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.
“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.
“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.
“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 !
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Describe Olive in 3-5 words”
Hilarious. Magnetic . Affectionate . Loyal. Compassionate.