PERRY MCLAUGHLAN

Confidence for me personally has never been a problem as I am quite a loud (albeit obnoxiously so at times) and content person. One thing I have found is that in this industry you can't please everyone, which usually means you develop thick skin quite quickly. Some of the more inexperienced models sometimes doubt themselves post shoot as they can be nervous as to what people may think of them. It is then that I tell them that you can't please everyone, and that if you are happy with what you've achieved, then you should rock it and if anyone disagrees, well that's their opinion which they are entitled too, but it shouldn't dictate how you feel or how you act in the future, one should never act in fear or self doubt. 

 

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Shooting not just agency girls is one thing that has surprisingly come up a lot as a topic of interest for my work. I am a strong believer in individual beauty, that everyone is unique. It is from this that I attempt to tailor certain shoots/concepts to certain models. Just as one model may thrive in a very 'comfy morning after Sunday oversized tee shirt vibes' shoot, a different model may suit a more 'Victoria's Secret perfected glamour' shoot. This then flows through the aesthetic of the shoot in its entirety, in terms of lighting style, dramatic shadowing, colouring, posing structure, etc etc. Hence it isn't a huge issue to me if a potential model is agency represented or has little to no modelling experience.

 

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It just seemed a rather rational thought, that no matter what you do you're going to have people who disagree with you, hence you can't please everyone, but if you're happy with what you're doing then keep rocking it. It was definitely a gradual thing, as I started photography mainly in events, parties, nightclubs, festivals, stuff like that. I thought I'd try my hand at portraits, and quickly fell in love with shooting people (women in particular), and it all just escalated from there. I find women absolutely beautiful (don't we all), however as previously stated it is their own unique beauty that I find so captivating. --That no two girls will have the same look or same vibe, hence shooting can have a very different atmosphere for both. 

 

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Attire is obviously a huge aspect of the shoot, whether it's shooting for a label or to add too the aesthetic of the shoot. I love simplicity, de-cluttered, let the pieces speak for themselves, allowing the models beauty to be highlighted without the pieces being the overpowering focus of the shoot. In short, clothing that highlights the models physique and natural beauty. Block colouring all the way, blacks, whites, greys and cremes are always a winner for me. The collaboration between myself and the models is somewhat unique in that I love getting their opinions on styling as I always try to bring some of the models vibe and appeal into the shoot. I feel this then compliments the overall concept, as ensuring the model is actively enjoying herself allows for a more comfortable and ultimately successful shoot. 

 

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The the shoot with Gracie, it is one of the most popular shoots for a reference guide, as in when a future model is discussing with me what style/theme she is wanting the shoot to follow, Gracie's pictures somehow manage to pop up. The vibe was very relaxed and silly, despite the overall tone of the shoot being so provocative and glamorous. I find it is especially important to have the model as relaxed and comfortable as possible when shooting evocative styled shoots, as the posing can be compromised if the model is nervous/stiff/uncomfortable. So with that in mind I have some music on in the background, no creative team (less people, hence less daunting for the model), and consistently talking to the model and showing the model photos from the shoot so they know exactly how they are looking and posing so they can critique themselves, in hopes to keep her as relaxed as possible. I wanted to work with Gracie simply because I thought she was stunning, she had the perfect appeal for a glam bedwear shoot. A few memories from the Gracie shoot include myself showing Gracie one of the photo's from the back of the camera mid shoot, she was so pleasantly surprised with it, that for the rest of the shoot she had this beam of confidence which translated into her posing.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: The opportunity to create your own style and aesthetic. It is very very daunting to know that everything you shoot is slowly crafting your overarching style and aesthetic. Following on from this, we are all masters of imitation, taking on board information or content that we enjoy and attempting to put our own spin or style on it. I am truly grateful for being in such a competitive industry that it forces myself to constantly be reevaluating my style and tweaking different aspects. I know personally that the photo's I took six months ago that I just adored, I think are absolute rubbish, which leads me to think that in six months the photos that I took that I think are great, will probably be rubbish as well.

 

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I am very optimistic for the future, I feel it is so important to stay humble and stay hungry. To always pay your dues and to take everything with a grain of salt. I am hopeful that I can continue to do what I do and love every second of it along the way, and I know that as long as I keep a level headed outlook and always try to improve, then things should be looking up.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: What a question to end an interview. The end of civilization will be caused by selfie sticks.

 













01 // Cassie McGlew // cassiemcglew
02 // Gracie Piscopo // graciepiscopo
03 // Emily Biondillo // emxbiondillo
04 // AJ // __amaani__
05 // Georgia Mae // georgiagibbs_
06 // Ebony Lane // ebony_lane
07 // AJ // __amaani__
08 // Uncredited
09 // Gracie Piscopo // graciepiscopo
10 // Uncredited
11 // Molly Grace // mollygracenylande
12 // Grace T. // gracesarahthompson
13 // Uncredited

 

Perry McLaughlan // perrywinklephotography // perrywinklephoto.com

 

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