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2011, A Retrospective.

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!

LJ xo

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.

  1. THERESA

    wonderful BLOG POST! YOU ARE AMAZING AND i HAVE LOVED WATCHING YOUR CAREER BLOOM OVER THE YEARS! i HOPE TO GET YOUR DVD WITH MY TAX RETURN MONEY :d

    ps YOU ARE GORGEOUS (AS ALWAYS) !

  2. Andrew

    Great post :D
    Best wishes for 2012 :D

  3. amanda

    sounds like a very productive year, lara! ita about living in inspiring places… I am working on that :) I’m looking forward to reading the fashion book. best of luck for 2012 :)

  4. Brandi

    I have observed your work since you started on DeviantArt. You are around my age and I am so happy for you and jealous of you. You have came such a long way in your work and I am so glad you are experiencing so much success. I would be so honored to be able to attend one of your workshops so that’s on my wishlist. Congratulations and have a fantastic new year!

  5. Amelia

    I loved reading this blog post, you are such an inspiration to me! I am so happy to see that you have gained so much success in your photography. You truly deserve it. I hope I have the money for your next workshop in London! Hope 2012 is a great year!

  6. david

    Well done Lara Jade.
    Great to see someone who has genuinely found themselves in their element. All the best in 2012 Disappointed you chose not to work with my brother and I though http://www.david-procter.com/blog/experiments/we-never-told-you-about-peter-procter/

  7. Miss M.

    I really ADORE you. You are so beautiful, gorgeous, .. just breathtaking. Wow, this was a really good year for you & I hope, that 2012 will bring you again many wonderful expieriences. And I think you should make some books – some with photographs taking by you and one book just with manymany photographs of yourself, because you are SO talented, I love it!

  8. Deea

    Wonderful blog post, I love the photos!:) Wish you all the best in 2012, may it be an even greater year than the one we’re leaving behind.

    Keep up the AMAZING work!

  9. Wonderland Avenue

    What a great year I’ve had following your adventures on the interweb and twitter etc…I love watching raw talent grow and grow and you have talent in bucket loads. Good luck with 2012 and really excited about continuing to follow your exploits.

  10. Silke

    Thanks for being amazing, thanks for sharing it

  11. iLuca

    u are great lara. i love how young and focus at the same time you are!!!!!

  12. Martin Lippert photography

    Thanks for the Inspiration, beautiful pictures.

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I am honoured to be a part of this year’s ‘Wear It Pink’ UK campaign and wanted to share with you the behind the scenes of the day.

The shoot was shot at Big Sky studios in London and I have to say wasn’t one of the easiest settings with the weather working against us. The morning started with beautiful sunlit skies and passing clouds and after the first half of the shoot was done (the adult shot) the weather suddenly turned into grey skies and incredible winds – which of course working with a washing line of clothes was not easy. Luckily I had patient and helpful art directors from the ad agency on set and my incredible creative team working closely to make sure everything was running smoothly on set (and the clothes weren’t ‘flapping like a kipper’ as our stylist put it!)

As a young girl I remember every year Wear It Pink was one of the favoured educational days -with fun activities and the chance to wear a fun colour in contrast to the boring uniforms and all for such a worthy cause. So when my London agent called and told me I was on option to shoot for these guys I immediately said yes!

To be a part of the fantastic campaign this year visit the website at Wear It Pink and donate today.

Final Campaign Shots

Behind The Scenes

  1. Zhang Jingna

    Looks great Lara. Congratulations! <3

  2. Daniel Snare

    Love all the Fun going on in the photos. Excellent work!

  3. Aly

    Spotted an article about your BLOG in DIgital-SLR-Photography magazine Oct 2011 and can’t stop surfing your site! I’m a photography undergrad looking for Inspiring images and i came to the right place; next week you will be my Website of the Week, thanks for the inspiration!

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I had great fun shooting this editorial for Papercut Magazine a few months ago. My creative idea came alight with a wonderful creative team and my model Eva, who made a fitting actress for the story. I always love when I have full creative control on editorial work, it’s where I can let my mind run wild. A big thank you to Seth Jones who retouched this shoot. It is the first shoot I’ve had someone else work on in regards to post processing and I really think he took the story to the next level.

To view the editorial in full view Papercut Magazine online.

Photography: Lara Jade

Model: Eva Doll @ Premier

Styling: Janine Jauvel

Make Up: Keiko Nakamura

Limoz Logli: Hair

Retouching: M Seth Jones (www.msethjones.com)

Assistance: Steven Read & Charlotte Bibby

Headpieces & Set Design by Luke Abby

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Here are some behind the scenes…

(Photo Credit: Charlotte Bibby)




  1. Andrew

    Congrats! :D

  2. Samantha Nandez

    Love it! High fashion meets 5 year old birthday party. Flawlessly done.

  3. Brigitte Duong

    The photo of her licking off the mustache is just amazing! But great job on all the photos they are just amazing!

  4. Jakojax

    WOW! just amazing!!!!! really good ideas ! a wonderful work! keep going!

  5. Chris Fawkes

    Awesome, as usual.

  6. Kahulani

    Lara you are incredible, a gift to the world of art and photography.

  7. Sofia

    I realy admire your skills as a photografher. So many beautiful pictures you have tagen!

  8. S Jessica deal

    What a remarkable set of images!!! SUCH a creative concept!

  9. ASHLEY SMITH

    HOW FREAKIN’ FUN! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THAT WHIPPED MUSTACHE! I JUST WANT TO THROW MY NEXT BIRTHDAY PARTY LIKE THAT! GRABBING MY GIRLS AND GOING TO MAKE MUSTACHES..ASAP! :-)

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