Martina Wärenfeldt is a master of creatively styled, illustrative portraits that come off looking like paintings, often with a beautiful, slightly haunted look to them. Painterly portraiture takes inspiration from the old masters with skilful lighting and a harmonious colour palette.
As a child Martina dreamt of becoming an artist. But it was only after she got her first camera at the age 18, that she realised photography was her true calling. She was living in America at the time and wanted to study something that would qualify her for a profession. Deciding she wanted to work with photography, she started taking photography classes at the Santa Monica College in Los Angeles.
Even when loaded with passion and talent, it takes courage to realise one’s dreams. Lucky for Martina, she had people around her who saw potential in her and encouraged her to start shooting professionally, even before she was finished with her studies. Brave and youthfully hopeful that it would be possible to live off of photography, she opened up her first studio in Sweden at the age of 26. That was 24 years ago, and she is still as successful as ever.