Spotlight Interview – Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson is a Commercial and Editorial Fashion Photographer from Houston, Texas. At Urbanity Chic we’ve been following Brock’s work for a few years now and we were delighted when an interview with Brock could be arranged so that we could share his latest work with you. Read on to discover, amongst other things, what style of photography makes Brock unique, how he became interested in photography initially and what hobbies he enjoys when not working.

 

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I began training my eye while I was still in high school but it has been in the last 5-10 years that I have made any sort of serious effort into the world of professional photography.   I learn more and more each day as to what professional actually means in this industry.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

Something unique, something blue, something with angles, something smooth.  Any interesting subject that has a lasting uniqueness that my mind cannot ignore.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

A roller coaster of emotional ups and downs all stemming from my photographic journey.  Mostly good, but like any creative, it varies.  The journey may be similar to those who have traveled it before me, but my experience is unique and all my own.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

It has become less of a who and more of a what in recent times.  I tend to stay away from following other photographers work as it really doesn’t inspire me so much as it makes me want to emulate which isn’t healthy for my career.   I draw most of my inspiration from personal events, movie scenes, paintings, performance art, music, etc.   Anything I experience in day to day life can inspire an image.

 

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

 

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Modern fashion design is so varying it is hard to pinpoint down specific people.   I’ve been a huge fan of the McQueen house for a number of years now.  I think that Sarah will never be able to fill the shoes left before her but has done an excellent job building a label in memory of the great designer.  Galliano is interesting to me as well.  Along with Rick Owens, Riccardo Tisci, Yohji Yamamoto.  I’ve been really into the contemporary modern minimalism look lately.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

In the modern age it has shifted from being a technical question to a vision question in my opinion.  The internet provides a lifetime of information regarding lighting, composition, exposure, etc.   To the point where it is not impressive when someone takes a technically sound image.  I’m more impressed by the vision conveyed through the photograph by incredible subjects and backgrounds and bending the rules of “proper” photography to create something new and exciting.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

It really depends on what I am trying to accomplish and what message I want to be told.   I enjoy the slowed down pace of a large format camera as it really allows me to concentrate on my composition and getting everything perfect but if I am trying to capture movement and motion and keep the mood full of energy they tend to work against each other so I need to switch to a format that allows ease of use and speed.   They both have their pros and cons and it is up to the photographer to decipher the needs of a particular visual.

 

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

I follow the same ideology as I do for film or digital with this question as well.  I love the control exhibited within the studio and being able to really dial in my lighting and all of the elements of the photograph but shooting on location provides a level of complexity that is difficult to obtain in studio without large budgets.   I’m a big fan of the minimal look so studio is my preferred playground but I will go wherever the image takes me.

 

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

I think everyone has a visual story to tell.  It is really a matter of whether or not it is marketable on a global scale.    The story is always evolving and the world is always changing.  Remaining passionate and creating new work often while waiting for the stars to align is the name of the game.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

The ones in my dreams, hah!  This is a bit of a loaded question!   My favorite photograph for personal reasons is one of my grandfather in front of his tractor from 2004.  The oldest of my photos that I still have.   I have some 4x5’s of my grandmother when I saw her this past holiday season for the first time in 8 years that are pretty important to me.  As far as fashion work is concerned, I recently shot a story that I am really happy about but unfortunately it is not available for sharing yet.  Previously, my favorite work was probably the shoot I did with Lazaro Alas and his personal collection of t-shirts from the likes of Givenchy, Margiela, Pyrex, etc.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

If I had to pick one person, it would probably be Helmut Newton.

 

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

There is always an ongoing list of individuals I am interested in working with but I am more focused on expressing moods and mindsets currently.  I’m looking to do something gold this year.  I am planning on taking my viewers on a trip to Sergio Leone’s perspective of the Wild West as well.  We will see where the year takes us!

 

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is such a gargantuan idea.  Anything can be considered fashion and at the same time not be considered fashion.  It really is in the eye of the beholder and so much more a feeling than a tangible object.  I don’t remember the specific article of clothing that originally hooked me but I do remember the feeling.  Euphoria similar to that of a drug or seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time.  Your first experience in a fast car, your first time seeing a true artistic masterpiece from one of history’s greats.  It quickly spiraled into an endless search for that same feeling once again and is a chase I will never give up.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Constantly evolving and changing based on the environment and surroundings I place myself in.  I tend to find myself hovering in between the modern day youth’s angst of the Internet and the days of old where more of your soul was released with every shutter click.   I gravitate towards the mounds of inspiration available on the internet (in particular, Tumblr) but tend to sit and analyze visuals longer than many of my contemporaries.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Houston, Texas, USA but I don’t really feel defined by any one location.

 

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

Hot, haha.   It is a concrete jungle controlled by greed, oil, and opulence at war with the artists that inhabit it.   We are known for our art museums or our traffic, depending on whom you ask.    The traditional art scene is fantastic but most fashion professionals get out the moment they smell success from a major market.  We are extremely culturally diverse and have a huge food scene.  A typical local artist will find plenty of inspiration from a variety of sources but the city itself isn’t very pleasant on the eye.   It forces the creative to seek inspiration elsewhere.  Being a less than beautiful city makes us work that much harder at getting a beautiful photograph.  We can’t just step out onto the sidewalk and bang out a bunch of fantastic street style photos straight from the pages of Vogue like you can in NY and LA.   The search for an upscale and visually pleasing backdrop that hasn’t been shot to death requires lots of work around here.

 

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

Finding my way through life’s biggest questions has been one of the most important accomplishments I have achieved on this planet thus far.  The work I have done has helped lead my inner eye to discover art, world concepts, and internal peace.  I believe this to be far more important than any awards, accolades, or paychecks could ever provide.  My entire outlook on the world around me has changed in direct relationship with my love of photography, fashion, and art.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

I want to be able to inspire young artists like the masters have inspired me.  I want to help people find their own visual story.  I want people to see the beauty that I see in the mundane.   I want to make sure that the world never sees the dark days of a lack of art because I truly believe the world cannot exist without it.   I hope to be a brick in the wall blocking individuals from removing art from the classroom and public places.   I want to be one of the many soldiers fighting to allow the general public see the beauty and wonder swirling around us on a daily basis.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Typical relaxation is accomplished through cinema and books.  True relaxation comes from being out on the edge of a lake and fishing completely cutting ties with the world and concentrating on nothing but the visuals in front of me and getting a fish on the end of the pole in my hand.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I have never really been on a vacation in my life so that concept is pretty foreign to me.   I would love to be able to go camping in the near future.  A tour of Europe would be wonderful too.  The Barnes Collection in Philadelphia is definitely on my bucket list as well.  Really anywhere that provides a new experience to my life that I can call upon when needed.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Music has always been a huge influence.  I’ve dabbled in the industry over the past 15 years.  I’ve always been heavily interested in music and the process but have never been too successful in it.  I’ve played a variety of instruments and DJed for a short period of time as well.   With that being said, there isn’t a genre out there that I can’t name an artist that I am interested in.  I’ve been really enjoying the new tracks Kanye West has been releasing.    I listen to The Mars Volta (or some form of the Omar/Cedric dynamic) every single day.   I’ve been listening to a lot of downtempo/ambient type stuff lately like Chet Faker, Darkside, Nicolas Jaar, etc.  Really just a lot of everything.

 

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2014

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

My most interesting hobby is probably fishing.  It tends to not be a common choice for the fashion industry and it is something I never imagined myself doing in the past.  But it has turned out to be an incredible release from the weight of the world when I have the chance to get out there.   Unplugging completely from the world and having literally one worry (what do the fish want to bite) has been an amazing addition to my life.   I can get out there in any type of weather and just sit for hours absorbing the world around me.

If the weather or time doesn’t permit, you can catch me watching a film at home or at one of the local museums studying the greats.

 

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

Just keep doing what you want to do and stop worrying about the money, fame, and ego.  I’m not telling you to ignore your business needs and clients but just focus on what feels right for you instead of buying into every flavor of the week photo styling.    People’s influences and styles change so consistently that by chasing after them you will always be one step behind.  Develop your own style and way of doing things.  Eventually, what you do will become the next hot thing and you will be one step ahead.      In the end, focus on what makes you happy because you are the only person who really matters in the framework of the world you live in. 

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Life experiences.  I never try to force anything I do.  If it is not coming around naturally, it isn’t the right time to attempt it.   Constant comparing to other photographers and worrying about getting to that final “dream” job isn’t worth the stress.   Create the best work you possibly can where you are currently and never give up.

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

Don’t let your ego get in the way.  The second you think you are the best there is, is the second you should sell all your gear and give up.  There is no better way to stonewall your own development as an artist.   Remember to always thank the people that help you get where you are going.  The fashion world is one of the few artistic endeavors that requires a team to accomplish and they will always be the most important part of leading you to your dreams.  Without the rest of the team, you would just have a well-lit and composed image of a wall.

 

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

©Brock Lawson Photography 2013

 

Editor’s Note: Brock Lawson has a deep appreciation and understanding of all the technical aspects of photography that allows him to explore different creative styles and compositions with ease. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s Ones to Watch!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Brock Lawson just follow the links below:

Twitter link: http://www.twitter.com/brocklawson          

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/brocklawsonphoto

Web site: http://www.brocklawsonphoto.com

 Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/brocklawson

Tumblr: http://brocklawsonphoto.tumblr.com

Spotlight Interview – Silvia Saccinto MUA

Silvia Saccinto is an Italian Make Up Artist who is currently living and working in London. Since Silvia’s last interview with Urbanity Chic, about 12 months ago, her career has continued to blossom and we were therefore delighted when she agreed to share what she’s been working on. Read on to find out about Silvia’s latest projects, what she ensures she has on every assignment and what she does to relax when not working.

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Vogue.it

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Vogue.it

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Mode Magazine July 2014 - Stylist Helen Anthony

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Mode Magazine July 2014 -- Stylist Helen Anthony

Silvia Saccinto MUA - RAW Artist Show Photo Vincent Cui MODEL Missy Poison - Luna Wolf STYLING Spanky Latex

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- RAW Artist Show Photo Vincent Cui MODEL Missy Poison -- Luna Wolf STYLING Spanky Latex

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Throughout my career I’ve always had various jobs but at the moment I’m freelance and also a part time make up artist for both Bizarre Magazine and for Salvation Films Production! I’m quite proud about this!!!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Well since the last interview, these last 12 months have been very busy! I ‘ve been working on music videos, CD covers and lots of magazine shoots to such as for:

-Manic Mosh Magazine Online 2014

-Bizarre Magazine 2014

-Fabric A Magazine April Issue 2014

-Sicky online Magazine

-Candid online magazine

-Unfolded Online Magazine Issue 16

-Fabric A Magazine November Issue 2013

-Tat2 Magazine

-Miss INK Magazine 2013

-deFUZE magazine

-Fiesta Magazine (Adult Magazine)

-Kultur Magazine

-Unfolded Online Magazine Issue 15

-OffTheHook online Magazine

-Eluxe Online Magazine

-Superstar Online Magazine

-We&You Online Magazine

-Fart Online Magazine

-Vogue.it and many others!!!

I have been working also for various fashion weeks (… very stressful butt you have a vey good satisfaction after all 🙂  Working with Bizarre magazine has also been amazing! I have also been featured in a couple of exhibitions too. So yes, it’s been a great year for me.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

As before, fashion for me is everything! You can get inspiration from everywhere. Magazines, newspapers, holidays, etc… also waiting your next stop on the overground or looking at some kind of monument!!! …Fashion is in everyday life and it is also something that will never end because it’s around us!

 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

Honestly speaking, some of my make up ideas come from my imagination!

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My family. They give me the power to work every day!

 

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Fabric A magazine November issue 2014

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Fabric A magazine November issue 2014

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Fabric A November Issue

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Fabric A November Issue

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Bizarre2 May Issue 2  Director of Photography Nigel Wingrove

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Bizarre2 May Issue 2 Director of Photography Nigel Wingrove

 

Q: What’s your favourite makeup product that you are never without on a shoot?

This is can sound funny but I’m obsessed with antibacterial gel! I always carry a bottle of antibacterial for myself and also one for my make up!!

After that it’s definitely powder! For me is the most important make up product!

 

Q: What is the skin prep process prior to makeup? 

It depends on a person’s skin type but I usually want be sure that the face is well hydrated and not sensitive and after that I can start my job!!

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Mmm …lets say crazy!!! I’m happy only if I can think outside the box!!! (Only for some jobs of course…)

  

Q: Where are you based?

East London

 

Q: What’s it like living in London?

Difficult. Sometimes I really miss communicating in my native Italian language especially when I’m tired or get angry with someone! J

 

 

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

Over the last 12 months I can definitely say that it’s being part of two important exhibitions and for being featured in magazines such Bizarre!

 

Silvia Saccinto MUA -Bizarre1 January 2014  Director of Photography Nigel Wingrove

Silvia Saccinto MUA -Bizarre1 January 2014 Director of Photography Nigel Wingrove

Silvia Saccinto MUA - YELP Event August 2014

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- YELP Event August 2014

Silvia Saccinto MUA - YELP Event August 2014

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- YELP Event August 2014

 

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Hopefully I’d like to work more magazines with the magazines I’m currently collaborating with!!! Also I’d like to do some other exhibitions!!!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like to watch TV or go shopping!!

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I love the beach. Wherever the beach is I don’t mind. I just love the beach!!!

  

Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?

Apart of make-up I like cars LOL!

 

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

Please have a look on YouTube. You can see my interview there. Also check out my website. You can find some more new stuff on there.

 

 

Q: What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?

Just be yourself. Women are all beautiful in all the way they are!!!

  

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My passion of course but a lot of stubbornness!!! My job it’s very competitive so you have to be strong enough!

 

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Candid Magazine

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Candid Magazine

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Bizarre May Issue 2014  Director of Photography Nigel Wingrove

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Bizarre May Issue 2014 Director of Photography Nigel Wingrove

Silvia Saccinto MUA - Fabric A magazine April issue 2014

Silvia Saccinto MUA -- Fabric A magazine April issue 2014

 

 

Editor’s Note: Silvia’s natural creative flair is personified in her work. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s creative MUA’s to Watch!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Silvia Saccinto just follow the links below:

twitter link: @silvia_Smakeup

facebook link: Silvia Saccinto Make Up Artist

web page link: www.silviasaccintomakeup.yolasite.com

Vogue Italy: Vogue.it/SilviaSaccinto

Spotlight Interview – Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke is an upcoming fashion and commercial model from London. Although Sarah has only recently been involved in fashion modeling she already has an envious portfolio and were therefore delighted when she took the time to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read the full in-depth interview below where Sarah discusses, amongst other things, her recent experiences in fashion, her inspirations and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I started by chance, I met a designer at a music video shoot who later asked me if I would be interested in modeling her designs on runways, I had zero experience at the time but I wanted to try something new!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

12 months ago was when I first started and overall it has been hectic but fun. Looking back I have grown and learnt a lot but I’m still on my journey so I look forward to what the future holds for me.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

God.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

My favorite fashion icons would be Amber Rose, Rocsi Diaz & Antonia Wright.

 

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

Definitely the studio -controlled temperatures!

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

 

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

I did an outdoor fashion show where we had to catwalk in the streets of Sloane Square in the pouring rain. The main runway was on small pebbles, which was difficult to catwalk whilst wearing heels! I didn’t fall/slip but unfortunately this wasn’t the case for some other models that day.

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I always pack all essentials in my suitcase a day before, and try and keep my self-presentable and well-groomed i.e. clean hair, nails, etc.

 

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

 Yes! A picture from a photo shoot I did for Italian designer, Bruno Mandaro for his new collection.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

His name is John Farrar, he won best photographer of they year in both 2010 & 2011 and was also a judge at a beauty pageant I competed in last year (Miss West Africa UK 2012), he never fails to shoot excellent beauty images.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It is you, it can be a reflection of inner moods expressed with clothes!

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is versatile and usually depends on the occasion, weather and/or my mood but lately I only dress for the weekends and occasions.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based I South Kilburn, London.

 

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

Growing up there were many social issues, but I guess if you’re able to withstand it you can survive anywhere. Today, South Kilburn is a vibrant and urban multicultural community.

 

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

I’ve had so many highlights but one that stood out to me was being top 3 selected out of 100 models at the Afro Model Awards considering I had never taken part in any professional catwalk training lessons at the time! Not to mention seeing myself on television and meeting new people along the way.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Although my height betrays me, I would love to walk at Africa Fashion Week 2014.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I browse the web or sleep.

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Definitely Nigeria! It’s my native country and there’s no place like home. I’m into the culture and lifestyle and find Nigerian society humorous and the atmosphere there very thrilling.

 

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

99.9% of the music I listen to is Afrobeats. My top 5 tracks right now are:

  • Burna Boy -- Dem no know
  • Brymo -- Down
  • 9ice -- Ike kan
  • Rayce -- Jack Sparrow
  • Dammy Krane -- Xteristics

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Nothing interesting

 

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

Maintain a good attitude -you never know who is watching you. Be involved in anything and everything and always do background research before attending a job/casting.

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Sarah Okereke

Sarah Okereke

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My ultimate goal inspires me to work towards it until my destiny has been fulfilled.

 

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

That is all 🙂

 

Editor’s Note: Sarah Okereke has a vibrancy, positivity and commercial look which is sure to gain a great deal of attention over the coming months and years.

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Sarah Okereke just follow the links below:

Twitter: @SarahO_LDN

Facebook: Sarah Okereke

Starnow www.starnow.co.uk/SarahOkereke

Youtube: iSarahLive

Spotlight Interview – Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng is an experienced and creative fashion model who is currently living and working in London. After checking out some of Cat’s work within her portfolio, we were delighted despite her increasingly hectic schedule, when she agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out, amongst other things, her inspirations, what she’s recently been working on and where her ideal holiday destination would be.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I started modeling when I was 14. My mum took me to an agency that as suggested to her by a friend. I modeled for about two years then stopped because it was clashing with my studies at the time. I have recently started modeling again.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been very adventurous and exciting for me. I have travelled to 7 countries and had the chance to meet and work with amazing people.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My mum. Her patience, the love she has for my siblings and I and her amazing strong work ethic inspire me very much.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I have so many fashion icons they include Mira Duma, Rihanna & Josephine Baker. I am currently obsessed with Philip Lim & Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960.

 

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

I love shooting both on location and in the studio it depends on what the concept is and the team I am working with.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

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

I always have many interesting stories to tell about my shoots. But my most memorable one is when I had to shoot 8 outfits for a catalogue in shoes that were 2 sizes smaller. I was grumpy the whole day but the pictures turned out to be my most outstanding ones in my portfolio.

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I always ensure I get at least 6 hours of sleep before a shoot or show. Also listening to music on my way to the shoot relaxes me at the same time getting me amped and full of energy.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

I don’t have a specific favorite photograph. After every shoot there’s always pictures that I really love and some that I don’t.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

My favourite photographer that I have worked with is Masatoshi Yamashiro. He is a celebrity photographer who is now based in Japan. I had lots of fun working with him. You can check out his work on : www.masatoshiyamashiro.com/

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

Although I love collaborating with talented and creative individuals, it would be a dream come true if I could work with Terry Richards & Mario Testino.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion to me is a way of expressing my inner self and not a reflection of other people’s expectation of what should be expressed. It is always based on my mood and what I find interesting.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I am big fan of vintage fashion and mixing various styles together. I experiment new things from time to time, I don’t have one personal style.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in London but I have been modeling in Tokyo for the past two years. I will be going to Kenya in October.

 

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

I am from London but I am originally a Kenyan from Mombasa. I was there this summer and loved being by the white sandy beaches. I also loved seeing all the Big 5 when I went for Safari. You can read about my holiday in Kenya on: http://www.catachieng.co.uk/search/label/Kenya.

 

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

My highlight to date was when I got to work for Issey Miyake and got to meet him.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I hope to collaborate and work with more creative and talented minds. I am also working on my fashion/media company and hope the boutique will launch in the next 12 months.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love Yoga and taking long walks whilst listening to music on my iPod.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My favourite holiday would be the Maldives. Just search for Maldives on Google images and you would see why :-).

 

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

I have quite a lot but these are my current favourite ones. Lose yourself to dance – daft punk, Get lucky – Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams, Mirrors – Justin Timberlake & Adorn -- Miguel

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I love being in the nature and going for drives up in the hills. I did that quite a lot when I was in Japan and got to chill by the lake viewing Mount Fuji. Such an amazing experience!

 

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

Never give up on your dreams. You may come across obstacles but don’t let that bring you down. Work hard and within time you will see the fruits of your hard labor.

 

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

Cat Achieng

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I am highly motivated to do modeling because I enjoy it and I get to meet creative and talented from all walks of life. I also learn quite a lot about the fashion industry and I cannot wait to apply all of this knowledge into my fashion/media company. (www.fiallis.com)

 

Editor’s Note:  Cat Achieng has a great portfolio, which clearly demonstrates her appreciation of the creative arts and fashion. We’re looking forward with interest how Cat’s career in fashion develops over the coming months and years,

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Cat Achieng just follow the links below:

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/catachieng

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Catherine.Tanya

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Spotlight Interview – Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva is a multi-talented model who is currently living and working in London. After checking out some of Mariana’s recent shoots and work for Fashion TV we were really impressed and were delighted, despite her increasingly hectic schedule, when she agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic. Read on to find out about how Mariana became interested in fashion modeling, what she’s currently working on and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Singer Vogue MK III Photo and Video FTV Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

As a little girl I was very shy and insecure but I have always found something magnificent about being under the spotlight.

While growing up I hated posing for photos even for my mom’s birthday until one summer day after first year in high school. Some of my new friends – already advanced in social media communications – convinced me to pose for some shots. I got home and forgot about it but when they send me the photos I actually liked them. One of them was even good enough so I could also join the popular websites I used to make fun of.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov -- 2008

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov — 2008

 

Not long after a professional photographer contacted me with a proposal for fashion shoot. The second I read it my sarcastic reply was on its way… “Yes, sure…let’s shoot in an abandoned warehouse out of town!!!”. The person replied with their website and portfolio but I still did not take  it.
Anyway, we kept on chatting and after three months I met (in a crowded place) my present MANAGER and we created some amazing shots (still one of my favorite).

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd. - Fashion - Studio - Session

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last year was really busy and emotional for me. I moved in London last September and started from scratch. I had to work very hard so I can create a good professional network and now I am finally releasing my new website – www.chuleva.co.uk.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

If your mind is open inspiration comes from everywhere. I am very positive person and I believe a smile can open every door.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Ivan Peev

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Ivan Peev

 

I love listening to music and going for long walks – this kind of restarts my mind. I still see so many new things in the area I live. I cannot believe how big London is!

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I am a huge fan of Coco Rocha. She has been my idol ever since I saw her first work. Coco is a great example of successful businesswoman with great approach to the media and society.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

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

This is a tough one! Considering the London weather I can never underestimate the comfort of nice studio but on location shoots always present you with the challenge of being creative in a changing environment. Anyway, being in a nice team is what actually makes the photos memorable.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Figgahugga Commercial Shoot - ICandy Studio

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Figgahugga Commercial Shoot -- ICandy Studio

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

 

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

Every shoot is different even when you work with people you know. Different style, ideas and different energy. I always get home tired but with so much to tell…

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Summer Shoot in Plovdiv

 

Q: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

Well, I am like a panda – I have to sleep enough so I look and feel good.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Not only one!!! My favorite shoot ever is a lingerie project for FashionTV
FashionTV video --

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

During my four years experience I have worked with so many great professionals and I have an endless list of names I put with proud in my portfolio. Among all I doubtlessly choose Pavel Badzhakov – nominated for Photographer Of The Year for 2013 at Cannes – www.badzhakov.com.

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

Ever since I am in the UK I want to shoot with Mario Testino. I fall in love with his shoot for V Magazine of Kate Moss and Rihanna and I simply adore the Burberry photos of Cara Delevingne

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

I like feeling free in my clothes. I am very punky in my daily life but I cannot live without a note of style even in my tracksuit. I was wondering why and soon a thought came to my mind. In historical plan fashion is something that gave women a lot of power. Wearing trousers is not just a way to feel comfortable during the day but also a sign of equality. I really think this war is far behind us nowadays but for me the pair of jeans or the shirt you choose in the morning while being sleepy is much more than a cover for our birth suit. Fashion is a tool that you should use wisely and show your individuality though it.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Emma Barrow - Sumera Ash - Aisha Mohamed - Fashion Editorial Shoot - BNW

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Emma Barrow -- Sumera Ash -- Aisha Mohamed -- Fashion Editorial Shoot -- BNW

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

After so many years working with fashion I cannot define a style for me and that is not a bad thing. I love changes. Today you might see me as a schoolgirl all dressed in pink and tomorrow I will surprise you as a rock diva… This is why I am so happy with my job! As a model and an actress I have no borders – even if I am out of ideas a MUA or a stylist will come and show me something new. You have no idea what can be done with a few hairpins of pieces of fabric.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Xenia Hair - Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist - FTV - FashionTV Westminister Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Xenia Hair -- Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist -- FTV -- FashionTV Westminister Shoot

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London - Dark Bridal Shoot - Ksenija Vrtaric - Hair by Xenia - Stephanie Foo - MUA

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London -- Dark Bridal Shoot -- Ksenija Vrtaric -- Hair by Xenia -- Stephanie Foo -- MUA

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - Xenia Hair - Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist - FTV - FashionTV Westminister Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- Xenia Hair -- Stephanie Foo Make-up Artist -- FTV -- FashionTV Westminister Shoot

 

Q: Where are you based?

I live and work in London, UK but as a true explorer I love traveling.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography - Safari Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography -- Safari Shoot

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - George Prapas - Nessebar Beach Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- George Prapas -- Nessebar Beach Shoot

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography - Safari Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography -- Safari Shoot

 

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

As a kid I was always watching FashionTV and if someone had ever told me I would have four videos aired there I would have never believed them. It is a real-dream-come true for me but I am planning it to be just the beginning.

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I am not just hoping, but I will! I am planning to focus my career on acting now as this is something I can really involve myself with. Being a model is more like being someone else while being an actor is more like putting yourself in different situation and it is a great way to experience life surrounded by positive and creative people.

 

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London - Fashion - Glamour - Model -  Face - Beauty - Мариана Чулева

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Badzhakov Photography Ltd. London -- Fashion -- Glamour -- Model -- Face -- Beauty -- Мариана Чулева

Mariana Chuleva

Mariana Chuleva

 

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like doing yoga or running but what really helps me distress is cutting some innocent vegetables and cooking tasty dishes.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography - Natural Blonde Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography -- Natural Blonde Shoot

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

As a person living in the foggy but lovely London I would say – somewhere sunny! This year I was in Ibiza and it was amazing. I am planning on visiting Spain again not only for the beautiful beaches but also for the amazing jewelry.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Vacation Essentials - As Coco Rocha - Magazine Article

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Vacation Essentials -- As Coco Rocha -- Magazine Article

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - FashionTVHot - FTV - Hot Swimsuit Calendar

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- FashionTVHot -- FTV -- Hot Swimsuit Calendar

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. - FashionTVHot - FTV - Hot Swimsuit Calendar

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov Fashion Photography Ltd. -- FashionTVHot -- FTV -- Hot Swimsuit Calendar

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

As I said earlier for me music is life. Sometimes I feel through music. I don’t need to say anything if the song says it all. Mostly I listen to Rock’n’Roll music because my daddy thought me to since a little kid but also like Reggae, Drum&Bass, Soul…. Pretty much everything.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Nina Kadatko - Jenne von Darce - Shine and Glow

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Nina Kadatko -- Jenne von Darce -- Shine and Glow

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Apart from the acting I like conquering my fears… I love extreme sports, hiking, biking and climbing. I bet I will surprise you but I also love Economy and and I constantly do researches of the market in Fashion, Design, Photography and Media Production.

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - 2012 - Pavel Badzhakov - Studio Shoot with Peter Peshev

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- 2012 -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Studio Shoot with Peter Peshev

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Piotr Stryjewski Lifestyle Photo and Video Shoot - HMUA: Anitka Kwiat

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Piotr Stryjewski Lifestyle Photo and Video Shoot -- HMUA: Anitka Kwiat

 

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

Just believe in yourselves and enjoy what you are doing. 

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - George Prapas - Nessebar Beach Shoot

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- George Prapas -- Nessebar Beach Shoot

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do? 

Family for me is the one thing that keeps me fighting. My parents have always supported me in what I am doing and I cannot be more grateful for that. They thought me how to dream and how to work for your dreams and  I really want to pay them back for all the love they have given me and my little brother. 

 

Mariana Chuleva - BAD Models Management London - Pavel Badzhakov - Stephanie Yt Chan - Bobbi Rose Photography - Glamour - Beauty - Face - Photo - Shoot - Flowers

Mariana Chuleva -- BAD Models Management London -- Pavel Badzhakov -- Stephanie Yt Chan -- Bobbi Rose Photography -- Glamour -- Beauty -- Face -- Photo -- Shoot -- Flowers

 

Editor’s Note: At Urbanity Chic we’re sure that you’ll be seeing a great deal more of Mariana Chuleva, whether on television, films or advertisements, over the coming months. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s Ones to Watch!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Mariana Chuleva just follow the links below:

Website: www.chuleva.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarianaChulevaFanPage

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/MarianaChuleva

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/marianachuleva

BAD Models Management: http://badmodelsmanagement.com/#MARIANA_ID=32

 

Many thanks to Pavel Badzhakov -- www.badzhakov.com

Spotlight Interview – Anna-Marie Trzebinski

Anna-Marie Trzebinski is a fashion stylist who is currently based in London. Anna-Marie, having completed a degree in Fashion Textile Design in 2009, has spent the last few years working successfully as a fashion stylist, organising various fashion productions and in fashion PR. Despite Anna-Marie’s incredibly hectic schedule, working on a variety of creative projects, we were delighted when she took the time to complete an interview with Urbanity Chic.  Read the entire interview below where Anna-Marie discusses, amongst other things, how she initially became interested in fashion, what she’s recently been working on and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Rose @ Lenis

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Rose @ Lenis

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Laura @ Oxygen

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Laura @ Oxygen

 

Q: How did you get into fashion?

I knew from a young age I wanted to be in fashion and people always made a judgment on my fashion whether good or bad as it stood out. After finding out about the fantastic degree at the University of Brighton with an experience year and business studies built in I went full on for my career. I trained in printed textiles and designed in New York which I loved, however it was there I really fell in love with styling. After graduating I started freelance styling and built my contacts and knowledge from there.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

A whirlwind! I went from part time styling and working full time in corporate events and production to a full time stylist with a studio. This time last year I was working on National Roadshows to bring in money and small-scale shoots for my fashion. This year I did full production for an On Schedule London Fashion Week Runway for fabulous designer Haizhen Wang and an International Designer Showcase event with bloody Gray held at Somerset House. I also made my solo production and styling debut holding an event just after SS13 LFW last year in October which was a great success.

 

Q. What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry?

I love colour, being creative and individualistic. I love fabric and felt I had a keen eye to pick out pieces that others couldn’t in the shops.

 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

All over the place! There is no box and it is best to think outside it. My travels, favourite designers, creative editorials, theatre and exhibitions all greatly influence me.

 

Court On Camera Michelle with Anna-Marie at Launch party for Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

Court On Camera Michelle with Anna-Marie at Launch party for Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

Halloween Catwalk Show Makeup Artist Kristy with Anna-Marie. Photography Serguei Cherkassov

Halloween Catwalk Show Makeup Artist Kristy with Anna-Marie. Photography Serguei Cherkassov

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

From a young age I idolized Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood for their outrageousness to be different with no bounds in colour, media and pattern. I was also a massive fan of Alexander McQueen and continue to like the brand with designer Sarah Burton. Further afield I love Betsey Johnson and DVF!

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I like the works of Tim Walker who has a real imaginative child at heart. The props, composition, theming and setting of his photographs are wonderful. I also like the fact he is very vocal in directing when shooting which I think is essential to get the best shot and connect with the models or subject involved.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

I would love to work with many people, ultimately my relationships with my creatives and designers are most important to me. A great vibe on set and a team that is willing to go the extra mile to get that shot is what I look for. I work with a lot of emerging designers that are amazingly talented and hope to continue working with them on their journey. I will always work with emerging designers, as I believe they are key to understanding the future of fashion and helping them grow on their journey. I also feel like this allows me to give back to the industry. Big names I would love to work with Nick Knight & ELLE.

 

Q Who are your ‘Ones To Watch?’

Ones to support & watch that I love are Haizhen Wang, James Hock, Jane Bowler & Barbara Allan -- all individual in their own right at cutting edge fashion.

 

That's Boat & Anna-Marie Trzebinski. Photographer William Ferchichi

That’s Boat & Anna-Marie Trzebinski. Photographer William Ferchichi

Designer Haizhen Wang & Anna-Marie at Will I AM party

Designer Haizhen Wang & Anna-Marie at Will I AM party

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It is what I have fun with, it is what I live in but I try not to take it too seriously. I do a job I love that I have worked hard for. The world of fashion often crosses with my personal life as no hour is off limits but I make sure I have other interests and social groups to keep me well balanced. This also helps with inspirations.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Eclectic, a chameleon – sometimes I am outrageous and other times I am casual and understated. My style is not perfect and it’s not meant to be, it’s just me. I would say a favourite is a boho rock chic – think casual locks, long skirts and leather. I love my vintage pieces.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am from and based in Brentwood, Essex but I commute to London every day. I have a studio at London Bridge where I prep for shoots and manage admin. I am currently working with Bloody Gray on production for the new season press days.

 

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

Catwalk Production, Press & backstage management for Haizhen Wang with Bloody Gray. It was very exciting and a great success. My event last year was also a great success and launched my name into the industry. It was a real challenge that was very demanding but the results in attendance, styling, production and post media was very rewarding, which made me very proud.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

This time next year I hope to have produced further runway shows, travelled internationally for styling and hold a fashion job at a top monthly editorial. I have high hopes and dreams and I don’t know the specific journey but I believe I will get there and achieve them.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love a good film whether at home, at the cinema or at a pop up rooftop or drive through. I love the drama, the costumes and the emotion in a film. I also like to stay fit with dance, running and Pilates.

 

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My ideal vacation would be a combination of beach, adventure and culture – I think Thailand is great for this although I do like to try new places. I would love to visit Egypt and India.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I love up beat songs – especially first thing in the morning. Right now I am loving New York City indie rock band Fun. I also love Two Door Cinema Club, Haim, Everything Everything, Rhye & Tom Odell. All time favourites Daft Punk & Justice.

 

Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?

I love to sing and dance. I love to attend many festivals and become a real music and camping head getting involved with everything I can. I also like to write lyrics.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for people wanting to work in the fashion industry what would it be?

If you want to do it, do it, no matter the sacrifice. I’m a believer of if you really go for it you will be successful. Follow the success and don’t get confused by others around you, stay focused. My friends and family have been very supportive of my career situations and choices and I would not be doing what I am today without them.

 

Q: How can you see your work in fashion developing into the future?

I aim to develop my styling on an international level and want to become an editor of a top monthly fashion magazine.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

It sounds cheesy but life. You only get one and I think you should aim high and give it your all. Ultimately fashion makes me happy.

 

Anna-Marie at Launch Party Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

Anna-Marie at Launch Party Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

 

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

Social Media is a real key to helping you along the road to success. Make it personal, committed and have fun with it.

 

Editor’s Note: Anna-Marie Trzebinski has a great sense of style that is suited to a variety of situations. Her dramatic signature look is individual, yet has a distinct commercial edge. Over the coming months, we’re really looking forward to sharing with you on Urbanity Chic our future collaborations with Anna-Marie.

  

If you’d like to get in touch with Anna-Marie Trzebinski just follow the links below:

Twitter link: @AMTrzebinski

Facebook link: http://facebook.com/AMTrzebinski – Fashion Stylist Anna-Marie Trzebinski

MySpace link: http://myspace.com/amtstyling

Web page link: www.amtstyling.com

Spotlight Interview – Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva is an established fashion model, originally form Bulgaria but now who currently lives and works in London. At Urbanity Chic we love upcoming creative talent and were therefore keen to share some of Gabriela’s burgeoning portfolio, interests and experiences with you. Read the entire interview below where Gabriela discusses how she got into modeling initially, what her current career highlights have been and where her ideal holiday destination would be.

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by John Turner

Gabriela Georgieva - Photography by Nigel Rogers

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Rogers

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Q: How did you get into fashion modeling?

I got into modelling for first time, when I was about 16 and was approached on the street by an agent, who wanted me to join her agency. I have done quite a few fashion shows with them and although I enjoyed modelling, decided to focus on my education and after going to university, dropped the modelling for couple of years. After finishing my degree and moving to London later on, I realised I want to give the modelling another go and see where it can take me.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

I had an incredible year, managed to build up my portfolio, to work with very talented photographers, to take part in a number of fashion shows, photo shoots, music videos and a commercial too.

 

Q. Who inspires you?

I love all the supermodels from the 90’s -- Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, who all seem to have stopped the time and carry on looking even more incredible.

 

Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood for their creativity and inspiration.

 

Q. Do you prefer to shoot on location or studio?

I enjoy both, but studio is more controlled in terms of lighting, so might work better in a way.

 

Q. How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?

I just make sure I have exercised during the day and I have a good rest and plenty of sleep the night before.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Not really, it is difficult to pick just one.

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Alessandro Pelosi, Bridal gown designer/stylist: Simonetta Sabo Fashion (Designer for Poen de Szimiy), Ana Crosatto Make-up Artist

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Alessandro Pelosi, Bridal gown designer/stylist: Simonetta Sabo Fashion (Designer for Poen de Szimiy), Ana Crosatto Make-up Artist

 

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I have worked with some very talented photographers, but looking forward to work with the big names in the industry.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

I will be happy to work with more professional photographers, fashion designers, magazine editors, who can feature me in their campaigns.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It is a huge part of my life. It represents my personality through the way I dress. But I am not obsessed with trends and labels, I can wear anything that fits me and looks well on me.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My style changes and depends from the way I feel. I love feminine and sexy dresses, but also skinny jeans and simple tops, combined with leather jackets.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am currently based in London, but love travelling and Asia and America are on my must-visit list.

 

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

I am originally from Bulgaria, a lovely country in Eastern Europe, a small piece of paradise with warm turquoise sea and majestic snow-topped mountains.

 

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

I hope there will be many more to come, but so far must be a TV commercial for B&B hotels, which was featured in Germany.

 

Q. What are you hoping to achieve in the next 12 months?

I hope to go further with my modelling, to get more publications and commercial work, to travel to other countries.

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Rogers

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by John Turner

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by John Turner

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Meeting up with friends, trips away, exploring new places, keeping fit in the gym, dancing.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Anywhere warm and tropical. Love the sun, I am a summer babe.

 

Q. What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Boomerang -- Nicole Scherzinger

Trouble -- Tailor Swift

Girl on Fire -- Alicia Keys

Learn to Love Again -- Lawson

 

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

Never give up! Follow your dream and don’t take rejections personally.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Modelling is my passion, I love doing it and every new assignment motivates me to go further.

 

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

Anyone is welcome to contact me.

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Martin Macchina

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Hine

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva -- Photography by Nigel Rogers

 

 

Editor’s Note: Gabriela’s versatile look and poise is equally at home on the catwalk or in print. At Urbanity Chic we’re sure everyone will be seeing a lot more of Gabriela over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to get in touch with Gabriela, or check out more of her impressive portfolio just follow the links below:

 

Website: http://carolchan9394.wix.com/gabrielageorgieva

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gabriela.georgieva.7547

Starnow: http://www.starnow.co.uk/gabrielageorgieva1

Agency: http://www.zenati-agency.com/gabriela/

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

 

Gabriela Georgieva

Gabriela Georgieva

Spotlight Interview – Margaret Yescombe Photography

Margaret Yescombe is a freelance Creative Director, Photographer & Retoucher who is currently based in London, working from her photographic studio in Clapton, Hackney. At Urbanity Chic we’ve been an admirer of Margaret’s photography for some time, following her shoots and work from afar with interest. We were delighted when Margaret agreed to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic so that we could share everything with you. Read the entire in-depth interview below where Margaret discusses, her creative workflow, how she became interested in photography initially and what she she’s does to relax when not working.

 

Toccara Jones by Margaret Yescombe

Toccara Jones by Margaret Yescombe

 

Margaret Yescombe Photography

Margaret Yescombe Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

It took me a while to realise that Photography was my calling. With the luxury of hindsight I see it was always there, from a very young age I used to give my mum makeovers and photograph her. But, that’s hindsight I didn’t have at the time, so I took the round about route to becoming a Photographer…

I left school at 17yrs, completed a Pitman’s secretarial course and began working as a Secretary. Aged 18yrs I traveled alone to Sydney and lived there for a year, which is when I remember buying my first Photography textbook and starting serious self-study.

Returning back to London I put myself through several photographic & retouching courses including a 2 year photography evening course, while continuing to work full time as a secretary/PA in Architectural Offices. After the Photography NC course finished, I found an advert looking for a jogging partner, placed by a Photographer. I did not know what type of Photographer, but I figured we’d have something in common to chat about as we jogged, so I took a leap of faith. I’m so glad I did as, by the end of the first job, I had been offered a Photographer’s Assistant job with what turned out to be an established Fashion Photographer. Serendipity! I assisted him for a year and a half, which gave me a much clearer understanding of the industry. I decided to embrace the freelance world full-time in January 2007.

In June 2009 I purchased a photographic Studio / Location in Upper Clapton, Hackney, East London. I shoot in the Studio / Location myself and also hire it to other creatives. Location Hire clients include Marks & Spencer’s, Living Etc. Magazine, FHM Magazine and more. In December 2011 I expanded into a larger 1,636sqft Studio/Location just next door (www.studioandlocationhire.com).

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I most enjoy shooting fashion Designer’s collections, fashion editorials & celebrities. I love carefully selecting the team for the project depending on their strengths and what we are looking to achieve, bringing together a creative team together to translate a vision of the collection into a reality for all to see.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Great. This year I’ve really enjoyed working on providing all the photography for an encyclopedic book, as well as working with magazine publishers, including shooting for Hello! Magazine.

I’ve been plugging away at my photographic work for years and it feels like this year it’s finally getting displayed and noticed in the way that I’ve hoped. 🙂

On a personal note, it has been difficult. This year marked 5yrs since my mum passed away from cancer, but I feel like this last quarter of the year things have turned a corner and I’m super positive about the future.

This year I’ve shied away from partying and instead focused on knowledge and self awareness: asking myself exactly where I want to be and what I want to be doing with my life (I spent months looking at moving to various countries abroad). I’ve been self-studying more photographic and business ideas, becoming more open and interested in world affairs and looking at what it is to be alive and renewed -- what is important to me and how I want to direct my life. I won’t say it’s all been rosy, but I feel this year’s given me clarity for the future. I see my path; I just need to keep walking it. Already I feel it’s had a massively positive difference in my work and I’m now getting far more attention than before and am gaining ground on working with more of the clients that I’ve been focusing my attentions towards working with: more Designers, Magazines, Retailers, PR’s and loving it!

 

Margaret Yescombe Photography

Margaret Yescombe Photography

Blue Beauty by Margaret Yescombe

Blue Beauty by Margaret Yescombe

 

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I take inspiration out of my everyday life (TV, magazines, browsing the net, dreams and conversations, colours/shapes/materials – anything that catches my eye in life really). I have a folder marked ‘Ideas’ on my desktop, which I add to almost every day, as well as tearing pages out of magazines to keep -- if an element of the image inspires me (the lighting/pose/composition/angle/postproduction).

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

I have great respect for anyone who makes a successful business utilizing and honing their creative gift and entrepreneurial skills.

There isn’t a particular Fashion Designer or Icon that I look up to. I’ve never been one to chase labels. To me it is more about style, colour, shape, feel, and finish.

I respect the longevity and scale of Kate Moss’s modeling career (I wonder if it would have been this long if Photoshop didn’t exist?). Also, Kylie Minogue and Madonna’s careers -- not that I really listen to their music, more the way they change with the times to stay relevant and look forward – that’s what I want for my life & photographic work, to keep moving forward. As Bob Dylan says ‘an artist is always in a state of becoming’, which resonates with my core believes.

Vogue Magazine has always been a distant star that I have been slowly pushing my way towards. For some reason, I guess I’ll feel like I’ve truly ‘made it’ when I get an editorial fashion/celebrity spread in Vogue. J But I’m sure by then I’ll have my eye’s on another prize – perhaps my own magazine, or becoming a DOP, or still shooting but shooting for someone/thing else then.

Recently I watch the movie Invictus about Nelson Mandela, and watched an interview online with Richard Branson. Two wonderfully perceptive and inspiring icons that this world needs more of! Their positive refreshing attitudes, striving to achieve great positive change for the world (like protecting sea life), and striving to defuse tense political situations in combination with the other Elders, is wonderful.

What has Richard Branson got to do with fashion? Nothing that I know of, however he makes a point of donating to charities and supporting people worldwide – and that is something any person can and should do. We are seeing a lot more sustainable fashion flood into the British fashion scene; we need more of that too! Ask me again in a few years – perhaps I’ll just name a wonderful high-end sustainable fashion designer’s work as my Icon.

Although my work has been quite commercial of late, I do love the fantasy world of fashion sculptural Designers, like Gareth Pugh and Pam Hogg – visual splendors & break from the norm.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Tough question, I guess anyone can take a good photograph, but a good photographer has the skill, artistic eye, technical knowledge (of the right equipment to use for the specific shot brief circumstanced) to be able to consistently get the right shots needed in any situation.

As I’m a Photographer & Retoucher, to me image capture is one part of the process. From there I extrapolate and build upon that RAW image data, retouching the image. If you’d like to hear me waffle more on my thoughts/workflow for postproduction/retouching check out www.margaretyescombe.com/retouching 😉

What makes good Fashion photography? To me it is all about visual impact. Great fashion photography is all about pulling together the right creative team (be it small or large) to translate the vision you have in your head into a series of stunning, beautiful photographs.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I originally learnt on film, and even had my own little darkroom set up in the garden shed (which I later found out had an asbestos roof – doh!) where I’d develop my own black and white photos, dodging and burning light in the photos (that’s something that I now do in digital).

When I went into digital I lapped up what could be done, instantly seeing photos and making adjustments then shooting more, which was a great way of working for me. I also lapped up what could be done in postproduction/retouching, and from then onwards was always a Photographer & Retoucher -- and one who would never release raw files.

 

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

I’m in the fortunate position to own a Studio/Location in Hackney, East London (www.studioandlocationhire.com), so most of my work is Studio based – that is great, as I don’t have to commute.

I also love shooting at interesting/luxury locations. This year I covered a fashion design presentation down at Saville Row, so it was great to see behind the scenes there and chat to the owner/head tailor and designers.

I’d love to work with clients that want their collections/advertising shots done on location a sunny beach somewhere, or in NYC, Paris, … -- hint hint 😉

 

Vivian Wong's Collection Photographer/Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe MUA/Hair: Laura C Barrow Model: Kara

Vivian Wong’s Collection
Photographer/Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe
MUA/Hair: Laura C Barrow
Model: Kara

Vivian Wong's Collection Photographer/Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe MUA/Hair: Laura C Barrow Model: Kara

Vivian Wong’s Collection
Photographer/Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe
MUA/Hair: Laura C Barrow
Model: Kara

 

 

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

I’ve had the pleasure to photograph both Michael Palin, and Terry Jones, and the art in their homes – I really enjoyed meeting them both. Terry Jones, has a ‘photo-face’ that he always pulls (like my brother), I took that shot, but I wanted more, I squatted down close to the floor to get him from a different angle – he asked me if I was taking a picture of his knees & we both laughed – I captured him with a natural happy face. I like the image so much at the time, that I printed/framed a copy for him and posted it to Terry Jones as a little present. Next think I knew, his PA got in contact asking if they could use it for his fan photo/PR – I was of course honored and happy to oblige!

 

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

I find it hard to describe my own work – I work better visually then with words.

If you pushed me, I’d prob just say something like ‘clean, crisp and well lit’ in a bid to get past this question and onto the next. 🙂

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

I have many favourite fashion photographs; some stay in my Inspiration Folder for years, some get deleted/replaced as my taste evolves, or if I’ve shot something and used up the inspiration from that image.

Actually the images that come to mind are of my family. As unfortunately they have become iconic. I gave my mum a studio photo-shoot for her 60th birthday, when she passed away 4 years later her favourite image from that shoot was used on the Order of Service at her funeral. I also had taken my studio kit out to give my grandparents a photo-shoot at their place. Later, again the images where used for each of their Order of Service’s. Those images I took captured my family members happy, full of life – I’m so glad I took the images. They may not be iconic to the world – but they are spoken of being iconic in our world.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

No one in particular at the mo, but I admire many in passing. I like the outspokenness of David Bailey, the self confidence of Terry Richardson, the multi career success of Peter Hurley – but I don’t necessarily spent much time looking at their photographic work, I’m more focused on doing my own thing.

 

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

I’d love to photograph so many people. Basically I’d want to work with people that I want to meet/admire, have a chin wag & a cuppa with, and aim to put a smile on each of their faces as they say that ‘even though they’ve been photographed many, many times throughout their careers – these are their favourite images of themselves’. That’s a gift I’d love to give to them. Of the top of my head I’d start with Arun O’Connor, Kate Moss, Lilly Cole, Bob Dylan, Lenard Cohen, Richard Branson, Anna Wintour, Paul McCartney, (Elvis if he was still alive)…

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Means an expression of self – we have amazing freedom of expression and so much to choose from.

I went to a strict school where you had to wear the precise uniform right down to the three colours of hairbands you were allowed to wear (and detention if you tried to break free with your scrunchie colours!).

I’ve also traveled around Morocco and know that women must cover their shoulders/cover up more there.

I love the freedom and variety we have here.

How you dress effects how the world sees you. Put a person in a uniform & it takes away their personal freedom and makes them part of a recognizable group.

I remember getting sent home from Girl Guides for wearing a tie-died t-shirt instead of the uniform t-shirt. My point being that it didn’t matter what I wore, I was there to take part in the activities and the social interaction – not the uniform.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Mostly I live in jeans or leggings, with layers of soft fabric and a scarf, and occasionally with statement jewellery, or pieces of jewellery that mean something to me. I mostly go for comfort & style over the latest trend.

My personal style isn’t necessarily reflected in what I choose to shoot. I want to create aspirational images – looks that wouldn’t necessarily look good on me.

I’ve been told I have a strong sense of fashion/colour and how something should sit to make it attractive and desirable.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Currently my Studio is in Clapton, Hackney, East London www.studioandlocationhire.com.

 

Client: Core Spirit Shoot Description: Look Book with a mixture of Designers   Photographer: Margaret Yescombe Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe Stylist: Victoria Hair: Chrysostomos Chamalidis Make-up: Cristina Iravedra Female Model: Alisa @ Next Model Agency (booked by client) Male Model: Jakub Zelman @ Priemier (booked by client)

Client: Core Spirit
Shoot Description: Look Book with a mixture of Designers
Photographer: Margaret Yescombe
Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe
Stylist: Victoria
Hair: Chrysostomos Chamalidis
Make-up: Cristina Iravedra
Female Model: Alisa @ Next Model Agency (booked by client)

Margaret Yescombe Photography

Margaret Yescombe Photography

 

 

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

Great, thanks for asking. With so many terrible places you can be born into suffering in this world – I’m glad I was born in London. I love its multicultural diversity and forward-looking attitude. I love that our little island attracts creative people the world over -- a fashion capital of the world, all on my doorstep!

 

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

There have many highlights to me. Like making my first photographic sale all those years ago, the first time I got published in a magazine, the first time I photographed a celebrity, the first time top fashion model agencies agreed to give me models to test.

Last year I won Professional Photographer Magazine’s ‘Shoot the Catwalk’ competition. I got to meet the editor and representatives from Canon, and was given a VIP pass to shoot at London Fashion Week right at the end of the runway of the Jaeger show, which was great.

Most recently, the first time I’ve photographed for a Hello! Magazine editorial feature.

I guess I just enjoy each step forward on my path.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

Success / happiness / balance

I’d like to continue to work with more fashion designers, fashion retailers, magazines, PRs, celebrities.

At some point I’d like to go do some fashion shoots in NYC for a while.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I’m a bit of a home bod. Being my own boss and working from home, I find a lot of my work relaxing, like when I’m retouching, I sometimes have the TV on in the background on Discovery Chanel watching documentaries (Gold Rush, Jungle Gold – in fact I’ve watched so many gold prospecting shows I might do it myself one day, ha ha). I also love comedy (30 rock, Seinfeld, Frasier, Curb your Enthusiasm) and action series (Oz, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) and watching movies on iTunes – this is usually while co-working with my neighbour who is my closest friend.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I love singing along to just about anything, including adverts. The Nikon and Sky advert are both currently using music by Radical Face ‘Welcome Home’ which I love. Something about it just strikes a deep soft soulful note, and beats with a primal cord with me (as with many others) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8a4iiOnzsc

 

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I don’t know if it’s interesting (?) but I’m pretty keen on baking my own bread using the breadmaker my brother gave me (that he bought but never really got into). My Dad has made his own bread every week for as long as I can remember, possibly longer. He only ever made the same one recipe which was unappealing, to me and the rest of the family, as it is hard as a brick, but that’s the way he likes it – so that didn’t really inspire me, ha ha. I love mixing different organic flours, experimenting with the recipes, fresh bread smell is divine! J

 

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

Shoot what you love and shoot lots, but also learn the business side of things. Be supportive to others, and let them be support to you. Keep abreast of legal and political issues that are relevant to Photographers (e.g. copyright law) and technological advances that allow you to improve your workflow.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

A deep question, or maybe it’s just that my motivation for this dream/drive comes from so deep within, I can’t even see where it stems from. It is a part of me that wants to be realized, and I know now, that if I weren’t to listen to it, I could not live a fulfilled life.

I set myself tasks and personal goals and keep To Do lists with me on my phone -- I try to knock at least one thing off the list a day (often while simultaneously adding to it). I get simple satisfaction crossing things off my list.

 

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

If your readers would like to connect and keep up to date, please do like/follow/link at the social media links below, thanks.

 

Rachel Antonio by Margaret Yescombe

Rachel Antonio by Margaret Yescombe

Vivian Wong's Collection Photographer/Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe MUA/Hair: Laura C Barrow Model: Kara

Vivian Wong’s Collection
Photographer/Retoucher: Margaret Yescombe
MUA/Hair: Laura C Barrow
Model: Kara

Margaret Yescombe: Self Portrait

Margaret Yescombe: Self Portrait

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: Margaret Yescombe has a sound technical understanding which allows her to adopt styles to suit a project’s creative needs. This partnered with undoubted levels of creative flair means that Margaret Yescombe is definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s ‘Ones to Watch’.

 

If you’d like to learn more about, get in touch with Margaret Yescombe, or just check out some more of her photography, just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.margaretyescombe.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Photographer_UK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MargaretPhotographer

Google+: https://plus.google.com/100433645290414452148/posts

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/margaretyescombe

Blog: http://www.margaretyescombe.com/blog

Spotlight Interview – Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson is a fashion photographer from Houston, Texas and is our latest StarNow competition winner. When we first saw Brock’s work we were really impressed by his simple yet engaging style of fashion photography and were really keen to interview him for Urbanity Chic so that we could share some of his interest, experiences and impressive portfolio of work with you. Read on to find out, amongst other things, what his career highlights have been, how he would define his personal style and what he’s hoping to achieve for the next 12 months.

 

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

 

 

Q: Who are you called?

My name is Brock Lawson and I go under the name of Brock Lawson Photography to keep it simple for clients.  Although, just recently I have officially added Amy Wigley to my team as a Photoshoot Coordinator to help relieve some of the planning duties.

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I received an old .3 megapixel Fuji point and shoot from my father in Junior High.  I started playing with it and moved my way up to a DSLR shortly after.  I worked for a GM car dealership when it went bankrupt and began looking for a different profession.  I began working on the transition to portrait photography and then was drawn into fashion and have been ever since.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I love shooting fashion.  I prefer breaking rules and shooting it wide angle as well.  I love strobe lighting and use it for all of my images whether in studio or mixing it with ambient outdoors.

 

Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been pretty good for me.  I began working full time for a fashion retailer as a photographer so personal projects have been slower than the previous year but I feel like I have grown tremendously this year.  I set a goal to become much better at post processing and create a unique style for myself, which I feel I have accomplished.

 

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I wouldn’t say whom but what.  I draw my inspiration from many different places.  I love the fantasy genre and draw lots of inspiration from it.  I also find lots of inspiration in folk music and classic movies.  I have also always been interested by the Victorian period and the wonderful details on their clothing. I like to give my photographs a mysterious edge that keeps the viewers interested in the story behind the photograph.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Personally, I am very interested in Tom Ford’s menswear.  I am not a menswear photographer but it fits into my own personal style.  Visually, I am extremely interested in Alexander McQueen’s incredibly detailed pieces.  Also, going back to my love of fantasy and Victorian things, I have been interested in following the collections from China’s Guo Pei.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

I love photographers who let their personality show in their work.  Anyone can properly expose a photo and frame good composition but that isn’t what fashion is about.  Fashion is about showing weakness, breaking rules and pushing towards the boundaries of fine art.   I think photographers need to keep this in mind and always remember art is subjective.  Don’t hold back on your visions to conform to the standards.  Always push that line.

 

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I feel at home using digital.  I have a few film cameras that I use for street photography and the like but I never share those photos because they don’t fit in with my body of work or the direction I want to go with my career.  I use them more for visual exercises to help with creativity.

 

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

Either works for me.  It really depends on what the concept is for the shoot and what will work best to create the images I desire.

 

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

I think every photographer has a unique style, including myself.  But I don’t think it is something that can really be defined.  Everyone’s vision will always be different from the next person.  I enjoy seeing the outcomes from various photographers at workshops.  It always interests me how even though the set, styling, and model are exactly the same.  Every single person there interprets the scene differently.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Many!  But currently I am in love with an image by Ruven Afanador of a man and a woman in an garden.  The man has blue tooling tied around his head like a present and the woman has this amazing hair.  The image has a 1920’s English feel to it and it is just gorgeous.  The image is just one from the set but it just strikes a wonderful feeling in me.  You can tell there is a backstory to the set and it really intrigues you to stare at it and figure it out.  If you visit his site, it is slide number 25 under selected works > fashion.

  

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

So many to name!  From the old masters it would be have to be Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Cecil Beaton and all the other greats.  And some of the more modern ones are, Eugenio Recuenco, Melissa Rodwell, Ruven Afanador to name a few.

 

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

 

 

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

I would love to work with Melissa Rodwell some day.  Her work has always been inspiring to me and her blog is amazing.  She seems like a great person to be around and I have a feeling I would learn a lot just being at one of her shoots for even an hour.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you? 

Fashion to be is no limits.  It is artistic expression at its most primal.  Trends come and go but in every piece and collection, the heart and soul of the designer is throughout.  Fashion is also a history book in a sense.  You can look at collections and images from the past and really see what was going on in the world and the general mood of mankind.

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

I try not to define it.  I don’t want to ever be stuck doing the same thing over and over so I like to keep it free and open.  I let the themes and stories develop organically to portray just what I was feeling during that moment.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Houston, TX USA

 

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

Frustrating at times.  Weather is always a battle.  It is either extremely hot and makeup melts off models faces with in minutes or it is raining.  In my opinion, the general attitude of the industry here is all sorts of messed up.  We have photographers whose egos are big as Texas and models that think Kate Moss should kiss the ground they walk on.  Although I’m sure most locations are like that.  The Houston way is to be selfish; it has always been that way.  I think we could have an amazing fashion scene if people would work together and create a positive environment for us all to thrive in and enjoy.  There is an extreme lack of humbleness by most of the industry here and lots of bark but no bite.    Of course, not everyone is that way.  And to be honest, it is our way of life down here.   It is the way it has always been and always will be.  It wouldn’t be Houston if it was any different.

 

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

I was featured on Italian Vogue’s Photo Vogue as one of the top images of the day.  I have a love for all things Vogue and it was pretty awesome to see my image and name on the main page.

 

Brock Lawson Photography

Brock Lawson Photography

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

The near future will be a website update.  Longtime, I’m looking to get more publication work.  There is something so satisfying about seeing your work printed in magazines.  I’m also looking to travel sometime soon and shoot in other countries.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I enjoy watching old and obscure movies.  I also do my fair share of playing video games.  I’m a big car enthusiast as well and try to spend as much time as I can working on cars and just being around motorsports in general.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I’m not much of a holiday fan but I would love to travel more.  I spent my childhood constantly moving throughout the US and have seen most of what it has to offer.  But I haven’t been overseas at all and want to experience Asia and Europe in the near future.

 

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

Way too many to count.  I love music of all varieties and have a 160 GB iPod that is completely full.  But on a daily listen is anything by The Decemberists.  They have been my favorite group for many years and have helped me through rough times.  I am always inspired by all of their tracks and listen to them religiously!

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I’m a huge car enthusiast.  It is what I went to school for and I made a career out of it for quiet a while.  I work on a blog dedicated to road racing and try to spend as much time as possible immersing myself in the sport.  I have been working on making my own car these past few months ready for the race track and plan on spending some considerable time there this year.

 

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

Stay humble.  It is my number one pet peeve and I refuse to work with people who think they are the greatest model/stylist/MUA that has ever walked the earth.   No matter what, there is always someone better than you.  And that is a good thing!  It helps you strive to become not only a better photographer, but a better person.  Never ever talk down to fellow photographers or let your ego get in the way.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Personal expression.  Every person sees the world in a different way.  And I think it is nice being able to show other people my own view on life.

 

Editor’s Note: Brock Lawson has in incredible fashion portfolio that is both appealing simple, dynamic and has incredible commercial appeal. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s “Ones to Watch for 2012 and beyond!”

 

If you’d like to contact Brock Lawson or check out more of his impressive portfolio just follow the links below:

twitter link: http://www.twitter.com/brocklawson

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/brocklawsonphoto

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