Monday, 11 June 2012

Leading Photographer Ms Rachel speaks to the Fashion Police

The right moment catcher

Ms Rachel Saunders

1)Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?

My name is Rachel Saunders, and I am the creative director for Random Acts. I organise, run, and process shoots, do graphic design, and arrange creative events.

2)There are so many photographers what makes you different from the rest?

My personal photographic style is characterised by the use of colour, texture, emotion, and narrative, and I believe what makes my work stand out is the way I combine all four in my images. I love to bring out a subject's personality on camera, which in turn helps them shine through.

3)What makes a model model in front of the camera?

Character. Anyone can pose, but only an experienced model can bring character, experience, and a je nais se quois to a shoot.

4)When not working what do you enjoy doing?

Writing, travelling, watching movies at the cinema.

5)If you had the chance to shoot 4 people who would it be and why?

1) Andrej Pejic, because he is my all time muse, and I have the most crazy/glorious idea of shooting him in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles as an angel.
2) Ayla Holdam, a woman who has such ethereal beauty that it makes you just want to do all sorts of amazing things with her in front of the camera.
3) Bo Bruce, one of those women you look at and just wish you could put in front of your lens every day of the week. Honestly, who wouldn't want to create some magic with her?
4) Christina Hendricks, honestly one of the most beautiful women on the planet, and a sumptuously gorgeous redhead to boot.

6)What perfume are you wearing as we speak?

None, though I usually rotate between Princess by Vera Wang and Miracle by Lancombe.

7)If you was given 2 tickets to fly any where in the world where would you go?

Antartica via Argentina - I have a plan to see every continent by the time I am 35, and this would be the glorious icing on the cake. 

8)How can someone from the other side of the world view your work and learn more about you?

Through my website - - and my Facebook page.

9)What do you think of the Fashion Police News Blog?

Intriguing and useful 

10)Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Either a creative director or galavanting around doing all sorts of randomness. 

11)What music would have you running to the dance floor to shake that booty?

Trance and deep house

12)What attracts you to someone?

If I am totally honest its personality and looks, though more personality. 

13)Choose from the following what you think is more sexy on a man.....(1)boxers....(2)briefs....(3)thongs?


14)If you was to stay home on valentines night with your lover what would you wear and cook?

Wear very little, and cook homemade pasta served with my own recipe sauce.

15)We hear your about to do a shoot with Tv personality of ITV2/MTV Mr Fierce what can we all expect from this shoot?

Something out there, colour popping, and that will bring his personality to the fore. 

16)If you had the power to change the fashion world what would you change?

I would open the fashion world's eyes to the amazing richness that exists on the margins, the world which I usually photograph and explore. 

17)What do you think of men who teaches women to walk?

If they can strut the stuff, then hell to the yes hunni.

18)Describe what true beauty is in your own words?

Its an ethereal concept, one which comes from a spark of personality and a certain charm. Everyone has beauty, you just have to let it shine through. 

19)What are a few things women do that makes you mad?

Honestly, procrastination is probably my biggest bug bear, though I am probably just as bad as the next girl for that. 

20)What do you love most when dancing with someone?

That tender moment when the frission runs up your arm, and you have that connection with someone. 

21)What is one thing you just can't leave home without?

My phone. 

22)If you was to walk the red carpet which designer would you wear?

I would get a dress made for me by one of the great local designers I know.

23)If we was a fly on your bedroom wall what would we be shock to see?

A few 'toys' coming out to play now and then. 

24)What advice do you have for upcoming photographers who look up to you?

Practice, practice, practice, and don't be afraid to push yourself to try things you thought were impossible. 

25)Where do you get your inspirations from?

All over - every time I see something I like on the internet I bookmark it, and then usually come back to it in a few months time. This morning I had the random idea of getting a load of bonzai trees and trying to do some random Gulliver's Travels style shoot with a model. Like I said, I all over. 

26)Any last words for our many blog readers?

Push yourself as much as you can, don't be afraid to try new ideas, and allow yourself the room to be creative.

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