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In the Studio with Veronika Speigl-James by Emma Morton

Veronika Speigl-James, Photographer Retoucher  www.veronikaspeigl.com

Veronika Speigl-James, Photographer Retoucher
www.veronikaspeigl.com

Veronika Speigl-James is a skilled and experienced freelance photographer-retoucher from Regensburg in Germany. She has worked with 3Objectives Director, Paul Downes at other photographic and media companies, and has freelanced on and off with 3Objectives since the formation of the company (8 years ago!). Veronika is a well regarded and trusted member of the team and her husband, Adam created the 3Objectives company logo! Due to her experience she has many stories to tell, so check out her answers below!

-You – Name, Job Title and Company
Veronika Speil-James, Photographer

-Who is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by getting lost in London or alternatively, getting out of London. Anything that gets me to look at things afresh triggers my brain into new projects and ideas.

-What is your favourite piece of equipment?
My favourite piece of equipment is a plastic diffuser on top of my flash that makes me look like a lightbulb. It’s the best diffuser I’ve had on a portable flash and always makes events more fun to shoot, as it makes people curious what it could be.

-What made you choose your profession?
I started photography at a very young age and it was always what I wanted to do. It’s definitely not the easiest career path but I’m really happy I stuck with it, as I still wouldn’t want to do anything else more than take pictures for a living.

-Equipment you can't live without?
I’d be lost without my contact lenses. I’m really short sighted which seems a bit ironic for a photographer but they probably make my sight more accurate than a person without sight problems would have.

-What are your achievements?
I’ve been in a few exhibitions over the years, including a couple of solo ones. The last one I was in I couldn’t be at as I had just given birth 3 days before but it was fun to see my pictures exhibited while I was off work. Another thing I loved was getting a commission I'd normally incorporate in a personal project. I had to take nights shots of office buildings. It was the ideal mix of architecture and people as you get little insights into work life and how structures and people work together. One of my solo shows was in connection with Green Open Homes and also gave me that mix of photography which I love: Architecture and people.

-What's the first album you bought?
The first album I bought (on tape!) was Bob Marley / Legend. 

-If you were the Mayor of London for the day what would you change?
If I was the Mayor of London for a day I would arrange plans for more swimmingpools and lidos with a proper space around them to chill out and have fun. Lots of kids and youths would have something else to do. There'd be plenty of pool space without lanes and slow medium and fast lanes would become a thing of the past. People could just use their courtesy and own brain to get (or swim) along in the pool.

-What is your favourite country visited?
Favourite country I’ve visited, tough one! There are so many bits in different countries I love, so it’s difficult to pick one favourite. It probably has to be Ecuador. It was the first South American country I'd visited and I learnt to speak Spanish there. I love the geographical variety you get in a relatively small country, the food is great too snd I haven't even been to the cloud forest or the coast yet.

-What books, blogs or podcasts do you read or listen to?
At the moment I'm reading Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat, nicely written mix of someone's career path and the chemistry of food, great illustrations too.

-What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I experiment with food, often incorporating fermentation. When I have time for a trip I usually go somewhere based on a starting point to do with food, music or art. Recently I went to a Chinese restaurant near city airport. The food was amazing and the view was water, rowing boats and planes. Years ago I went to Portishead just to see where the inspiration for the music of the band came from. Made complete sense, all there was was a muddy beach and a couple of lone shops that were shut. Perfectly and great location to listen to the album to.

-If you were marooned on a desert island what 3 people (dead or alive) would you choose to be there with you and why?
If I was marooned on a desert island, I’d choose my husband and two kids to be there with me. We’re already used to sharing a smallish space and spend every day together so any challenges thrown at us would be easier to handle and for the nice moments we love a holiday together so we’d be sorted there too.

In the Studio with Sharna Valentine by Emma Morton

Image for White Stuff Winter Press Book. Shot in the 3Objectives Studio. Styled by Sharna Valentine @ Scout Management.

Image for White Stuff Winter Press Book.
Shot in the 3Objectives Studio.
Styled by Sharna Valentine @ Scout Management.

Meet Sharna Valentine, she is a Freelance Fashion Stylist who has worked on an array of projects with a variety of brands. We have worked with Sharna, who is represented by Scout Management for quite some time now and wanted to see what her answers would be to our Studio guest questions!

  • Who is your inspiration?

    The stylist Patti Wilson is the most amazing stylist and all round creative person. Richard Branson because he proves that hard work pays off.

  • What made you choose your profession?

    I always loved fashion and shopping!

  • Equipment you can’t live without?

    The internet and my kit bag that has the useful things i’ll need throughout the day.

  • What are your achievements?

    Moving to South Korea for a year to teach English to 4 year olds. Having to wake Debbie Harry up for a shoot!!

  • What’s the first album you bought?

    Spice by Spice Girls

  • If you were Mayor of London for the day what would you change?
    I’d change the working week to 4 days, it would make people much happier. I’d also pedestrianise Oxford Street since I spend so much time shopping for work.

  • What is your favourite country you have visited?

    Cuba, so much colour, amazing cars and friendly people!

  • What books, blogs or podcasts to you read and listen to?

    I was obsessed with the Serial podcast for a while. My favourite books are Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

  • What do you do in your spare time?

    Yoga and I love to travel. There are so many places I want to see!

  • If you were marooned on a desert island, which 3 people (dead of alive) would you choose to be with and why?

    Elvis - He would have some great stories and be able to sing.
    My best friend, Laura. She’d keep me from going insane and she is also hilarious.
    Bear Grylls, because he would find us a way off the island!

In the Studio with Mel Roberts by Emma Morton

Image for White Stuff Christmas Press Book. Shot in the 3Objectives Studio by Paul Downes. Styled by Mel Roberts.

Image for White Stuff Christmas Press Book.
Shot in the 3Objectives Studio by Paul Downes.
Styled by Mel Roberts.

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!