1. Hey! Please can you introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Reece, and I’m a fashion photographer based in Newcastle, UK.
2. How have you found breaking into the industry?
It’s been a tricky one for me personally. I was an engineer for almost 7 years before
I eventually made the leap to full-time photography. I guess disliking my career after leaving school really gave me the incentive to make this work and I’ve carried on that ethos ever since. I studied photography part-time and took on a lot of free work whilst working my first job and that opened up a lot of opportunities for commissions and collaborations with other artists.
In time, I was able to pursue photography full-time, but finding the balance between
taking on free work, and respecting your worth, was very difficult, and something
that a lot of creatives struggle with when starting out!
3. You shot Louis Tomlinson for Tmrw Magazine, would you mind talking us through the shoot? Did it have a positive impact on your professionally shooting such a widely known celebrity?
I did! The shoot was great for me professionally, and I gained a lot of commissions and interest off the back of it. I think the most valuable aspect of the shoot for me, was experiencing such a large scale operation. TMRW were brilliant, and let me have free rein over the overall art direction and creativity of the shoot.
I worked alongside stylist Helen Seamons from The Guardian, and shot several looks
including Stella McCartney, Joseph and Dior. Louis was a pleasure to shoot too, we
spent the full day together in London and just had a good old chinwag about a lot of
4. Your documentary work could be described as having quite a 'British Aesthetic', how would you
Honestly, I don’t really aim to give my work a certain kind of aesthetic, but I feel a lot
of my inspirations do naturally come across. I’ve always been interested in being able to portray a sense of narrative and disquietude through my images, but it’s totally dependant on who and what I’m shooting. I like to shoot with likeminded
people who understand what we’re trying to achieve on set and that makes it so
much easier and enjoyable to do my job!
5. Does your approach differ when shooting fashion vs portraiture/documentary?
To some aspect, yes! I’m a little more playful and experimental with my fashion
work but more regimented with my documentary stuff. On a fashion shoot, the
subject is always moving, which encourages me to do the same, but documentary
has the opposite effect for me.
6. A lot of creatives find it hard to find a commercial balance to their work, how have you managed it?
I shoot full-time for END. Clothing at the minute, so I try to choose my freelance
work wisely to create a nice balance of enjoyable but necessary work. I do a lot of
unpaid “passion projects” too to keep motivated and to make sure I’m enjoying
photography for the right reasons and not just to make a living from it!
7. What attracted you to shoot on film?
I first started shooting film out of intrigue, and to challenge myself a little by
“shooting blind”. But as I started to take it more serious, I just really enjoyed the
process of it. I’m more tactile, patient and aware when shooting film. When you take
away the disposable aspect of shooting, you’re naturally more precious and picky
with your shots and for me, that created a more rewarding experience on set. The
results are just ridiculous too which helps! I wrote my dissertation on this so I could
chew your ears off for hours about it haha.
8. What would you change in the industry?
A lot of things! More diversity. More inclusion. Greater support for young and
emerging talent. Less fast fashion. More upcycling. And more accountability for
those who abuse their position of power.
9. If you have any advice for someone who's just starting out, what would it be?
Experiment with different mediums and genres. Find your niche and find who and
what inspires you! Oh, and be careful of those who want to offer you exposure in return for your talent.
10. Who's a creative on CONNECT you think we should check out?
Megan Dalton! I’ve only recently started to experiment with still-life and I think
Megan executes it beautifully! Her editorial and portraiture is stunning too. Go see!
Thanks for reading!
Check out Reece on instagram - www.instagram.com/reecejamesmorrison/
Here's his email to get in contact for any collaborations - email@example.com