Who are you?
My name is Emma Neale. I run two photography businesses and a Make-over Photo-shoot business.
Luna Photography is for Weddings, family portraiture and commercial photography
Miss Rain Photography is for the alternative side, burlesque, pin-ups, nude and alternative fashion.
and finally Flashes and Lashes is a collaboration between myself and Sali Jones providing makeover shoots in a vintage pin-up style.
All business are based in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area but I have travelled all over the country with my work.
What brought you to Nottingham?
Sali Jones! Hah ha! I made quite a name for myself with my photography in Newcastle upon Tyne but after a messy break up and being made redundant I decided to make the push with my photography. Even though I thought that Newcastle wasn’t that far out of the way, people were reluctant to travel to me for work an d being so far from London.
Moving to Nottingham made sense, I already had a best friend there and we moved in together, it’s within 2 hours of London and perfect for travel and rail links.
What keeps you in Nottingham?
I have such an amazing network of people around me, it would be silly to leave. I do think about moving back to Newcastle occasionally but I think that, for me, the work is here.
What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham? (eg:- What is your business specialism, what makes you unique as a person)
In a photography sense, I think my speciality is pin-up and burlesque. People recognise my style and it’s an awesome niche to be in. Also, I’ll never deny the fact that being a female in a predominately male industry does give me the edge in certain jobs. Women feel more comfortable around me and I do think that’s why I have done so well in the pin-up and burlesque area of photography. It also helps in weddings as I tend to be able to put brides at ease, I’ve helped a bride into their corset and fixed her hair when the hairdresser didn’t get it quite right.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I hope to be taking on more weddings, commercial and family portraiture. I also have huge plans for Flashes and Lashes. I want our own city centre studio, a hairdresser on the payroll and travelling to vintage fairs. I don’t think those hopes are unachievable at all. I’d just like to be able to make a decent living from photography.
What do you wish you had more time for?
I wish I had more time for experimentation with my photography. I love the feeling when I’ve had a lighting idea in my mind and then it comes to fruition. I also wish I had more time for self promotion and marketing. It seems like every moment not shooting is spent in front of the computer editing.
What keeps you awake at night?
Not a lot! I’m usually so tired that I go straight off but I do occasionally get those moments of insomnia when I’m working out timetables of shooting and technicalities of lighting!
What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?
I think Nottingham’s “true” alternative scene is the best kept secret. There are amazing people within the creative community in Nottingham pushing the boundaries of art, music and vision but they are drowned out by mainstream. I’d love to see this not be a secret!
What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?
More alternative nights out, better venues and maybe a better burlesque night. I’d like to see people appreciate these things too. What we have now has become stale and boring.
What Big thing are you currently working on?
Flashes and Lashes have a lot of things up their sleeves, one of which being open days around the country! We just need to work out, venues, costs and dates but the demand is there!