Photographer / Trevor King @DLM
Stylist / Jesse Arifen @ Oliver Grand
H&M / Lei Tai @ Viviens Creative
Model / Bruna @ Chic
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
We wanted to create something simple. Nothing too over styled, over treated, over-lit, etc. When you've got a beautiful girl and some great clothing, you don't need much of anything else. Less is more, my moto for most of my work.
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you lose it...what do u do to find it?
I find it from all around. Other work, movies, the beach, people watching, my mood. A lot of it comes from nostalgia, I’m always trying to create something that takes me to a place or a feeling that I’m into at that time. The next week, I could totally not be in the mood for that idea. When I lose it, I don’t worry about it, it’ll come back when it feels like it. The more I worry about being more creative, the more it blocks. It’s better for me to take a break, go for a surf, eat some cheese, whatever. Inspiration will come back when it feels like it. You can’t force it.
3. What do you look for and lookout for... when putting together the perfect set team?
Passion! I look for people who are good at what they do and are genuinely passionate about what they are doing. Positive attitude and a sense of humor are essential as well. I'm all about doing the best work possible but having fun doing it as well.
4. Why editorial, session work? So many say it’s a dead road... why did you continue to pursue this path?
Who says editorial is a dead road??!! It is the best way for our creative teams to build our portfolio, practice and perfect our skills, get our names out into the industry and have a creative outlet to do whatever we want.
5. While on set, how do you stay focused?
Coffee and music. It’s not hard to stay focused for me. I am more that happy to be there shooting. Only place I start daydreaming on shoots is if we’re on a beach somewhere and there are surf waves breaking behind me.
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that has happened while on set, good or bad.
I’m lucky I think. Most of my shoots have gone to plan. The only ¬¬thing that messes with me is weather. Shooting on location, sometimes waves crash on models, winds whip up sand storms, it starts raining when it’s not supposed to, and so on. I've been lucky for the most part.
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do u apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
Be nice, mean people suck! On one hand, our industry is amazing. It is the best job ever. On the other hand, it can be testing on your confidence and patience. You just have to roll with the punches and stay positive and work hard. Being nice gets you way further in life than being a dick.
8. Is there anyone experience(s) in particular that you feel has made the biggest impact on your career?
Being raised by my parents. They have lived their whole life doing what they wanted to. Not chasing money, but chasing a lifestyle. Then worked out how to make money. I was born in Canada. My brother and I were raised sailing the south Pacific and Caribbean on a sail boat. Then we moved back to Vancouver for high school and once I finished, I was off travelling. I moved to Australia when I was 21. I've been here for the last 13 years. Being a photographer has allowed me to live the lifestyle that my parents did. Making a living out of what I love but also seeing the world as well.
9. What do you believe is a common mistake within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
Trying to be what other people are is a common mistake. Do your own thing and people will respect you more for it.
10. Favorite adult beverage? Why...and when did u first have one?
Right now a Sailor Jerrys rum, ginger ale and muddled lime on ice is my favorite. So tasty. First had one 5 years ago…. I think.