My name is Ossi Saarinen. I’m 22-year-old nature photographer from Espoo, Finland. I’ve had a huge enthusiasm for nature and especially animals since I was a kid. I took my very first photos with a DSLR-camera in January 2015. I fell in love with photographing immediately and ever since I’ve spent most of my time in the nature photographing whatever I’ve found. I started with all kind of subjects but later focused on Finnish wildlife.
Hobby turned to a job and today I make my living with photographing and things related to it. At the same time I’ve been trying to continue my geography studies in the University of Helsinki.
My typical photographing day starts before the sunrise when the animals are most active. I grab my camera and zoom-lens, put them in my backpack and head out to the forests near my home. Most of the time is walking around searching for the animals or laying down and waiting. When the day gets brighter I go back home to rest and prepare for the evening.
My first book “Luontokuvia - Opi kuvaamaan eläimiä” was published in February 2019. It represents all my favorite photos and the stories behind them. It is also a story of my own development as a wildlife photographer. In the book I give lot of tips and tricks so that anyone can become a better nature photographer. The book is only in Finnish and available in Finland at the moment. It’s possible that it will be translated in the near future.
Soosseli in media
My work has been featured in hundreds of national and international media. Here’s a few online articles and interviews: