GIRL BEHIND THE LENS: LAURA COULSON

Love our new feature with choreographer Holly Blakey? Well now it’s time to meet the girl who shot the shoot – London photographer Laura Coulson. A self-confessed ‘country bumpkin’ from Devon, Laura headed to London after an Art Foundation course to work in music PR, but soon realised she belonged behind the camera. We caught up with her to chat big breaks, befriending the Haim sisters and her love for flares.

How did you get into photography?

When I first moved to London I started out in music PR and production but wasn’t very good at it… on every video shoot I just ended up taking pictures! That’s when I realised I wanted to go it alone as a photographer. It took a long time of having no money and having freak outs every five seconds, but I got there with a lot of hard work.

What was your big break?

I met Haim playing in someone’s backyard in Texas and fell in love with them. I ended up working on their video for ‘Honey and I’ in the desert and shot what eventually became their record cover – that was my first official bit of work. After that we all become friends and I took more and more photos of them – my career really progressed from there.

What are the Haim girls like?

They’re so lovely. I’ve never seen a group of sisters that are so tight, there’s never any bad words said. Este’s the eldest so she’s very protective, Alana is the crazy fun youngest one and Danielle is this really beautiful mellow, chilled middle sister.

What advice would you give to budding photographers?

Just do it! Take all the photos! A key thing is to not judge your work against other people’s – go with your instincts, don’t over-think and create your own style.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

It’s personal and natural. I love shooting people with great personalities and I like to try and get that across in my photos. There’s got to be more to it than just a pretty model.

What inspires your work?

Films, music, visiting totally new places. My friends and all the amazing things that they’re doing. I’m also inspired by other photographers like Bruce Weber and Alasdair Mclellan. I love that their style is very natural and stripped back – there’s no fuss, plus amazing light.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

I love to dress really simply with clean colour palettes, but that often goes completely out the window – I’ll end up wearing some multi-coloured dress with crazy platform shoes! My style is pretty schizophrenic.

What’s your shopping weakness?

I have too many shoes! We’re talking quite a few…The whole floor of my flat is basically shoes.

What’s on your wish list right now?

Flares. I’m obsessed with the new denim Topshop ones. Also poloneck crop tops for layering.

Ultimate style icon?

Céline designer, Phoebe Philo. She’s just a dream!

Your most overused word?

Sassy!

Worst habit?

Saying ‘sassy!’

What’s on your playlist at the moment?

‘Heobah’ by Fonda Rae

See Laura’s photography in our New Creatives feature and check out more of Laura’s work here