Finally, I get to properly introduce you to the women has been overly generous in photographing me in the past year. Without her, I would not have the beautiful images I do to keep with me as I age and to share with all of you now. Hello June Photography has given me the most beautiful photos of myself I have ever seen – and I don’t even care if that sounds vain. This women has a natural born talent to take photos and make you look amazing 100% of the time. She has also coached me on posing and built up my self-esteem by mounds!
1. Does Hello June Photography have a philosophy on photography?
Hm, it’s pretty hard to try and pinpoint a philosophy (also I feel more than certain I’m going to misinterpret this so lets just run with it!). I suppose it could be to use my camera as a tool to allow the subject to see how others view them. Not to try and sound pompous (as most do when quoting one of the “greats” in photography) but Ansel Adams said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”. I capture images specifically for the subject to be the viewer and I want them to see themselves through my eyes. Everyone is their own worst critique and I think to be able to see how someone else may view yourself may cause one to step back and see themselves in a new, hopefully more positive, light. If that happens, then I have succeeded at what I set out to do. And, you know, pretty pictures.
2. What kind of photography do you focus on and what is your favorite to shoot?I’m 100% portraiture. I have tried to photograph other things, but I never felt passion for it the same way as when I have a human subject. Give me anything retro inspired and I’m completely done. These days my focus is on pinup but it took a few years of dabbling and trying to be someone I wasn’t creatively to come to this point.
Oh, you mean me? Well aren’t you just a doll to be interested! I guess the basics would be that I’m a mother of 2 living in the wonderful city of Edmonton with an obsession for antiques and spontaneous trips. I have an affinity for colourful hair, terrible jokes, and my personal style ranges from beer box t-shirts to over the top pinup. I’ve been shooting as my “main gig” so to say since 2010 but dabbled much before that (lets be honest it was mostly self portraits but it did teach me a lot).
4. Where and who have you worked with? Anyone we might know?Ah, time to name drop! I jest, but while in the past I have mostly done client work with those not in the industry I have gotten to work with some pretty cool people! I’ve had the honour of working with international pinup model Ruby Roxx in Vancouver recently which was a pretty amazing experience. Looking more locally I worked with Calgary designer Maark Abeenir of Averynthe back when his company was called Pretty Hipster as well as Katarina Zwierink who models and they are both doing pretty amazing things these days. Working with Rowena has allowed me to work with some locally known lovelies like Lucky L’amour, Maila Mustang, and yourself! Mostly though, I’m pretty new to working with those in the industry so I look forward to being able to work with more amazing designers, models, stylists and the like in the future!
5. What makes you and your style unique? What makes you stand out?
My colourful images and shining personality? Really though, it’s so hard to pinpoint what about my work, my style, is different from that created by others who photograph pinup. I try to create a relaxed atmosphere on shoots that allow my subject to be relaxed as well. Often this means lots of my terribly punny jokes, a dash of too much honesty, and letting my subjects know when they are really nailing a look (the amount of times I tell someone they are gorgeous on a shoot should be counted, I’m sure it would be in the double digits!). But with all this I think it allows images that are highly posed and directed to not look stiff or robotic. To get the look and style of a 50’s pinup, on the modern woman – the modern pinup. That, with my own love and obsession for what pinup is, mixed with influence from the great pinup artists Vargas and Elvgren and photographers Bunny Yeager and Viva Van Story, creates the imagery and style that is Hello June Photography.
6. Is there someone or somewhere you would just love to shoot?
Gah, how can a photographer limit their list of “want to photograph” down to a reasonable rate for a blog post?! Location wise I honestly have a short attention span and love shooting in the great outdoors. To be able to go back to Europe and shoot in Lausanne (or pretty much any other European city) would be a dream but give me even a prairie field and I’m over the moon elated. Like I said before, there are some honestly amazing pinup models in Vancouver like Elly Mayday, Kerosene Delux, and Jen Kaboom but I would be lying if I didn’t admit I would probably fan girl way too hard if I ever got the chance to photograph the lovely Mosh.
7. If someone wants to shoot with you, how do they go about doing that?
I highly recommend Hello June Photography for your next photo shoot. I especially recommend her for a pinup shoot and if you have not done any pinup modelling before, she will guide you in posing to make sure you end up with amazing photos. Not only does she capture beautiful images, Hello June Photography has fun with her shoots, making you feel at ease, relaxed, and like a total bombshell – its true, I should count how many times she tells me I’m gorgeous next time we shoot!
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