INTERVIEW WITH Lucy Vincent @lovechilds_
Lucy Vincent is based in Esperance, Western Australia and in my opinion is one of the best female West Australian Aerial Photographers. Her work has been showcased on multiple brand campaigns. Opening her very own gallery only recently in her hometown. Lucy’s incredible images showcase the endless beauty that Western Australia has to offer.
Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself?
I'm a 24 year old Esperance girl who enjoys long soaks in the ocean and flying a mini aircraft known as ‘Vincent’.
Can you give a breakdown of the equipment you use to create your images?
I use the mighty DJI Phantom 4 Pro and a Canon 6D Mk ii with a semi long list of accessories. I also use a helicopter (which i do not own funnily enough) to take my photographs to the next level.
What do you enjoy most about Aerial photography?
When something catches your eye in the distance, say at a beach, i automatically wonder what it will look like from above. 99.9% of the time it is absolutely incredible and nothing you would ever expect. It's like the shot i took of Eleven Mile Lagoon here in Esperance, it's well known that the rocks around the lagoon are pretty incredible.
I took my drone out a few years back, and as soon as i saw what the rocks looked like from above i was in awe! They mimicked the look of a big cartoon styled castle, hense the name of my most popular photograph - King of the Castle.
You have worked on so many incredible campaigns what do you enjoy about working with brands?
I love seeing the end product, there is always a bit of a wait until the campaign is released, so by the time i see it it's reminding me of how much fun it was to be apart of.
Another amazing thing about working with big brands is actually meeting/getting to know the team. I love watching how they work, how they are just themselves and you can instantly tell they know they are good at their job, it's so damn inspiring.
I don't see many people while living in Esperance so it's super refreshing and a bit of a reminder to stick to what i know, what i love and don't worry about anyone else.
What image are you currently most proud of?
Tough one! I really love looking at the image of the incredible pink lake, aka Lake Hillier that i took for Seafolly's 2018 Summer campaign. I went out to the island via charter boat and it was pretty much one of the best days of my life!
Do you have a favourite destination to shoot aside from your beautiful hometown of Esperance, WA?
I loved shooting in New Zealand! It is such an incredible place. My boyfriend Tagon and I went over for a month to snowboard and travelled the south island in a campervan. I got some pretty cool shots! It was a well needed refreshing trip.
Which photographers have influenced or inspired you?
Jampal Williamson (one half of Salty Wings) was the first aerial photographer i'd ever met, he answered my silly questions, he would call me when i needed help. He knew me before Love Childs and definitely played a part in it's birth!
Kyle Bowman (aka Airloft) another amazing photographer who loves to come down and collaborate, grab a coffee and talk about cats etc...
What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?
I was working full time in the recruitment industry in Perth up until January 2017, I was underpaid, I was unhappy and as silly as it sounds I felt like I was going to waste. I knew I wanted to work for myself, I knew I had a creative mind, I just needed to take the leap. I was already on my second drone and had a sweet old school camera my dad gave me for my 21st birthday.
So I quit my job, and moved back home. It was super daunting as any big change in life is, but I had an amazing support base at home (Mumma bear to the rescue...again) and I had a few months up my sleeve to work out what I wanted to do. I started to pick up the camera to take photographs for my sisters business Esperance Tide, which is a monthly local guide/magazine with funky articles and gigs etc then it just clicked!
You have recently opened a gallery what has this experience been like?
Three words = exciting, scary & stressful...but mostly exciting! It's been a emotional rollercoaster for me to be completely honest, but seeing everything come together was like one big exhale.
I'm still learning how to cater for everyone in a small town, I know well and truely that aerial photography is a modern art and not a lot of people have warmed up to it, so its pretty cool being able to change more mature local perspective. Something that would make me incredibly happy is to inspire another young talent to do the same!
What is the most challenging aspect of your career?
Learning how to not care about what other people think. As soon as i moved on from that, everything was just so much easier.
How would you describe your current photographic style?
Holy hell, I've never actually had anyone ask me this! I like to consider my photographic style as organic and raw. Rarely do I go out and plan a shoot. I just keep my eye on the weather, get up early or go camping, and hope for a killer sunrise/sunset or some incredible reef to pop out of nowhere!
I love to incorporate as many sparkly turquoise colours as I can, mixed in with some detailed reef or rocks. Tagon can be seen surfing, supping or walking around in my photographs quite often to create those 'summer vibes' shots that everyone loves.
Finally do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?
It’s not about what you've got, it's about how you use it! Having flashy equipment doesn't make you a great photographer. Learn how to work with basically nothing! Also wake up before the sun, head out on an unplanned adventure, thats when you'll get your best work.