Photography sort of fell in my lap. When looking back at how I became a photographer it is almost like it rained on me. I didn’t have a great interest in pictures. Or art. And a relative didn’t give me a camera when I was 12. It was small random sources hitting me different places and when faced with the crossroad and question of; “What do I do now?” I was soaked up in the idea of becoming a photographer. Since then small encounters have led me halfway across the world and then around it a few extra times. I grew up in Trondheim, Norway. A big city by Norwegian standards but barely a blip on the map with its population of 150.000 people. I remember vividly the day I moved to the US to study photography flying in over the Bay Area at night. The lights went on forever. I was 22 and felt really small, intimidated by the number of lights and what they illuminated. I attended the Academy of Art University for 4 years. Had some truly inspiring teachers that changed my goals from shooting sporting events for my hometown newspaper to wanting to create great images. I graduated in 99 with Best portfolio in the Spring Show. In 2004 they gave me an Honorary Degree of Outstanding Alumnus. I assisted the Advertising Photography Legend Jim Erickson for almost 3 years. I don't think there is a better mentor. He inspired, encouraged and nurtured my own image making and gave me a set of working habits that have helped me succeed on my own. I'm glad I can say I have. The idea of becoming a photographer became my reality and I am truly grateful. I ended up staying in San Francisco where I lived for 20 years. 6 of those years were spent being bicoastal with Williamsburg, Brooklyn, before I traded city life for the wine country, settling in Sonoma, CA. A great place to call home, though I frequently go back to Norway, which I also call home. Today I create spaces, emotion and energy in still images, motion films and homes, and I am too happy doing it, trying to make what I create today better than yesterday. I am the proud father of two wonderful daughters. I have been fortunate to work with some great people on some great assignments for clients including Intercontinental Hotel Group, American Airlines, Absolut, Ritz Carlton, Credit Suisse, Genentech, Union Pacific, Toyota, Hyatt, Puma, Pfizer, Microsoft and Nike. Features and awards: I have consistently been featured in the major photography award shows, and included in Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Advertising Photographers Worldwide since 2007.