Hello my lovelies, today I’m talking to 25-year-old, Emma Pharaoh, I’m 25, from just outside of London. She is a full-time photographer shooting mostly lifestyle photography, but this can branch out to food, product and of course the blogger/streetsyle photography you may see a lot of on her Instagram. Emma talks about what makes a good photograph in her opinion and how Lydia Millen is her biggest influence.What were you doing before photography and how did you get in to it?
Before photography I had a few retail jobs such as a golf club, a garden centre and a few bar jobs at uni. Just before I went full-time I was working at a talent agency where I’d be arranging castings for actors. It was interesting, but wasn’t for me. It did however teach me a lot about the managerial/admin side of my job now, which really helps with negotiating and contracts!
Whats the best thing you’ve done so far within your photography?
I am proud to have recently worked with Shake Shack, but I guess what I’d most be proud of would be the 1 page feature I recently had in Blogosphere Magazine!
Who is your biggest influence?
I’d say my biggest influence, or motivator, would be Lydia Millen! I know she is a lot of people’s favourite blogger, but even though she’s not a photographer, her vlogs and how genuine and happy she is really motivate me to have a great work and personal life too!
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
“you are different, and there is no one else like you, so don’t be afraid to do something that’s been done before if you can do it better”.
What do you do in your spare time?
I see friends and family, go to dinner with my partner and walk my puppy (@marleyspaniel) !
What is your favourite and least favourite part about photography?
I love helping people transform their Instagram feeds, just seeing the difference from then and now. But really, I love the reactions from people when I show them their photos, it’s the most satisfying part, making people feel good and the classic ‘omg you’ve made me look tall / nose smaller / legs long etc etc!’ Oh and of course meeting new people! My least favourite part, and I don’t dislike it that much, it’s just not my favourite! And that’s editing, but I have a feeling that’ll change soon!
Favourite photographers and why?
I really love smaller photographers to be honest, they’re the ones I follow and appreciate more. Those such as Reece Chapman, Wish Wish Wish & Olga Kim! Their compositions are great, but mostly because of the gorgeous filters they all seem to use!
What is a typical day in your life?
A typical day would either be at home sat at my desk editing all day. Or off early to London, I leave my house about 8am, for my first shoot with a blogger at 10am, we shoot a few outfits, next shoot at 1pm, and third shoot at 4pm. I try to put lots of shoots on one day so that I’m not in and out of london every day for 1 shoot (as I don’t live in central) and also because I have a little puppy which I miss all throughout the day! Once my shoots are finished and I’m home I’ll usually send a PDF of all the photos to each blogger, or brand, and await their selections of which they’d like me to edit.
Three words to describe you –
happy, congenial, (a bit) weird
How would you describe your personal photography style?
Natural. I like to think I bring out peoples personality and capture their ‘relatable’ side rather than the posey/staged side!
From your point of view, what makes a good photograph?
If it’s well lit, a straight composition, and if the subject is acting natural!
What camera do you use?
Canon 5D MII usually with a 50mm lens.
What does your work aim to say?
I just want to show the subject or brand as relatable and friendly so mine and their audiences feel welcome.
Advice for other photographers?
Listen at uni (if you go), take in as much as you can and take advantage of the resources, tutors etc! or if you don’t go to uni, assist other photographers and learn as much as you can so you can learn from their mistakes rather than making your own on a job!
Thanks for reading my lovelies, tune in tomorrow for my interview with Lynsey (larkandlily).
Sophie Joan x