Brooke Mason is a fashion photographer; here is a link to her website:
Q: What made you interested in photography?
A: I was really passionate about photography when I was 13 years old. Often at lunch time spent in the darkroom. It became my obsession. Later I went on to be a model myself, but never stopped shooting, and being a part of my true love, behind the camera.
Q: Who are some of you influences?
A: I get a lot of influence from foreign films, including all of the Fellini classics and some amazing French films for my visual inspiration. Of course I adore Helmut Newton and Horst.
Q: What do you look for in a model?:
A: The best models have something unique about them, their personality shines through, and they know how to convey the emotion that’s needed for the story the photographer is trying to create. To be a great model, you don’t have to be the skinniest, the tallest or the prettiest. In the end, it’s about being undeniable to the camera.
Q: In what way does your work push boundaries?
A: I’m always trying to push my own limitations in creating work, creating art. To get past oneself is the hardest accomplishment. I strive to create an emotional reaction in my viewer, especially in my fine art photography. My goal for my art works is to impinge, to get to a deeper place, perhaps even to uncover a feeling you didn’t know you had.
Q: Are fashion models really getting skinnier or are things the same as they have always been?
A: Plus models in the fashion world have now become more recognized than ever before. Thin models have always been around since the Twiggy era. This is a personal taste based on designer’s choices or marketing. These days there’s really a lot of everything, even including different ethnicities.
Q: What is your strangest work story?
A: I was on an editorial fashion shoot, and when we unpacked the clothes on set, the pants were missing and we had to shoot the models in their knickers and tops. It actually turned out really creative and fun in the end. But quite a stressful and strange start to the day.
Q: What was the most challenging photo you ever worked on?
A: The most challenging fashion shoots I’ve had are shooting at the ocean dealing with the waves, the changing of weather, and being waist deep in water trying to make sure the waves don’t splash my camera whilst trying to get the best shot.
Q: What qualities does a good plus sized model have?
A: The best plus models have the most vivacious personalities, fun, outgoing, expressive and carefree. For any model, great hair, glowing skin, engaging eyes through the lens and real expressions are key!
Q: What camera would you recommend for a novice?
A: It’s very hard to recommend a camera not knowing the individual and what they’re needing it for. However, I am a Canon girl, and would suggest someone starting out a fun, cute Rebel XTI.
Q: What famous model would you most like to work with?
A: Without a doubt, my favorite model of all time and my idol as a child is Helena Christensen.
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