Two Flat Whites recently had the pleasure in catching up with commercial photographer Jennifer Ferguson LBIPP. Jen has been passionately shooting people, things and places professionally for eleven years. Her attention to detail and design, coupled with the energetic spice which resonates her contemporary images continues to lead her internationally.
If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?
Well I’ve never been asked for an autograph so that would be a shock! I’d probably be dumb founded and reply ‘Huh? Wa? Really?’ I’m primarily working between Melbourne and Sydney so I’m a frequent flyer indeed, but home has to be where my cat is and that’s Melbourne.
In your own words, what do you do?
I’m a commercial photographer. I’m passionate about the fashion and music industries and I also shoot boutique fine art weddings and fine art landscapes. But basically, commercial photography to me means that I create images for the commercial market- for editorial, promotion, advertising and hell, just to hang in your home and whisk your imagination away…
TV Show – Sooty and Sweeps, Skippy, The Leyland Brothers, The Goodies, Humphrey B. Bear (I didn’t think his lack of clothing was ever confusing… he’s a bear damn it)
Hobby – As a child I collected erasers, as an adult I collect fridge magnets…
Food – Apparently I loved tinned spaghetti and Bird’s Eye Fish Fingers but over the years I’ve matured…now I love all things Italian and I’m a keen fisherwoman!
Fear – Spiders (ewwww) and Dark Vader
People – I used to follow my elder brothers everywhere…they were my hero’s
Defining moment – Discovering photography after the realization that I couldn’t paint or draw. I actually spent half an hour waiting to photograph a ‘big’ wave with my Mum’s compact 35mm canary yellow Ricoh camera when I was 14yrs old. I stood by the edge of a cliff with my Dad timing the waves’ approach before I knew it was time to shoot and capture the spray as the wave crashed against the rocks. Before this moment I hadn’t even read about photography, I just had this innate understanding that timing was everything…
Schooling memories, chore or cherished?
Gotta admit I loved school! I was definitely a nerd.
From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?
I don’t get up until 10am most days, then its cuddles with my cat Oscar, a can of V and then the day is spent at the computer either completing client work, preparing promotions, researching new clients, finalizing personal work and meeting with current or new clients. But its not a 9-5 day, in fact, it’s more accurate to describe my average working day as lasting in the vicinity of 14 hours…
Where can people see your work?
My work is scattered across many mediums including print media, websites, books and product catalogues however my website www.luvnjoynlife.com holds a selection of different genres including my latest project featuring postcards of The Southern Highland Region in NSW. You can also find me meandering about on www.myspace.com/luvnjoynlife (I don’t get out much!).
For love or money?
Definitely love- photography like any creative medium costs more to participate than one ever receives back! The satisfaction however is the best drug on the planet.
What future endeavors are in the pipeline?
Currently I’m in the process of promoting my Southern Highland postcards so that’s taking up most of my spare time and energy; I definitely want to push my fine art photography further. I’d love to start exhibiting in Australia- I’ve been greatly put off entering competitions due to the rise of weekend photographers who spend hours digitally enhancing and ‘fixing’ images so I’m now looking to networking with fellow purest artists- I’ve found one likeminded photography group who center around plastic cameras and distressed negative fine art work so I’ll keep pushing my passion in that realm.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Married (I’m planning my wedding at the moment), possibly one to two kids (I’m getting on so the clock is ticking) but definitely still making a living out of shooting people… I certainly hope to be exhibiting regularly and maybe have another couple of books under my belt.
If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?
Michael Moore (he’s brilliantly controversial), Mario Testino (his work makes me salivate) and Paulo Coelho (his words inspire me to no end).
Coffee or Tea?
Skinny latte with half a teaspoon of sugar please.