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Behind the Seams with Courtney Smith: Photographers


by Erin Lindsay
25th Jan 2019
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IMAGE.ie and Samsung are delighted to join Courtney Smith on her mini-series ‘Behind the Seams’, where she meets Ireland’s brightest sparks in the world of fashion, to shine a light on the vast spectrum of opportunities in fashion and what it takes to truly make it.


This week on Behind the Seams, Courtney is focusing on photography. In such a varied, creative and unique profession, it can be tough to carve out a career and create a business that’s all your own. In this episode, she discusses how to merge creativity and business savvy to master the photography industry.

Courtney chats to five of Ireland’s leading photographers in this week’s episode, starting off with Alex Hutchinson, one of the country’s leading fashion photographers. Although, in his words, he “couldn’t be further from mastering the art of photography”. Alex thinks that a photographer should never stop learning their craft, and discusses how to keep the creativity flowing in his conversation with Courtney.

Barry McCaul has two decades of photography under his belt, and, as Courtney says, you can always recognise a McCaul photo when you see one. He chats about how to define a personal style of photography and curate your style over an enduring career.

If you’re a younger graduate photographer wondering about how to break into the field, take notes from Courtney’s chat with Conor Clinch. Conor, in his early twenties, has been making waves on in fashion photography, taking hold of the new international Miss Selfridge campaign. He talks about taking advice from both seasoned photographers and newbies in the industry.

Courtney also chats to Naomi Gaffey, who you may know from international campaigns such as the recent Moschino X HM collaboration. She chats to Courtney about how to merge the trifecta of talents needed to have a successful photography career: creativity, technical and business.

And finally, this week’s final guest is Holly McGlynn, who chats about her biggest campaign to date — Playboy Fragrances. Courtney chats to her about how she booked the campaign, and the business side of being a working photographer.

Check out this week’s episode of Behind the Seams above, powered by Samsung and in collaboration with IMAGE.ie.