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Posted September 5th by Design Splat in Fashion, Photographers

Rosie Woods is a young 19 year old photographer from Hull who specialises in Fashion and Portraiture photography. With the ambition of living and working in Manchester or London and becoming agency represented Rosie will be sure to achieve her goals with her extremely strong portfolio of gorgeous captures!


Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Rosie!


To get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:

I’m 19 years old and from Hull, East Yorkshire. I’ve just finished a 2 year national diploma in Photography and I’m moving to Manchester at the end of summer to start my degree.

How did you get into Photography?

Throughout school I was always quite academic and although I’ve always been creative, I’m pretty awful at painting, drawing and using a sewing machine which crossed off any type of art subject I could of studied at school! At the age of 16, choosing which four A Levels I was going to study in college, photography crept in there with the other 3 more academic courses. Within two months of starting collegeI was so wrapped in everything to do with photography, I knew that this was something I had to fully immerse myself into, so I dropped all my subjects, moved to an art college, and put everything into becoming the photographer I want to be.

What aspect of Photography?

Fashion and Portraiture.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’m hoping to have successfully finished my degree and be shooting lots of beautiful things for equally beautiful magazines. I want to be living in either Manchester or London with sights of moving to France and owning a cat.

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company?

Freelance is something I think gives me the amount of freedom I need but I would definitely consider being agency represented!

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

I love the feeling of working extremely hard, and dedicating a lot of time and effort into one particular shoot and then looking back through the finished photos and knowing it was all worth it. Every shoot I do encourages me to push myself more and I think exceeding your own expectations is much more important than exceeding other peoples. I do have moments when I feel entirely rubbish about my work but I think that only makes me try even harder.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

A huge thing I have struggled with is the area I live in – with it only being a quite small city with zero amount of culture, models and other creatives have been a struggle to get hold of. Luckily the small amount that are located locally are extremely talented people. I think moving to Manchester at the end of summer will give me a big boost of motivation & inspiration.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

My first ever shoot was in an old derelict warehouse with the most amazing props, and a gorgeous model running around in sixties clothing. I remember beaming about them for absolute weeks afterwards and being
so incredibly happy that I had created something like it. When I look at them now it makes me cringe at how technically poor they are, but I’ll never delete them because it’s great to see how much I’ve grown in the
past 3 years.

If you could photograph/have a shoot with anyone who would it be?

Edie Sedgwick – she was so so beautiful, or maybe Elle Fanning.

Does fame attract you?

I’m far too shy to be able to crave the type of fame where people recognize you, but I would love to have a well established name in the industry.

How do you feel about photo manipulation?

I went through a stage a couple of years ago where I created a lot of (poorly) manipulated work, which was just dreadful! I think that put me personally off it, but there’s so many amazing photographers who use
it within their work and I give full credit to them.

How do you rate yourself as a photographer?

My view of myself as a photographer definatley differs on a daily basis!!

Do you prefer on location shoots or studio shoots?

It would have to be location.

What makes a good photographer?

Lots and lots of determination.

Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into? Are you worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?

I think it’s a lot harder than it appears. There is so many young and amazing photographers out there which I could easily be seen as competition but I think photographys a big industry and aslong as everybody has their own individual style, there’s a place for everyone.

Three words to describe yourself?

Enthusiastic, Thoughtful, Determined.

Hobbies and other interests?

I like films, books and music. I like cats, astrology, travelling and france. I like different cities, the countryside, picnics and winter.

Favourite photographer?

Far too hard to say I have a specific favourite but Helmut Newton, Paolo Roversi, Patrick Demarchelier and Solve Sundsbo to name a few.

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers?

Letting your self be inspired is always a great start. Take inspiration from everything, films, books, people, places. And although this is really predictable – trial and error. You’ll never know what you like and what you don’t if you don’t get out there and try it. The more you shoot and the more you create, the sooner you’ll seem to find a direction which seems perfect for you. Learn how to take both criticism and compliments about your work and always strive to improve.

Tools of the trade?

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens

Zenit E 35mm

Best and worst photo you’ve taken?

My worst photos have to be my earliest work, which I guess is a good thing. I most certainly don’t have a favourite, I’m too fickle when it comes to choosing my favourite work as I change my mind about it far too often!

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