Susanna Mikander

Finland - Suomen Ammattivalokuvaajat ry

European Photographer


Outdoors Portraits Documentaries


I am a freelance photographer, communications professional, educator and researcher from Helsinki, Finland, born in 1985. I started taking photos with a small film camera already as a kid in the 1990s. I discovered my passion and talent for photography in scouts and today I am specialised in photographing people, outdoors and documentaries. In summer 2011 I graduated from the University of Helsinki as mathematics and german teacher, and since then I've also been working with my PhD for the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki. My research is focused on combining photography and education. After working four years as a full-time teacher I resigned and started in 2015 my own photography business and studies at the Institute of Visual Communications (VVI). In summer 2017 I graduated as a Visual Artisan, Study Programme and Competence Area in Photography. In 2018 I received the European Photographer (EP) qualification from the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP). In autumn 2017 my other hobby, scouting, became also my profession. Besides working full-time as communications coordinator for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Scouts, I continued my studies at VVI and completed Further Vocational Qualification in Media -degree with the qualification title Photographer FQ (Fully Qualified) in January 2019. In autumn 2020 I started working with my mentor, photographer and journalist Meeri Koutaniemi, and resigned again. 1.1.2021 I became a full-time entrepreneur and received the start-up grant. Besides working with Meeri, I keep creating my own photography projects, teaching photography and doing research. In summer 2021 I also completed the final degree at VVI: Specialist Vocational Qualification in Media, Master of Photography. I am a registered drone pilot in A1/A3 Open Sub Category. I have passed the theoretical examination on 1.2.2021 and my license is valid until 31.1.2026 (when I have to take the test again). Besides being entrepreneur, I am National Champion in Harmonica playing (women 2017), member of the Finnish Arctic Club (since 2017), four time Marathon finisher (2005, 2006, 2008 & 2010), I have Orange belt in karate and I have made a first ascent on an unnamed Mountain in Greenland with expedition led by Pata Degerman, Contact for further information and offers via e-mail: suski.mikander(a) Check out also my Instagram here: