SEAN PHAM & INGRID AA

I'm an Australian photographer that moved to Norway just under two years ago with my girlfriend. I was previously an accountant for the better part of five years, however with language limitations and the recent down-turn in the job market, I decided that I would make the most of my limited time in Norway, and pursued a passion that I always had; fashion photography.

I was originally a wedding photographer, so I had no fashion photography in my portfolio. I did however, contact several of the modeling agencies here in Oslo and one of them decided to give me a chance. Since then, I've been able to build a small creative network that has given me the opportunity to create some images that I'm really passionate about.

 

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I still wouldn't say that I have an overwhelming amount of confidence in my work currently. I'm still always nervous before I share any of the images because I've put so much time and effort into creating them.

I would say that it's my need (addiction?) to create, which fuels my endeavours. For me, I see sharing my work as a tool to connect and communicate with other creatives. It definitely took me some time to get to a point where I was comfortable enough to share my work.

Unlike many other photographers who have been able to develop a recognizable style, I am still searching for my creative voice, and the only way for me to do that is to connect with other creatives and practice my craft.

 

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Ingrid is a Pilates teacher (which is probably why she is in such ridiculously good shape!) and all-round legend. She also studied in Australia so I didn't have to tone-down my weird Aussie accent. The thing that caught my eye about her (besides her stunning looks) was her ability to portray emotion. For me, this is a key quality that I look for in models that I shoot.

 

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I had a blast on this shoot. The reason why I found this shoot so fun was that Ingrid has the same appreciation for 90's hip-hop and R&B music that I do (music is always plays a large role in my shoots). Ingrid even asked for the playlist after the shoot!

Like most of my shoots, the vibe is always relaxed and there are always ideas being thrown around. It was pretty difficult to take a bad frame of Ingrid. It was one of those shoots where your jaw dropped every time you reviewed an image at the back of the camera.

 

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I tend to go for simpler looks because I don't want the clothes to over-power the shoot. I like to create a harmony between the clothes and the model because I find those images more cohesive and natural. There is always a dialogue between the model and I regarding the wardrobe before the shoot because I want them to feel comfortable and confident during the shoot.

I also think good hair and make-up are mega important because it really adds that final bit of polish to the look. I'm a sucker for glowing and dewy skin because it always makes the model look so fresh and vibrant.

 

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I'm actually moving back to Australia at the end of this year! I am going to return to corporate life, however I'm not going to stop building my fashion photography portfolio. I'm already starting to reach out to agencies in Perth, and I'm starting to build a small creative network. I'm really excited about shooting in Australia.

 

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Definitely wanted to send a massive shout out to my girlfriend for taking me out of my comfort zone and giving me the opportunity to really work on something that I'm truly passionate about. Without this sea change, I wouldn't have been able to build a small of body work that I'm proud of in such a short time frame. Also wanted to thank you guys for taking the time to read this short interview!

 











Ingrid Aa // ingridchaa

Sean Pham // seanxpham // seanpham.net

 

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