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!

 

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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?

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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

web page link: http://www.brocklawsonphoto.com

 

Spotlight Interview – Lauren Wright Photography

Lauren Wright is an upcoming fashion photographer who is currently living in Shoreditch, London. Although Lauren has only recently become involved in professional photography we were impressed with some of her creative portfolio and were therefore delighted when she took the time to be interviewed by Urbanity Chic so we could share everything with you. Read on to find out about, amongst other things, how Lauren would describe her style of photography, her creative influences and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Lauren Wright Photography

Lauren Wright Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I got into photography this summer actually. Iv always been quite artistic so I have always had that eye. I decided I wanted a big DSLR for my 21st birthday and that’s where addiction began.

 

 Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I love the freedom that you can have as an artist. Also people are so critical of themselves so if I can give them photos they enjoy of themselves that’s great.

 

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

Wonderful, I feel I have found what I really want to do with my life. Being able to put 100% into everything you love is just amazing.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Anyone that loves to create. I think being artistic and creating beautiful things can be magical.

 

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

I look up to Jessie J, I think her style and look is very original.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Having a good imagination, I have never really had any Lessons in photography so I believe it isn’t just about learning the technical side, its putting what’s in your head into a piece of artwork.

 

Lauren Wright Photography

Lauren Wright Photography

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Using Digital. This is mainly because I’m a big geek when it comes to photo shop! I think its great the fact you can give photos completely different feels.

 

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

I think both have their uses, but I love location because it has a very certain feel about it often helping the model create that feeling or mood. On the other hand I find the studio interesting in a way the model has to work harder and great things can come out of this.

  

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

I was doing some test shots with my flat mate one time in the bath. We ended getting some great shots out of it, but as you can imagine it was rather funny her sitting in the bath trying to look sexy.

 

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

I think I use a very high amount of clarity and color on my photography. The Image I try and get across is very clear

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Rankin! His photography is just so beautiful. I love that when he photographers well known people he really captures their personalities.

 

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

Jessie J definitely, I think with her style the shoot would be nothing but fun.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

 A way to express yourself! However you feel that day!

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

 I cant really put a label of my style. I’d say it’s however I fell that day! Sometimes I go through pin up moods, next I’m wearing a big woolly jumper with a skirt.

 

Lauren Wright Photography

Lauren Wright Photography

 

Q: Where are you based?

 I am based in the heart of London in Shoreditch.

 

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

Living in Shoreditch is great!! I live in the most artistic part of London, what could be better for a photographer!

  

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

Meeting so many like-minded and artistic people. Being around people like this really get me excited and get me thinking of new ideas for the future.

 

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

I Think it would be great to go into commercial Photography, Taking pictures for artistic mags would be a dream. I love the mag Hunger. I find the photography inspiring.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

 Yoga! Its great for mind and body.

 

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

I think America! I would love to live there one day. The hot whether and relaxed attitude is always something I have wanted to experience.

 

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

Amy Winehouse on Vinyl! I recently got bought a Vinyl player and it’s fascinating. The sound you get from it is so much more beautiful than a regular CD.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

 I do a lot of rock Climbing, maybe in the future I could combine this with photography.

 

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

Take photos of what interests you, and take A LOT of photos!

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I love seeing what was in my head or in my notebook recreated on a photograph. Getting my creativity out is amazing having it liked is a bonus.

 

Lauren Wright Photography

Lauren Wright Photography

 

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

I would welcome the chance to work on any new projects. I have lots of ideas and a real passion.

 

Editor’s Note:  Lauren Wright’s use of colour and composition is to be commended. At Urbanity Chic we’re looking forward to how her portfolio and career develops over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to check out more of Lauren Wright’s photography or get in touch just follow the links below:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/photography_lw

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaurenMichelleWrightPhotography

Website: http://laurenwright91.wix.com/photography#!home/mainPage

Spotlight Interview – Ivy Nine Designs

Bekha and Jess Lafrankie are two talented photographers based on the Gold Coast, Australia and have created the photography company Ivy Nine Designs. Ivy Nine Designs specializes in fashion, editorials and advertising and have a great portfolio. We were delighted when they allowed us to showcase some of their work on Urbanity Chic and give us an opportunity to learn a bit more about them too. Read the full, in-depth, interview below where Bekha and Jess discuss how they got into photography, they photographic habits and what they’re hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

We have no idea! We won some money, we bought a camera and here we are.

 

Q: What do you most enjoy photographing?

Anything beautiful and soft with a feeling that is whimsical.


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

Exciting! It has been full of developing our style, being published and expanding our experiences.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

Everybody! Lara Jade Coton, Sky Ferreira, Joe Wright, Karl Lagerfeld, Nirrimi Firebrace, Mario Testino, Gemma Ward, Annie Leibovitz, Anna Wintour, Lana Del Rey, Margret Mitchell, Eddie Redmayne, Steven Meisel, Jonathan Lawson, Sofia Coppola, Nikki Reed, Sasha Pivovarova and Nicole Bently amongst so many others.

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

Mary Kate Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Abbey Lee Kershaw.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Anyone who is daring enough to push boundaries and bring social consciousness through their craft. Many great fashion photographers have been able to do more than sell clothes through their work and we hope to as well.

 

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

We love both. We use digital on shoots due to convenience but film when we’re experimenting.

 

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

On location.

 

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

We’ve had so many! We’ve had a model throw a thousand dollar bracelet onto a highway, been escorted to security offices, chased by wild geese, had the power switched off on us, lost our shoes in muddy swamps, frozen in graveyards, scared off snakes, dived into a field to avoid being caught while trespassing, cried our way out of a $600 fine, had nine models in underwear running around a public beach and all the while enduring whatever teenage boys are around to jeer at our models.

 

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

We are quite feminine and vulnerable with our photos but we are still developing and are always trying different concepts. One thing you can expect from us is clear, soft images with emphasis on distinct details.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

It is impossible to choose. We are dissatisfied with so much of our work due to high standards but appreciate elements of each photograph. Usually our favorites are influenced by memories or content rather than the actual photograph.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Each other.

 

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

 

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

Yes, hundreds of people! When we put a team together we only consider talent that we admire and find inspirational. There are so many more amazing people filling the world and we look forward to working with them in the future.


Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is the opportunity to have fun and express all different facets of your personality. It’s great because it’s so dynamic and you don’t always have to be the same.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Always changing. We are quite different actually, right now Bekha is into high collars, long jackets and sheer fabrics while Jess is wearing woolen jumpers, tribal patterns and moccasins. We both love felt hats, leather boots, shoulder bags and embellished shirts. We have a common taste for clean simple lines with splashes of color and impeccable fits.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Gold Coast, Australia.

 

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

A little frustrating. We’re tired of beaches and commercial developments and long to be in a fashion area such as Sydney or New York. After we travel through Europe next month we’ll decide on a place to relocate.

 

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

Achieving the personal goals we set step by step.

 

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

We want to be commissioned editorial photographers for print fashion magazines here in Australia and internationally. We look forward to combining our work with travelling around the world and meeting new people.

 

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

We take photos of each other, our life and family, we write and play music together on the guitar and piano. Occasionally we watch a fantasy series, sometimes we cook, often we find ourselves retouching photos as a form of relaxation.

 

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

Anywhere we haven’t been yet.

 

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

We collect CDs to listen to and the most recent purchases have been…

Bekha -- Marina and the Diamonds, Lisa Mitchell, Bon Iver and Birdy.

Jess -- First Aid Kit, Ed Sheeran, Karis Eden and Florence and the Machine.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

We love going on road trips and we love vintage shopping for clothes, books and props. We love blogging as well as taking film photos. Also Jess is currently doing a 365 challenge (photo a day project) which keeps her photographically active.

 

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


The best advice for any profession is to know your craft well and develop your skills to the point of being the best. So practice, practice, practice.That’s what we do.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

The idea of achieving better things with our photography, getting to that level where we are proud of our work and can clearly communicate our ideas.

 

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

We have a store opening shortly and will be blogging throughout Europe, feel free to follow our journey.

 

Editor’s Note: Ivy Nine Designs are growing an enviable portfolio of impressive fashions shots. We’re sure we’ll be seeing much more of Jess and Bekha’s creative work in magazines for many years to come.

 

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs

Ivy Nine Designs -- Self Portrait

 

If you’d like to get in touch with  Ivy Nine Designs just follow the links below:

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ivynine

Web page link: http://ivynine.com.au/

Blog: http://ivyninedesigns.blogspot.com.au/

Tumblr: http://ivynine.tumblr.com/

Videos: https://vimeo.com/44292687

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/JessLaFrankie

Spotlight Interview – Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers is a fashion photographer who is currently living and working in London. At Urbanity Chic when we first sampled a morsel of Sarina’s portfolio we were very impressed and enquired if she’d like to be interviewed by us so we could share everything with you too. Despite her hectic schedule she agreed. Read the entire interview below where Sarina discusses, amongst other things, what fashion icons and eras she is inspired by, what she’d like to achieve in the future and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I remember being a child and scratching through the old boxes of family albums of photos ranging from the 1940’s to 1980’s and being transported to another time, trying to imagine myself in that precise moment. My love for images started then, and turned my passion into creating images while travelling and eventually leading to people and fashion photography.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I enjoy creating the images in my mind, I have always loved art and design, but never had the ability to paint or draw a picture. With photography, the love is really in re-producing the creativity that I can see when I close my eyes.

 

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

Extremely busy and full of learning curves as I have been always been branching out into other avenues of photography. Establishing creative partnerships with stylists, make-up artists and model agencies have also been a key factor and have ensured professional results.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

There are so many photographers that have such diverse styles that it would be impossible to choose one person to be inspired by. I love to research and find new talent that inspires me to push boundaries, being part of photographer communities and having the support of my peers is another phenomenal source of inspiration.

 

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

 

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

I must say that I love style icons that epitomize an era. When I create a brief and someone can understand what I mean when I say “lets channel Madonna in the 90’s”. I love the Olsen girls for their shabby chic style too!

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Passion, creativity, professionalism and always being open to learning and sharing. I look at photographers such as Joe McNally and Syl Arena who embody these principles and lead in the industry through example.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Digital- cost saving, time saving and more environmentally friendly 🙂

 

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

Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I do enjoy the control that studios can offer but I love the different dynamics of location shooting and using the environment to sculpt the image.

 

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

Emily Soto, Jasmine Star, Christine Meintjies.

 

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

 

Q: Where are you based?

London.

 

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

Editorials baby!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

On a day off you will find me hanging out at my local yoga studio or in the park with my little Pug, Molly.

 

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

During vacations I like to get back to nature, away from technology and the noise of life, the less uninhabited the better! Bali, Maldives, Figi (Tropical, sun, sand and surf).

 

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

I have over 10 000 songs on my iPod, my mood completely dictates my music taste!! At the moment I seem to be playing quite a bit of Florence and the Machine, Phoenix and Angus & Julia Stone.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I actually teach yoga (when I have time)

 

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

Just keep at it! There are always going to be new techniques to learn and try out and perfect. Find yourself a group of photographers you can talk to- there are always low moments when its good to hear that you are not alone in your frustrations.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

The only way I can describe it is that it is like a drug – when you get that image you have been wanting – it’s the highest high- pure bliss!

 

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

 

Editor’s Note: Sarina Scheepers has great artistic flair for photography, both making her muse feel at ease and having the technical knowledge to materialize her vision into print.

 

If you’d like to contact Sarina Scheepers or check out some more of her impressive portfolio just follow the links below:

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/sarinascheepers

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarina-Scheepers-Photography/143147622375837

Web page link: www.sarinascheepers.com

 

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Sarina Scheepers Photography

Spotlight Interview – Aography

Ausra Osipaviciute is a professional photographer who is originally from Lithuania but now splits her time between Vilnius and London, UK. Ausra works in fashion, portraiture and advertising under the commercial name of Aography. At Urbanity Chic when we checked out some of Aography’s creative portfolio we were really impressed and were relished by the opportunity to interview her. Read the full in-depth interview below where Ausra discusses, amongst other things, how she became interested in photography, what she’s currently been working on and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Aography

Aography

 

Q: Who are you called?

I am Ausra Osipaviciute originated from Vilnius, Lithuania. I am in love with photography and that’s what I am doing at the moment. My main focus is fashion, portraiture and advertising. Moreover, as a hobby I should also mention travel photography.  In all of my work I am aiming to create without boundaries by experimenting and involving different artistic techniques, collaborate with like-minded people and produce interesting, unseen, unforgettable fashion imagery (www.aography.com).

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I took an interest in photography at the last years of graduation of my university, which was in a completely different subject related to math and statistics. Nevertheless, admiration to this artistic medium did not fall out of nowhere- I was constantly interested in different kinds of art from an early age.

As a child I liked to draw, At 12 I can even remember having thoughts of creating fashion. I always was, am and will be addicted to viewing beautiful imagery or creative drawings. My eyes need views -- this is with what I was born and what I need like an air. Photography was picked up not by coincidence- I remember my first trip to Italy where I started taking travel pictures with a simple camera.

Since then I decided to pick up a professional camera and started to experiment. I have explored some online artistic communities and admired imagery that I saw and needed to learn to create something too. After a short while experimenting with my new DSLR camera and shooting everything and anything around I realized that I was mostly attracted and interested in shooting portraits, fashion and also street life and portraiture during my journeys to other countries. Thus I started to focus on fashion at first by just playing and experimenting with my friend who is a model; making our own styles from what we had at hand. After a while, I felt more confident in my ability and also want to work within a creative team.

I was first noticed by In-Usu photo studio in Vilnius and was invited to join them. Thanks to them I have had a chance to work with various studio lighting techniques and have created a number of images for my portfolio.

Currently, I am working at PIX studio in Vilnius where I work as a fashion and portrait photographer.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

 I enjoy artistic creative fashion images mostly. Afterwards, I love taking portraits of people and travel/street photography.

 

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

During the last 12 months I have experienced a variety of changes in my life. I have moved to London for studies and pursuing my career. However, I have quit university in London because felt it would not benefit my career in fashion photography.  I have also had chance to meet new interesting people and worked on my personal portfolio as well as commissioned work.

 

Aography

Aography

Aography

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I am inspired and like to keep myself inspired in many different ways, but mostly by visual objects. I like to look through other artists’ work and keeping in touch with inspirational people, watching strange movies, travelling around the world and looking at the people in the streets; how they live, what they do every day, what is their culture like.

 

Nature is also very inspirational for me.

 

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

Milda Cergelyte (better known as mimi.c) and Ieva Daugirdaite are the young, up-coming and very creative fashion designers and friends of mine with whom I collaborate and always looking forward to see their new masterpieces. As for world famous names I admire designers Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Izmailova, Mary Katrantzou.

Very inspirational fashion icons are Iris Apfel, Lara Stone, Lindsey Wixson, Tyra Banks, Edita Vilkeviciute, Andrej Pejic, Grace Jones,…

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

A constant strive to perfection. Personal and professional growth at all times no matter if you are just starting over or if you are already a noted photographer. Attentiveness to detail as well as seeing the bigger picture, limitless imagination, flexibility, flawless communication skills, likable personality, technical knowledge. The ability to use all those mentioned before allows you to translate your idea into an eye capturing and memorable photograph.

Moreover, on top of beautiful images, a good photographer should be recognizable by their unique style. When it comes to commissioned work, an ability to understand clients’ needs and exceed their expectation when producing the final work is also important.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I prefer using digital cameras because it makes the technical part easier and the outcome is received faster. Also, during the shoot you instantly see what you get and what needs to be improved. However, film cameras definitely have their own charm and the process of producing image is a joy but for me it is more like a game; as nowadays we have technologies that make our lives easier.

 

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

I would say I prefer location if it is really extraordinary. Recently I was shooting in a studio mostly therefore I really miss shooting on locations and it’s my dream and objective to shoot on some outstanding locations in the future.

 

Aography

Aography

 

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

I remember times when our team had to shoot in super cold photo studio in Vilnius because there was problem with heating. In winter sometimes we have -20, and even if it’s just -10 outside, inside will be no more than +3, so literally we were shooting in the fridge. Till this day I still remember my models trembling from the cold with horror after this challenging shoot.

 

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

A specific style of photography is vital today otherwise you will melt as a piece of sugar in the water in today’s market with cutthroat competition. You should surprise the world that has seen everything already today.

Taking all this into consideration I am striving to purify my own style – I like to create without boundaries, experiment and do not limit myself. I enjoy mixing photography and fashion with other artistic medium such as digital illustration, photo manipulation, embroidery, painting on images, etc. Those means of creativity already made me recognizable among my followers. Objects in my photographs usually are women and girls who are often portrayed a bit alien looking, mystical, unapproachable. People who know me in person often see a hint of me in the models’ faces.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

As of my own, some images from FANTPLASTIQUE series are some of my favourites. But I cannot strictly select one as every time I feel thirsty for creating new stunning thing.

Regarding other photographers’ work- there are quite a number that have been stuck in my memory since I first saw them. I see in front of me some images of Richard Avedon, Solve Sandsbo at the moment.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

Some of my favorites are Solve Sandsbo, Richard Avedon, Lara Jade, Paolo Roversi, Patrick Demarchelier, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Steven Meisel.

 

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

Yes definitely it would be a great experience to have at least a few hours working with some of the photographers and fashion icons mentioned above!

 

Aography

Aography

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

I see fashion as one of the ways human beings use to express and distinguish themselves throughout the centuries and in many cultures. It is definitely an inseparable part of life and for me it is not only the way of dressing and presenting your outside but also a main composite part of my creative activity of photography.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is dependent on my mood and also occasion. I do not limit myself to one specific style but I always look to something extraordinary. Recently I find myself looking to outfits that have an exotic Arabic and African tribal twist. I feel I am becoming obsessed with turbans as a part of my summer style. From a young age, and still now, I am in love with wedgies- it’s the best foot ware for me in all the ways- comfortable and eye catching. Big extraordinary earrings too are something that without I feel naked.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based sometimes in Vilnius, Lithuania, and sometimes in London, UK.

 

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

I am from moody, rainy and relatively cold country thus I always feel missing sun and strive for energy in all parts of life. However, I find 4 seasons of the year quite enjoyable. As for the fashion photography market- it is really super tiny and limited, not too much space for a  career because the country itself is very small and demand for high fashion is very limited.

 

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

I have improved a lot and made my personal photography style recognizable, my work is being featured and published in noted national and international magazines, websites and blogs. I get more and more clients to shoot with me. I also feel more doors are opening for me as I am becoming more able. 🙂

 

Aography

 

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

I am working on marketing the AOGRAPHY name to make myself known to a wider audience of people. I am aiming to work with reputable clients, set goals and also concentrate on advertising more. And of course I will further work on my personal portfolio. One of my biggest dreams is to have the possibility to shoot in any location around the world- whether it is commissioned work or personal.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Do sports, dance, swim in the sea, sun bathe, smoke shisha (I do it rarely though as it is very addictive and doesn’t add a bonus to health), drink coffee with black chocolate, dream…

 

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

In a place that can offer a mix of different activities and features such as but not limited to sun, sea, water sports, good music to dance, mango juice, great views and interesting subjects for photography. And of course a great company to share any those pleasures with.

 

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

At the moment you are reading I might be listening to the sounds of the ocean or if I am by pc it is usually a mix of different kind of music and musicians, for example, just recently on my playlist I had Sade, Amr Diab and other Middle Eastern sounds, soul and rhythm & blues, some good old techno …

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I have passion for street dance and extreme physical activities such snowboarding, driving, shooting, also some untried future hobbies related to sports’ activities are in my list as well. Also I enjoy watching movies and reading books. A good movie or book can take me to another world for a moment.

 

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

Shoot as much as you can and analyze what you get to improve yourself. Play with light. Also don’t forget to show your work to an audience. You could be a genius and have absolutely crazy stunning work but without promoting yourself people will never know about you. Keep yourself inspired and motivated as hard days come from time to time don’t get upset, keep moving forward.

 

Aography

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

Inner feeling of satisfaction, it is easy and enjoyable to do what you like.

 

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

I am very approachable and friendly person, thus if you need to contact me or have photo shoot with me, do not hesitate to contact me. And many thanks for reading this interview, hope you enjoyed it.

 

Editor’s Note: Ausra takes creative chances to create some very appealing, unique shots with a commercial edge. We’re looking forward to seeing the Aography brand develop internationally over the coming months and years.

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

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

Web page link: www.aography.com

Behance: http://www.behance.net/AusraOsipaviciute

Spotlight Interview – Theo Meijer Photography

Theo Meijer is a professional photography who is originally from Holland but now lives and works in the Caribbean Island of Curacao. Theo Meijer’s work is going to be featured in the upcoming Curacao Fashion week and at Urbanity Chic we were really keen to interview him so that we could share his experiences and portfolio with you. Read on to discover what Theo enjoys photographing most, what he does to relax when not working and what motivates him to do what he does.

 

Theo Meijer Photography

Theo Meijer Photography

 

Q: Who are you called?

Theo, but I also listen to the nickname Tjo.

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

Up till 2004 I was not active in photography. Born in 1952 I grew up in the Netherlands and pursued a career in the hospitality and international sales industry after finishing my studies in Hotel management (The Hague, 1974). Whether it was a mid life crisis or something else, but in my early fifties I felt the need to be creative. As I am a hardcore realist I chose photography: picturing the world, things, people as they appear for my camera. At first I started with fashion photography, creating pictures in a controlled setting. But soon I took my camera with me out in the open.

I left for Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) on May 3rd in 2008… They’re on that small, but beautiful island I really got going: fashion, glamour, weddings, real estate, people. Anything that catches my eye. . My aim is to catch the big and small moments during a wedding, a touch, a smile. Modeling photography, business presentations, events, real estate. It is all in my portfolio since I live here.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

People, definitely. Faces and modeling, working with people is a great challenge and gives you energy and a lot of fun.

I am also known as a wedding photographer, I try to be different, different places, and different shoots of a wedding. I want to make it special and, not standard or  traditional.

 

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

Just great. My business is doing fine. Had some nice cover stories and modeling work is picking up too. This is the tropics, so beautiful beaches, palm trees, the sun, what else can I ask. 🙂

 

Q: Who inspires you?

John Farrar (UK)  Olof Wessels (NL) and Antony Neste (USA). They all have their own style and are an inspiration for me.

 

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

Karl Lagerfeld, intriguing. Giorgio Armani, ‘unstructured’ jackets for both men and women  and the brand NAUTICA, great sports wear.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

Communication, trust, believe, respect for people, whether it is a  model, a wedding couple or someone on the streets. There needs to be an understanding with the persons you work with. That is why I like to meet   before an assignment, so they know who and what  to expect  on the shooting day.

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

I am from the years film was common and there was no digital. Film is still great but it takes a lot of work. I prefer digital, because  it gives you more possibilities and you can see the results at  once.

 

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

Definitely  on location.  Here  in Curacao the light is awesome between 7AM till 9.30 AM and from 5PM till 7PM   I use the studio if I need more controlled settings.

 

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

Curacao is “colors” So I try to add that to my work. I’m told that I am a crazy person on the set and that I can create an atmosphere of trust that makes people do crazy things in front of the camera. Maybe that makes me unique. 🙂

 

Theo Meijer Photography

Theo Meijer Photography -- Theo’s Favourite Photograph

 

Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?

Yes I do.  This is Marvia, she was waiting for the shoot. I  just looked back and said to her “ do not move”. This was the result. Taken in Curacao.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

No doubt it’s John Farrar from the UK. His style and out of the box photos are unique.

 

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

Besides John, it would be Karl Taylor, also a photographer from the UK.

He is down to earth and shares his “secrets”.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion can be inspirational.


Q: How would you define your personal style?

That’s a difficult question, but I think that I would characterize it as playful when it’s outdoors and intense when it comes to studio work.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Willemstad, Curacao. It’s located in the Caribbean, just 45 miles off the coast  of Venezuela

 

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

Curacao is Caribbean, is life, is joy and is relaxed. 24/7 is not really common here, what can’t be done today we do tomorrow… The people are really nice and always have a big smile on their face.

 

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

No highlights; just a lot of fun and satisfaction ;-).

 

Theo Meijer Photography

Theo Meijer Photography

 

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

I enjoy doing what I do right now. If I can continue like this I am a happy man.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Me and my partner go out scuba diving. When we hear our own bubbles we forget the problems, we relax and have the feeling we are weightless. This is sooooo relaxing.

 

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

I would  like to go to Cuba before everything changes there. Traveling in the Caribbean is very easy and all beautiful Islands are just around the corner. I imagine walking around in Havana with my camera will drive me nuts, the old fashioned city, the US cars from the 50-ties, the cigars and the people.

 

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

Bachata’s, that music makes me happy and if I want to go back to the old days it will be The Eagles, that music never dies.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Like I said before, diving is one of them but cooking a nice dinner for my partner is joyful too.

Relaxing on the couch and watching a good movie, clearing my mind and getting energy for the next day to come.

  

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

First of all you need to enjoy it. You need to love all kind of people.. Get to know your camera, think out of the box and keep in mind that almost all photos have been made before, so add your personal twist to it. And at last, read some books or crawl the web, it’s full of information on  “how to”.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

I just love working with people and the smiles on their faces when they see my work.

 

Theo Meijer Photography

Theo Meijer Photography

 

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

There’s a quote I like very much and it is so true. As a photographer you have to look all the time for that perfect picture.

Any photographer who says he is not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar (Helmut Newton, 1995).

 

Q: How did you become involved in Curaçao Fashion Week?

I live here on this beautiful Island and was contacted by the CFW management  if I would  like to participate, and I did 😉

 

Q: What aspects of the Fashion Week are you particularly looking forward to?

Meeting the designers, the photographers and the models, networking and see how they do their job.

It also gives me the opportunity to learn, because you are never too old to learn is it.

 

Editor’s Note: Theo Meijer has a great appreciation of light and the human form to create some appealing shots with an incredibly blissful and alluring vibe.

 

If you’d like to contact Theo Meijer or check out more of his creative portfolio just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/theomeijer

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

web page link: http://www.theo-meijer.net

Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Theo-Meijer-Photography/359098704120?ref=mf

Spotlight Interview – Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia is a fashion and beauty photographer from Paris. Bruno has an incredibly diverse and visually appealing portfolio of photos and is soon to be featured in the upcoming Curaçao Fashion Week (http://www.curacaofashionweek.com/). Despite his incredibly hectic schedule we were delighted that Bruno completed an interview with us so that we could share his experiences, interests and work with you. Read on to discover, amongst other things, Bruno’s inspirations, how he got into professional photography and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

 

Q: Who are you called?

In general people just call me Bruno, Seb, bubu, Nono…

 

Q: How did you get into professional photography?

I have always had a passion for photography but I used to be a sport instructor and one day a friend of mine told me I should pursue a career in photography! I started and have never looked back since.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most photographing?

I really enjoy shooting beauty and fashion but to me every woman has an inner beauty that is essential for me to bring to light.

 

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

I’ve been working on my custom-made Harley Davidson, which is something I really enjoy and is definitely one of my passions

 

Q: Who inspires you?

I am inspired by art in general; paintings, sculpture, cinema and the life that surrounds me.

 

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

All the big fashion icons inspire me.

 

Q: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?

The eye for detail, talent, work as well as openness to others and the world

 

Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?

Nowadays I only use digital because the quality is equivalent if not superior to film cameras.  Today film cameras encompass great memories for me and are a gift.

 

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

 

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

Personally I have a studio and I love to work in the studio because that is how I started but all places are good to take images.

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I don’t have one favorite photographer in particular, but I do respect the ones who have their own identity and produce unique work.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Paris, France.

 

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

To continue to live my passion and to do some other exhibitions and books!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I listen to music whilst I ride my motorbike, crafts and meet with friends.

 

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

Rock & Roll, Blues.

 

Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I make custom designs for Harley Davidsons!

 

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

 

 

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

Try to the maximum at any price to live your passion; nothing gives more satisfaction to someone than to do something you love everyday.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

The passion of creating a beautiful image, something that I fell in love with when I was 15 years old

 

Q: How did you become involved in Curaçao Fashion Week?

I got invited by Julissa Martich, Producer of the fashion week to showcase some of my work in a photography exhibition.

 

Q: Are you looking forward to your trip to Curaçao?

Yes very excited and really pleased to be invited to this wonderful event!

 

Q: What aspects of the Fashion Week are you particularly looking forward to?

I look forward to discovering different talents in the photography exhibition that will be presented, the shows and the awards ceremony. It should be a great few days.

  

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

… to live their dreams …

 

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

Bruno Sabastia

 

Editor’s Note: Bruno Sabastia has already worked on some really high profile shoots and looking at his portfolio we’re sure you can see why! His appreciation of style, light and the human form creates some exceptionally appealing shots.

 

If you’d like to get in touch with Bruno Sabastia or check out some more of his incredible photography portfolio just follow the links below:

 

Web page linkhttp://www.sabastia.com

 Vimeo channelhttp://vimeo.com/user8438306

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bruno-Sabastia-Photographer/118213415662?ref=ts

Facebook link: http://facebook.com/bruno.sabastia

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