At only age 21, Stephanie Yt is a talented photographer who specialises in fashion and portraiture. Her journey in photographer has taken her far. Her earliest memories of photography include “blinding” her puppy Cotton and school friends with her Instax polaroid camera. Today, she has moved onto digital photography and secured editorial clients such as The Executive, Institute, Glacier, Estelle, Actually Mag, Image 34, and Panache. She has worked on lookbooks with clients including T-Shirt Policy London, The English Tee Shop, Victoria Finlay, and Rouge Pony.
You’re so young but have managed to secure many high profile collaborations, testing with models from reputable and established agencies. How do you distinguish yourself and build your networks?
Aww, that’s sweet of you to say! To be honest, everyone has been so encouraging in the agency that it isn’t difficult finding great people to work with. One advice I’d give is don’t ever be afraid to reach out to others and ask to shoot – for every ten refusals, you might score one great agency contact or collaboration. If they say no, go home, test, try again and dazzle them with your new and improved portfolio.
What advice do you have for budding photographers?
Keep shooting! Cliché but true. Even if you’re not sure what you’re doing, take a job when offered. It’s amazing how much you learn when you are in shoot or die mode.
When did you realise you wanted to dedicate your career to photography?
The rush I got when editing newly shot images. It is extremely addictive and to be honest, I just can’t imagine doing anything else. That and if I did any other job, I would cease to have a social life as every minute would be spent doing well… this.
What piece of work are you most happy about and why?
I’m always happiest about my most recent shoot. They say your last shoot should always be your best.
What would you say is the most distinctive aspect of your photography style?
Hmm making people look good? ( haha! I hope!) I’ve been told that my style is quite feminine and clean but as I’ve only been shooting for about two years – my style is yet to be determined. Maybe I’ll be one of those chameleon photographers…always changing… like Queen Madge!
What is the most challenging aspect of photography?
Planning and organisation. People don’t realise how much work goes into planning a shoot. So much to think about, so little time!
Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?
Magazine Covers, spreads and campaigns galore! One can hope! Either way, I’ll do my best to make it happen.
What makes a picture captivating? Who or what is your dream subject?
Eye contact and expression. Hmm… hard to say but I would love to shoot Tilda Swinton, Suki Waterhouse and Lily Aldridge at some point.
How has your training at the London College of Fashion assisted you in your career?
Being in fashion school unconsciously teaches you so much and motivates you to do projects completely out of your comfort zone/theme. Also the opportunities and contacts you get from London College of Fashion are phenomenal. Plus – fashion students are such fun!