FashionPhotographyBlog.com was able to catch up with our first Photo of The Week winner, Amanda Lim to find out what she is up to now after taking her winning photo and we were pleased to hear about her recent successes.
So where did it Amanda’s photographic journey all began, she kindly shared it with us “Growing up I was always curious and creative. I drew, I painted, and I was lucky to have some beautiful friends to photograph and won some photography awards. Shortly after, I followed a conventional path to university, got bored studying something that wasn’t interesting to me. I bought a camera, started shooting again and that’s when I had this epiphany, this was what I was meant to do, it made me happy. I instantly fell in this loop of love and obsession.”
That was how it all started but where on her journey is she currently now as a fashion photographer, Amanda reveals that “At this present moment I am simply doing what I love and longed to do my whole life – I’m exploring and travelling the world. I am travelling to as many destinations around the world. I was travelling and working in China with an agent for various clients, a highlight there has been shooting for Vogue China. During my travels, I am working to capture and indulge in the beauty of nature. I am becoming more interested in portraiture, and dreaming up a list of people I would love to photograph.”
I had been receiving a lot of comments about the original story behind Amanda’s winning photo so I had to ask, she replied that “I was going through a difficult time and that was my fuel for inspiration. That shoot was from 6 years ago during my earliest beginnings when I was experimenting with different things.”
And what about the inspiration for her present work such as her “Roser” series showcased in this article that displays such serenity, she says “I love strong, defiant women – it’s a quality I wish to define in all my subjects…. I love my women strong yet delicate and I like to portray them intimately and vulnerable to the lens… I muse over face. Music also plays a huge inspiration.” From her inspiring ideas, she needs a team to her execute them and Amanda likes to keep her team manageable, “I like to work in small teams, the energy keeps harmonious.”
To create her amazing shoots Amanda explains that “I work mostly on medium format, Hasselblad H3D and a couple of prime lenses. I also have a Fuji Xe-1 that is inseparable to me. With lighting, I use what is available to me: whether it is natural daylight, flash, tungsten, LED.
To find out more about Amanda Lim and to find more about her shoots you can find her or ask her questions on Tumblr (www.amandalimphotographs.tumblr.com)
Photographs from Amanda Lim (amandalim.com.au) From her “Roser” series.
Do you like Amanda’s new work now compared to her previous entry? Please comment below.