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Interview: Photographer Ayla Elaine (Italy)
Tell us something about yourself
I am a 21 year old Australian photographer who is living in Milan, Italy.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started getting in photography at quite a young age, I never really understood much about it but it was a passion of mine. My older work is nothing like it is today in terms of style and technique but I like to think of the beginning years as experimenting to find my niche.
What does photography mean to you?
It is a full time job but also a love of mine. It is a way to express myself and be completely creative. It is such an amazing feeling when you achieve your dream job, it feels as if I havent worked a day.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I would definitely say it is very bright and clean. My usual work is sharp, refined and sleek. I like to keep things neautral and simple yet very fashionable. It seems as i fit could almost be minimilistic in some cases.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I gather inspiriation from my everday life. Living in such a beautiful country and a very fashionable city it is hard to not be inspired! I also find a collect inspiration from the beauty of women, each girl is unique and stunning in their own way, I usually style the entire shoot around the model rather than styling her into the set.
Studio, on location or both?
Studio. I would like to venture more on location and experiment but studio is definitely my comfort zone as well as my preferred space.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
A mix of both.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Honestly it’s hard to pick out certain moments. Almost all my sessions are memorable as i get to work with such talented and amazing people. It is always a fun time on set and each day has something unique and enjoyable about it.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I have to say being based in Italy and surrounded by such overwhelming culture and beauty is where i pull majority of my inspiration.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon and though i very rarely use one, a 50mm, i rarely need to use one in the studio but it’s what i always have most fun with and get the most creative.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Pour your heart and soul into your work, spend hours perfecting your portfolio and never let anyone put you down. It takes a long time to break through the industry but when you start to reap the rewards all the hard work was completely worth it.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I’m loving it! Super honoured to be asked to be featured! Sleek, fashionable, elegant and full of creativity.