Graduate Fashion Week Interview: Carrie Furnell, Fashion Photographer

Graduate Fashion Week Interview: Carrie Furnell, Fashion Photographer

This week we caught up with our friend, Carrie Furnell, to hear about her job and her experiences with shooting at Graduate Fashion Week.

What is your name, age and job role?

I’m Carrie, I’m 24 and I’m a Fashion Photographer working for JD Sports/Tessuti.

How long have you been interested in photography?

I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember! I always carried a rubbish camera around with me and took photos of everything and anything, even if this was photos of my cat, myself or my friends, all the way through school, college and university. I used to get excited to upload and edit the 100s I took each day – my facebook friends 100% got sick of the amount of pointless photos uploaded, haha.

How did you break into the photography industry?

While I was in college I really started to focus more on fashion and beauty work, started networking as much as I could with other creatives and started to shoot as many photoshoots as I could. Slowly I started to get people liking my work, getting images published and people contacting me regarding shoots. It was only until I finished at Manchester School of Art I got some experience at JD sports, then resulting in a job when I left university. Now I shoot every day professionally as well as personal work.

What is your current favourite camera to use?

I have always been in team Canon – I would say my favourite camera will be the all-round 5D Mark III. And using lenses such as the 85mm, 50mm and 70-200mm for a range of beauty, fashion and catwalk.

What do you like about Graduate Fashion Week?

I really love shooting graduate fashion week mainly because of how accessible it is to speak to the designers and all the talent, especially when you’re a fashion photographer, your always looking for great pieces to shoot! Also having everything together really gives the place such a creative atmosphere.

Where is your favourite place to shoot within the GFW venue; backstage, the pit or within the exhibition?

I do love shooting the whole GFW, but there’s something about being backstage and in the pit that’s so interesting and thrilling, being right in there with everything going on, speaking to the models and seeing the clothes be put on and walked, it really gives you adrenaline.

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What inspires you to capture a moment on your camera?

There are many things that inspire me to take a photo at GFW, I love capturing the models’ moods before and after the catwalk, and also capturing the textures of the clothes and any outfits that really stand out. I’m a sucker for a beauty/portrait shot, so any makeup or detailed tops/necks really catch my eye.

Do you think Graduate Fashion Week is a good opportunity for aspiring photographers?

Absolutely, GFW is such a perfect place to network and get to know other creatives!

If you are heading to Graduate Fashion Week, come and visit Tessuti at our VIP bar. Located on the second floor, we will be serving only the finest drinks to the thirstiest students!

Are you a student? Take advantage of 10% student discount* via Unidays and head to Tessuti to shop new arrivals now.

*brand exclusions apply.

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