As part of our ongoing series where we get top tips from creative industry experts, this week we're chatting with photographer Louise Slevin. Louise gives some top tips about breaking in to the Irish photography business and how she got her career started.
What inspired you to work in this field?
I could tell you that I picked up a camera one day and I found that it became a way to express myself and my creativity......yada yada ya but if you really want the truth.... it was the first season of America's Next Top Model. I thought, yep, that's what I want to do!
How did you get started?
I studied photography in IADT for four years. Then I did a good bit of assisting in both New York and London. At that stage, I moved back to Ireland and started working for a photography agency in Dublin. That was where I probably learned the most. Accuracy, speed and professionalism were everything and I had to keep up!
What was the first big project you worked on?
I think the first BIG project I worked on was a fashion editorial for Social and Personal Magazine. It was a massive break for me.
What has been your proudest career moment to date?
I landed my first front page on the Irish Independent when I was 24. It was a massive deal to me. So much so, that my mum framed it for me and it's hanging on my wall at home! I think at any age, it's nice to know that your mum is proud of you!
What advice would you have for aspiring photographers?
Assist, assist, assist....and work hard!
You can browse some of Louise's amazing work over on her website or follow her on Instagram to keep up to date with her busy schedule at fashion shoots across the country.