Sune Czajkowski, born in Copenhagen, he grew up between Demark and West-Africa.  He is well-rounded in the art of Photography.  Now based in Paris; many doors has opened with clients: L'uomo Vogue, Tush, Dansk, Marie Claire Italy, Conde Nast to name a few.

Exclusively Fashion Magazine: How did your career as a fashion photographer begin?

Sune Czajkowski: I bought my first Canon when I was 13 years old, and from there it came all by itself. I moved to Paris 5 years ago, which really have inspired me and have made me a better photographer.

EFM: Can you tell me a little about your background before you became a fashion photographer?

SC: I grew up between Copenhagen and West Africa, as my dad was working in West Africa over several times, for longer periods.  I finished my high school in Africa, and as soon I moved back to Denmark, I got directly into photography, where I started my education after a short while. Since then I have been in photography, and love it every single day.

EFM: Describe your style as a photographer?

SC: My style could be described as, clean, classic and with a lot of attitude.

EFM: Do you have a favorite fashion shoot that you were a part of?

SC: I love all of them, but my first shoot for Marie Claire Italy was great. It is a long time ago, but I still remember the view over Champs Élysées by night from 10th floor. That was a perfect location.

EFM: What type of camera do you use?

SC: I mostly use digital cameras, as Canon and Hasselblad (with Phase One back). I would prefer using my film/pola cameras, but that’s not possible because of budgets. I still use them for all my private projects and expo.

EFM: Have you assisted any photographers in the industry before you launched on your own; if so, who?

SC: Of course I have, some of them are, Karina Taira, Dominique Issermann & Azim Haidaryan.

EFM: How important it is to assist established fashion photographers?

SC: Yes very important! You get great contacts that way.

EFM: What tips can you give on taking a great photo?

SC: Think, and look an extra time in the camera before pushing the button.

EFM: What is your typical day?

SC: There is none like that. Every day is different. That’s also what I love about my job.

EFM: What do you look for in an assistant?

SC: Hard worker, is on time and I can trust him/her.

EFM: What would you consider your most favorite photo-shoot?

SC: I think it’s always the last one. One of my latest one is a portrait of Mads Mikkelsen for L’uomo Vogue.

EFM: What skills do you think that one has to have in order to become a fashion photographer?

SC: Hard worker and loves photography, it’s a life style, not a job! And you can’t be a quitter.

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