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Interview: Emily Yates

We spoke to #faithfullgirl Emily Yates about where she found her love of photography, the meaning of beauty to her and what inspires her both in front of and behind the lens.

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“When did you find your love for photography?”

I’ve always had an innate love of creativity. When I was growing up it was painting, drawing, ceramics - anything where I could make my imagination tangible. I guess as technology grew and changed, and iPhones became common place, I started to fall more and more in love with the process behind creating imagery. I’m a bit intense, so once I get focused on something, I’m hell for leather.

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“What was the first camera you invested in?”

An Olympus point and shoot when I was 18 to take pics at da clubs. Hahaha. Wow. But my first serious camera was an entry level DSLR canon 7D. I quickly realised it’s all about the lens, not the body, so upgraded to a canon 5D and starting playing around with lenses and focus.

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“Name some key elements that inspire you in front of and behind the lens.”

Light. I think the biggest inspiration ( and I guess in a way a tip for any budding photographers ) for me is what the light is doing. It changes everything. It sets a mood and tells a story. Subject. For me it all depends on who and what I’m shooting. Every single person ( or outfit ) will inspire me in a unique way. Sometimes you see a face ( or an outfit ) and you’re like oh WE HAVE TO DO THIS !

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“Words of advice to aspiring photographers out there?”

Play. Have fun. Take photos of everything ! Find out what you like and what you don’t like by experimenting. It’s not a paint by numbers art. Let yourself naturally evolve. The best part about photography is that every single person will see the same thing in a different way. You can’t go wrong. And play with light - time of day, angles - all of it.

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“Did you study photography or are you self-taught?”

I’m self-taught. And I just learnt by practice and play. I have to admit I’m a bit of a psychopath. I love to learn - I think I’ll be teaching myself new skills for the rest of my life. Once I get started on something I tend to get a little bit engrossed.

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“Your ideal backdrop is..”

Don’t ask me this. How could I ever answer.  I’ve never met a backdrop I haven’t liked . Hahaha - the less I like the backdrop - the more it challenges me to use my creativity to come up with a concept I love. So for me it’s always a win win.

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“Music you are listening to on and off set: ”

I have the worst taste in music. I truly do. It’s so eclectic. My playlist skips from the Dixie chicks, to rage against the machine, to French café music.  It’s painful to let me have the Aux cord. I wouldn’t suggest it.

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“The meaning of beauty to you is:”

Nature. And confidence. I guess they can even go hand in hand - in that I think it’s so beautiful to see someone confident in their natural form, stripped of what we tend to “rely” on for a standard of beauty taught to us from birth. I also think vulnerability is beautiful. And empathy. And kindness. They shine through more than any physical feature ever could.

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“Your favourite FAITHFULL pieces from the shoot are: ”

The Beline Midi Dress, that Olive was seen wearing with Henry, long and troppo - and the colourful Sidonie Mini Dress. 

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“Describe Olive in 3-5 words”

Hilarious. Magnetic . Affectionate . Loyal. Compassionate.

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Photography & Words by :

Emily Yates