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Wednesday 23rd February 2022

During my time at university, I have tried to collaborate as much as possible in as many different areas I can. Working with creative people is always beneficial to your own work but also theirs. It sparks ideas and you’re able to see work from a new perspective. In this blog post I will be sharing some collaborations I have been involved in over the past 3 years.

Fashion Students
At the end of 2019 in the first semester of first year university, there was a chance to collaborate with first year fashion students. It was a way for us and them to improve our current projects by having a diverse amount of work as well as getting to know creative like-minded people along side. I was in a group of 7 people including myself and one other photography student - the rest being fashion. They explained to us their concept for the work and the photographic intentions through mood boards. I had never done anything like this before so it was a great way of stepping out of my comfort zone and having an input as a creative practitioner. I was able to inform them on cameras, lenses and lighting styles that would work best for the imagery they’re wanting. Models were sourced, studios were booked and locations were found - it was shoot time. We shot several times with various models and outfits depending on the location, it was a really enjoyable experience and I’m glad I took the opportunity. After the shoots, the original images were then sent over to the fashion students and I then created several high fashion magazine covers for my own submission - inspired from the designs of GQ, Vogue and a few other well known brands.
It was a great experience for me to develop my skills, widen my portfolio, get to know editing with InDesign and problem solve as a team.

After collaborating with the fashion students in December 2019, a few months later I was approached via Instagram from two other fashion students who were interested in getting some headshots taken for their CV’s. I jumped at the chance as I could develop my studio skills, gain more experience in the studio and become confident when working with a clien on set. They came to the shoot fully prepared with ideas, outfit changes and some inspiration images. It was a great experience as I hadn’t done much studio based photographing prior to this but we were all very happy with the outcomes.

One World Exhibition
For a collaborative module in early 2021, myself and five other photography students from my course worked together to create a virtual exhibiton space exploring the impacts of pollution on the natural environment. It was a great way for each of us to learn new skills, input ideas, give comments and feedback, problem solve, source external guest speakers in the industry and also adapt to the new online working environment. You can read about the full blog post by using the link at the bottom of the page for more information on the imagery, gallery space and how we worked as a team. 

Fashion Shoot Photographer
More recently, I have been approached by one of the fashion students I had previously collaborated with in first year, to photograph her final project. It would be a minimal fashion shoot on location as part of her final submission. At this point, it is just in the planning stages, but I am looking forward to be working with the fashion students again and developing my portfolio along side my own final project. It will help me in future jobs as it shows an open minded work ethic and the ability to work towards a brief.


Click here to read the full blog post about One World: The Virtual Exhibition!


          Images of fashion collab magazine covers