2011 has been an incredible year for me.
Most important of all, I finally made the move from my hometown in England to New York City after many visits the previous year. The change of location has been refreshing for me and I’ve been able to pick up the pace of my work life and also settle down personally. I believe that surrounding yourself with an inspiring environment (especially as an artist) and with other creatives helps encourage you in your career path without you even knowing it! I live and breathe what I do, so I need to be around like-minded people and in a city that never sleeps.
This year has also opened many doors to travel opportunities – I have been honoured to be able to visit some beautiful locations this year, Hawaii (twice), Toronto and of course re-visiting London and exploring New York which have all been productive and eye-opening. Seasoned travellers will understand me on this one – I feel like I now have the travel bug! In 2012, travel destinations already include a workshop in Australia and possible trips in the US and in parts of Europe. I have decided to give myself a unique travel destination every year and find new experiences.
Work-wise, I found an incredibly supportive London agent, Balcony Jump who have encouraged my personal and commercial work within Europe, and I’ve also developed my editorial portfolio extensively – working closely with my new New York and London connections and challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone and shoot more stories in the studio.
As some of you may know, I just released a collaboration DVD ‘Lara Jade Vs Joey L: Photographer Shoot Off’ with my arch-nemesis Joey L which had been in development over the past two years – it felt great to finally release something after such a long production cycle, and Joey and I are very happy with the outcome. Teaching and sharing knowledge is still new to me (since I only started teaching workshops last December), but I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge!
It’s still under wraps, but I’ve been working on a new fashion photography guidance book through UK publisher ILEX Press. I am pleased to say it is FINALLY finished and it’s nice to know that all those weeks of writing have not gone to waste. I feel like the whole process of writing it and researching was like going back to school and re-visiting my much-loved two year photography programme. Not to say it will be all educational-based, it’s going to be jam-packed with my photography and my personal knowledge as well as technical information for an all you need-to-know photography hand-book. Unfortunately (as I know some people will ask to order) I don’t have any details on the publishing date just yet, but I will let you all know as soon as I have the details!
To all of you reading this now, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your continued support of my work – your comments/messages/faves/emails/likes etc. are ALL appreciated. Even if I don’t get time to respond to all of your messages, you should know I do try and read them all.All the best in the new year, 2012 will be a productive one!
I am going to leave you with some of those ‘special’ 2011 moments, those oh-no-you-didn’t-I-caught-it-on-camera moments and some special highlights for fun and giggles. Thank you to everyone that works with me for making my working year a blast!
The creation of the beach shoot for Material Girl Magazine. It’s amazing how easy it is to brighten a dull day by entertaining yourself with childhood activities… and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed making those sandcastles. Photos by Oscar May.
The creative team on set at the beach in South England. Photo by Oscar May.
The beautiful Diana R on set for the cemetery shoot in London. Photo by Oscar May.
Hair stylist Tomo and wardrobe stylist Krishan making magic. Photo by Oscar May.
The Maui, Hawaii Workshop Team & Attendees – loved this two day workshop in paradise!
Mr Matthew Alvarado & Mr Kevin Garrison – my two right hand men on my Maui April Workshop
NY Workshop – all I remember this day is how bad I felt for everyone with the heat! That rooftop was like working upon a giant baking tray! Note to self: don’t book workshops on rooftops in the summer again.
The creation of the ‘Velveteen Rabbit’ editorial shoot. Me & the creative team on set. Photo by Nicole De Waal.
Shooting the ‘Velveteen Rabbit’ in the studio. If it’s one thing I love about shooting editorials, it’s bringing long term shoot ideas to life! Photo by Nicole De Waal.
Deborah, Me & Nicole on set at a Brooklyn beach in October. A cold but picture-perfect day!
On set: If it’s one thing everyone knows about me, it’s the way I treat the models – here I am encouraging the model to go into the water at a beach in October (I’m joking, but she did it!) Photo by Nicole De Waal.
Deborah Altizio is a woman of many talents, she isn’t just known for her excellent make up artistry – she is also a bird whisperer. Photo by Nicole De Waal.
Maui the second-time around, except thirteen people less than before (phew). Me & the team looking out over the North Shore. Photo by Megan Jolie Photography.
On top of Haleakala Mountain, Maui at too-early-oclock. Also, don’t look twice – this is the only time you’ll ever, and I mean ever see me in such awful attire again. I think the last time I wore sweatpants was when I was half my age now. My excuse (as always) is that I thought the top of the mountain would be warmer and Valerie came to the rescue.
Editorial Magazine shoot in Brooklyn. I love this team & I love these kind of shoots! Ally, you still need to take me to yoga, don’t let me say no. Photo by Chris Davis.
Shooting for clothing brand The Fold in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Photo by Kait Robinson.
Just because we always need a group photo at the end of every workshop! This is my Toronto workshop team (day 2) – incredibly nice to teach. You make my job easy! Photo by Cammy Jones.
…and it’s amazing how quick a second changes a group of people? Why, just because! Work isn’t work.. it’s fun. Photo by Cammy Jones.