We kick off our Meet the Maker series with UK born, New Zealand based photographer Georgina Skinner, to chat about her dreamy aesthetic and what life on a dairy farm is really like…
Tell us a bit about yourself? What lead you to photography?
I was never an academic child, art didn’t come too easy for me either, and so the camera was a top option!! Once I picked it up, I never put it down and it has become my little buddy! I do have to remind myself to look at things in real time rather than always behind the lens!
What is the most rewarding part of the creative process for you?
Seeing my work make other people happy.
Tell us a little bit about ‘Morocco’, your print exclusive to Nathan + Jac for our ‘Wild Heart’ collection…
Morocco was the first overseas trip I took with my new boyfriend, Steve, a couple of months after we met and bless him; I think he spent the whole week on holiday with a camera rather than me! Poor guy! However, we stayed in a Berber tent inspired village with no electricity, everything was candle lit and the decor was inspired. It was so beautiful and this shot was taken there on our last day of the trip. It will always hold a special feeling of an amazing holiday.
What/who inspires you? Or how do you find inspiration?
My mum has always inspired me with photography and interior design. She has a great eye for detail and beauty and I have always looked up to her. I also find that travel is a great source for inspiration coming across new design and environments. Social media is also the best source for keeping up to date with what’s new and what’s in demand.
What is your biggest career highlight to date?
Couldn’t say! There are so many little milestones that I have adored and feel proud of.
Tell us about life on the dairy farm in NZ? What does a typical day look like for you?
To be honest, some days I forget that I am on a farm because I’m so wrapped up in my editing work, business or Instagram!! Other days the light cannot be ignored and is just incredible that I have to get out and shoot the landscape and cows. This winter, I will be looking after all the calves and will be sure to have my camera on me at all times!!
Steve gets up for milking at 4am most days and I can often find myself outside in my wellies (gummies), in the frost, shortly after to catch first light.
We travel about the South Island in New Zealand a fair bit to go to the city and do jobs, so it can be on those drives that I am reminded that I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Any role models or mentors that have helped you get where you are?
My parents have always been huge role models and supporters. Even though they live in the UK, they have always encouraged any ideas and guided me along the way.
A mentor would have to be Sian, Editor-in-Chief of EST Magazine in Aussie. I met her back at university in Melbourne and was lucky enough to do a couple of shoots for EST, which I just adored. It was then that I started to realise how much I wanted this dream of shooting and for my work to be seen, to become a reality.
The best advice you’ve ever received…
The best advice I can honestly say that has stuck with me from my dad is the classic, ‘you never know until you try, if you don’t try, it obviously isn’t going to happen!’ And ‘nothing is easy or we would all be doing it’.
How would you describe your signature style?
My signature style is something I have only really just started to develop. I was shooting with 10 different styles and then fell into a separate commercial look and a fine art look. Eventually I stuck them both together and I found a balance between the two. Everybody likes something different.
When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I dreamt of being a paramedic for quite a long time, which then progressed into wanting to be an Architect! There were floor plan print outs everywhere! Photography then became my tool into getting to look at and document beautiful buildings old and new, which lead into interiors and lifestyle.
Anything exciting on the cards for the next 12 months?
For Print By George, I think this year my priority is to find my photo feet in New Zealand. It is a very new move for me and I am still settling in and finding my place. I am currently in the process of redesigning my business and website, so that has been keeping me busy and I am getting very excited to relaunch later this year.
I am heading home to the UK for Christmas this year, I would like to get over to New York for a short while to shoot too. I find it great to head back home after having been away for a while as you look at a great city like London with totally fresh eyes. I see things that I never saw before.