“At the age of 19 I packed a small backpack and an instamatic camera, and left Norway to go traveling around the world in search of a greater purpose. After nearly two years of exploring – during which I experienced, saw, and tasted much of what the world had to offer – I discovered the irrepressible desire in me to photograph. My photography developed beyond an avocation, into both a profession and a lifelong passion.”
A Brief History:
In 1997 Vegar, graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in Photography and New Genres. For several years, while living in San Francisco, he was an exhibiting fine art photographer until a friend gave him his first editorial cover story. Everything changed, and shortly thereafter he was on a highly motivated and strongly driven path to carving out a career in commercial photography. He spent the next few years assisting some of the top photographers in the industry in order to learn the tools and secrets of the trade, while realizing his own vision and body of work.
Vegar strongly believes in creating a collaborative environment and is known in the industry for the subtle, yet effective ways in which he directs all involved on a shoot – both on and off camera. His personable approach makes for a fun and relaxed atmosphere, regardless of the size and complexity of a production. And his ability to capture spontaneous and unexpectedly telling moments – without sacrificing technical or aesthetic perfection – is a testament not only to Vegar’s professionalism, but also that of his team.
In the words of Vegar Abelsnes:
“The members of my team are the hardest working and coolest people you will ever meet. We only work with the very best people, resulting in productions that come off without a hitch, and within budget. As a result we have a lot of happy, loyal and long-term clients. It is my true belief that you are not only what you eat, but also the people, places, and activities in which you are invested. Life is too short to not enjoy and establish roots in every moment and detail of it.”
Vegar now resides in California with his wife and two small children, and continues to photograph globally having grown a thriving business in both the American and European markets.
Abbott, American Express, AT & T, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chase Bank, CDM, Commonhealth, Dinamo, DnB NOR, Forest Laboratories, FTL Solar, Genentech, GoRving, Grey, Harper Collins, ExxonMobil, The Integer Group, Interbrand, McCann, MWV, OhioHealth, Pfizer, Publicis, RAPP, The Richards Group, Roadrunner Records, Rodale, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scandinavian Airlines, Siegel & Gale, Simon & Schuster, VSA Partners, United Technologies