I knew it was all going to work out okay. Or so at least I hoped. I had just returned from my overseas trip and was given just over one week's notice to style a major shoot for real living. The good news was that I was going to work with a photographer that real living style director Jason Grant had recommended highly. Armelle Habib earned her stripes training as an assistant not only with one of the country's best photographers (Sharyn Cairns) but also the incredibly talented interior stylist Glen Proebstel. Armelle not only helped me produce beautiful images on the day but was mercifully hands on and helpful as I waged a cold and flu. She's the first photographer that has actually helped pack up at the end of a shoot, and that says a lot about her and her kind, generous spirit. Her work speaks for itself.
Which five words best describe you? Energetic, creative, meticulous, patient, tall.
What was your first career job and what path have you taken since?
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Go with your gut instinct… but always learning every day, all the time.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Seeing my work published makes me proud.
What’s been your best decision? To travel down the creative path (even though working for yourself is sometimes heavily weighted on the business side of things).
Artists, photographers, stylists, designers, film makers, friends, my family, notably my father, an artist, who inspires me by being interested in life. He taught me to try things out… to try the pickled octopus… he introduced me to art, glow in the dark paint, film, food, surfing… I’ve been fortunate in having had the chance to assist photographer Sharyn Cairns, a great influence and mentor. And to assist the wonderful and talented stylist Glen Proebstel. Who inspires you?
Who inspires you?
Photography, film, food, front-wheel suspension and disk brakes - but no Lycra… Creating images: interiors, still-life, people, food. Taking an idea and pulling together props and lighting and making a great image… Enjoying the process… Collecting unique pieces from markets and garage sales… Working with stylists and creatives who are as interested and motivated as I am. What are you passionate about?
What are you passionate about?
Many: Brett Whiteley, Francis Bacon, Andreas Gursky, David Hockney, Nick Drake, Ian Curtis, David Lynch, Federico Fellini, James Merrell, Martyn Thompson, Ditte Isager, Pia Ulin. Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet?
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet?
To keep taking photos, I love my job. And I still haven’t been to What dream do you still want to fulfil?
What dream do you still want to fulfil?
Magazines… rather looking at the pictures. And immersing myself in cinema when I can. I recently chanced upon a fantastic film Wake in Fright made in 1971. The story of a young schoolteacher in outback What are you reading?
What are you reading?
images courtesy of armelle habib