Monday, December 21, 2009

2009 - Reviewed

After finishing the final pictures of the year, sending out the last invoices and paying off the few remaining bills, I felt that a good way to finish off 2009 for my blog is to make a post that sort of sums up the year.

I can't deny that it has been a very good year professionally. I've been busy more or less the entire year with just some weeks after my summer holiday being somewhat quiet. I've been assigned to a lot of great jobs with a lot of challenges both on the creative side and in the pre and postproduction aspects of the job. I feel like I have improved very much as a photographer this year and as a working photographer with everything that come along with the profession that has nothing to do with taking pictures and I feel way more secure while working with advanced retouching than I was in 2008. I believe the reason for this is that I have put in a lot of hours to improve myself this year.

Some of my work never saw daylight, some jobs were turned down by the client even though the ad-agency loved it, some work I'm not too happy with what I managed to come up with but fortunately enough most of my jobs made the client, the ad agency and myself feeling happy. I guess I can't expect every job I do to be better than the last, even though that is my goal. I won't quit even though I might have to take a step or two backwards every now and then, as long as the finishing line is miles ahead of where I started I'll be happy.

All in all this has been a truly fantastic year, hopefully next year can be equally challenging, funny and rewarding.
I'd like to thank all the creatives out there who believed enough in me to hand me work, hopefully I didn't let you down so we can keep working together further on into the future. Hopefully I'll get some new people to shout out "Heia Espen" and hand me some exciting work as well. I'd also like to thank my mum, my dad, my girlfriend and the man upstairs. Love you all.

Cheers everyone, I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year. See ya all in 2010.

Feel free to take a trip to my portfolio and check out my work - Heia Espen.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Last shoot

of 2009 was completed yesterday. Evolved into a rather stressful day as the time flew by us, fortunately we managed to finish not long after scheduled. Barely had time to get back to Oslo and take a shower before it was time for the annual christmas party with the photographers and assistants at our studio. It was a great night. I'll finish this last shoot with postproduction on monday and tuesday and then it's holiday. Wheeee.

My assistant checking the lights, he'll be with me fulltime 5 days a week next year. Hopefully I'll get to keep him busy.

Monday, December 14, 2009


With the job I did for Statoil today, might be some changes after the client has seen it but hopefully that will only be some minor details. I have some postproduction to be done for Agrodata and a shoot on thursday and then I'll be hanging out with father christmas for a couple of weeks. Sweet.

Here are the still images from the Hansen & Dysvik shoot, these will be used in DM's and on their website and such.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dodge & Burn

Spent about 8 hours on tuesday to get ready for yesterdays shoot. Used 7 lights to get the look that I wanted. Had two assistants with me to make it effective, cleaning the cars and taking care of everything that needed to be done. Because of the very thorough preproduction the shoot yesterday went rather smooth. Today I've been working at my mac, lot of work left and I have to deliver all the pictures on monday. Because of the extensive postproduction I had to cancel the lunch I had scheduled with Will Smith and Obama, guess I'll have to reschedule so I don't hurt their feelings.
This is Gabbe filming some behind the scenes footage, slight size difference between us.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Huuuge studio

Preparing tomorrows shoot, a couple of cars, several people and looots
of equipment!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas @ Hansen & Dysvik

My last film for Hansen & Dysvik is currently showing on norwegian television. So if you need something new for the bedroom head over to the nearest store. :-)
Just like the other films I have made for H&D the job was assigned to me by Los & Co ad agency and the postproduction is done by Toxic.

Hansen & Dysvik - Christmas from Espen Nersveen on Vimeo.

Here are some behind the scenes footage from the shoot in my studio.

Behind The Scenes - Hansen & Dysvik from Espen Nersveen on Vimeo.

Friday, December 04, 2009


Things are starting to get sorted out for the Statoil shoot I'm having next week. That's good and hopefully I'll be able to relax this weekend. My mind is not too good at relaxing while there is work to be done, always pondering and thinking about everything. Even though I'll not be able to do a thing about it until Monday anyway. Bad habit that one.

Some more pictures for DFDS is out now. Here they are.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Married Couple

Hopefully I'll get to marry my beautiful girlfriend one day like my beloved friends Guro & Victor did this summer. I took some pictures of them in my studio with a pink backdrop. I think it suits them both as persons and on this picture. Ebony & Ivory. Love you both.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

More Work

After a couple of intense months I decided to take it quite easy last week. Some work on monday and then almost taking the rest of the week off, just a couple of hours in the studio on friday. It felt great to just relax, sleep a bit longer and recharge my batteries. And while taking it easy I got assigned to two new jobs, one of which is probably my biggest one yet, at least considering it might be used in several countries. I got assigned by McCann to do a rather large shoot for Statoil and TBWA wants me to take a couple of pictures for Helsedirektoratet, with celeb-models.
Fancy. :-)

This will be a perfect ending of an insane year.

Behind The Scenes - Freeze

Here is some behind the scenes footage from the shoot with the freezing people.

Behind The Scenes - Freeze from Espen Nersveen on Vimeo.

Sølve Sundsbø

By far the greatest photographer to come out of Norway of all time is doing a very rare interview to ShowStudio, check it out. He has some really nice thoughts about photography.


Check out his incredibly fantastic portfolio.