For all you new photographers out there Laura is in the same boat. Have a look at her perspective it might help you out.
Tell us a little about yourself?
First thing’s first: Hello 🙂
My name is Laura and I am a young British photographer. I have dedicated my studies solely to art practices since the age of 16 and am just about to graduate from a BA (Hons): Fine Art course, specialising in photography. Prior to this, I studied Multimedia for a couple of years and gained plenty of technical knowledge surrounding Adobe Photoshop – which these days I like to use for photography retouching and the occasional digital painting.
For the past ten years I have also had a steadily growing interest in the modelling industry and therefore make sure I regularly shoot self-portraits.
In July I will be moving to Leeds, UK, where I hope to gain some new models and/or clients to work with.
What made you get into photography?
My father – Ged Hickey – became a professional landscape photographer during 2009. My brother has also been into photography for several years, along with one of my closest friends. So as you can see, I’ve been pretty much surrounded by the subject.
Also, in previous years I would use photography to produce reference images in order to re-create them in realistic drawing and painting styles. One day I decided to just cut out the after process and focus my energy on making the photography the final outcome.
How did you get started?
I spent a couple of years asking my father to take photographs of me to capture my ideas for my university work as I liked to feature in the images as characters. It was a fun collaboration and great to spend creative time with a family member but once his business took off, he no longer had much free time. In October 2010, I purchased my own DSLR and have since been loving the freedom of shooting whenever an idea pops up.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Self-portraits, portraits, fashion & narrative.
What gear are you using?
Nikon D90. Nikkor 50mm f1.8. Sigma 17-70mm.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Nikkor 50mm f1.8, primarily because I adore shallow depth of field. However, I have also noticed that this lens forces me to get more involved with the image-making process, ensuring I move around instead of simply zooming in or out to experiment.
How are you marketing yourself?
Pretty poorly if I’m honest. I have flyers promoting myself/my website and am scouting blogs to interview me. Further action must be taken soon!
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I tend to favour my newest work – which I can only assume to be a positive thing – but there are exceptions. My absolute favourite would have to be this because it’s the most personal image I have ever created. The concept is a little difficult for me to put into words so I will simply say that the sequence surrounds my mother, who passed away in 2008. It is entitled ‘Missing’.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Since I am actually still in that category, I’ll have to give advice I can take on board too.
Just keep shooting and don’t be afraid to push yourself ‘out there’ in order to get to the next level. Confidence in your own abilities and making connections with those possessing equal interests will get you far.