From London to Los Angeles, Photog Kayt Jones Tells All!

Mar 4, 2011 By Amy

From London to Los Angeles, photographer Kayt Jones continues to be on the forefront of fashion photography. Her portfolio includes everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Claudia Schiffer. Jones also frequently works with publications such as i-D, Elle French, and Vs. MyFDB recently went behind the lens with this chic photographer to learn more about her work.

What projects do you currently have in the works? Is there anything exciting you’d like to share with MyFDB?
I am about to go off to Hong Kong to talk at Semi-Permanent [Creative Conference] and give an exhibition at Lane Crawford.

How did you fall into fashion photography and get your start in the industry?
I was pretty much born on a photo shoot, when I was two my father was art director of British Vogue. For a while I rebelled against fashion photography- but really it is great. I get to make mini movies and they take less time to produce a feature!

What’s your secret to finding time to balance being a professional photographer and a mother to two girls?
To see it as a balance not a juggle – and to live in LA, where they get to live in the mountains and go to the beach.

Also, how do you continue to combine your love of cinema with fashion shoots?
I just make sure I spend more time watching films than reading fashion magazines.

If you could photograph or creatively collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
I am in awe of Grace Coddington- her vision is spectacular. I love the theatrical aspect of fashion photography, so to collaborate with her would be a dream.

What have your top three most memorable fashion magazine shoots been?
Thank goodness you are giving me three. I loved shooting Naomi [Campbell] forElle Russia, she was a total goddess and the three supermodels for i-D (Claudia [Schiffer], Eva [Herzigova], and Helena [Christensen]), those girls are amazing. And I loved shooting on the beach with Behati[Prinsloo], who I adore because she is amazing and we had so so much fun in the sun.

Do you think fashion photography is perceived differently Europe than it is in the states?
Perhaps…I think it is balanced more to art and a little less to commerce. I do think of myself as a European photographer who loves living in America. I was certainly always inspired by great American photographers.

Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring fashion industry hopefuls?
That it takes time- that it’s ok to be driven but also it’s ok to be patient, because this is a job you don’t really have to retire from and that everything you learn along the way is part of your journey and your vision.

Great words of wisdom!A big thank you to Kayt Jones for taking the time to talk to MyFDB! For more information about Kayt visit her official site.

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