New York Film Academy Photography Student Tanne Willow Lights Up Profoto


While most students only fantasize about having their artwork promoted by a major industry player while still in school, New York Film Academy (NYFA) 2-Year Photography Conservatory student Tanne Willow lived the dream recently with her feature on Profoto.

Known for decades as a cutting-edge leader in crafting fine light-shaping and flash tools for professional photographers, Profoto is a Swedish company that recently won rave reviews throughout the photography community for their first on-camera flash, the A1.

Profoto features Tanne Willow and her images in their Local News section. The article, titled “Rising Light: Tanne Willow’s Journey from Dance to Film to Digital,” discusses Tanne’s toolkit of choice, her style influences, and her time at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles campus as a 2-Year Photography Program student.

My preferred way to work is with people in motion,” Tanne told the NYFA Blog, “Whether it’s fine arts or commercial photography.”

According to Profoto, Tanne entered NYFA’s program after a 13-year career as a dancer and instructor with only a rudimentary understanding of studio lighting. She has since gone on to develop an editorial style that draws inspiration from the lyrical relationships and creative perspectives of dance: “Tanne sees many parallels between dance and photography, both of which combine factual elements – things that we know or believe to be true, with elements that are suggested or imagined and left to the viewer to interpret from their respective points of view.”

Also highlighted in the article are many of Tanne’s photos — most created since beginning her studies in NYFA’s Photography School. In them, the conservatory student displays bold artificial lighting and a knack for combining flash with ambient light.

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Profoto reports that Tanne’s next dream is to see her work showcased in her hometown’s Fotografiska Museum. We look forward to seeing more exciting work from her in the future. Congratulations, Tanne!