14 Aug 2013

close up: CARA PEENEY

Step aside Delevingne; the only Cara whose captured our interest of late, is that of fashion photographer and girl about town, Cara Peeney.

Fresh out of university and ready to dive straight into the competitive waters of the fashion industry; we invited Cara to talk with us about her time at the Vogue office, what makes a winning photograph and life under the showery skies of Manchester.


Just call me... Cara

Right now home is... Manchester, soon to be Italy but always Widnes.

Growing up I dreamt of becoming... an archeologist, a card shop owner and a poet among many, many other things.

Professionally, now I... am in visual communication, as well as a freelance photography.

The first photo I remember taking was... I think it was of my little sister many moons ago. My nan had some old point and shoot film cameras and I had draped some sheets for a backdrop, then wrapped some around her like a little nymph; I had thought. I remember being so excited to see my masterpiece when my nan got the film developed. It really wasn't what I had envisioned but I still thought it was cool.
 I still love that feeling of anticipation with film, and my sister is still my muse.


My decision to become a photographer... never really happened. I just went with my gut.

What makes a good photo... is a personal connection. For me I connect with a lot of imagined nostalgia. Images that stir me capture stolen moments.

The worst shoot I've ever worked on... I've been lucky so far, no horror stories. My worst was probably a self-portrait a few years ago. Underwater shoot plus white sheets and a self-timer.. cue tangled limbs and near death drowning experience, but some FUNNY photos.

Mistakes I've made overtime... so many, but mistakes are good. I learnt how to shoot analogue film through mistake after mistake and many blank film rolls. Comparing my work to that of my peers, if your work is sincere and personal, it shouldn't look like anyone elses. Stressing myself out. Over-thinking hinders the creative process, sometimes I have to tell myself to relax!

Some of the clients I've worked alongside include... I have acted as assistant to Karen Langley, the fashion editor at Dazed & Confused, as well as an internship within the art department at Vogue. Both incredible experiences and opportunities.

I've just graduated from... Salford Uni, with a fashion BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Styling and Image Making. The course was all about what you as a creative want to say... so go say it! 
An extract from a letter my tutor wrote to our group says it all really.
(I keep it on my wall)
"Misssss you all forever but you're now out there rockin' the world for the better n it makes me feel good just knowin' that, so go watcha waitin' for, goooo do it for real, it's no longer a project, it's life. So gooo experience and influence and take over the world. Love u all, always remember, love is the answer x"
In the upcoming months I'll be... moving to Italy. Working with the visual communication team for Marina Rinaldi. I have two weeks to pack up my life. 


Friends and family would say I'm... "financial retarded" and "an idealist" - My parents.
"Large eyeballs" - My boyfriend, Danny.
"Like a talking golden Labrador" - My friend, Emma.

My style influences include... French women. I always get excited for A/W, hello Stella M and Dries van Noten collections. Phoebe Philo always gets it right for me too.

At home I enjoy... relaxing! Mostly I can be found horizontal in my pyjamas watching a film. I love to cook and read, do yoga at least once a day and I'm teaching myself Italian. Please tutor me Verity...

  But when I'm out and about you'll find me... in a bottle of gin.


My advice to any budding photographers is... a little self belief and a lot of coffee will get you there.

This has been... molto bene, grazie.


| CARA PEENEY |

| Images c/o cara-peeney.blogspot.co.uk |