I am a freelance photographer and retoucher. I live in London, Brixton and am flexible to travel to clients. I specialise in fashion photography, focusing on editorials, still life, e-commerce and beauty. I worked as a full-time photographer for Base Childrenswear. Currently for over a year. I currently am a freelance photographer working for UniQ studios and The Broadway studios on a regular basis. I also work for independent businesses varying from editorial photoshoots, campaign imagery, e-commerce product photography and still life imagery. In my spare time, I work with milk agency and my team I have put together to create some interesting new works for our portfolio, such as the images submitted here. I am aiming to work with a magazine such as model citizen magazine to get my work published and take it to the next level.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Dara. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I am always aiming to go that extra mile to achieve the best of my ability in my work and to satisfy the needs of my clients. I am enthusiastic and love my job- my passion shines throughout my work.
Dara, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passions and inspirations in my photography world are to get published and work with amazing magazines- I love creating mood-boards and coming up with amazing ideas for photoshoots that tell and interesting and strong message. My interest in photography began when I was 16 years old and studied the subject in GCSEs. I then moved on to furthering my studies in A-levels and getting a BTEC National Photography Diploma. After this, I assisted the photographer, Bernhard Deckert, where we worked for clients such as Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson and Liberty. After working for almost two years for Bernhard Deckert, I decided to move on and start working independently.
Who is your inspiration in life Dara? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
I am always reading magazines that are filled with inspiration, some of my absolute favourites are ID magazine, Dazed and Love. Of course Model citizen magazine aswell :)I love being creative and love fashion! There is just so much to discover and create. The opportunities are endless.
We all make mistakes Dara; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Start to work independently sooner and possibly go freelance earlier. Fear of failing held me back. I know now it is essential to fail to grow and learn. I am ready to stumble now :)
Dara, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
Positive, calm, ambitious and creative.
Please tell us, Dara, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
To balance your work and personal life is a challenge. I am still learning but have a stronger appreciation and drive to balance it equally.
Dara, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I have persuaded to change a few things at base childrenswear. For example, the way we photographed and styled garments. I added an extra light to speed up the process in the retouching stage. Also, my styling of scarves, hats and bags was different to the way it was done before, and I helped them see how it looked cleaner and would be a better selling point.
Dara, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
Making the transition from full-time to freelance photographer and retoucher.
Dara, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
In my spare time, I love being creative in my test photoshoots. I love to create an idea and bring it to life. I think about the colours, makeup, location and styling that will all combine to make the image stand out and make it special. The challenge here is to get my idea across to my team so everyone can fully understand my vision- I strive for this challenge, and it is so satisfying when it has been accomplished properly. Also, I have another example at one of my jobs such as at UniQ studios. I was assigned to photograph still life imagery for Huntsman of their tailor jackets. By creating a realistic image of hanging jackets was a bigger challenge than one would think. Even the detail shots were more of a challenge. Something simple may take a long time to capture creatively yet objectively. The patience, focus and concentration are essential to achieve and produce that final image.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Get out there.. start and keep on shooting. Don't stop and never give up. Let your passion and ambition take over.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I am always on the hunt to work with other like-minded fashion talents, brands and creatives. I would love to work on collaborations for fashion, editorials, and still life photography. I am very keen to network with more individuals such as myself who are passionate, have a clear vision and are ambitious.
Now for the best part Dara! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Dara Dorsman @daradorsmanphoto , Model: Leah Alexander-Caine @lee.estelle_, Agency: Milk Model Management @milkmodelmanagement, Make up: Bethany Applebee @bethanyapplebee, Stylist: Natasha J Adams @nat244