Meet Mel Roberts, she is a Freelance Fashion and Still Life Stylist who has worked with a large variety of brands and we have had the pleasure of working with on several occasions. We asked Mel our ‘Studio guest’ questions to learn a little more about her both in and outside of the workplace, see what she has to say below.
Who is your inspiration?
When I was younger the Editor-in-Chief of US Harper’s Bazaar, Glenda Bailey was a real inspiration. Glenda hails from Derby and had a strong regional accent. At the time this didn’t fit in with the stereotypical ‘posh’ girl who usually worked in fashion. As a Northerner I loved this! The legendary Anna Winter and Grace Coddington were also hugely influential.
What is your favourite piece of equipment?
In terms of photography equipment - I do like how HMI lighting gives a ‘sunshine’ day'-light effect with natural looking shadows.
What made you choose your profession?
It’s the only job I ever wanted to do. Since I was about 5 year old I've been illustrating clothes and mocking up magazines forcing them on people (sorry Mum!) and using my sister as a model in college projects (sorry sis!). There was no alternative in my head!
Equipment you can’t live without?
As a stylist the most important bit of my kit is my eye! You have to assess shots quickly with minute detail. People would be amazed how much attention a simple shot sometimes needs.
What are your achievements?
In my career I’ve worked across sectors, PR, campaigns, editorial, national and international press as well as online and print media with models, celebrities and also still life. You have to be flexible and change as the industry does.
What is your favourite country you have visited?
It has to be South Africa for it’s absolute contrasts - both in people and landscape. A close second would be Brazil.
What books, blogs or podcasts to you read and listen to?
I’m currently reading two books at the same time - one is Vivienne Westwood’s autobiography and the other is The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love history and genealogy so I’m constantly working on someone’s family tree. It’s crazy the things I dig up - royal connections, suicide, bigotry and crime. Most people have a shady relative or secret in their past!
If you were marooned on a desert island, which 3 people (dead of alive) would you choose to be with and why?
So hard to decide! A mad mix of Carrie Fisher (and her sharp wit), Coco Chanel (with her scandal and intrigue) and Steven Hawkins (with his intelligence, dignity and humour). Should prove entertaining!