Photographer’s Eye: Jane Looker

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Jane Looker

Instagram: @janelookerphotography

I am still in the early days of my career as a full time photographer although I have been in the industry for many years in various different rolls. The most formative part of my career was working at Image Source as an Editor and Picture researcher.

The decision to go out on my own as a Photographer was made while on maternity leave after having my second child. I wanted to be able to work my career around my children, rather than the other way around. So far I’m getting away with it! It feels pretty amazing to be able to do something I love for a living.

A shot of a single object that expresses a powerful  memory/event?

This is shot in Peckham Rye, which I visit often with my family and friends. We came here for our first outing after the birth of my first child. It’s so beautiful and it holds many happy memories. Plus the café does the BEST ice cream.

Three books that have inspired you?

Elliott Erwitt – DOGS

Grayson Perry – Playing to the Gallery

Martin Parr – Think of England

Favourite photo you have taken?

This picture is of my dear friend Rosanna Bines  – this shot was taken at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond where she is the head gardener. I love this photo as she looks so happy and the sun glare gives it a dream-like quality

In the earlier days of your career what types of photography jobs came your way?

My first proper photography job was with a very inspiring woman who is a big influencer on Instagram (@dresslikeamum ) we live on the same street and we started chatting last spring and it turned out that she needed a photographer just as much as I needed a job! We have since had about 14 shoots together taking shots of her looking cool in clothes for her fashion blog. Some of my work has since appeared on the M&S website. We also work alongside Topshop, LK Bennett and some fantastic emerging smaller brands like Hill and Friends and Sarah Baily, so it was a very fortuitous meeting!

Have you ever had any really obscure requests that you turned down?

I never turn anything down.

What has been the most outstanding production you’ve worked on, how did it come about, who where you working with; and where was it?

I have worked closely with a Polynesian home and bar ware company called Cheeky Tiki. I have been taking product and lifestyle shots for their new website. They built sets that looked exactly like beach locations and plantation houses in Polynesia – all in a dark but very creative warehouse in Hackney Wick!

Did anything go wrong; does anything ever go wrong, what’s your plan B?

Nothing has gone terribly wrong – yet. (Touch wood) No plan B.

What would be your dream job?

A Fashion shoot for Vogue

What do you have set for this year, anything we should know about?

There seems to be the pattern emerging from most of the jobs I have done to date. I have been taking pictures for mainly mothers who have started their own businesses and need assistance to make their Instagram accounts and websites look more professional with great quality pictures. I charge an affordable fee and haven’t restricted myself by going into a particular niche. (I will do anything!) Instagram is an amazing platform for new businesses (including mine) so tapping into this avenue is proving to be very fruitful and very well suited to my style of photography.

 

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My job is to make sure everything runs tickety-boo, from image ingestion and video production to partner distribution. I project manage the development of our submission processes and streamline technical workflows. I have a BA (Hons) in photography, over 8 years industry experience and a penchant for taxonomy. I’m also on hand if our contributors have contractual or legal questions, need technical assistance or system support

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