Name: Chloe Price
14 Orchard Lane, Bilbrook, Wolverhampton, WV8 1NE
My name is Chloe, I'm a student portrait photographer from Wolverhampton - and this is my Vogue Talent Entry.
Before I begin, here's a little bit about myself. I first began photography, in which I mean mindfully creating a photograph instead of taking photos of my dog, when I was around 10 or 11 years old. Back in 2007, my cousin Ali and I were inspired by Lara Jade's self portraits and sent our days scrolling through Flickr and Deviantart, thinking of ideas on how we could create similar looking images ourselves. Whilst Ali was always better in front of the camera, I always preferred to be the one pressing the button. So Ali would do her make up, and borrow my clothes, and we would brave the great outdoors (my back garden) in the middle of Winter, creating cringe worthy photos and music videos that we'd later upload to the internet. Not before over editing the photos on an online website called Picnic (with the contrast pushed way up, and adding bold, dark vignettes around every picture). Thankfully, most of the photos have been removed from the Internet, but I've added a couple that I've managed to find below.
Over the years, my interest in photography was on and off at best. When my niece was born I absolutely loved taking photographs and creating home made videos of her, but I had no real passion to pursue photography. It was on a whim that at 20 years old I decided to spontaneously enrol in my local college (about 3 days before the course actually started), as I realised I had a camera I still didn't know how to use. I knew that if I enrolled in college, I would turn up every week and learn the basics, rather than being overwhelmed with the information on the internet and never really learning anything. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Now having finished my first year, not only do I know what the exposure triangle means, I have found my true passion for photography. I am motivated every single day, and am constantly thinking about shoots, contacting models, looking up inspiration and ordering outfits online. I have never been consistently excited about something for so long, eventually my enthuisiasm for every hobby I've aquired has fizzled before long. I've also found that my course, and my final project, gave me an excuse to share my work. Instead of being uncomfortable, shy and a little bit ashamed of taking photos - I now have a reason to. I have a reason to contact people to help me for my project, rather than just going off my own back.
I am still a beginner. I still have so many doubts about my photographs and wonder if I should change what I do to get more likes or feedback. But ultimately I've found that I would invest in photography without hoping to gain anything in return to be in full control and to create beautiful images. I have no intention of actually winning this contest but the process of creating an entry has been so much fun, and I feel as though has improved my photography.
Now if we move in to the actual photo shoots that I've done for this entry. I decided to take photographs of three different people (not related to me) and documented these through different social media accounts.
I begin with Aaron in Bridgnorth, I've known Aaron since school and he actually told me about this contest, and is the only reason I've entered. He was kind enough to drive my partner and I to Bridgnorth and let me take photos of him even though he'd had no previous experience being really in front of the camera.
For this photo shoot I wanted a very classic and fashion forward shoot. Thankfully for me, Aaron adores fashion and had a huge wardrobe for me to choose from. In the end we chose a formal attire style.
We both used social media in order to share these photos. As well as this, my partner was kind enough to film behind the scenes and I edited the clips together to create a short video on Youtube.
The next photo shoot I did was with Sophie Pearson, a model I found on Purple Port. I had been admiring her look and photographs for a while, and was so excited to be able to have full control over the shoot. Before meeting, Sophie and I communicated and I asked her to come in natural make up and hair, with feminine and bright clothing. I brought my own dresses as well (after forgetting my most favourite one, of course. It was easily creased so I put it on my banister instead of shoving it in my bag - and it stayed there throughout the duration of the photo shoot). I was also able to choose the location, a church in Wolverhampton centre, and created the theme I initially intended to.
Again, my partner attended this shoot with me and shot behind the scenes video. I am currently in the process of putting those clips together and will upload them to Youtube shortly. I also used Instagram to show my editing process in post production and put a story up on the photos on the back of the camera. Sophie and I began following each other on Instagram and tagged each other in the relevant posts to show our collaboration.
The third photo shoot I did was with Kelsey.. I knew her from school but despite knowing each other, we'd never actually spoke before. I thought her look was really interesting and as she's an aspiring make up artist, I was so excited to try taking some photos.
She'd had zero experience being in front of the camera except for selfies so we she asked me what I wanted her to do, I had no idea. A lot of the time people leave it up to the photographer, but I am still in the beginning stages of my work. I am not a model and have no idea how to pose in front of the camera. In the end she settled for her selfie face, and I think she did pretty spectacular for a complete beginner. We spent the hour giggling awkwardly and talking about school while sitting in a field getting covered in nature.
As with all of my photos, I shared and tagged her on my Instagram. Instagram is my social media channel of choice because it is picture centred, and it make sense to share photography on there. It is also so easy to tag and share your work using hashtags in order to reach more people, and I love the stories that also accompany the main photographs I take. This allows me to show the little behind the scenes like location hunting, outfit/styling sneak peaks, before and afters and selfies that I wouldn't necessarily want on my main feed.
As well as Instagram, I also heavily rely on this website in order to show my work. This is where my main portfolio is, and I am currently in the process of creating this blog. While I use a couple of photos on my portfolio and Instagram, that leaves about 98% of the photos I take sitting on my hard drive. By using a blog I can post a lot more of the photos I take with written behind the scenes as well.
The process of creating this entry has been amazing. As I said, I am not expecting to win, but I want to thank whoever is reading all of this for taking the time to do so. Thanks to this contest I had a reason to create an Instagram and to shoot behind the scenes video, which I know will allow me to share my work with so many people. It has also pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I think improved my photography.
Again, thank you.