Photographer: Cameron Hammond
Model: Rachel Gill (Chadwicks)
We love when photographers go above and beyond the brief of the Handsome Project, which is what Cameron did when he shot a second shoot with the Romantic Suits that we sent him. We adore this one as much as the last, and couldn’t help but share it with you. Read on for the rest of Cameron’s shoot and interview…
What was your thought process going into this shoot?
The other shoot didn’t really have a thought process because it wasn’t actually planned. I’d picked up the swimsuits a day early, so when I woke up and saw the sun was shining, my girlfriend and I decided to have a little play with the suits around our eclectically decorated room and balcony.
What keeps you enthused in the photography industry?
I’m always enthused because I’m never satisfied with my results… no matter how well a shoot goes I’m always left thinking of ways it could’ve been better, but I guess that’s just part of the learning process.
Describe your approach in three words.
Spontaneous, unorganized, outdoorsy
Black & white or colour?
I love black and white because it’s brave and bold and it strips a photo back to its rawest form of light and shadow.. most of my photos are colour and I wish I would get back to basics more often. Sometimes I’ve found my photos on the internet where people have turned them black and white and I see them and think, why wasn’t I ballsy enough to do that?!
I can’t pick just one, but some of my favourites include Georges Antoni, Laurie Bartley, Jason Lee Parry and Romy Shram
What turns you on?
Nothing makes me happier than hanging out with my beautiful girlfriend… but Mexican food and fine tequila runs a close second!
What turns you off?
Narrow-mindedness and lies
How do you decide on locations & subjects for your shoots?
In my spare time I like exploring areas that are a bit off the beaten track and I usually shoot at the same kind of places. When I don’t have time to physically explore, I search on Google maps and if a place looks interesting from 100 feet up I go and check it out. I love locations that tell a story and make the viewer wonder what else the subject does in that place before and after that moment was frozen. I think that if I shoot in environments where interesting people live it will help make the model and clothes look interesting too.
Best advice you’ve ever received.
A good friend once told me… “Live life like you eat an ice cream and lick it all before it melts!”
What is the one quality you think is needed for a photographer to be great?
Where to next?
I want my next step to be turning photography from a hobby into a career!
We would like to send major kudo’s Cam’s way for creating this beautiful shoot. Gorgeous soft light, amazing choice of model and a location full of stunning detail. We’re in love! xx