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Getting To Know: Jacob Lawrence from Lawrence Photography

Jacob Lawrence from Lawrence Photography tells EventMojo’s Sanjay Sundarjee about how he got into photography, having fun with photos and being in the creative zone.

Tell us, how you got into photography?
I started photography when I was at the end of Year 10 actually - my dad had just bought me a camera for Christmas. I’d always been interested in it through him. He used to do photography in the late 70s and 80s and I shared that interest with him.

How would you describe your photography style?
My style is based more around people than photography itself. Meeting everyone, getting right into the event and being part of it. That way when I get the photos, I can document the whole entire event.

What type of events do you most look forward to photographing and why?
The events I most look forward to are the ones that have the most people such as a large party at a hall or a massive family gathering like a Christening. I really enjoy going to those because there’s so many people to meet and take photos of and so many things to see. There’s so much different stuff you can get out of that same event.

What has been your most memorable photography session so far?
That would probably have to be this birthday party I did around mid 2013 for this girl called Cinsia. There were around 230 people there and it was such a big party with everyone dancing and having fun. It was so colourful and alive. Everyone was really getting into the party and wanted photos – they wanted to be seen there and have that memory of them being there!

How does black and white vs colour play into your work?
Personally, I’m not really a fan of black and white. I’m really someone who uses colour a lot and try to make everything I do as vibrant as possible, especially if you are photographing people. When you are picking your clothes out for the day, you aren’t picking them out monochromatically, you are thinking about what colour goes with what. When I see something that is colourful, I feel it makes it so much more beautiful.

What do you want your viewers to take away from your photos?
I want my viewers to be able to enjoy them. A photo doesn’t only capture that exact moment that you were in when the photo was taken, but it also captures the whole event leading to other memories. I want people to see my photos as representations of themselves. When they look at the photo, they know that’s them being themselves.

When you are shooting – how much of it is instinctual vs planned?
When I start my first round of photos at the event, I don’t tell them to do anything. As the night goes on, I think of interesting ideas that would complement the party, like the use of props from photobooths that are often at a lot of events. I’ll get people to pose if I think it will look good, but that’s after I’ve let them be themselves.

Where do you get your photography inspiration and influence?
Since photography is something that I’m really passionate about, I often look at collections from well-known photographers. I get ideas from really unique photos. It doesn’t have to be the whole collection, it can be one photo that I see that makes me think in a different way and spurs me on onto other things.

What’s your favourite piece of equipment apart from the camera?
That has to be my laptop. When the photo comes straight off your camera, no matter how good you are, it’s going to be pretty bland. There’s only so much you can do with what’s in front of you, but once you have it onto your computer and start editing, a little bit of it can make the biggest difference. Things like small changes in light, colour and clarity can make the photo seem so much more surreal and perfect.

What are your tips for anyone looking at booking a photographer for their birthday party or school formal?
Firstly, look widely. There’s no point in going to one person. There are so many different photographers out there with different styles. The second part to that is looking at their work – a half credible photographer should have their work displayed. Also ask around your friends and network if they know them and their reputation. 

Interesting in booking Lawrence Photography for your birthday party or school formal? Click here to find out more about his photography packages.

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