Interview: Louisa Hall

Louisa is an aspiring photographer and graphic designer. Her passion for photography is shown through 35mm photographs taken on a wonderful camera. Her design work is unique and talented. She has recently set up a little shop to sell her products. I was lucky enough to have a little interview with her about her about her career plans and designs.

Hello Louisa! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

Hello! I'm great, thanks so much for having me.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I'm 16 and heading to 6th form in September to do English lit, photography and sociology. I'm from Cambridge which is a place that gives you lots of photo opportunities!

I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing your shop, design and photography?

I don't really know what inspired me to do photography and design, I've never really considered myself good at art as I can't draw realistically to save my life but as I've got older I guess I've found out and been inspired by all the different art styles and mediums out there and realised art is a lot more than drawing your hand in art class! My shop isn't really anything big yet, I'm just selling my stuff on Depop, I started doing this as I realised that weirdly people are actually interested in my work (something I'd never expected!).

Have you always been into design and photography?

Really I've only really got into photography in the past few years except for the blurry disposable camera photos I took on holidays when I was younger! I think my interest in design stems from my obsession with logos I've had since I was a toddler (it's a joke my first word was Tesco's as I would shout it out just because I recognised the shapes and colours if the logo)

How has your creative process changed since the start?

I think especially with the photography at first I would snap anything if it was pretty not caring about anything like the light or composition, now (though I'm far from an expert and really don't know much about the technical side still as I'm still learning) I'll plan the shot out and think more about what I'm taking. I'm also more likely to have an end idea in my head I want to achieve so this makes me think about the elements that will get me a goodish photo.

What equipment do you use for your work?

For my art I use uni ball fine liners, if I have one and a bit of paper I'm sorted really. As for my photography I have accidentally started an ever growing camera collection, my DLSR is a canon 1200D and I regularly use my dad's old film camera which is a Yashica FX-3, saying that the most portable camera I have is my phone! Most of my Insta shots are just a bit of iPhone photography

What tools or materials could you not live without?

My fine liners, There the only thing I really use for my art style and you'd be surprised how much different a type of pen makes! For my 35mm photography £1 Pound Land film is a saviour, it cuts the price down by about £7.00 but still takes just as good quality photos,

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

I don't think I would have gotten into photography if it wasn't for Instagram! It's a platform where it's so easy to get inspired as it opens up a space where so many people can share their photos that you wouldn't normally see. It's also given me the opportunity to meet like minded people to me across the world and share my work which is amazing!

Who inspires your work?

So many people inspire my work! Not only well known artists and photographers but also there are a ton of accounts on Instagram and other social media, there are to many to name!

Do you have any favourite pieces of design work or photography that you adore at the moment?

I'm slightly obsessed with Parker Fitzgerald, he takes the most dreamy photos and they are all so beautiful!

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?

Hopefully doing photography A level will teach be much more about the technical side of photography and my aim is really just to improve and take better photos. This summer I started making a colouring book but I'm the worlds best procrastinator and with school nearing and my lack of money for printing it hasn't got done but I still really want to so when I have a bit of free time (haha probably not until next summer) it won't happen but still look out for that as it's something I really want to do!

What are your career plans?

I would either love to go into graphic design or photography as they're both things I'm super interested in, saying that I'm super indecisive so that all could change in a few years but most definitely something creative.

You recently set up your own shop. What products do you sell?

It's not quite a proper shop, I've just set up a Depop account to sell some of my art, at the moment I'm selling notebooks that I've drawn my designs on but hopefully soon I'll add some prints (my usernames l0uisa if you want to check it out)

Why did you set up your own shop?

I wanted to sell my some of my design as I'd had quite a lot of interest that sort of surprised me! It's something I'd always been interested in doing and with the super long summer I'd had I thought it would be a good project

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start photography or their own shop?

If your thinking about starting photography than try do it! Our generation has so much access to technology that makes it so easy to give it a try so get out your phone and go for it.

Do you have any advice for designers and photographers?

I think just to keep experimenting; it doesn't matter if things go wrong because at the same time great things are going to come out it!

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

I was reading an article in Flow magazine about Keri Smith (the author of Wreck this journal) that basically said not to follow the rules and norms, I realised that's quite important in anything creative as it makes you unique and stand out. 

Please make sure to follow Louisa on her Instagram 'hello.louisa' for wonderful photography and exciting updates for her new products.