Anwyn Howarth | Photographer for #teamshowroom
At almost 17, Anwyn is the youngest member of #teamshowroom, though we sure couldn't do without her. She helps with lots of the images and content here on the blog and across our social media (look out for the video series we're creating for Homeroom coming soon). Since you've been seeing so much of her beautiful work without knowing it recently, I figured it was high time we all got properly introduced.
1. Give us your elevator pitch:
I'm a blogger, photographer, and creative intern at Showroom.
2. What did you do before picking up your camera?
I was in school (I still am), making music, drawing, scrapbooking, and loving all hours spent making things.
3. What made you start a creative business?
I started tinkering around with my camera to begin with. Since working at Showroom, I've met lots of people who run great creative brands and realised how much good commercial photography is needed. Lots of people have been willing to let me experiment shooting their products and them!
4. What are the key elements that go into creating your aethetic?
I admired moody photography before I really knew what I was doing. With some more experience under my belt I've come to appreciate working with a clean, white, sharp palate. I think that's helped define my own style, but I'm only young so it's all a work in progress.
5. If you could go back in time to tell your younger, inexperienced self one thing about starting a creative business, what would it be?
Don't put crap up on the internet. Wait until you've done the work getting good at your medium, feel confident that what you're creating is a true representation of what you can do, and then share it with the world. I believe in the power of first impressions.
6. Give us three awesome tools that simplify your workflow as a creative and entrepreneur.
- A good camera. There's no point trying to do great work with sub-optimal equipment.
- Patience and contentment. I'm walking that fine line between wanting to race ahead in my career and understanding the reality that I'm scaling a steep learning curve and still have a long way to go.
- Keeping my inbox clear. About a month ago I found an email from a magazine asking me to contribute a story that I was so excited to write... The only trouble was, my email folder was so overflowing I didn't see it until a month after it'd been sent. (Luckily I kept the gig!) Still, I learned how important it is to keep on top of all that communication, both for my budding business and my peace of mind.
7. Which other design / creative brands inspire you?
When it comes to photography I'm inspired by Brisbane girl Savannah, whose way of creating imagery on film is so organic. I love a good magazine, and I'm devouring the latest issue of Cereal this week. I have my eye on The Horse watches at the minute.
8. What’s the first website you load when you wake up in the morning?
Instagram. (Is that a website?) Then Facebook or Bloglovin. Then Bleubird.
9. What’s your favourite hashtag?
10. Do you feel optimistic about the creative scene in Brisbane? Why or why not?
Yes, I do. Not necessarily from a photography standpoint because there are so many of us out there. But there are also so many people loving handmade right now, it seems like a bit of a renaissance. That community has really embraced me, and I feel like there's a lot of scope for working within the artisanal scene.