PHOTOGRAPHY - Nicole McCluskey
STYLING - LENYA JONES
HAIR & MAKE UP - Rachel Montgomery
MODEL - Juliana Hetz @ Chadwicks
RETOUCHING - Naomi e’Camara
Bondi Bathers – http://www.bondibather.com/
Jets – https://www.jets.com.au/
Muchacho – http://www.muchachoclothing.com/
Gregorys Jewellers – http://www.gregoryjewellers.com.au/
Pierre Winter Fine Jewels – http://www.pierrewinter,inejewels.com/
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
I love to capture strength in women. It’s the cornerstone of my style. Juliana is a very strong and empowered NY woman, she was perfect to shoot!
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you lose it...what do u do to find it?
I am mostly inspired by the models I select. I am a casting nazi!! I run on instinct and I know when I see a model who will inspire me and then on set the inspiration flows. When I run dry on inspiration I stop shooting, I go to Byron Bay and just walk on the beach with my dog Muppet the Wonder Dog. Inspiration is everywhere in Byron.
3. What do you look for and lookout for... when putting together the perfect set
I was really lucky to be selected by international make up artists from the very beginning of my career. So these days I look for creatives with high standards. That said, I gravitate towards incredibly humble, secure and kind people so I have ended up working with the same creatives for most of my career. I become very attached to my team members!! They are my closest friends.
4. Why editorial, session work? So many say it’s a dead road... why did you
continue to pursue this path?
I love shooting editorial, its artistic and creative. I never listen to people's negative opinions. There will always be a place for editorial work.
5. While on set, how do you stay focused?
I am a very focused person so I actually switch off everything else when I shoot. I solely focus on the model and we get into this space where its just us. I literally can’t even hear my phone. It is like being in a casino, time just slips past and all of a sudden the shoot is over. I am never so happy as when I am shooting!!!! Total euphoria .. who wouldn’t block out the world for that!
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that has happened while on set, good or bad.
OHHHH this is a good question!!! So many things happen. I never gossip about the hiccups …but…On one shoot the model turned up so high on drugs they could not stand or speak. They just giggled. Oddly enough she still looked really good!!! Imagine how good she could look if she turned up like
a professional and worked. The client was a powerful client and was very very unhappy. It was a tense hectic shoot.
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do u apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
I am very philosophical and all about meaning and depth in my life. My quote is the following. “It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.” I believe life is short so find out who you are and honour it. Make a positive impact!!!!!!!
8. Is there anyone experience(s) in particular that you feel has made the biggest impact on your career?
They say life comes down to 5 pinnacle moments. I can identify mine so far. Through very odd once in a life time circumstances I was given a brand new SLR and lens. From my first reel of film I shot I had one thing happen after the other that pushed me on my current career path and I am grateful for each and every one of them!
9. What do you believe is a common mistake within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
Be a person first, your career is only one aspect of your life. Be an individual and remember to live your life being true to who you are. Regardless of how successful you are always remember you are just a person, so try to always deal with other people with respect and consideration.
10. Favorite adult beverage? Why...and when did u first have one?
Champagne, I am only first gen Australian from a European Mother so we were allow to have a small glass of champagne from young at family events.