Please give a very warm welcome to todays Creative Crush, dear readers. Step up Caroline Briggs, a rather fabulous and talented lady who I met when she did my portrait pics; I had seen Caroline’s work for Cate Sevilla and Mademoiselle Robot, loved it, and dropped her a line. Caroline, like me, juggles motherood and a new career - she was previously a journalist for the BBC before going freelance as a photographer. I love her work, and we are overdue a glass of wine. In the meantime, big up to Caroline for sharing her creativity, working habits and beautiful imagery.
Photography. My first love is portraiture although I also adore shooting weddings as there’s a bit of everything I like – people, fashion and documentary and a chance to wear my creative hat. I also shoot gigs which gives me the chance to indulge in the double joy of negative space and spotlights. I use both film and digital cameras in my work and personal projects, depending on what I need.
People, especially if they have an interesting look or interesting story to share. I love it when I meet someone who I’m desperate to shoot – I’ve been known to chase people around supermarkets with my business card. I’m shameless. I also adore colour and textures. Sometimes I’ll see something like an interesting wall, or painted door, and it is enough to set me off! I also appreciate the work of other portrait photographer and artists, and I’m constantly inspired by great light. Collaborating with other people also inspires me, particularly my twin sister Kelly.
You’ll usually find me working at the kitchen table at my home in Newcastle where it is nice and warm and the kettle not too far out of reach. I have a huge frame on the wall which I pin with ideas, lists and photos to keep me constantly thinking about what I’m working on and what I want to achieve. If I’m shooting I could be anywhere – in a church, at a sweaty gig, in a factory – or in the studio.
Mainly fueled by tea and biscuits! As I’m a very busy mum I have to carefully plan my time so I try and arrange shoots and meetings on days my daughter is in nursery, although she has been known to tag along to meetings (she a great negotiator…). I have to fit my personal projects in around my paid work and, as a result, I spend a lot of evenings at the computer editing to keep my days free for shooting. Then there is staying on top of my photolog, Twitter etc. I’m busy, but I love it!
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