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Party Snaps

The incredibly talented Chloe Winstanley, a graduate from Central St Martins talks to us about parties and photography….

Where did your incredible eye and passion for photography come from?

That’s so kind of you to say - there’s always room for improvement though! I first became interested in photography when I was at school. Soon after purchasing my first camera, I began to document everything happening around me. I would take my camera to all the parties I attended and it wasn’t long before people were asking me to capture friends of friends 18th, 21st etc. Photography felt really instinctive to me from the get go, and that feeling has stayed with me ever since. After school, I studied Art Direction at Central Saint Martins. My degree gave me the opportunity to explore different styles of photography, from still life to fashion, alongside the technical training required to start my own business once I graduated. 

How would you describe your photographic style? 

I would say my style is informal yet heartfelt. I like to keep things soft and I have a particular interest in composition.. My colour palette mainly compromises of colours and tones found in nature and I like to pair this with natural light wherever possible. 

What would be your top tip for capturing the character and energy of a party in one photo?

Keep it authentic. I’m always on the look out for those split second moments of magic - and as a result - I find it very hard to put my camera down incase I miss one of those moments. I’ve been known to stay at events all night - it often makes for some great photographs!

What 3 tips would you give to someone who is an aspiring photographer?

Start snapping! There’s nothing more valuable to learning from mistakes and critiquing your own work. This has helped immensely at not only building my visual style. Assist - I have assisted some brilliant photographers over the years such as Jake Curtis, who shoots for Cereal and Elle Decoration. The knowledge I’ve gained from him has been invaluable! I would especially recommend this for someone who is looking to enhance their technical abilities - be curious and ask lots of questions whilst on set! Equipment - whilst you don’t need to have expensive equipment to be a good photographer, I think investing in good lenses is key. They provide you with so much creative freedom - both in camera and in post.

Having photographed so many parties what do you see as being the main ingredient for a successful one? 

The venue. I’ve been lucky enough to capture beautiful events, such as a wedding in The Barbican Greenhouse, and I’ve noticed how the right venue just sets the tone for the day. Everything else falls into place! 

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