Model: Pixie Phoenix.
LC: Laura Clemons
The Illustrated Eye
LC: What drew you to pin-up photography?
The Illustrated Eye: I'm first and foremost an artist. I've been doing illustrations since I could pick up a marking implement. 10 years ago this lead me to photography so that the model wouldn't have to sit for me. I loved the fact that I could interact with the model more during photography and obtain quicker gratification of a complete image rather than having to wait until my illustration was done.
LC: What kind of camera/film do you use?
The Illustrated Eye: Nikon D80/Nikon N80. I prefer Fuji for film when I use it, though now I mostly use digital.
LC: Are you self-taught or did you go to school for photography?
The Illustrated Eye: I am self-taught. I started using a Kodak 240 Camera 10 years ago.
LC: What are your visual obsessions?
The Illustrated Eye: Lips are a big one for me, and eyes are a close 2nd.
LC: Do you touch up your photos?
The Illustrated Eye: A little, I try to leave my photos as close to the original shot as possible. I mostly re-touch skin blemeshes.
LC: Who are your inspirations?
The Illustrated Eye: I can't say a specific person is my inspiration but many things provide me inspiration from clothing to a feeling. I love artsy style makeup and clothing. I feel they give a good melding of the artistic talents of the model, the photographer and makeup artist.
LC: Is there a certain model you would like to work with?
The Illustrated Eye: I work with Jayded Pixie a lot. She is a good diverse model in her looks and I can often count on her to be available for me.
LC: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to models?
The Illustrated Eye: Being on time. My time, especially right now is extremely limited. I have many models that are late to a shoot, sometimes up to an hour late. This drives me nuts. If you schedule a certain time, you should plan to be there at that time.
LC: Have you been able to maintain a living from photography or is it more of a hobby?
The Illustrated Eye: At one time I did photography professionally and found I started to lose my freedom and love of photography. So I went back to a "normal" job and kept photography as a hobby.
LC: Do you have a website?
The Illustrated Eye:
- Laura Clemons