FashionPhotographyBlog.com was able to catch up with another of our past Photo of The Week winners, Australia-based photographer, Nicole Luneburg. We were curious to discover what she has been up to since taking the photo that won her the title of photo of the week and we were delighted to hear about her more recent work.
I asked Nicole where in her photography journey does she think she is at now, she kindly told that “It has taken a few years with many up and down periods. I’ve finally reached a new place where I’m consistently able to produce quality work. I’m also able to access a larger amount of creative minded people and models who want to work with me. It’s a great feeling! I’m looking forward to seeing where this year and the future will take me!”
How has her photography changed since taking “Pretty In Pink”, the photo that won her Photo Of the Week, I was curious to ask. I wanted to know what is different now in the way that she shoots, she revealed that, she has evolved as a photographer since ”I used to put a lot of pressure on myself. Now I accept the things I cannot control on the day of the shoot, I’m able to adapt much better now. No that’s a little lie I still put pressure on myself ;). I focus less now on the technical side of photography and try to capture and post process to create what I love in the first place, creating what my mind sees.”
In regards to shoots that Nicole shot recently, she shared with us some of her stories. She told us that “I did a nude shoot with model Amy Heather and makeup artist Ali Stewart was inspired by amazing artists Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo. I wanted an emoting image that showed the realization of a woman’s own feminine beauty, absolutely free and without shame. I specifically picked a model who I knew would be able to realize this image for me perfectly.
Another recent shoot with black and white images of a blonde with a cigarette and a Minolta X-300 was with model Olivia Meehl and makeup artist Mel Philippou. I was inspired by the style of Priscilla Presley and Lana Del Rey combined. I modernized it a bit and applied my style to it with a sense of the scene being a movie still. It was a very exciting thing for me to do. “
To shoot these shoots and for her more recent work, Nicole explained that “A large amount of my work was taken with the Canon 350D and a Canon 50mm lens. In the past 2 years, I’ve been using the Canon 5D Mark II and the lenses I use are predominantly the Canon 135mm and Canon 50mm. I also use a Canon 580 EX II through various light diffusers.”
Nicole continues to detail that the change in photography equipment also meant a change in the way she approaches lighting, “I shoot with a Canon 580 EX II usually through a soft box or a beauty dish. More recently I have been getting into natural light. It’s something I like to do when I want to focus back into my zone – just me and the model, no one else, no lighting. Once I’m back in touch with what I feel is the pureness of what I love to do, I am able to continue again with the various forms.
So after all the shoots she has done over the year, what has been Nicole’s top accomplishment to date you might ask? Well, the photographer says that it would have to be her portfolio, “I think my greatest achievement is having a body of work that people can see and allows them to put a lot of trust in me to photograph for them. I’m very proud of this as it means the hard work and effort I and my team mates have put into my work has opened up a lot of creative opportunities for me.”
Photographer – Nicole Luneburg
Pictures 1 & 2: Justin @ The Couturist (designer), Anita Rutter (MUA), Lauren Frensham (model) & Mark Boros (BTS)
Picture 3: Shannen Buckland (model)
Do you like Nicole’s new work now compared to her previous entry? Please comment below.