5 Minutes With Photographer, Candice Lake
Born in Australia, Candice Lake is a London-based photographer, model, blogger and Contributing Style Editor at Vogue. She recently shot a new campaign for luxury fashion site, Rebelle, who specialise in finding pre owned designer items a new home. Here, she talks favourite London hangouts, how to create a great street style photograph and remaining stylish throughout pregnancy…
Can you tell us about your new campaign with pre owned luxury destination Rebelle?
It was a very exciting new campaign shoot featuring five leading fashion bloggers in Europe, to celebrate the launch of Rebelle in to Scandinavia, Italy and The Netherlands. I was representing the UK, and it was great to meet such fabulous ladies like Marie von Behrens from Germany, Janni Deler from Sweden, Nima Benati from Italy and Noor de Groot from The Netherlands.
I photographed them all in a curated selection from Rebelle‘s site. I am obsessed with the idea of buying and selling pre-owned luxury pieces. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it is also really incredible for finding pieces that you kicked yourself for not buying at the time; or for acquiring a piece, like a little Hermes Kelly bag, with its very own story. I love the idea that something has been on a journey with one person and instead of being discarded, it gets a whole new story with you!
Any tips for buying pre owned luxury items?
I would definitely recommend only buying pre-owned luxury items from reputed sites. Rebelle goes through a lengthy process before selling anything including quality control and authentication. You can feel confident you are getting something that is almost new and definitely real.
Congratulations on your baby! You looked so chic throughout your pregnancy, what’s the key to pregnancy dressing in your opinion?
Thank you!! Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean your sense of style has to change dramatically, you just have to modify it slightly. I think the biggest misconception is that all pregnant women should dress in maternity wear ‘body con’ dresses or sweat pants and oversized sweaters – none of which are very sexy.
I think you should invest in a few beautiful pieces that will be able to carry you through your whole pregnancy and hopefully you can wear afterwards, and then work out how to wear them appropriately – i.e. with tights or stretch leggings. I don’t believe you need to waste money on clothing you will wear for all of three months and I really don’t believe style has to go out the window just because you are pregnant.
I think it is wonderful to embrace your new body and show it off in a super chic way whilst staying comfortable and true to your style. Having said that, nursing tops and maternity jeans are great. My favourite brands are Citizens of Humanity and J Brand. Also for those early months after you have the baby, tight nursing tops are great – you can wear them with an oversized draped cardigan and jeans.
As one of the original street style stars and photographers, what do you think makes a good photo?
A smile and being true to your personal style. Obviously great light and a clean background doesn’t hurt to make a great photo, although if the subject is confident, this makes a killer image.
How do you put a look together?
I wear a lot of bold statement pieces mixed with classic staples, so I tend to start with the statement piece and work backwards. I like to wear pieces that I feel comfortable in while still experimenting a little. I think that is key – have fun but don’t divert from what your style is. Because I wear such bold pieces, I love to keep my hair and make-up minimal with natural (I just rolled out of bed) hair and little to no make -up with a shock of red lips.
Favourite places in London for;
Shopping: Old Bond Street. Food: The Wolseley for dinner, Claridge’s for breakfast, and Dean Street Townhouse for afternoon tea. Relaxation: Corinthia Hotel Espa. Sleeping: My bed or the Covent Garden Hotel. Exercise: Hyde Park run and Ten Pilates in Mayfair.
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