Claire Harrisson

June 15, 2014 by R A Z G O


PHOTO Interview

Photographer Name: Claire Harrison

College: The Surrey Institute of Art & Design

Favorite Color: Silver If you can count that if not Turquoise!

Favorite Book: Lots of them…. recent favorite, The Snow Child

Favorite Movie: Again Tricky, The Green Mile, Sixth Sense, Erin Brockovich,

Favorite Food: Thai, Mexican

Favorite Quote: “Things are as big a deal as you make them”. “Anything worth doing is going to be hard work” “you create your own destiny by taking opportunities that count”

For how long have been in photography?
I have been shooting 5 years, before that I assisted to learn all I can.

How did you start?
From a very young age I saw my dad and uncle taking pictures and they seemed to always have a camera hanging round their neck.. They have both always been keen amateur photographers. My mum and dad were also keen artists, my mum often doing pastel drawings and my dad doing ?ne art oil paintings. Although neither of them pursued art as a career they both still paint and draw. My dad was a colour technician in an ink factory and I think I have inherited his touch with colour and tones.

Photography was a natural progression for me. When I went to art school I started shooting and fell in love with the medium. I originally wanted to be a music photographer but after assisting on beauty shoots it soon changed. Whilst assisting I started to arrange my own test shoots and became addicted to beauty & hair photography. And although I have only been shooting a relatively short amount of time, my folio changes constantly. I make sure that I test at least twice a month working on my own projects – it keeps my passion alive and continually pushes my work forward.

How would you define yourself as an artist?
As an artist I am looking to capture a beautiful moment in time that would otherwise be lost forever. I want to entice the viewer to wonder about the girl in the image. Or just to appreciate a thing of beauty. weather that is the girl the make up the hair, the emotion or the landscape she is in.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere, I am constantly inspired. It drives me mad. I always feel the desire to do more, and nothing I do satis?es me for long enough.

What type of camera do you use most?
I mainly use a Canon Mark 111.

What is your favorite lens?
100mm macro lens. Its so crisp and delicious.

What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
I would probably say working on the spread for Vanity Fair. I was working with some of the best names in the industry; Elizabeth Saltzman, Karen Hillbert, Mary Greenwell, Lisa Eastwood. It was a dream to work with such influential creatives,and to hear them say they loved the images.

What are your favorite three images you have shot recently?
I have just shot a beautiful beauty story for drafted magazine which is out in october. I love them, please check them out.

How important is an awesome website for your business?
I would say its imperative in the creative industry now, people want to see your work fast and don’t always have time to meet you in person with a book.

What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
Communication skills and ability to lead a team of creatives.

Do you work for international brands?
Clients include, Rimmel, Head &Shoulders, L’Oreal, De Beers, Claires Accessories, Sleek Cosmetics, Damas, Ciate and many others.

Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
Miles Aldridge, Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton, Ellen Von Unwerth, Eugenio Recuenco, Tim Walker, Guy Bourdin to name a few.

What are your next projects?
I am excited about shooting a beautiful fashion Lingerie video for my showreel which I am developing at the moment.