Spotlight Interview – Tamlyn Rose

Tamlyn Rose is a talented upcoming photographer from Auckland, New Zealand. We were delighted when she agreed to complete a Feature Photographer interview for Urbanity Chic so we could share her work with you. Read the full interview below to find out about, amongst other things, Tamlyn’s favourite photograph, her inspirations and what motivates her to do what she does.


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography



Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I really enjoy photographing ‘normal’ girls that aren’t models, but have something beautiful about them that made me want to photograph them. Usually it’s the thing they disliked most about themselves that made me ask them in the first place! I love seeing all the compliments they get when the photos have been posted; I think it really builds their confidence. Also when the model them self sees the photos for the first time, and has a big smile on their face when they look through them. Almost embarrassed, but feeling excited at the same time. I feel like I helped them open their eyes to how beautiful they really are, that’s where I get my satisfaction 🙂



Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was awesome because it was the year I got my first DSLR :-). I remember getting a txt from my mum at school saying it had arrived. I immediately grabbed my friend, got in the car and went straight to my house. As soon as I opened it, I left the manual behind, did my friends makeup and went outside to try out my new camera. I had no idea how to use it, but I just couldn’t wait!


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography - Who inspires you?


Q: Who inspires you?

My little sister, Harmony. She’s only 3 years old, but she has such a cute little personality and is so beautiful. She often comes into my room when I’m getting ready to go somewhere, and asks “Can I have some pretties? And lipsticks? And dress? And take pictures?” She really loves dressing up and looking at the photos afterwards, I love it  Other than her; I’m inspired by movie trailers, behind the scenes, movie stills, and music. If I hear a song that immediately triggers all these ideas, I usually listen to that song over and over, writing down/sketching the images the come to mind.


Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

A good photographer in my opinion takes what is around them and turns it into something unfamiliar. Also, being clear and direct but also letting the model put their flavour in; not making them feel uncomfortable and feel like they have to have my approval for their pose, just giving them the overall picture of what you want and also letting them express their feel to it. A good photographer is open-minded. You work together with the model, not against. Oh, and you must be passionate and motivated! That is very important, because it shows.


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography - An example of using film



Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Though digital is way more convenient, I definitely prefer film. The result of film is much more raw and organic, with colours and textures that are almost impossible to achieve with digitals without retouching. The downside of film is the cost of buying and developing 🙁 especially when only 2 photos come out the way you wanted.


Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?

I haven’t had much experience with studios, so at the moment I’d have to say location.



Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography - An interesting story


Q: Do you have any interesting stories about a particular photo shoot you’d like to share?

I had just done my friend Nicole’s makeup for an assessment at my course. I wanted to take photos of her so we walked along Queen Street and I decided I wanted her to be holding an ice cream. So we went to Giapo, which makes the most AMAZING sorbet in the world. I bought her one, and then we took some photos outside the shop. My friend who works there said I should send the photos to the guy that owns it because she thought he’d love to see them, and so I did. Turns out he really liked them and posted them on Giapo’s page and gave Nicole and I $50 vouchers! YUM!


Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?

I always try to explore colour and find new tones to create different atmospheres for each shoot I do. I’m always experimenting with makeup, so I  do all that kind of stuff for my shoots.


Tamlyn Rose Photography - What makes Tamlyn unique?

Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography - Tamlyn's favourite photograph


Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Ooh that’s a hard one… But right now, I’d have to say this photo I took of Katy Perry at her concert. I love her expression and the whole 1940’s film’ feel to it.



Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I’d have to say Nirrimi Hakanson. Legend.


Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with (either behind or in front of the camera)?

Models I’d love to work with are Abbey Lee Kershaw, Raina Hein, Francisco Lachowski and Lindsey Wixson. I would also love to photograph for Vogue, Tranoï, Rolling Stone, and Fallen. Oh and I would LOVE to be a photographer for a musician while they’re on tour! All I really want to do is travel, see the world and capture it .


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I feel weird describing my own style, so I asked some others what they thought :-):

“Whimsical with an attention to light and focus that is as much a part of the photo as the subject.”

“beautifully crafted, with the an eye for minor details, amazing colours, and locations, each photo has a feeling and a soul. timeless “


“Magical 🙂 You have a very artistic concept to each shoot, which you show in a mystical and kind of mysterious way.”


“You have a variety… sometimes vogue to indie. Always creative and you try to make it different, which is good because it’s interesting!”


Q: Where are you based?

Auckland, New Zealand.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Being a New Zealander, everyone’s very casual and relaxed. I’m really lucky to live in such a beautiful country. I’ve been in the same house since I was 3 years old; there’s a calm atmosphere about where I live in particular.


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

The highlight of the past year has been seeing myself improve, and learning from my mistakes. Going from what feels like just getting my camera; to having the opportunity to shoot a wedding, a jewelry label, and Katy Perry’s California Dreams concert in Auckland :-).


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

By continuing to put myself out there, I hope to have more opportunities come my way that will promote my work; meet more people in the industry, and also discover some new model-potential faces!


Q: What do you do to relax?

Listen to rain soundtracks, watch a Disney movie or have a Milo. haha


Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

The Civil Wars – Poison and Wine, Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know, Birdy -- Skinny Love, And my sisters music that she has written and recorded. Watch this space! 🙂


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography


Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?

I have many hobbies! I love doing short films every now and then, just to get away from still images. It brings my visions to life, along with the music that inspired the idea to start with. I also love drawing and painting, piano, makeup artistry, and dancing.



Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?

Don’t be ashamed of your ideas, or worry about what people will say about them. Be passionate and motivated, and put yourself out there. Also, you don’t have to have a big, expensive camera. I took a lot of photos with my point and shoot that I still love. A lot of people don’t realize the potential their camera has; it all depends who’s behind it. Heck, use your iPhone!


Tamlyn Rose Photography

Tamlyn Rose Photography




Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

God gave me my passions; what I do with them is my gift back to Him, so my motivation definitely comes from what I believe and my relationship with God. When my photos have blessed a person in some way, that’s what motivates me. My mums friend told her that her 12 year old daughter saw my photos, and that she was really inspired and now wants to take up photography. I feel really humbled by this  :-).



Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Short films are a big part of my imagery, if you’d like to watch them you can click on my pages 🙂 as well as the rest of my imagery. Thank you for reading! 🙂


Editor’s Note: Tamlyn’s talented sense of light and composition demonstrates an incredible artistic flair which anyone that sees her photography appreciates. At Urbanity Chic we’re really interested to see how Tamlyn’s career in photography develops over the coming months and years!


If you’d like to see more of Tamlyn Rose’s work or contact her, just follow the links below:


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