How has learning to shoot on analogue impacted your workflow today?
Even today, it's still an important process to me – to focus on what you're taking pictures of. With digital cameras, you just click, click, click. But when you have film inside, it's only 36 images. You have to be really aware and ask yourself, "Do I really need this shot or not?", whereas now, you just click and end up with thousands of images, wondering which one you like best. It's given me more perspective.
You travel a lot. Does it get exhausting?
When I started travelling, I wasn't under time pressure, but some days were still tiring. But in general, it was really nice to meet new people and just go with the flow. I was working a lot as a photographer back then and my workflow would go on to set the basis of the values I live with even today.
What are the biggest challenges in being freelance?
Time management. You could get an email from a client saying, "We need 30 images by tomorrow afternoon," but it's already 5pm, and you have a shoot planned for the next day, so when are you going to do it? I travel a lot and have two kids, so it can be a big task to keep it together and not lose the quality you want to deliver. Another challenge is finding clients who share your values and vision because some clients might think that anyone can take a photo. You need to find someone who shares your ideas and views.
What advice would you give to someone looking to go freelance?
Be patient. Be brave. It's not going to be an easy path. You have to be really committed. Don't think, "I'll travel the world and it'll be easy." You need to be a businessperson and a photographer at the same time, but don't give up. Some photographers try it for a year and give up, but that's not how it works. This path is only for the ones who really, really want it.