Valentino Valkaj

Turku, Finland

My name is Valentino and I'm 35 years old. I do photography and videography full time and for now, I live in Turku, Finland. I'm also a passionate outdoor enthusiast and I am driven by that feeling of being outdoors, in nature, at 5am, shooting a sunrise when there is nobody around, when the world is still asleep. That is when I feel most alive. I started doing photography back in 2012, that was also the first time I picked up a digital camera. Instantly I was hooked and soon that passion turned into a lifestyle and full time commitment. I was born and I grew up in Croatia, but I moved to Finland in 2014. Since then, I have fallen in love with the nordic nature and culture.

Photographer | Outdoor | Explorer

Q&A with Valentino

What motivates you?

Other people's achievements.

Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

Greenland because the ever changing melting ice is changing the landscape day by day and at some point in time, all glaciers will be gone.

What’s your favorite ride in an amusement park?

I've never been in an amusement park, too many people at one place!

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I’ve climbed down a sea cave in Croatia.

3 tips from Valentino

1. Don't wait for life to pass you by, you have only one.
2. Travel more, buy less. Experiences are what you will remember 50 years from now
3. Marinade your food 1 day before.

What’s your outdoor story?

I started to be passionate about spending a lot of time outdoors with photography. First thing that I enjoyed making are landscape images and very often, to capture the most magnificent light, I have to be outside very early in the morning or late in the evening.