Today we are featuring a selection of images from the fashion portfolio of Melbourne-based photographer Rachel Webb. We chat with Rachel about how a new photographer goes about making those first introductions to model agencies when wanting to test with models on their books.
How long have you been shooting and what first inspired you to consider photography as a profession?
I started shooting at about 15 when I got my first dSLR. I was about to enter my senior years of school and my parents asked me what I wanted to do with my life and I said photography. I loved taking pictures of everything and everyone and I just knew it was what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life.
I’ve always been interested in colour & composition a little more than conceptually themed work.
How would you define your style and what do you want your work to say to the viewer?
I aim for my work to look strong and elegant no matter what the subject. I’ve always been interested in colour & composition a little more than conceptually themed work.
Who or what are your biggest influences when it comes to photography?
I think I’m influenced by really strong fashion portraiture, I love searching through magazines, Pinterest & Instagram and looking at all the other work around me. I like to take ideas from what I see and put my own spin/style into them.
You work a lot with agency-represented models; for a new photographer, how do you make that first approach to the agencies and persuade them to let you shoot with the models on their books? What was your strategy?
Admittedly, I was absolutely petrified the first time I even thought about asking an agency to lend me models for testing. So one day I decided to bite the bullet and just emailed every agency I knew asking if they had any models/development models that needed their folio updating or needed to test. Not all of them got back to me, but a few did and I’ve found the more work I do, the more confident I am when I ask again. The worst they can do is say no!
Where do you see your photography taking you next?
Well, I’m actually heading over to London in mid April to early May to try and test with models over there. I have family there at the moment and decided to take the opportunity and see what I can do!
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All images copyright Rachel Webb.