Building her career out by using the internet to get her work out their (hmm sounds familiar). I love hearing stuff like this and Jessica has some great tips for those looking to make that jump.
Tell us a little about yourself?
22 years old geek girl, big fan of fantasy books, DVD collector and sometimes Cosplayer.
What made you get into photography?
I began to take reference photos to use as bases for traditional drawing and paintings, over time the reference photos became more involved and elaborate turning into artworks themselves.
How did you get started?
I started by posting my photos on various portfolio websites like Deviantart, flickr and behance.
From those sites i was able to follow other photographers and artists who inspired me and received critiques, criticism and tips on what i was doing.
I signed to the website modelmayhem.com on October 2008 and got into contact with local models, make up artsts and photographers who I began to collaborate with on TF (TF= Trade for) shoots.
Its through making friendships and collaborating with local artists who proppelled me into wanting to work full time in the industry.
I took a few elective photogrpahy courses at university, but mostly i learnt everything through self exploration and making alot of mistakes.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I love to make lyrical stories, as a fan of fantasy and romatacism i like to incorporate those elements into my shoots, creating characters and scenarios that could be straight off pages out of novel and fairytales. elements suchs as long flowing hair, flowers and nature, long skirts and soft fabric repeated all the time.
professionaly i work for a photography studio that covers a wide range of niches including families and children, newborn and pregnancy, couples and nudes.
What gear are you using?
Canon 5d Mark II with Canon 580 and 430 flashlights.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The canon 50mm lens, beautiful for portraiture, it allows you to be very precise in your focus great for narrow depth of field for bokeh effects.
How are you marketing yourself?
Mostly through portfolio website like modelmayhem, deviantart, flickr and my own website. Social networking sites like facebook and twitter. Word of mouth through friends and industry people goes along way. The best thing i found is to spread your photos around as much as possible, make your self unforgettable and easy to approach.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Because its a scene from my favourite book ‘Daughter of the forest’ by Juliet Marillier.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Just go out there and photograph as much as you can. be creative and dont follow rules, mess up and make mistakes. Talk to alot of people and try to assist shoots, watch how other people do things.