Essentials by Liselotte Fleur
It’s time for another installment in our series ‘ESSENTIALS BY’ in which we ask inspiring creatives about their essentials. This time we asked fashion & portrait fotographer Liselotte Fleur. Her work is stunning (yes, we found a talent here!) and the clean and feminist style totally fits ALL ESSENTIALS. No wonder she is a huge inspiration to us. On top of that she shares pretty cool tips & tricks about photography and more on her blog www.thefashioncamera.com. Make sure to check it out or find more inspiring images on her Instagram account. Now, let’s see how it all started!
1. Being a professional fashion & portrait photographer sounds pretty awesome to us! Can you tell us a little bit how it all started? What has been the highlight in your career so far?
It all started when at the age of 15. I already knew that I was interested in fashion and portraits so I made many pictures with my sister and friends acting as my models. In that time I experimented a lot and at the age of 17 I was accepted at the Art Academy in Rotterdam. I was really inspired by how I could use conceptual art into fashion photography, in such a way that I also could use my own imagination. In fashion photography it’s important to collaborate with stylist, make-up artists and model agencies. So I did, and it is great to work with those talented people in this industry. At the start of my third year, I decided to participate in an exchange program, so I studied for six month at the Art Academy in Milan, Italy. I could not resist to arrange a lot of photo shoots in my free time. It was great to meet all these new international and creative people. During this period I learned a lot about myself and my photography. During the graduation period I went to Paris and Milan to work on beautiful locations. For me it’s important to expand my workflow and I’m constantly searching for new sources of inspiration. Since my graduation 2 years ago I worked for Chapter Friday, ELLE and many talented fashion designers and brands.
2. How would you describe your style as a photographer and where do you get your inspiration from?
People describe my style of photgraphy as clean, femine and pure. I’m always searching for little surprises when I’m behind the camera. I can find these in my fascination for perfection, unexpected moments and working with daylight. I also get inspired by the unique beauty of a person. And while fashion is all about the beautiful clothes, make-up and accessories, a portrait is about capturing a person in a natural and more personal way. That’s why I love the combination: it’s the mix that makes it interesting! Besides getting inspired by people, I am lucky that my job as a photographer doesn’t require me to be in a set place, I can work from anywhere! It is refreshing to see how another place or a beautiful location can inspire me.
3. Besides photography, what else is a great passion of yours?
For years I’ve attended different dancing classes as a younger girl, from ballet to streetdance to tapdance. Now I love fitness to relax my mind. Running your own business can be quite stressful at some moments. I also like to go on a city trip to Italy, because I lived there for 7 months, I can understand their beautiful language and I just love this county!
4. Coming from Rotterdam, what is your favorite hotspot in this city?
The new Market Hall! In this indoor market you will find all kind of fresh foods, flowers and sweets. Shopping at Rotterdam’s indoor market is an experience in itself where you can at any time sit down for a drink and a snack because there are also restaurants. A must see for all food lovers.
5. Where do you see yourself five years from now? Any new dreams, future plans or top secret collaborations you can tell us about?
I’d like to be able to travel more and expand my workflow and connections even more. Ideally, I’d like to focus on high-end fashion editorials for magazines and fashion clients all over the globe.
I’m very excited about my upcoming trip to Los Angeles in September where I will stay for 2,5 month! I would love to organize some photo shoots there but I’ll also explore the West Coast and I hope to come back with lots of inspiration! You can follow my adventures at my blog thefashioncamera.com. And another nice collaboration: Lone Wolf Magazine contacted me if I was interested to capture an editorial for their upcoming printed magazine. I love this magazine and I’m very happy about this collaboration. I can’t wait to see my work in their magazine soon. I feel that my journey has only just started and I am excited to see where it will take me!
And last but not least, our three times dilemma!
1) Amsterdam or Rotterdam
2) Fashion or portrait photography
3) Monochrome or colours
Haven’t seen Liselotte’s list of essentials yet? Check her top three here!
© All photos are copyrighted by Liselotte Fleur Photography.