For our readers who might not yet know you, could you give us some background info?
My name is Kayleigh June and I’m a 25 year old fashion photographer, I’ve been photographing for about 6 years professionally and 10 years in total.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Wollongong, Australia just south of Sydney, but I’ve recently relocated to Melbourne.
When did photography first become of interest to you? What brought on the interest initially?
Photography first became an interest for me when I was still in high school. I always knew I wanted a career in the creative arts industry but I was never that great with painting and drawing and didn’t know what to do. In 2005 I was lucky enough to go on a trip around the world with my family, and I got my first real taste of photography, travelling over that 3 months allowed me to start taking my own photos and it was travel that originally inspired me to become a photographer.
When did you shift over to fashion photography?
It took me a couple of years to realise what style of photography I was really passionate about and it was only until I started going online and searching through art sites that I saw a more conceptual style of portrait photography that really intrigued me.
What do you love about fashion photography?
I love the freedom that comes with it, you can be endlessly creative with fashion photography, and anything that inspires you can always somehow be worked into a shoot. Also having the opportunity to work with so many different creatives is so inspiring!
What do you love about test shooting with models?
I love photographing different faces all the time, especially new faces! It’s so inspiring, I really enjoy the fact that every model is going to be different, both in personality and looks, so your shoots will never be exactly the same as each other.
What is the fashion photography industry like in Australia?
If I could sum it up in one word, it would be competitive. It’s very hard to crack into the fashion industry in Australia, especially as a photographer. Having a smaller population in the country means that there is a much smaller audience, therefore jobs are more limited. It is growing, but most photographers here find that the only way to create a career in fashion photography is to move overseas.
Who inspires you the most?
This is such a hard question! Lara Jade has always been an inspiration for me, especially since she also started out at such a young age. Zhang Jinga is also a young photographer who I have endless admiration for.
You run your own Youtube channel! Tell us about that. Why did you start it?
I originally had thoughts about starting a YouTube channel years ago, but I never really knew what to upload. It was only when one of my close photographer friends Jessica Kobeissi started her channel a few years ago now, and she really gave me the kick to finally start mine. If it wasn’t for her I probably wouldn’t have a YouTube channel!
What do you love the most about making Photoshop/Lightroom tutorials?
I love the fact that it’s become an outlet for me. Photography and retouching are wonderful and I do enjoy doing both, but sometimes I just feel like doing something different! Creating YouTube tutorials became that social media tool for me where I could connect and help other photographers, I love that feeling of connecting with the wider community!
How did you learn all that you know about photoshop and retouching?
I studied for 3 years in Photo Imaging, however most of what I’ve learnt in Photoshop and Lightroom has been purely self taught. Mainly from doing research online and experimenting countless times daily.
What aspirations do you have for your Youtube channel?
I have so many aspirations for my YouTube channel! The main goals though are to eventually hold workshops and meet ups, it would be amazing to meet some of my viewers one day!
What aspirations do you have for your photography career?
My main goal for photography is to make a steady income, I know it’s almost impossible! But if I could earn a living whilst doing what I love, that would be wonderful. I’d also love to start more projects, I feel like I’m always too busy to focus on a project, but it’s something I eventually really would love to do.
How has your Youtube channel helped further your career as a photographer?
Having a YouTube channel is actually helping me learn more too! So many of my viewers constantly notify me of tips and tricks they use whether it be photography or retouching related, so I’m always learning! It’s also been the fastest growing social media account I’ve had, which is really encouraging.
What’s your favourite video you’ve filmed to date?
I created an in depth portrait editing tutorial about a year ago and I think that would still have to be my favourite video. It’s half an hour long and it took me hours to film and edit, but I think it was worth it as it’s currently my most popular video!
Who is your favourite Youtuber?
I have so many favourite Youtubers! My top 3 would have to be: Jessica Kobeissi (one of my closest friends, her photography is amazing!) Shaaanxo (I have a serious makeup addiction and I’ve been watching her videos forever!) and h3h3 productions, they give me my daily dose of comedy.
How do you stay inspired?
I think most creatives do struggle with staying inspired, myself included. I always try to create new goals for myself to try and stay motivated, and if I’m feeling uninspired I’ll look at fashion magazines or online editorials, ultimately though travel always inspires me with my photography.
Where can our readers keep up to date with you and your work?
⁃ You can keep updated with my work by subscribing to my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.
⁃ My Instagram: http://www.
⁃ My Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/