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Artist Spotlight with Melbourne Photographer Janine Harris

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Who are you and what makes you tick?

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Hey, I’m Janine, a German girl living in Melbourne, Australia running my business as a family and newborn lifestyle photographer. I have a husband and 2 gorgeous girls that inspire me every day.

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When did you get your start in the industry?

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I started in the industry about 8 years ago, when I was lucky enough to work for a local wedding photographer.

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How would you describe your style?

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I would describe my style as raw, honest, intimate, and emotive.

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What would typically be found with you during a shoot?

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My Fuji XT3 and a 23mm 1.4f lens.

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If you could dream a perfect shoot, what would it be?

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A gorgeous young hippy family with 2 children, living in a 70’s style home near a river and mountain range.

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As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

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It’s quite funny, I never knew what to do with my life, until I realised I could make my hobby my career. As a kid I imagined being a mum when I grew up.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

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I get inspired by moods, colours, sounds, and light.

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What women artists do you follow for inspiration?

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I don’t tend to follow anyone for inspiration. I find that rather distracting in my own journey.

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Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

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Yes, absolutely. I found my voice doing photography. I was always a very quiet introverted person. I didn’t know how to express myself. I really struggled with social anxiety and was most happy by myself. Once I found my love for photography I found a way of expressing myself without having to use words. I could show everyone how I see the world in my own way.

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What is your secret to not getting bored with your work?

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The secret is to shoot what makes your heart sing. I don’t take on any job, only the ones that truely speak to me.

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Why is it important to you that women have a place in the photography industry?

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I think we feel the world differently and our art therefor shows differently.

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If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

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The connection between a mother and her child.

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Do you regret any decisions you have made in your art?

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I don’t tend to regret decisions I make in life because they lead me where I am now. I have started photography in a style I wasn’t fully invested in with my heart. Funnily it made me realise what I truely value in photographs and it made a better artist.

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If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph, where would you go?

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Oh gosh, there are too many places to chose from. I would start with travelling all over Australia.

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At what point in your photography journey did you realize that you had a passion you wanted to turn into a career?

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I never considered photography as a career until I got asked by our wedding photographer if I was interested in assisting him at weddings. Once I got my feet a bit wet I really wanted to dive in deeper and explore the possibilities.

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Making a connection with your subject is one of the most important parts to a great portrait. How do you make lasting connections with your clients?

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For me they key is to be calm and open with your client. Your photographs of your client are really a mirror of yourself. The more you open up the more the will too.

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There are so many parts to a photograph – shootings, culling, editing. What part of the process is your favorite?

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Shooting is by far my most favourite part. I love seeing a little glimpse of peoples life, exploring light and most importantly feeling emotionally connected with my subjects.

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What inspires you more – light or movement?

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Wow this is a really hard one. But I would have to go with light.

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