Interview with Rosie Hardy

Interview with Rosie Hardy

Today I’d like to introduce you to the photography of Rosie Hardy. A 19 year old photographer I stumbled across at Flickr (on the recommendation of some of our readers on facebook). You can see her Flickr stream here. Rosie agreed to answer a few questions about her photography – I hope you enjoy this short interview and accompanying image.


How did you first get into photography?

I first got into photography when I was around 16 years old (I’m now 19). I would always flickr through magazines and wonder why pictures I took never looked like they did, I was slightly confused and intrigued by it all. Like any teenager, I wanted to feel pretty, so I started taking random snaps of myself and playing around with them in photoshop and posting them to my old myspace.

After a while, I joined flickr, and I was around 17 when I decided to take up the 365days Project (1 self portrait every day for a year) to really improve my photography and post processing skills. I didn’t start taking it seriously until a few months in, and I saw how passionate about it that I was. I started shooting in new locations, with props and lighting, and then moved onto shooting with models and clients. Self portraits are something which are nice for me to do occasionally, but they really gave me that first initial leg up into the world of photography.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I’d known how important it is to have patience with yourself and keep going. I think with the internet in all it’s glory it can be easy to get disheartened, especially when you get negative feedback, but what is important to keep in mind is that every amazing photographer was once a horrible photographer who took awful photos. We all start somewhere, I look back on my early work and cringe! And I’m sure next year I’ll look back on the stuff I’ve yet to do and cringe at that, too! Point is, I wish I’d not been put off by all the other talented photographers out there.

You don’t need to worry about what you have to offer if you enjoy what you are doing – I’m still not entirely sure what i want to say with my photography, but I know eventually I want to say something, and I’m happy working with what I enjoy until I figure that out.

What type of camera do you use most?

I use the Canon 5d Mark II right now, but for the first year and 1/2 I used a Canon 400D, so very basic with no other equipment except the kit lens and a tripod.

What is your favourite lens?

I LOVE the 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens, and I’m saving up for an 85mm 1.2 lens. I also reccomend the 50mm 1.4/50mm 1.2 lens, and the 24-70mm 2.8 has served me well.

Could you share a favourite recent image and tell us a little of the back story behind it

This image (above) was done a few weeks ago at Stoke on Trent University studio. My boyfriend and I had recently broken up, and I was powering through the split, but still feeling an overwhelming feeling of sadness at the loss of a friend and a whole part of myself – I had moved over to America to be with him (I am from Manchester, UK) and I had to leave everything behind, including the incredible time I’d had over there.

I found these butterfly stickers in a shop one day, and wanted to portray this concept of all the butterflies you get when you love someone quietly fluttering away from you. It was heart wrenching when it happened. I wasn’t 100% sure I even wanted to let them go.

A while after the shoot, I actually saw that it could have a different meaning – that all the butterflies were coming to me to comfort me and surround me like something of a defence. I start to pick myself up and realize that life goes on and love will come again, and that there will always be butterflies and without trying to sound too soppy and melodramatic, sometimes you have to let them go. Photography is great for me like that, it’s like a little outlet I have to express myself and release any sadness/emotion that I might have.

Do you have a tip for beginner to intermediate photographers that will help them improve their photography?

Practice every day! I would definitely recommend taking up the 365 days project – even though it’s self-portraiture, you learn how to direct yourself and pose yourself (and then you can pose models a lot easier) and you get used to being on both sides of the camera.

Shooting every single day sped up my improvement by miles, and it also was nice to document my year and see how much my style has changed. Also – take every opportunity you get, however dull or small, because it opens up SO many new jobs and opportunities! I’ve had such an amazing 2 years and I wouldn’t give up photography for the world.

Connect with Rosie and see more of her work at her site and on her Flickr account.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Daydah March 5, 2011 05:43 am

    er...crazy in this context means fantastically awesome.....

  • Daydah March 5, 2011 05:40 am

    Lovely interview...I had followed Rosie [and the boyfriend] for a while some time back. Her photography's crazy. It breaks my heart that they split - they were like two halves of a whole.
    Its very rare to find someone you can love wholeheartedly and share the same passion for work with at the same time - their romance blew me away back then! Really sad... I pray she finds happiness....

  • john- singapore hotel guy August 3, 2010 08:24 pm

    the pciture is beatiful
    can i ask how did you palce the butterflies given they were jsut sticky?
    it almost look as though it was thrown into the air?

  • tukangpoto May 17, 2010 07:03 pm

    Salah satu fotografer yang memulai karirnya dengan foto narsis..karena memang dia cantik dan berbakat. Salut!

  • Sabrina May 13, 2010 12:10 am

    She uses GIMP I believe

  • Dan Ketcham May 12, 2010 11:01 pm

    What amazing work!

    I am astonished... at two things.. first that someone that young would even have a Cannon 5d Mark II.... wow... and secondly her work... amazing talent!

    Thanks for this!

  • LIZ May 12, 2010 02:13 pm

    what Photoshop program do you use?

  • Mark May 10, 2010 12:33 am

    simply amazing and inspiring!

  • Ricardo Dekker May 9, 2010 07:02 pm

    Dear Darren,

    I seriously took to this hobby only in the last 2 years. And I have to agree with Rosie when she says that practice makes perfect, or perhaps we can get close to our full potential with more practice!

    I also appreciated Rosie's forthright honesty and humbleness especially with regard to her beginings...something which I can easily relate to. I have taken so many below par pictures that many a times I felt insecure when up against those who are a lot more knowledgeable and skilled. But now all that has changed and I'm much more informed and aware of my camera and my own abilities too.

    Thanks for taking the trouble to share this with us. Do keep up the great work!

    Ricardo - Dubai

  • Nishant Singh May 9, 2010 06:00 pm

    WOW.. just browsed through her flickr stream and her work is stunning and equally inspiring. The interview was a grand motivation for someone like me who is just plain lazy sometimes to take out the camera and click! Unsure if I will ever get myself to stick to the 365-day project but will definitely start it :D

  • damaris May 9, 2010 07:07 am

    are you really 19 or 91? You seem so wise, not only is your work amazing but your perspective on life and relationship is way beyond your years (my years even).

    thanks for this wonderful post.

  • Danny Rash May 8, 2010 05:38 am

    Go Manchester united!!!!

  • Federico Presti May 8, 2010 02:00 am

    She has a new fan now =p

  • Munesh Wali May 7, 2010 09:32 pm

    This is what we call creative talent. Amazing shot!!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Tiger7 May 7, 2010 04:53 pm

    WOW!! she realy has talent! just comes to show that with practice there is a great world of awesome adventures! thankx Rosie!

  • Bill Merritt May 7, 2010 12:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing photo and your thoughts. I think the most basic advice of "practice everyday" still reigns supreme as the best way to succeed at most things including photography.
    Look forward to seeing more of your work.

  • Jonathan May 7, 2010 09:53 am

    This chicks amazing, 19 years old with mad creative skills, though when shooting a 365 sp project does not hurt when you are as pretty as her either.

  • vikram sahu May 7, 2010 06:15 am

    The butterfly aspect you created came out beautifully. Even before I read the story behind it, I could feel the disturbance in yr emotional field, which has a sadness attached to it.... Remarkable! The image speaks.......

  • Joanna May 7, 2010 05:19 am

    Thank you for including this interview. I'm a huge fan of Rosie, her work is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  • Sabrina May 7, 2010 05:07 am

    I will start this 365 day thing as well, awesome!!! She is amazing!!!! I wish I knew more about photography and the software that she uses :(

  • Randald N. Soto May 7, 2010 03:08 am

    She is simply awesome!!!!

  • MJ May 7, 2010 02:24 am

    Great interview. Insightful. I love her spirit. Thanks for reminding us all to that we are unique and gifted artist.

  • wal May 6, 2010 11:35 pm

    This kid got real talent. Just check out the pic's in flickr.

  • junglebear May 6, 2010 05:25 am

    Good interview, just checked out her website and Flickr and I was blown away. This girl has some serious talent.

  • Stock Photos May 5, 2010 08:09 pm

    Great interview she was born a photographer!

  • hfng May 5, 2010 06:58 pm

    Simply amazing

  • Nina Rodriguez May 5, 2010 05:47 pm

    I absolutely love her work and have been following for a while on FLIKR. LOVE it. I didn't realize she was so young. She is very talented.

  • Laarni May 5, 2010 06:04 am

    I love all what she said...all positive, very encouraging and inspiring. Thank you DpS!

  • Rachel May 5, 2010 05:45 am

    Nice interview...thanks for post...

  • Colleen Farrell May 5, 2010 03:23 am

    Really wise words from somebody so young and new to photography. It *is* very easy to get disheartened by the plethora of fabulous images on the internet. Thanks for the interview ... DPS always has such great articles.

  • Stars May 5, 2010 03:21 am

    Ahh, that was a rather inspiring interview, and wow, that must have been quite a tough kind of situation too, Rosie's so young.

    Really like her work, so beautiful. ^^

    Thank you for this interview.

  • A.G. May 5, 2010 02:30 am

    Dear Darren,
    I have just found out about your website, and I have to say I think is one of the best photography websites I have came across. Thanks for the hard work and constant tips about photography...
    you've done an awesome job.... I will be coming back here everyday and will tell all my photo enthusiast friends to join the site :)

    thanks again

  • fahad May 5, 2010 01:54 am

    u truly inspired me a lot....

  • Greg Taylor May 5, 2010 01:02 am

    I love her insight and attitude. Shoot everyday and learn by doing. She also entered photography at a modest price point - that in itself is a lesson to be learned for all beginners.

  • sherry May 5, 2010 12:35 am

    Thanks for this interview! I've been following Rosie for quite some time on Flickr and her work is just stunning.

  • Martin May 5, 2010 12:30 am

    So young and so much talent. Oh to let the potential be realised in all of us!