Samuel Taipale

Petri Mast

Canon Nordic Photographer, Finland

Please share a bit about your background as photographer.

I started photography as a hobby in early millennium and I am fully self-taught. At first, I shot mostly electronic dance music events so I was in the deep end from the start when it comes to photography in difficult conditions.
When Canon EOS 300D was launched, I have to had one. As my skills developed I started to shoot portraits and weddings for friends and continued to push myself forward. After shooting in most of the biggest electronic dance music events in Finland my first professional wedding gig was back in 2006 and nowadays I have been shooting 5 years as a fulltime photographer. I'm awarded for my documentary wedding photography and covered almost 300 weddings to this date shooting also weddings in Europe. In future I'm planning to push forward and start doing more and more documentary wedding photography abroad.

What type of photographer are you?

I'm mostly focusing on documentary wedding photography, movie and television industry, events, commercial, fitness and fashion-photography but I think it is fair to say that there is almost nothing I would not shoot. I love to challenge myself. Go big or go home.

What are your favorite motives?

I'm passionate about my work and I'm always pushing the boundaries and limits of my skill set.  Capturing emotions and delivering those to the audience through my work is my main goal

Which products do you use today?

I have 2 Canon EOS-1D X Mark II bodies and wide range of prime EF-lenses, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is an absolute favourite. Whenever I need studio lighting, I rely on Priolite.

Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.

One of the most iconic wedding portrait session of mine resulted a wedding photo of the year award. It was late summer and the year’s biggest storm in Finland was roaming. The couple stood on this rock and behind them the sea roamed and raged on. The couple standing close together and cuddling brought peace and comfort in the middle of chaos and forces of nature. It was like true love against the whole world. Very intimate moment indeed.

Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.

Chase the right moment. Capture the emotions. Feel the atmosphere. Think that perfection is always just one photo way.