A fascination with the depth and beauty of raw fashion imagery is what inspired Brie Conomos to pick up a camera and pursue fashion photography.
Brie has worked alongside some of the best creatives in the industry including Emily Abay and Bonnie Hanson. In 2018, she assisted on set for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and her work was featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog ‘GOOP’. Her work is recognised and trusted in the industry having worked with leading brands such as YCL, Peony, Zulu and Zephyr, DISSH, with jean, Sabo Skirt, Stevie May, Universal, Shevoke and SPELL.
We spoke to Brie about her work as a Fashion and Freelance Photographer. Here’s what she had to say.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST FALL IN LOVE WITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY?
Throughout my teenage years, I was fascinated with beautiful imagery and fashion. I remember the day I was sitting in one of my university lectures, dreaming of being anywhere else. It was in that moment I had a strong epiphany - it was instant, that I was going get a camera and start my own photography, to combine my two loves - fashion and photography.
Later that afternoon, I deferred university. I pleaded with my family for months to help me with getting a camera because I was so broke. Not long after, Christmas rolled around and my amazing family blessed me with a Canon 60D! I was so excited, but I didn’t even know how to use it. I began watching countless YouTube videos until finally I had the basics to make my next move.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST COLLABORATION?
In mid-2017, I reached out to some people I knew in my city and assembled a creative team - we had two models, a stylist and a makeup artist.
I managed to convince Zulu and Zephyr to collaborate with me, which was very exciting. At the end of my first shoot, I had these amazing images and I realised that I had a eye for fashion photography and most importantly, a passion for it.
I spent the next few months emailing like crazy to get my work out there. I dragged my friends out to parks and did several test shoots to start building a portfolio. And from there I started to get my first paid offers. I remember how surreal it was to be getting paid to do something I have such a passion for. I haven’t looked back since!
TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR BEST EXPERIENCES?
Across 2017-18, I came across opportunities to work alongside industry leaders such as Emily Abay and Bonnie Hanson. I assisted on set for Cosmopolitan Magazine and had my work featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog ‘GOOP’.
Over the last year, I have worked with brands such as YCL, Peony, Zulu and Zephyr, DISSH, With Jean, Sabo Skirt, Stevie May, Shevoke, SPELL and have also had the privilege of meeting with IMG Sydney to shoot some of their models.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR THE YEAR AHEAD?
This year, I’m very busy working on a range of projects and I have some fresh content trips planned in collaboration with some amazing brands. Stay tuned!
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WHEN STARTING IN THE INDUSTRY? WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS?
Like anything, fashion photography comes with its struggles. The competition is heavy, the demand is high and you encounter people who are difficult to work with, occasionally. One of my biggest lessons was realising that in the industry, it’s all about going out of your way to make yourself known. You have to remove yourself from your comfort zone and take a risk, hard work pays off.
My biggest tip for emerging photographers would be to do whatever it takes to create a portfolio that represents your vision and style, stay true to it and go absolutely crazy with putting your work out there for people to see!