"I'm young and I love getting advice from other creatives, constructive criticism is crucial. It's brutal and sometimes soul crushing but it's essential to your growth as a person and career. So my advice to someone who is just starting out is to take all the criticism and advice you can get."
We first noticed Maysie on Instagram when we were looking for budding photographers who were starting to build a following. If you search #modelcitizenapp and #fashionphotography, you will likely see the photos on this page. We browsed through Maysie's photos and loved her style and the artistic element in her photos.
Every photo tells a different story and allows us to explore different perspectives.
Maysie was really nice to chat to, and gave us some really long and insightful answers to all our questions. She is so willing to share her experiences so far with you all, so please take this opportunity to read about what it takes to be a budding photographer breaking into the industry.
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
As I am still young, I feel like I have not reached the peak in my career as such. But I am motivated to work towards where I would like to be in the art industry. Taking photos is such a passion of mine, so I can't imagine doing anything else. As of now it feels like just the beginning, I'm still learning new things every time I pick up my camera for a shoot. I wouldn't be where i currently am now without all the wonderful support I have received through Instagram, other artists and creatives I have worked with. It's all about collaborating and remembering your passion for something you love doing.
How did your education prepare you for the future?
I guess everyone has a different experience when it comes to education as we all learn in different ways, so for me I feel as though I am still learning all the time. Even though I have finished all my education, it has prepared me to come to the reality that the learning process doesn't ever stop! It has created a base of knowledge and skills to work and grow from, and i was lucky to have very helpful Tutors when i undertook my Diploma who work in the industry so I was able to get a raw insight.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
A lot of my family members and relatives are all into and have done art. My mum is a graphic designer, and my grandmother is an illustrator. As I have grown up around art, I have been inspired by their talents and have always wanted to do art. When I was 13 my mum bought me my first little digital camera, which is when I started discovering a love for taking pictures, and one day my mum said "why don't you become a photographer", so I thought you know what, yes i would like to be. So since then I haven't stopped. I'd say my mum is an inspiration for keeping me inspired about art and encouraging me to do something I love.
Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?
During my Diploma we were told to set goals for ourselves, and to set a time we would like to reach them. I can say that the ones I set I did meet within the time frame, which motivated me to set more goals. I feel like there are still many more to meet, and I am continuously working towards meeting them as it keeps my passion for what I do flowing. Setting goals is exciting and I think it's important to have goals, even if you reach them, set more.
What advice would you give someone who is young and wants to have a position such as yours one day?
I'm young and I love getting advice from other creatives, constructive criticism is crucial. It's brutal and sometimes soul crushing but it's essential to your growth as a person and career. So my advice to someone who is just starting out is to take all the criticism and advice you can get. Collaborate with other creatives - Collaboration is the key, you never realise how much you learn from other people, because collaboration involves doing projects for the love of what you do. Don't always worry about making money, if you have a passion and keep at it, all that comes later.
How do you stay inspired?
Looking at Fashion magazines such as I-D, Dazed and Confused, AnOther magazine, and so many more is how I stay inspired. There are so many amazing fashion photographers out there that I am inspired by, so I buy numerous amounts of magazines every week to keep the visual inspiration at it's peak which helps bud new ideas. As I like to style a lot of my photoshoots, looking at fashion magazines such as these help create new knowledge of what is going on in the fashion industry at the present time. Going to art exhibitions is another way I keep inspired, as you never know what might trigger an idea!
How can people reach you for a job? And how would they know your rate?
The way people can reach me for a job is predominantly via Instagram-@artbymaysie, as the amazing opportunity Instagram provides for publicity and job scouting. My email address is found in my Instagram bio. I am yet to publish my website, which is underway. If anyone would like to know my rates they can be sent upon contact through email at email@example.com.
What's your favourite camera?
My favourite camera is my Nikon D7100, I love my Nikon.
Tell us something very interesting while working with a model.
I can say that every time i work with a new model it is interesting. I am truly interested by humans and how every body is different, every face has individuality, and beauty is within everybody. It is incredibly fascinating and it makes me appreciate everybody for who they are.