Photographer Spotlight|Thor Rasmussen of THOR*tography

Date: February 16, 2016

Welcome to the Photographer Supply Co. Photographer Spotlight! Each Monday we will feature one of our uber talented customers and their work, asking a few questions, poking around a bit on what makes them tick and most importantly: showing off some of their gorgeous work!

Our next spotlight features Thor Rasmussen, photographer withTHOR*tography. We loved pouring over the wide range of documentary lifestyle work he has worked on, from newborns and families to weddings. Check out some of his work below, and continue on to the interview to read about his process!

What is your studio’s name? THOR*tography

Where is your studio based? Saginaw, Michigan

Studio Website?

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-Time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Portraits

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon D800, FujiFilm X-T1

How would you define your style?

I tell people I have an artsy documentary style with some classical elements. I take some shots of people looking directly at the camera, but most of what I capture is unscripted.

What motivated you to become a photographer?

Although I had an interest in photography for a long time, it wasn’t until my first child was born that I better understood the power and value photography has at a very personal level. This is when I became more committed to helping people document important life stages; from the early love with engagement through whole families as they grow.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?

My hope is the photographs I create will be used to tell stories about the people in them and the point in time when they were captured. For example, I want my wedding photographs to provide a moment for a couple to come back to throughout their whole marriage.

How do you accomplish that?

By being present without being intrusive, I can generate a trust with my subjects and become integrated into the fabric of their wedding day or experience at the hospital with a newborn. I’m not going to pretend to be invisible, but deflecting attention away from the camera helps subjects become comfortable enough to let down their guard even if just a little bit.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?

Bruce Davidson and Eve Arnold are two of my biggest inspirations. Both have the ability to draw the viewer into the frame and into the story of the image.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?

I’m pretty proud of the diversity of people I’ve been able to engage with through photography. From itty-bitty newborn babies right up to the very elderly. To be able to create images that will have a lasting impression on a kid as he or she grows up or capture what may be some of the last professional images of a loved one is an amazing honor.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?

It is easy to be deterred by looking at what others are doing and what they have accomplished and compare that with what I am able to do. It is good to have aspirations, but often this can also be a distraction. Staying focused on taking care of one client at a time provides the assurance that I’ll be able to deliver the best quality experience for that client.

Which Photographer Supply Co. products do you currently use?

Currently I use The 4×6 Print & USB Box  and the engraved USB drives.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?

These products have helped give a higher level of refinement to the way I present my photographs. There is a certain wonder that happens when the top of that box slides off and the first thing the clients see is their photographs in tangible form. Being able to provide customized USB drives adds a small but meaningful bit of personalization to the product that translates into showing the client they are valued.

Thank you so much for your time, Thor!