Hiya Emily! Welcome to the blog, it’s amazing to have you here as our first Friday Female Founder! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey! I’m Em, I’m a 20 year old freelance photographer focusing mainly on portrait, bloggers and fashion. And I’m also a fashion, lifestyle blogger from Oxford, or a little Cotswolds village to be more specific. A massive fan of dogs, cinnamon swirls and travelling.
Oh that’s fantastic! Being a blogger and photographer must be a lot of fun. What made you get started in this industry?
I stared blogging very much off a whim. I had just finished my A levels and wanted something to do, so thought I’d give my hand at it as I had always loved reading blogs. And I’m a very creative person, so this seemed like the perfect way to utilise my creativity and have a new project. As for the photography, it weird. I’ve literally been snapping away at some sort of camera since I was like…7? But never even thought it could be ~something~ till I started blogging. I was helping out friends a lot and started to realise just how fun it was, and that maybe I could take it a little further.
What was the biggest struggle you had to overcome when beginning your journey?
Imposter syndrome was massive for me. It’s hard being in industries where people are all doing very similar things and you’re just out there trying to find some originality. So keeping up with everyone else and also overcoming my imposter syndrome was massive for me.
If you could name one source of inspiration, who or what would it be?
To pick just one is so tricky. But currently a big inspiration for me is Lauren Bullen (Gypsy Lust on Instagram) travel is something I really want to do, and I’d love to do more travel photography and everytime I see her posts I just want to jet around the planet!
Show us some pics from a recent shoot!
Incredible shots! What would you say is your primary focus as a photographer?
At the moment I do a mix of portrait and fashion.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you first started taking photographs?
Expensive equipment & fancy Notting Hill streets aren’t everything. Experiment. You can make things work and look good, you’ve just got to do a lot of trial and error and be patient with yourself.
Can you walk us through the process that you use when shooting with a client?
So before the shoot we’ll discuss time and place. The place is initially down to them but I’m always happy to scout locations. At the beginning of the shoot we’ll have a walk around the area as I always find that’s the best way to find good locations. It also gives me and the client some time to chat and get to know one another. Once we’ve found a good spot we’ll set up and do some test shots just to make sure everything looks okay and away we go. Some people know what style they want and are very comfortable posing. Others, need some encouragement, so we just chat along at the same time and I’ll have them do a variety of poses to get them confident and used to it all, and after the first outfit or set they get more comfortable and we just have a lot of fun and get some fab photos!
What advice would you give to anyone who is perhaps thinking about starting their own photography business?
Just do it, start an Instagram and keep posting on there as, if you’re like me, you’ll never think you’re ready but you 100% are. Everyone’s got to start somewhere! From then just get used to shooting in all elements – shade, direct light, inside, outside, the rain etc. Just so you’re prepared for anything.
Lastly, how will you be spending today – International Women’s Day?
I’ll actually be in Copenhagen exploring with some of my favourite gal pals! A pretty good way to spend such a day me thinks.
Thank you so much Emily! It’s been fantastic to interview you, I feel inspired to go out and take some photographs myself! If anyone is Oxford based looking for a photographer, then Emily is available to shoot in London with rates starting from just £30.