long time. I have done a lot of motocross and nature photography, but since I pointed my camera towards a human being I have never once looked back.
In 2014, I started my own business shooting weddings and portraits which I still do today. I’m right now looking to get out of full-time employment in my daytime job and focus more on my own business. I started photographing models about a year ago and I got hooked right away! I have managed to build myself a bit of a name in that field in Sweden and especially in my home town (Take photos of beautiful women in a small town and people WILL notice you haha!) and now I’m getting more talented people in front of the lens which is great!
Where do you get your inspiration from for your shoots?
I guess I could tell you something deep and profound here but, no, I drive by some place and just see a scenario in my mind! I do like my images to look like they were ripped out of a movie scene, so my style is very much inspired by movies. Since the movies that I like are mostly Tarantino-style, it’s not so much the scenes themselves but the feeling! Of course, other photographs inspire me as well, but most things just pop up in my head and I can’t let the idea go until it’s been photographed. Where the ideas originate from, I cannot pin point.
Who are your photography heroes?
Some people that I look up to and have learnt a lot from are Peter Hurley and Zack Arias. Such down-to-earth guys and super talented in their respective fields. Then, of course, there’s Max Thompson; he has a unique style that proved to me that the best way to go is your own way. I think his pictures are what made me so eager to make more sexy-yet-classy pictures!
I guess I could tell you something deep and profound here but, no, I drive by some place and just see a scenario in my mind!
Which single image are you most proud of and why?
Oh this is a tough one! I’ll have a different answer for you after every shoot! One that stands out from the rest is a headshot portrait I recently did of none other than my own mother! I am proud of it because I managed to make her feel as beautiful as we all see her – which is very difficult because not once has she been happy about a photograph of herself. Also, because of this, I was very nervous! Cute story, isn’t it? Haha!
What would be your dream shoot?
I have gotten this question before but couldn’t think of something grand enough to be my dream shoot! Maybe shooting Gigi Hadid sitting on the back of an elephant in the jungle, beautifully lit, surrounded by wild fire or something!
What is next for you?
Next is to keep doing good and interesting work and to keep evolving my skills and my business. I’m in the middle of the wedding season right now so ‘next’ for me is binge-editing and having no life haha! On a more serious note, I have made some connections with very talented models and will be bringing some nice ideas to life. I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for me!
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