Hello, my name is Haakon Birkeli and I am a hobby drone photographer from Norway. I am living Bergen, a beautiful city located in the western part of Norway. Being located here, I have access to both spectacular mountains, Norwegian nature and the beautiful fjords of Norway. A perfect place for a person loving drone photography. This post is an introduction about myself and my hobby – drone photography.

Little about myself

I am 21 years old, born in 1999. The whole of my life, I have been fascinated about the Norwegian landscape. In my younger days, I was a scout in my local scout club. At a age of 9, I started in the scout, and never leaved the scout club before other duties called when I finished high school 18 years old. Almost 10 years as a scout I have been sleeping outdoors in tent or just under the sky for approximately 2 month in total. This have made me captivated of the nature.

Until I finished high school, I had lots of time to explore the nature and take photos and videos. When I finished the high school, I went into the Norwegian navy for two years, and did not have any time to do my hobbies. Badly for my hobbies, but at same time giving me a lot of experience. Today I am studying to be a navigator at the sea. My interests for the fjords and boat life is as high as the interests for the Norwegian nature.

Drone photograpy

My life as a drone photographer started in 2017. Back in 2016 DJI released their first foldable drone, DJI Mavic PRO, and in 2017 I bought it. As a fresh drone photographer I did not manage to make any professional looking videos. Neither I did not know about proper compositions of frames, such as 1/3 and more basics. After a lot of testing and failing, I became more experienced and started filming better videos. My first breakthrough was in autumn 2018 filming and composing my first professional drone video. After that video I managed to take both better photos and videos.

In the beginning of 2019 I found the web platform, and decided to place some of my work out at the website. At this time I did not think about myself as a professional photographer, but my work was liked by the users of and I got some thousands views in a few weeks.

During the summer holiday in 2019 I filmed more professional videos and especially one video is my beloved one. The video is a composition of multiple days advanced filming. When I published that video my views at rose into the sky. With more than 2.8 million views, this is my most viewed video, and has helped me becoming more popular as a photographer. In fact, the video is the most viewed video at if you search for “Norway”. The video has also been used in multiple Norwegian television programs.


Today I have more than 4.2 millions views on the website, and rising with around 10-20 000 views every day. Therefore I decided to make this website, so I become more like an “official” photographer. My time consumption flying drone and creating photos and videos has increased. Because of this, I will have to earn some money for my work. An action I have done is creating the online shop where you can buy some of my high quality photos and videos.

I do need some partners as well, sponsoring some of my equipment. Read more about it here.

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