“Simply the greatest thing that have come out of a photography for me is all the places and moments I have got to experience with great people that I wouldn't have met without photography”
Through photographing the beautiful and challenging surroundings of northern Scandinavia, Jaakko's main goal is to capture the feeling and the sense of emotion that he and his friend experinece while doing what they love. Jaakko's style of photography mixes elements from travel, sport, documentary, nature and landscape photography to create his wide-reaching portfolio.
About / Biography
Living in North Finland right at the Arctic Circle the outdoors and outdoor sports have been part of Jaakko's life from a very young age. That love for the great outdoors sparked his interest to pursue photography. Over the years, that interest has grown into a passion.
The fruits of that passion can be seen on the pages of various outdoor publications and media websites.
Jaakko puts his Sony camera equipment to the test in the minus forty degrees temperatures and snow storms of the arctic winter and on the dusty and warm trail sides of various mountain bike locations around Scandinavia each summer .
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life.
When I got my first publication in a magazine I thought that maybe I have it in me to do this as a profession.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
Passion for outdoors.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
This is hard one to answer. For me it’s not that much about one single person or the location that makes a photograph remarkable. It is the moments that I cherish. One of those moments was last year when I was with my friend Antte Lauhamaa on a skiing and photography trip on the Kebnekaise mountain in North Sweden. The wind had been strong the whole day but when we got to the top of the mountain it was totally calm and quiet. The trip and and the location sure were remarkable.
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
For skiing photography there is lot of stuff to do in Sweden and in Norway. But for some more distant dreams I would like to visit Kamtsakta in Russia, Chile and Argentina in South America, British Columbia in Canada, everywhere where is good skiing and there are beautiful surroundings to do it.
For mountain biking photography ,the locations are pretty much the same as with skiing but at a different time of the year. Maybe I would like to visit the island of Madeira and various countries in Asia. For just hiking and fly fishing photography, I would someday like to go to New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico and Mongolia.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
Hopefully happy doing something else. Now I’m so passionate about photography that I really can’t think something else I would like to do.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors program?
It is really great to be part of this ambassador program and have opportunity to work with the people in Sony and to give feedback to manufacturers about the products and that way take part in designing these great cameras. It is also really nice to show people what these cameras can do and teach them to get the most out of their gear.
What is your favorite Sony camera of the moment?
At the moment I still really like the Sony A99 camera. I do lot of photography in wintertime and in outdoors so a bigger camera is easier to handle with gloves on. Also many of its features are really great for my kind of outdoor sport photography. I also use the A7 regularly, and it is often the only system I carry. The weight benefit is really obvious in favor of A7 and the FE system.
KitSony A7sSony A7rm2Sony A6000Sony Action Cam HDR-AZ1Sony SEL35F14zSony SEL70200F4GSony SEL1635F4zSony SEL90F28MSony SEL55F18
Sony SEL35F28Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
Sony HVL flashes 60 and 58As a bag I use F-Stop gear bags Satori, Tilopa, Loka and Kenti.Because of the nature of my photography my Bike and Skis are almost as important as the camera gear I use. So as a bike I have Mondraker dune Carbon and Black Diamond Helio 105 as skis.