How would you describe what you do?
In super-simple terms, I take photos of whatever catches my eye. I try to show how people, places, and situations look from my perspective.
My work is a mixture of personal projects and commissions, be that commercial or editorial. Within my personal work, sometimes I’m inspired by a situation or something I’ve seen or haven’t seen yet, but want to.
Within my commissions it’s always about trying to find a balance between fulfilling a client’s brief and making it very much my own work. Where possible, I like to have a say in the casting, as my work is so much about capturing people as they are. I try to shoot people I’m instinctively drawn to.
What does a typical working day look like?
I’m an 11am to 8pm sort of person, so I have the flexibility to get up, exercise and chill before starting my working day. I spend more time planning than shooting, but it does depend on the project. For example, shooting my mum at her house for [underwear and clothing label] MARIEYAT took no planning at all; I’m just capturing my mum at home wearing MARIEYAT.
When I’m not shooting, I work from home, where I spend a lot of time on my laptop; organising shoots, researching and developing briefs. Planning is broken up with meetings and calls to discuss projects, and I always take time to eat and spend a few minutes just looking out the window or getting some fresh air.
Recently I’ve been drawing references and themes from books, films and music. It’s so hard not to constantly reference other people’s images nowadays, as moodboards have become the standard way to get your ideas across to others. I’m trying more and more to research elsewhere, and sketch out my ideas with pen and paper, so that the images are coming from me, as opposed to subconsciously copying what someone else has done.