Wednesday, 11 May 2016


Over the course of the year, I have engaged a lot with the professional environment.  I have assisted on a Bridal editorial shoot with a professional photographer, assisted Nicole Jopek on two fashion/ hair shoots which were an amazing and invaluable experience for me.
I have also collaborated with a Fashion Design and Marketing student at the university, which was a great experience to see what it would be like to collaborate with professionals when I graduate and also work towards a number of deadlines.

I have also attended many talks by professional photographers both inside and outside of university.  Hearing professionals speak about their own work in person is great because I was able to ask them questions about their work and also have them look at my own work.  I was able to get great feedback from Seba and Layla when they visited the university, which really pushed my project along.
I have attended The Photography Show where I was lucky enough to meet Lara Jade and ask her first hand advice about where to start if you are a fashion photographer looking to create your own style.

Overall, I feel I have progressed significantly within the professional environment and gained many invaluable skills and also started to build up a network of fellow photographers that I can collaborate with in the future.

The professional practice module has been an enjoyable part of the course for me and I will continue working on my blog and post regular updates with what I'm getting up to!  In terms of future steps, I will be using my spare time to work on my fashion portfolio to really get some good work out there and continue to build up my skills and networks.

Here are a few images to sum up the highlights of Professional Practice for me this year:

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Fashion Shoot @ The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a shoot for a Fashion Design and Marketing student at my university.  The shoot was held at The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, luckily we had glorious sunshine all day which made lighting the shoot a lot easier!

The shoot was for a look book to showcase Sasha's collection and how she would style them.

Fashion Design Student: Sasha Morris
Model: Lo Green

Here are some snaps of me behind the scenes!

Here are some of the final images:

It was great to collaborate with a fashion student on a new piece of work to do something different to my final major project!

Interim Exhibition - 2

Before Easter, my class mates and I exhibited one image each from our final major projects in an interim exhibition, again held at the Byram Arcade, Huddersfield.

This work, still in progress, was a lot more refined than the last exhibition we did.  The work as a collective was a lot better technically as well as contextually.  For my image I decided to exhibit a diptych.  I chose to show my portrait of a re-creation of 'Fevvers' a character from the novel, Nights at The Circus' written by Angela Carter.  I exhibited this along side an image of a snowy forest scene, as the place associated with this character.

My project has moved away from this imagery now but it is great to share as my project progresses and to look back on how far my work has come from just a couple of months ago!

Assisting a Wedding

In the summer I assisted a photographer that I had worked with on my placement year in a beautiful summer wedding, at Victoria Baths in Manchester.

I was technically the second shooter for the wedding, getting all the close up, detailed shots that the main photographer didn't have time for on the day.

It was an amazing experience to be involved in capturing such a special day.  I hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with many other photographers on weddings, and also do some weddings of my own, so I can branch out further from my comfort zone of just shooting Fashion photography.

Here are some images from the day;

Monday, 9 May 2016

FMP Progress

In the last couple of months, I have made significant progress with my final major project. I have decided to create a book as my final piece to exhibit my images.  I am no longer recreating fairytale characters, and have decided to focus on photographing the forest, as a place of mystery and transition.  The forest is an interesting and important aspect in most fairytale stories, and for the most part, stepping into the forest is at the forefront of a transitional process for fairytale characters.

The title of my book is; Arboreal, which translates to, living in trees.

Here are a few images that will be included in the series:

Alec Soth at 'The Photography Show'

During the Easter break, I went to Birmingham to see The Photography Show, where I saw Alec Soth do a talk on all of his projects to date.  It was amazing to hear the man himself speak about his own work and also see the way he presents his work.  He was very casual and laid back considering the amount of incredible work he has produced.

My favourite project of his is; Sleeping by the Mississippi.  This work evolved from a number of road trips along the Mississippi river.  He shoots on large format film which shows from the amount of detail and colour captured in his images.  Despite the somewhat light hearted pastel colours throughout his images, this series portrays themes of loneliness and isolation.

This is one of the images from this series:

Soth also talked about some of his other projects; Broken Manual, Songbook, and NIAGARA.  He has also created a book called 'Gathered Leaves' which is displayed in a box and has samples of each of his main works included.

It was great to hear him speak about all of his different projects and also to hear about how he comes up with ideas for projects, and how to stick with something to make it successful.  Overall it was a very inspiring talk and it has made me now look at his work in a different way.

Here is a link to Alec's website:

Friday, 6 May 2016

Interim Exhibition - 1

In December, my fellow class mates and I had an Interim exhibition at the Byram Arcade in Huddersfield.  We all exhibited one image each from our projects, which were all in progress at the time.  
I exhibited a cosplay image of The Queen of Hearts, from my fairytale characters project.  My project has moved on an incredible amount from this image, however, it's great to look back and see how far you've come in terms of developing and project and finishing with a great series of images.

The exhibition was a great success and we had a great turn out.

This is the image I exhibited at the show:

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Lara Jade at 'The Photography Show'

This year I decided to book myself a ticket to attend The Photography Show in Birmingham. I also booked an extra ticket to see Lara Jade do a talk on the super stage!  She has been a fashion photographer that I have admired for a long time so it was great to see her speak about her '10 Year Evolution' in the fashion world!

She started out doing self portraits to practice lighting etc, then moved on to doing book covers for Random House book publishers, and made a name for herself on social media platforms such as DeviantArt.  This work was a lot more fine art based at the time, however she decided to start pursuing a fashion career.

Her talk was very inspiring as she talked about reaching out to magazines in London, Australia and Dubai, and also how important it is as a fashion photographer to have  your own unique style and vision.

There were some great pieces of advice that I took away from the talk, such as, the first 2-3 years of starting your business should be all about investment and experimentation!

Along all the other great advice she gave, there was one thing that stuck in my mind, and i was a quote from Ira Glass:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer."

Here is some of her work:

Here is a link to Lara Jade's website:

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Assisting Nicole Jopek - Part 2

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to assist Nicole Jopek on a fashion shoot!  It was an invaluable experience for me to see the work that goes into her photography, and how it all comes together.  This shoot in particular was a fashion shoot that is going to be published in Factice Magazine!

The shoot was based at Studio Bee in Manchester which is based in the Northern Quarter.  I was Nicole's assistant for the day and the creative team included:

Model: Siobhan Perry @ Premier Models
Make-up Artist: Laura Maria
Hair Stylist: Milosz Pawlak
Nails: Abby Jay
Styling: Oh So Lovely Intimates

Here is a link to Nicole's website and Factice Magazine where the work will be showcased in June.

Guest Lecture - Harry Rose

A few weeks ago my fellow class mates and I had a Google Hangout with Harry Rose from Darwin Magazine.  This was an amazing opportunity to hear from an editor of a magazine, about what to look for when submitting to magazines such as Darwin.

One thing that Harry said in particular that stood out to me was to be critical of your own work, this is great advice coming from anybody, but from a magazine editor, it is something to not ignore.

He spoke about why he started the magazine, and he simply said it was because he was at university and saw how much good work was being created but not seen, so he wanted to create something for people to get their work seen.  So they put the work of unestablished photographers alongside established photographers to really get the work seen.

Here is a link to Darwin Magazine's website:

Guest Lecture - Bronia Stewart

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Bronia Stewart about her several successful projects.  She first spoke about her project; 'Babe Station' and how she managed to meet people and network in that type of industry, which was really interesting to hear, as she mentioned that it was a chance meeting with somebody that actually kicked it all off.

Then she went on to talk about her project 'Pepe' in Mexico, and how she socialised with the people she photographed to make the images come across a lot more real, rather than staged.

Bronia shoots on film with all her projects; she described the process as 'It feels like we craft the photographs' which is something I have learnt during my final year too, by shooting on medium format film.

Here is a link to Bronia's website:

Guest Lecture - Sophie Abbott

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to hear Sophie Abbott speak about her time at the University of Huddersfield, including her placement year in London, and also what she has been doing since graduating.

It was particularly interesting to hear Sophie's experiences with final year, including tackling dissertations, the progression of her project and how important it is to stick with a project idea, no matter how much you want to quit.

She also spoke a lot about her placement year in London where she worked for Brix Smith, and she mentioned how the job came with a lot of pressure but also how she gained a lot of transferable skills working in that industry.

She also pointed out the importance of having two websites if you are a photographer that has projects within different photography genre's.  She has a website for her project 'Do You Still Love Me Darling?' which was her FMP, and she also has a website for her fashion photography, which is something I am looking to set up for myself.
Overall, it was great to hear Sophie speak about her experiences of university as a graduate.

Here is a link to Sophie's websites:

Assisting Nicole Jopek

I was fortunate enough to assist Nicole Jopek on a hair shoot recently! The shoot was for the L'Oreal Colour Trophy 2016, for the hair stylist Milosz Pawlak.  The model; Bethan Sowerby was from Britain's Next Top Model Cycle 10.  The shoot took place at a great studio in the Northern Quarter in Manchester called, Studio Bee.

Overall it was a great experience to see a photographer like Nicole in action, whose work I have always followed and admired.

Here are the final images for the shoot:

Photographer & Retoucher: Nicole Jopek
Model: Bethan Sowerby
Hair: Milosz Pawlak & Bethany Anne Phillips
Make-up Artist: Maxine Smith

Here is a link to Nicole's website:

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Guest Lecture - Seba Kurtis

During professional week we also had a visit from Seba Kurtis who spoke about his various personal projects, including his main project; The Immigration Files.
The talk was very inspiring and interesting to hear about from the photographer himself.
The Immigration Files reflect themes such as, identity, or loss of identity, religion and nationality.  He first used archived family photos to create collages, however these images were eventually partly ruined by floods.  The most inspiring part of the talk was when Seba revealed that he actually drowned his own film to create this same effect of partly damaged photographs.

Then we were lucky enough to have Seba look at our work and give us feedback which was very helpful for our projects.

Here is a link to Seba's website and other works;

Guest Lecture - Layla Sailor

During professional week a couple of weeks ago, Layla Sailor came into the University to talk to us about her practice and the success she's had over her career. The talk was very inspiring and gave us a chance to chat to a professional and ask any questions that we don't usually get the chance to ask!

She spoke in detail about how her career has evolved over the years, from her early influences to her most well known projects such as 'Advent' and 'Kokoshnik' which was very well received by the likes of Nick Knight.

After her talk we also had the opportunity to have a group seminar with Layla and she gave us feedback on our own work! The feedback was invaluable and she gave me a few great references to look at to develop my FMP!

Here is a link to Layla's website and her work:

Monday, 29 February 2016

Bridal Editorial Shoot

I was recently asked to assist on a shoot with the photographer that I worked with on my placement year: Kellianne Chandler Photography.
It was a bridal editorial test shoot, with quite a big team involved including make up artist, hair stylist, model, and even a florist!
The model was from Industry Models and was great to work with as were the rest of the team! The shoot was on location at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester which is also rented out as a wedding venue, so it's a great place to do a bridal editorial test!
Here are some behind the scenes shots from the day!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

An Interview with Lili Autumn

1.  Tell us about yourself.

My name is Lili Autumn, I live in Leeds and I studied commercial photography at the University of Huddersfield. I'm now a practicing photographer focusing on fashion and beauty photography. 

2.  How would you describe your practice as a photographer?

My practice is inspired by film, art and sex. My life is dark, I love black and skulls, I like to portray my personality within my photographs but keep it bright so that the viewer doesn't notice your morbid thought process. I love the cinematic, robotic pose I ask my models to create. I also like to keep it secretly seductive. 

3.  How did you get into this?

Originally, I wasn't a fan of fashion photography but studying commercial photography changed me. Live briefs meant that I researched designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. I fell in love with the creativity behind it all. Westwood is such a bad ass and McQueen portrayed his demons in his designs. I soon realised that fashion isn't about being pretty, it's about expressing your thoughts. Fashion photography is all about projecting the ideologies of a brand. As an educated art lover, I find this practice intellectual as opposed to the common belief that fashion photography is only skin deep. 

4.  What equipment/ software do you use?

I'm a Nikon girl. I'm trained in most Adobe programs (InDesign, Lightroom etc) but Photoshop is my favourite. I have also started using Capture One because it's quite standard to know how to use this in the industry.

5.  Any tips for practicing fashion/ editorial photographers?

It's not about conforming, be inspired but stay original.

6.  Tell us about your modelling.

I started modelling 9 years ago for a hairdresser. It's been a hobby of mine ever since. I focus mostly on fashion but I'm stretching into lingerie and pinup now that I'm a bit older and more confident. I often help out on set when I'm modelling and vice-versa when I'm shooting. 

7.  What's next?

I'm currently looking at Masters degrees in various areas. I'm undecided as to whether I want to study fashion photography or broaden my horizons into design.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

My First Experience of Medium Format

Recently I have been experimenting with different mediums of photography.  I decided to try out a medium format camera as I thought the quality of film would really suit my project.

I also wanted to try out a new way of photographing my chosen project, and incorporate landscape into it.  Instead of focusing just on the character in a portrait image, I tried out this way of bringing in the place associated with the character, and connecting character to place.

I also absolutely loved the process of using film and not knowing what the images look like until they're developed.  It makes the images seem more special and you don't take the shots for granted like you would on a digital camera!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


So my final year of University is now in full swing!

I have a lot of projects that I am currently working on that all benefit my degree!  The most important aspect to be working on at this time is my dissertation, as the deadline is closely looming.  However, I have lots of new ideas developing for my FMP that I would like to share!

I have been working on this project for the past 4 months now, and the ideas have inevitably changed over the course of those months!  Now I am deciding to develop my project in more of a fashion/ editorial way.  I have been collaborating with models, make-up artists, and hopefully soon stylists too! To create fashion images that are all inspired by fairytales in some way, whether that be a certain theme, or one character in particular.

I will be posting reviews of previous shoots, and also posts about upcoming shoots too!