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Artful Exposure: Interview with Photographer Emma Ven

May 29, 2012  
Filed under Profiles / Interviews


summer crosby; photo by emma ven

THE ART of photography is about capturing the best moments in life whether its on-the-fly or or sophisticatedly planned out. Recently, Collaj spoke with South-African based photographer Emma Ven, who recently shot model and celeb Summer Crosley (pictured above) in Malibu after visiting LA back in March. Capturing celebrities on camera is nothing new to Ven. Her work is regularly featured in the major glossies such as GQ, Vogue, Elle and Cosmo. Read on to find out more in her words…


CM: So how did you get into the art of photography and what does your creative process look like in composing photos?

emma ven

Photographer Emma Ven

EV: I started out as a booker at IMG models in Italy so I was always around models and photographers…it inspired me
to become a photographer and shoot how I see things through my eyes.

CM: Recently you shot model/actress Summer Crosley. How did you begin shooting celebrities and is that where more of where your work is focused?

EV: I started out shooting top models such as Allesandra Ambrosio, Gisele, Isabella Fontana, and then ventured into
some other celebrities such as Angelina Jolie.

CM: Who are your two most favorite photographers you admire and why?

EV: Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber—pure classic photographers with a style that is hard to beat.

CM: What are the top 3 things you are passionate about?

EV: Hiking, travel, and stopping animal abuse in Africa.

CM: What traits do you value the most in a person?

EV: Honesty and reliability.

CM: Do you believe in a higher power? If so, how does it affect your decisions in everyday life?

EV: Yes I am a huge believer in God—and praying has helped me, so has meditation.  It is important to really know who
you are inside and out.

CM: What websites do you always have to visit?

EV: Facebook, TMZ.

CM: Is there an ethnic culture that you are fascinated or interested about more than others?

EV: South African culture (which is where I am from). The African women have so much style, such bright colors.

CM: Where is your favorite place to eat and hang out in LA?

EV: Nobu in Malibu, yum!

CM: Do you travel a lot?

EV: I travel every month and my next stop is Argentina.

CM: Any tips on your craft or advice on life for our readers?

EV: What ever your dream is, go for it, don’t let anyone’s jealousy get you down!


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