Laurel Guilfoyle

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Intrepid fashion shoot photographer


Who are you and what do you do for Knitting magazine

My name is Laurel Guilfoyle and I am the photographer for the Knitting fashion shoots, including the cover shot. Each month we meet at a different location and have a great day photographing the knits worn by a lovely model. It's my job to photograph the garments and the model in the best possible way and to make sure that Claire the designer has plenty of images to select from for each garment. I take over 600 photographs on each shoot and make sure we have plenty of choice for the cover shot.


What is the best thing about working for Knitting magazine?

The Knitting team are great to work with and everyone knows what job they have to do on the day which makes it a smooth operation. Each shoot is different with new challenges, usually the weather - wind, rain, sun, cold - but always great fun!


When and how did you get into photography?

After dabbling with photography as a teenager I took a career change 13 years ago and studied professional photography at Kingston University. After that I knew I had found my 'calling' and became a freelance photographer. I have a really great group of clients I work with and I really can't imagine doing anything else!


When I'm not busy being part of Team Knitting I'm… 

Keeping fit walking the dogs on the South Downs and going to ballroom and latin american dance lessons with my partner, and, of course, taking photographs! 


Describe your artistic self in three words: 

Creative, passionate, abstract


If you could only ever do one last photo shoot, where and what would it be?

It would have to be photographing the annual migration in the Masai Mara - raw nature! (Staying in a luxury tented camp of course!).




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