Six of my images have been chosen for this ‘people’s choice’ exhibition – many, many thanks to everyone who liked and left comments. All 58 images created by 28 photographers can be viewed here from today until 21st January.
I am missing the teams that I work with, the small families of creatives that come together for a day, or days or sometimes weeks on end. The camaraderie that exists in the studio and on location where new photography is created and friendships are forged.
Missing you team AVON!
Talent – Lisa Washington at Premier Models + Alice Cornish at Elite London
Art Director – Jo Bell
Stylist – Sophie Kenningham at Frank Agency
Stylist’s Assistants – Lily Austin & Amy
Hair Artist – Choccy at One Represents + Alex Price at Frank Agency
Makeup Artist – Dina at Frank Agency
Lighting Assistants – Julie Stewart & Maria Vainilavicute
Digital Operator – Gemma Gravett
Photographer – Wendy Carrig at A&R Creative Agency
Photographed at Big Sky Studios, London
I photographed Claudia Raba from a distance of two metres and through glass, but this was back in January, pre-lockdown and before government restrictions on social distancing. On reflection, this story now takes on new meaning. It also demonstrates that as photographers/creatives we will be able to draw upon our inventiveness to help us adapt to different ways of working when we finally emerge into the new normal.
Spring fashion starring Claudia Raba at Models1
Fashion Editor – Jo Atkinson assisted by Harriet Assal
Hair + makeup artist – Frances Prescott at S.Management
Producer – Fiona Andrews
Location – Fresh Locations
Digital Operator – Julie Stewart
Photographer’s Assistant + BTS photography – Maria Vainilaviciute
NEWS FEATURE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHERSWe talk to Wendy Carrig who won a Gold in the 2019 Awards. Wendy, a
long term member, has been instrumental in reinstating the f22 group -
Women Photographers at the AOP. Read more to find out about her winning
image and the overall impact her continued involvement with the Awards
has had on her career.
Tell us more about your Selected image and the story behind it?This image forms part of a series of fashion portraits of photographer,dog hotelier and ex-model Liddie Holt, taken at her home in Somerset.This was a personal collaborative project that was later accepted forpublication.Can you tell us something surprising about the image?There were a number of dogs on set that day including dachshunds Ernieand Vincent; and a gentlemen of a Giant Irish Wolfhound called big Ron.It was also my assistant’s birthday, but she didn’t tell us! So a bigshout out to superwoman Julie Stewart!What impact has being a gold winner in last year’s awards had on your career? Winning GOLD was euphoric and surreal, and I even received two new workcommissions the day after the Awards ceremony. I’ve since been invitedto speak at a number of photography colleges; and I am currently enjoyingjudging SUN#31 the Shot Up North Photography Awards. Winning increasesprofile and confidence, and gives conformation that the work we createis enjoyed and appreciated. It has spurred me on to explore differentareas of photography and always challenge the perceived limits of myown creativity.What does the AOP do for you? The first year I set up on my own as a photographer I joined AFAEP andwas very pleased to have an image accepted into the Awards. That yearthe Awards ceremony was held at London’s Cafe Royal and my work andname was put in front of an amazing audience of high profile clientsand art directors. This type of exposure was a massive springboard intothe industry for me (possibly even more so in the days before socialmedia) and helped to immediately establish my career.This year Iwas pleased to be involved in the relaunch of f22, the AOP women’sphotography group. We aim to support AOP women photographers at allstages of their career and challenge the continuing gender inequalitywithin our industry.Have you got any advice for photographers considering entering the next awards? Be original. Be brave. If you are not sure whether to enter your workshow it to your colleagues or share it on social media to help gaugeresponse, but make your own decisions. Take responsibility for and beproud of the work you have created.And women photographers, if we all enter at least one more image thanwe did last year we could help make a difference to the gender imbalanceat the Awards, the AOP and the wider photographic industry.Good luck to all!