Cecy Young - Interview - Innocent faces

I had the pleasure to study with Cecy in Paris and she is now one of my favorite young fashion photographers. I am convinced we will be seeing a lot of her work in the future and of course I hassled her for an interview.

Name: Cecy Young
Age: 24
Place: Paris/Mexico
Education: BA in Arts and Speos Paris Photographic Institute.

FD:Where have we seen your work?:
Cecy:Some magazines and blogs. 

FD:Where do you get your ideas from, what inspires?:
Cecy:Soap operas, 50s cinema, children stories, glitter, movie posters, girls, old comics about cheesy love, 70s colors, everything about nature, horror movies, impressionist paintings and art in general, the 90s television which is just brilliant.

FD:What's your normal process from idea to photograph?:
Cecy:Get a small idea, it can be anything either from a location I saw or a girl I like. Then, sit down and really plan it, make some notes and drawings, get some visual references from other sources. I make some scouting of the location depending on the idea. Then, I choose the colors, the makeup and the clothes along with a team of stylists and make up artist.

When I contact the model agency I try to be very specific about the type of girl I am looking for. I usually go for long hair, pretty mouth, innocent eyes. Depending on the mood I choose the type of lighting, usually if its not in studio its natural. And then the day of the shooting I always carry a small post-it around with the things I want to do so I don't get carried away with the scene and forget something.

After the shooting I have to let the pictures rest a little while before going through them. I do the selection based on the story. For the retouch I do (a lot) of tests of color depending on the idea I had. I create actions so all the pictures look the same way.

FD:How do you go about getting noticed in the giant city of Paris?:
Cecy:I don't know, how? Its not easy, but it also happens very randomly and sometimes its all about luck. I think that by going out and networking with the right people, people that are in the same field, publications, editors, MUAs, stylists, models… and trying to show your work around. Its more easy now because everyone goes on the internet. I once met a great stylist (and now good friend) through Craiglist. 

FD:What is your favorite frame that you have shot?:
Cecy:Its always a really old one or the newest one… currently is this one.        ---------------->
Its funny because I didn't saw that photo right away, it happened months after when I was going through my pictures and deleting some files to make space in my computer and I noticed that one, so I began to retouch it and play with the colors, and I really liked the final result.

FD:Where do you find your models?:
Cecy:I used to meet people and if I liked them I would ask them to pose for me, but now I only work with models from agencies, I get to select from different options.

FD:What is your proudest moment as a photographer?:
Cecy:When people I admire tell me that they like my work.

FD:What's the plan?:
Cecy:I expect to work better with the model, the light and the stories, and to be more disinhibited & show a stronger vision. 
Work in a personal exhibition, get an agent in France, and publish more in international magazines.

FD:I actually assisted at this shoot... I sat on a park bench and drank beer with Cecy's boyfriend... and occasionally carried equipment around the park. 
of course you want more...

go to
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her blog

Byron Spencer - Interview - Fun and cool fashion

Byron Spencer is a new Frame Discovery favorite. It's been a while since I had so much fun browsing a young photographers website. The styling, use of color and the diversity keep you interested and wanting more.... so of course we have an interview!

Name: Byron spencer
Age: 25
Place: Sydney 
Education: high school and a musical theatre course! Haha.

Where have we seen your work?: 
Byron:I don't know that's hard! I have really focused heavily on party and street style photography in the past but am now making the transition into fashion, so it varies from so many different kinds of mediums! Hopefully you can see it in lots of places.

FD: Where do you seek your inspiration?:
Byron:I am inspired by a feeling... I'm inspired by music, film, by fashion, by a model, by a location. I don't really seek it, it just will come.

FD: What makes a good photo?:
Byron:A photographer who doesn't doubt his/her style. 

FD: The models, without exception, look so cool, do you pick the clothing and the style?: 
Byron:yea most of the time I style my own shoots, I really like choosing the styling I find the process fun and often the fashion I choose will inspire my shot.

FD: How do you stay on top what's going on in fashion?: 
Byron:I am a bit clueless with current trends,  but I know what I like and I have a lot of amazingly inspiring people around me.

FD: What's your favorite frame that you've shot?:
Byron:This one of Zippora Seven could be my favorite. We went down to bondi with the intention to shoot this shot but on the way got in a small car accident that led to fire engines, police, tow trucks and an oil spill. But we still went and fed the seagulls and got this!

FD: What is cool?: 

FD: What's the plan?:
Byron:To go with the flow. See what happens and keep on working...........and get rich.

 and of course you want to see more... then go to his website

Thordur Sveinsson - Flowing - New series and website

As some may know I (Thordur Sveinsson) am not only the editor of Frame Discovery but also a photographer. I recently did a series with a fellow student, Nick Howe. We got clothes from a young design student, Jessica Murat and shot with two wonderful models. 
I am all for the bright, soft and glowing and this series is no exception. The full series can be seen on my Behance profile.  
Here is a backstage shot for you guys. 

 ...also wanted to mention I just opened up a new website for my photography business. www.thordursveinsson.com
BTW! There's a brilliant interview coming up tomorrow so stay tuned.

Faye Sampson - Interview - Attitude and Cool

Name: Faye Sampson
Age: 21
Place: London
Education: University Graduate
Where have we seen your work?: Various fashion magazines (over twenty in 2011) including Slave, SÝN and AVA and online blogs including The Fashionisto and Ballad Of.

FD: Who are your favorite photographers?:
Faye: There are so many photographers who inspire me, we would be here for a very long time if I was to mention all of them! I recently discovered the work of Bruno Dayan and I fell in love instantly, I actually found myself squealing in awe at the skill and beauty behind each shot. Melissa Rodwell is a long-time favorite of mine. Not only does she create breathtaking images, but her blog tells the truth about the industry and the good and bad experiences she has, rather than painting a picture of perfection. She is always true to herself, focusing solely on the shoot and the images rather than getting caught up in the glamour of the fashion world. She is a huge inspiration to me.

FD: What makes a good photo?:
Faye: I love photos which emote, I want to look at an image and feel something. When a picture evokes an emotion in me I consider it to be a good image.

FD: How do you stay on top of what going on in fashion?:
Faye: I read fashion magazines and obsessively check fashion blogs. I have regular meetings with my creative teams (stylists etc.) to discuss the current trends and to throw around ideas on how we can integrate these into our shoots.

FD: It has been a male sport for decades... do you think the girls are taking over fashion photography?:
Faye: I would love to simply say “yes”, but the truth is we still have a long way to go! I think that girls still have a harder time getting the male-dominant industry to trust us, which is especially the case for young female photographers. I can see a day where females are equally as prominent in the industry, but I feel that it’s going to be a gradual change.

FD: What is your favorite frame that you have shot?:
Faye: I really like the shot below from my editorial “Red Herring”. The original idea behind the shoot was “Little Red Riding Hood gone wrong”, so I knew I wanted to have two models in sweet little dresses and capes, but I wanted the viewer to feel that something about the girl’s behavior was not so sweet, that they had an almost twisted side to their personalities. The shoot was just so much fun, both models were amazing and we all had a great time, despite the cold, drizzly November weather! The shot below was particularly fun to shoot; we were all suppressing laughs as the MUA threw berries over the models. I like the broken feel of the girls given off by the positioning of their limbs, it definitely fits the twisted red riding hood feel in my mind.
FD: What's the plan, the goal.... the dream?:
Faye: I am a massive dreamer but I like to take things one step at a time, so for the meantime I’ll simply say that I wish to be a respected, established fashion photographer.
I bet you want to see more... then go to her website here!

How to make a good fashion photo - A few suggestions

I have been asked to do a post on how to make a good fashion photo. Even though I'm not a certified expert of experts I know a few basic things that can be good to have in mind when planning to do a fashion shoot... and like the photo above tells you, if you get really good like Mario Testino... Kate Moss will draw a moustache on your face... now who does not want that?

-Explore new things.
Don't shoot down your own ideas, write them down, visualize them. Take a look at them  few days later and you will see them differently and more clearly. Then you can separate the good ones from the not so good ones.

-Build a mood board.
Cut photos from magazines and browse online. Find photos that represent the mood you're looking for, the lighting, the makeup and hairstyle. It really helps to have something visual and graphic to look at when you're working on your idea rather then just words on paper. You're a photographer, use images.

-Find a good model.
That's what many young photographers fail to do. A pretty girl does not necessarily make a good model. A good model knows how to move in front of the camera, work with the atmosphere and work her angles… and believe it or not, a beautiful face is not always photogenic. Sad but true. Of course when your doing your first shoots it's good to start with a friend when you're figuring out how to work with lights etc. (and if your lucky your friend is a good, photogenic model).

-Makeup and hair.
Do not underestimate the power of a good makeup-artist. They can work wonders and really bring out the models best features and also create interesting effects… and you also don't want the hair to be a mess… if you do, at least make it a controlled mess (if you know what I mean.) 

-Get a stylist.
A good stylist is invaluable to a photographer. While you may be concentrating on getting the perfect light and the right framing, the stylist is constantly looking at the model, the clothes and the set, making sure that everything is in place and looking it's best. If you're lucky you have a resourceful stylist that can help in pre production when finding clothes, accessories and props.

-Be confident on set.
You are the boss. It's up to you to keep the team working, the model happy and make sure everybody is doing all they can to create the best photo possible. Stand up straight, smile and be friendly. Even if you are nervous and don't have a clue what to do next, don't let the model see it because that will most likely cause her to lose confidence in themselves, you and the project.  So suck it up, be cool and be in charge. Every problem can be fixed (and you most likely know how). But don't be afraid to get the opinion from other members of your team… because it's a team and everybody wants to create something really, really, ridiculously good looking.

-Put on some music.
We all love music, and it puts us at ease. Preferably, ask the model what kind of music she likes, plug in her iPod and crank it up. A happy model delivers better images.

-Don't forget about the clothes.
Young photographers tend to pay too much attention to the model and forget about the clothes they are shooting. Don't forget, fashion photographers job is to sell clothes and make them look good. Study the light. Is it bringing out the fabrics best features can you see the texture?

-In photoshop
When you start working on your favorite images it can help to write a list for the things you need to to in post-processing. Just a little checklist like, fix exposure, skin retouching, cloning dust… that kind of stuff. And don't overdo it, people are not made of plastic and should not look like plastic on photos.

and lastly…
Experiment and have fun... worst case scenario, you're not completely happy and you try again.

Steven Klein - Editorial - Institutional White

Why are insane asylums with pretty women so interesting....? Don't know, they just are. They occasionally turn up in fashion and movies such as Girl Interrupted and Sucker Punch. Steven Klein takes this theme to the extreme for Interview Magazine and are some of the images on the verge of being disturbing.
But I am a fan of different, disturbing and provoking things and that's why I bring you this glorious insanity called "Institutional White"

Joel Sosa - Interview - Freedom, style and youth

As some may have noticed I have a thing for photos that portray youth, freedom, fun and good style. Though Joel Sosa is not a fashion photographer in the strongest sense, his photos are stylish, cool and relevant. Fashion is not all seen on the runway shots and editorials, it's everywhere... well most places, and definitely in Joel's photos. 

Name: Joel Sosa
Age: 23
Place: Guadalajara, Mexico.
Education: Technologies of Information
Where have we seen your work?: Internet and some mexican magazines

FD:Where do you seek inspiration and ideas for your photography?:
Joel:My real inspiration is my life … I feel complete with my friends and people around me, every time I’m with them is a moment of freedom, happyness and joy , we try to live our lives at the maximun level…  we are proud of who we are and that is what inspires me to keep every one of those moments in pictures

FD:Who is your favorite photographer?:
Joel:Nan Goldin

FD:How do you stay on top of what going on in photography?:
Joel:I dont know if im on top.. you know.. i just shoot moments from my life.

FD:What makes a good photo?:
I think what makes a good photo is what this transimite,  if you manage to capture this key moment of joy, freedom, happiness and when you see that photo again you experience the same feeling  that you feel in  the first moment then it is a good photo.

FD:What is your favorite frame that you have shot?:
Joel:Well, I have not really a favorite photo, usually the last I'm doing I like more than the previous ones and so on, always try to improve so ... but I have a picture called "the truth" which for me means the way we humans live today, hiding who we really are following the rules of a powerful all-seeing, because if we show who we really are or do what we really want is considered bad ... thats why the horns that means a symbol of evil… and behind the eye that sees everything ... it's all around us as humans and nature, air, earth, fire ...
FD:What's the plan, the goal.... the dream?:
I would like to be traveling all around the world following the sun, taking some shots for important magazines. That's the dream.

Check out Joel's website here