Grace Gadston is currently based in Vancouver city as a freelance Fashion Photographer and Videographer specializing in music video production, promotional video blogs and events. Grace is 25 and an English citizen. She previously worked for a central London camera rental company as a Camera Technician dealing with large, high-end crews from the BBC, WagTV, National Geographic, FOX and many others. Her knowledge of camera and grip equipment is an asset to her business. Grace is also a certified Underwater Cinematographer and has worked as an Underwater Camera Operator for Guinness World Records, the BBC, BSAC Presidential Reign, The Commonwealth Games and The Film Company.
Grace is currently working as a full time freelancing Photographer, Producer, Director, Operator and Editor. More of her portfolio can be seen at http://www.jauntymedia.com or in the gallery at the end of this article.
Metro Living Zine interviewed her in preparation for the upcoming Vancouver Fashion Week, where she will be working from behind a camera.
1) How and when did you get your start in fashion?
I have been interested in fashion since I was a kid. My mother was a dress maker in her youth, and she then taught me the skills. From there I experimented and became interested in the scene. I am now a photographer where I find my passions in fashion and street photography.
2) Do you have muse?
My mother is my muse.
3) What type of music are you listening to right now?
I am currently listening to the Robert Glasper Experience and the 1970’s band, War.
4) Which part of the job as a designer do you love? Which part of being a designer do you detest?
Being a photographer and designing my own shoots around a clothing line is such a buzz for me. I can envision an image, and now that I’m further in my career, I have the knowledge and tools to execute them. I wasn’t much of an academic in school, so creativity is my soul’s purpose. It really gives me motivation and drive in my mind and body when I imagine the art I want to create.
5) What three designers inspire you?
Azzedine Alaia, Vivienne Westwood, and Mary Quant.
6) What do you love and detest about Vancouver?
I love the atmosphere, energy, ambition, technical culture, fitness culture, mountains, ocean, sushi, fashion and networking possibilities. I do not like cost of living, the bus routes, the clicks or the public access to recreational narcotics.
7) Which words of advice would you give to someone starting off in the business that you wish you had been given when you were starting out?
As someone in the media industry I would always advise someone who has passion and drive to find a mentor and work at what you love doing, no matter if you’re stuck eating rice and soy sauce in the cupboard under the stairs you rented off Air BnB. Continue to produce, produce, produce.
8) If your house was burning down, which three things would you make sure you took out with you?
Hard drives, passport, boyfriend.
9) If you were not a photographer, which other job would you like to be doing?
I would be a graphic designer.
10) What is the one fashion trend you wish had never happened?
Flat caps…No thank you!
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