Kayleigh June is a fashion photographer based in Wollongong, Australia. She has a bold, beautiful style that makes her photography stand out amongst the crowd. She is currently attending “tafe” (Australian slang for college….don’t ask me I just report this stuff) and pursuing her degree in Photography. Not that she needs a degree or anything, I mean, have you seen her work? No degree needed, just pure talent.
Did I mention she also has a pet mouse named Millie? Yup.
1. Hello! Please tell us an interesting fact about yourself, and how you got started in photography.
I been photographing for about six years now and currently have my own freelance business. I have also just started a wedding photography business with a good photographer friend of mine.
I started getting into photography at the age of around 15. I had previously been lucky enough to go on a world trip holiday with my family, and I think the interest grew from taking photos of so many new places while I was travelling.
I remember also going onto the online art community, Deviantart, and being in awe at the talent displayed on there. There were so many photographers showing such amazing works at a very young age.
There was a young photographer in particular named Lara Jade who really inspired me to pursue conceptual and fashion photography.
I started photographing friends and willing models at first before creating an account with Model Mayhem and developing contacts from there.
2. What is the one thing you wish people knew about photography?
That like a lot of things, not everything will happen overnight.
Developing a style will take years, developing business skills will also take time and working with so many different personalities on a constant basis can be difficult.
Photography will generally require a great deal of patience and perseverance.
3. What is your favorite thing to shoot, and why?
Definitely people. I enjoy fashion and conceptual photography and working with different faces is always fun. I love the freedom that comes with fashion in particular, the possibilities are endless!
4. What is the worst and best thing that has ever happened on a photo shoot?
The worst thing that has probably happened on a shoot was actually at my first ever photo shoot with a model.
We were shooting on a mountain, it was a really cold day and pouring rain, unfortunately we didn’t realise there were several boggy areas full of leeches! The poor model and my assistant were basically attacked and the shoot pretty much ended after that point.
I honestly can’t name one single best thing that has happened at a shoot, because there have been so many great moments! Usually it’s getting to know new people, making spur of the moment decisions, and dealing with the elements and resources you have to work with.
Like as strange as it sounds, if it suddenly starts raining on a shoot, sometimes that’s the best thing that could of happened, because it adds to the mood or gives the photograph a new dimension.
5. Any tips or advice for aspiring photographers?
Experiment! That’s the fun part of photography, trying new things, developing a style and being creative!
Also, remember that photography isn’t about really reaching a certain stage and then not developing past that point. Always push yourself, aim to get better with every shoot. There’s no such thing as perfection, and there’s always something that can be improved!
6. Show us your favorite before and after photo!
Download the “Young Blood” action made by Kayleigh June here!