Beyond The Lens – Many talented people have been opening up to us since the beginning of this year to fill us in on their plans and latest projects that are currently in the works. One of those extremely talented people that I couldn’t wait to hear from was Massachusetts photographer Lauren Farrington!
Farrington has been under our radar for a while and has a lot of her work featured on our website. She also has three stories of her own to add to the amount of time her name or work has appeared on this website. That was enough to excite me enough to reach out to her and send her questions to answer for a very short interview for the website. Enjoy the interview!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Lauren Farrington*~*~
Internet Hollywood: Happy New Year Lauren! Welcome back to the Internet Hollywood universe. It is always a pleasure to interview someone as talented as you. I love including your amazing work on the website. How has 2018 been treating you so far?
Farrington: So far it’s been busy! Not that I’m complaining, I love creating.
Internet Hollywood: So many new models have been popping up all over the Internet and a lot of o photographers have been trying out there talent in photoshoots. What do you need to see in a model before collaborating with them and is there anyone that you would like to work with?
Farrington: I need to see someone who is comfortable being in front of the camera. We all know it takes more than a pretty face to model, and beyond aesthetic, I look for a person’s ability to be relaxed while being photographed. In terms of who I want to work with, my list is so long I don’t know where to start! I definitely want to reach out to new talented people this year and bring more diversity to my body of work.
Internet Hollywood: What style of shooting you just can’t get enough when it comes to shooting?
Farrington: Hm, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of working with ambient light sources and using shutter drag to create light trails. It’s a bit more challenging when the light is beyond my control but when I get it right the results can be really cool. It always turns out different and that’s what I love about it.
Internet Hollywood: What is your go-to camera when it comes to getting the best quality in shoots?
Farrington: I’ve only had two dslr cameras and my old d60 is in need of repair, so my Nikon d3300 is what I use. I’m of the belief it’s not so much the gear but how it’s used, and lenses make a huge difference in how your photos look. I’m currently obsessed with my 50mm.
Internet Hollywood: What are some of the things a new photographer should always remember to avoid the risk of his/her credibility is damaged?
Farrington: Well, be honest, for one, and be respectful. Another pro tip is to try your best to get photos to everyone and in the most timely manner, you can manage, especially if you didn’t pay your models. Most are understanding that editing can be a time-consuming process and life can get in the way, but I’ve found showing them previews or giving them a few photos at a time can really help your relationship with them and make them feel that you will honor your obligation. And just be nice to people, don’t make sexual comments or touch models/adjust their wardrobe without asking, don’t ask or pressure them to do concepts you didn’t previously discuss or they previously turned down, don’t make offensive jokes or bring up politics if you don’t know them, basic common decency kind of stuff to avoid conflict and offending someone else. Reputation means a lot and word will get around. That shouldn’t be scary! It’s how modes protect themselves. It does mean though that you need to be courteous. I feel like that should be a given but it’s worth mentioning apparently.
Internet Hollywood: What are some of the things you are working on now?
Farrington: I’m fighting off the winter blues with greenhouse sessions at a local greenhouse, and I have ongoing projects involving models and their pets, as well as trying to blend high fashion with fetish imagery.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; is there anything in your life that you won’t give up to succeed in your career field if it was an “all or nothing” scenario?
Farrington: For sure. I won’t risk my mental health and overall happiness for any kind of career, even photography. Lots of family and friends are really supportive of my art but also push me to capitalize on my skills by taking on clientele in areas I’m not very interested in or aquatinted with. Such as weddings. Bless the talented photographers that take on weddings, and they are paid very well for it, but it is a lot of work and pressure I am not made for! I really enjoy my current freedom to choose my projects and photography plays a big role in how I cope with my mental illnesses. I’m not willing to mess that up by taking on more than I can handle or taking photos I’m not passionate about for money. I mean, I love money, but I love myself enough to know there’s limits to what I’ll do for it. Photography is too important to me for that.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Farrington!
~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~
1st Picture: Asha Etchison Photography
2nd Picture: Bella Vision Photography