Marissa Alden is an emerging fashion and beauty photographer based in Melbourne, Australia whose fashion editorials with their clean lines and bold use of colours are already being picked up by international fashion publications.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first became fascinated by fashion photography.
I am a fashion and beauty photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. I first started photography at high school when I was fifteen, originally interested in portrait and conceptual photography. It wasn’t until I was eighteen that I discovered fashion photography, instantly falling in love with how limitless the fashion industry could be.
How would you define your photographic style?
I would describe my style as feminine and bold. I like to keep posing in my photographs fairly natural and soft, adding contrast with lighting and colour.
Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
It sounds cliched but I find inspiration everywhere; I am constantly online discovering ideas on Instagram and Pinterest, as well as in books or magazines. I also admire the works of fashion photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel, Tim Walker, Mario Testino (and so many others), taking inspiration from past editorials and campaigns. Colours, art, locations etc. also trigger shoot ideas, as well as my own sketches.
What has been the best piece of advice given to you about your photography?
Find your own style and stick with it. When I first started out, I would completely change my work to suit a certain magazine or brand that I was working with. Through trial and error, I learned that it was important to create my own style and stay true to it. Style is what sets you apart from everyone else, so it’s really essential to make sure every shoot reflects your brand and taste.
What is next for you? Are you currently working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
I’m working on a lot of new shoots at the moment. I don’t like to give too much away, but I’m very excited about what the future holds.
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