TSJ TALKS TO South African photographer, Emma Ven, about the art of capturing beautiful women on film.
The Smoking Jacket: How did you get into photography?
Emma Ven: I started shooting nine years ago. I started out as a booker for a modeling agency, and I just always had a love and appreciation for photos. So I started shooting models at the agency and taught myself the skills to be a photographer. I now work full-time as a photographer, and I love every minute of it.
TSJ: Where are you based?
EV: I’m based in South Africa, but I often travel to LA, Canada, Miami, etc., for work.
TSJ: What kinds of campaigns have you shot?
EV: I’ve shot editorials for GQ, Elle, Cosmo, Ugg Boots, FHM, and Esquire.
TSJ: Where did you shoot today’s model, Summer Crosley?
EV: In Malibu, California, this last March.
TSJ: What was it like to work with Summer?
EV: Summer was awesome to work with. She has an amazing body and great energy, and she’s very professional. And we actually did this shoot in 45 minutes!
TSJ: What have been your most memorable experiences as a photographer so far?
EV: My fave was a trip to Thaiti, a most gorgeous place.
TSJ: What would be a dream shoot?
EV: On a yacht in paradise!
TSJ: Whose work inspires you?
EV: Herb Ritts–pure genius.