Lara Jade is a Fashion Photographer that shoots international Campaigns luckily she is also an incredible young woman and a friend of mine. I am a Portrait Photographer that specialising in Glamour and Beauty for the every day Woman. Lara started her career on Flickr shooting experimental self portraiture and then book covers. I started my business in my garage and started to get noticed in my industry by creating illustrative images and entering them into NZIPP AIPP and WPPI international awards. SO we are teaming up to teach a creativeLIVE workshop together to teach you how we started out.
This course is about
Illustrative Portraits / Conceptualising / Composite Imagery / Photoshop / Book Covers / Fine art / Getting noticed / Boosting your folio but mostly its about PLAY shoots staying inspired as an artist stretching your limits learning and experimenting with the creative part of your job when the Marketing and Business and Tax and time management ‘THE HUSTLE’ takes over and you forget you are a creative.
I come from Blue collar parents and so does Lara thats what I love about her. I like people that worked their guts out to be where they are and bloody well deserve every success that comes their way. I met Lara about 18 months ago at a 3 day event we were both teaching at. When everyone was gone for the day and dinner was done there were TWO people sitting at the table with their laptops and chatting while they worked till midnight. You see she loves what she does as much as I do. We come from different Photography worlds but together we will show you the Professional Fashion side of styling and the domestic side, where we both came from and how we started with NOTHING and how we created with what we had. Lara will show you how she started and how she now works with amazing Professional Fashion stylists and I will work with locals and make as many of the outfits as I can on a budget.
I know Lara will say the same the education we got from this style of experimental portraiture not only invigorated our careers and our creative selves it made our career paths. I was working from my garage in the beginning I couldn’t afford to pay a stylist but then I found out of course they all wanted to play and finding models was the easy part. I couldn’t even afford sets or locations so I would make them on photoshop (see below) You don’t need a lot of money to do this. This about getting creative with whats available to you.
First I had to find a girl and get her to do the pose I wanted. I don’t ask people to pose without underwear as I feel it is easier to get them to move and feel comfortable my personal choice nude models are always available for a price. I stacked her up on boxes and took 12 shots 3 different hand positions.
I needed to find a backdrop so I went walking the city and started shooting walls / textures tress etc I had no idea what I wanted. This I found on a big concrete wall.
I then found this antique chaise in a shop and asked the owner if I could take a pic she said yes. BTW it’s a mini little girls doll chaise. It didn’t have nice feet so I shot it like this at a few higher and lower perspectives.
I then flipped it, copied the arm sides as legs and changed the colour and my room was made
When I put her in the image I still didn’t know what I was going to put in her hand I originally thought a pipe. I then went back through my images at the same antique shop They had stuffed birds Dove’s crows and peacocks. I settled on a bird. The irony was her lower hand didn’t fit on the couch and looked like it was floating so I found a cage and put that in.
This Image was then called letting go. It was never my intention at the time but what became was a reflection of where I was in my life at the time. Lots of letting go. It won Gold in Three international awards and contributed to me being named Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011 at the Australian APPA awards this was the most prestigious award I had ever won. The beauty of illustrative imagery is some people will love it and some people will hate it (none of that matters) sometimes it wins and sometimes it doesn’t that doesn’t matter either. But when you create it from your soul you can look at every day because to create art and work through you like this is the greatest gift of all.