Travel photographer Lola Akinmade on her path to becoming a Hasselblad Heroine

Lola Akinmade Akerström
(Image credit: Lola Akinmade Akerström)

Born in Nigeria, educated in the States and now based in Sweden, Lola Akinmade Akerström's passion for travel is deeply rooted through her experiences growing up. Recognized as one of this year’s Hasselblad Heroines, the award-winning, storytelling photographer's journey into the industry wasn’t the easiest. 

There’s no doubt Lola Akinmade is a successful woman. She is the best-selling author of Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well and her photography has been published by National Geographic, Lonely Planet, The New York Times and many more. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.