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I am concerned with feminist issues, helping me to evaluate my fashion work to assure that I don't objectify my female subjects. Through being a young female, I have learnt how hard it is to be taken seriously when trying to create your own business. Therefore, by growing as an artist, I wish to become a role model for young women to show them that success is possible, despite the setbacks. Since my course doesn't focus heavily on fashion photography, I decided to develop my relaxed fashion photography group within the University - highlighting my ambitious nature.
Lara, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I aspire to become a fashion/portraiture photographer. For as long as I can remember, I have loved taking photographs, but I got my first camera when I was around 15 - it was an Olympus Trip from a Charity shop. Ever since I have continued to buy second-hand film cameras whenever I see them and have now got a small collection. Although I haven't shot much work on these film cameras (I am more confident with digital), I plan to in the future.
Who is your inspiration in life Lara? How do you keep inspired?
One of my favourite photographers who inspired me to become a photographer myself is Petra Collins. Her work is so liberating for women, and she highlights topics that other artists have been too afraid to explore. Along with Collins, I love Juno Calypso's work, not only due to the pleasing visuals but as it is seen as feminist work regarding how female's view themselves. To inspire myself, I buy many magazines such as i-D and Wonderland; I also save pictures I like using Instagram and Pinterest. My favourite possession is a little sketchbook I have that has hundreds of cut-outs of photos in, which I look through to inspire my future shoots.
We all make mistakes Lara; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Recently, I volunteered to take photographs of the theatre society. Upon arrival, I found out that the studio I booked did not allow me access to the lighting equipment. Due to this, I felt panicked and unprofessional, so I informed them about the situation and continued to take photographs. As I relied on a separate flash, of which I had not used before, I did not get the best quality pictures. Therefore, as I was shooting, I became quite flustered and felt lost. Reflecting upon this, I should've taught myself how to work the flash beforehand to avoid any mishaps properly and remained professional when with the clients.
Lara, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I would try to give all of my clients an equal amount of time, as I want all of my work to be up to a good standard, as it would reflect well upon them. However, if a clients deadline were significantly closer than others, I would prioritise their needs, in order to get their work to them on time.
Please tell us, Lara, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I took studio portraits for student's LinkedIn profiles. As this was commissioned by Coventry University's Careers service, it needed to be very professional. My photography partner and I booked the required equipment a week in advance and made sure we fully understood the brief. On the day, we ensured that we were prepared with any questions the students asked and we had the model release forms, register and leaflets laid out on the table for them. This ensured that we were organised, and professional.
Lara, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Photographing for my project on Animal Welfare, I needed a model who would wear SFX make-up. As I had only begun in photography, I had to use a course mate as a model. She was very reluctant to wear the make-up as it was very quite graphics to replicate the suffering that animals go through. After educating her on the reasons behind my project and how the photographs would help, she agreed to model for me. The photographs turned out great, and I received a 2:1 in that module.
Lara, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest accomplishment as a photographer is the planning of my new project. As I am finding it difficult to break into the creative industry, I have decided to set up a promotive platform. It is in its very early stages, but I am confident and hopeful and have gathered a team of creatives to work alongside me.
Lara, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Collaborating with the fashion department, a group of photographers (including myself) are currently producing a Lookbook. The fashion students have styled the outfits and offered some suggestions of location, but otherwise, we have creative control of the shoot. This means that I am able to experiment with the pose of the model, along with medium, angles and post-production. I have already taken a set of photographs, allowing me to experiment with night fashion photography, which is very interesting. I am excited to complete this project.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Create as much work as possible in order to find out your own style and what makes you unique. Get on platforms such as Instagram in order to promote your work and gain inspiration. Most of all, work hard and don't let any setbacks stop you!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm definitely looking forward to collaborating! I'd love to work with fashion designers and stylist to make their visions come to reality.
Photographer: Lara Bailey Instagram: @lara.bailey98 Website: www.larabailey.co.uk