FashionPhotographyBlog.com sat down with Photo of the Week winner, Addie Mannan after winning her round. The theme of the week was “Fashion Warriors” and no doubt, her winning photo from her series “People Don’t Believe in Heroes Anymore” was the people’s choice that best represented the theme. As the winner of Photo of the Week, I caught up with Addie to find out more about her photographer’s journey and the inspiration behind her winning photo.
So how did Addie’s journey begin? Growing up in Tucson, Arizona she was first introduced to photography by her parents when they gave her a gift of a Canon Rebel SLR. Her career started with a photographer’s position at Rembrandt Photography where she worked while completing her studies. The photographer explained that “I was lucky and knew at a young age what I wanted to do and have been working towards that goal ever since. As I got older my passion for photographing people became apparent and soon my love for fashion photography became my passion.
I went to school at Northern Arizona University and got a Bachelors of Science degree in both photography and advertising. While I was in college I did an internship in New York at Ralph Lauren, working under David Friedman. That was my first taste of real world photography for a big company and David did a really wonderful job of teaching us a lot about the business side of photography. “
Since assisting David Friedman at Polo Ralph Lauren in New York City and holding an internship at Arizona Republic Magazines Custom Publishing Group in Phoenix Arizona, Addie revealed that “During and after college I worked at a studio in Tucson Arizona while still working personal jobs on the side. Eventually, I grew enough to leave the studio and started freelancing full time. I moved to Portland Oregon four years ago and have had the chance to grow and expand my business drastically.”
Addie’s work has been published in numerous publications across Arizona and in the Best of College Photography Annual by Photographers Forum Magazine. She has more recently worked will clients such as Bratty Hat Co, Curves Cabaret, Kiva Studio, Lucratif Clothing, Oro Dental Medicine, Raiders Reef, Source Salon, Studio West, Toni and Guy and Vero Amore.
With an array of clients she has worked for she has developed her own style, “I have a dreamy, almost creepy, style that has some cinematic qualities to it. When I watch movies, sometimes I will miss everything that’s going on in a scene because I am concentrating on figuring out how they lit it and what time of day it was shot.”
Speaking of the cinematic qualities of her shooting style, I asked her how did the inspiration behind her winning photo from her series “People Don’t Believe in Heroes Anymore” came about. The photographer answered that, “This was a shoot for Kiva Studios. Bethany, the owner, wanted a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max style to show off her recycled fashions. We did a two day shoot at a car wrecking yard and an airplane boneyard. It’s still one of my favorite shoot to date.” Shooting this series Addie used a Canon 5D and Alien Bee with a beauty dish.
To contact Addie and to find more information about her winning photo and any other photos from the series you can find them on her website here and contact her via email.
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Addie Mannan: “Never stop creating!”