Q & A with Theresa Hall

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How work­ing long as havea pro­fes­sion­a­lyou been pho­tog­ra­pher?Over 10 years. You have a nat­u­ral abil­ity for fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy. What makes a good model? Def­i­nitely con­fi­dence, some­one with knowl­edge of fash­ion and a great per­son­al­ity that can get along with peo­ple. What do you aim for in your shoots? To tell a story with the pho­tos. Also its a team ef­fort so for the cre­atives to all show their tal­ents and to have fun. What’s your sig­na­ture style for shoot­ing? I love shoot­ing high fash­ion editorial style with an edgy look. How did you learn your craft? Who is your in­spi­ra­tion? I learnt pho­tog­ra­phy a long time ago but I’m al­ways learn­ing on ev­ery shoot. Other pho­tog­ra­phers that in­spire me at the mo­ment would be Billy Kidd, Ge­orges An­toni and Steven Klein. Why is Toowoomba a great place to be a cre­ative? Can you de­scribe the lo­cal scene here? Toowoomba has amaz­ing cre­ative peo­ple to col­lab­o­rate with, whether they are makeup artists, hair­styl­ists, fash­ion styling, mod­els and artists, ev­ery­one brings their own flavour to a shoot. What four things do you al­ways have in your bag when do­ing a shoot? Cam­era, lights, bat­ter­ies and a bot­tle of wa­ter. What ad­vice can you give to bud­ding pho­tog­ra­phers try­ing to get pub­lished? Get a great team and shoot what you love and are pas­sion­ate about — it will show in your work if you love what you are do­ing. Then lots of prac­tice to de­velop your style! Some of your im­ages are very pow­er­ful. How do you achieve this and how do you avoid the ‘pretty’ and ‘sub­mis­sive’ poses that of­ten ac­com­pany fe­male fash­ion? My fo­cus is on sto­ry­telling so I like the mod­els to show emo­tion. I like to show the model as a per­son with per­son­al­ity rather than just a man­nequin.

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