I didn't know anything had to change upon motherhood *laughter*. The balance can be tricky for sure. This is something I've thought about for many years before motherhood came into play. When I want to shoot, I make sure my baby is fed, changed and in his comfort zone, strap him on and shoot. Sometimes he can get a little fussy, but it's short lived and I'm very lucky on that part. When it comes to modeling, I've wanted to incorporate Vash into the photographs with me. The way I see it, the little man will grow to love photography or loathe it haha.
The model aspect has been put on the back burner now, since I still feel like a blimp, it's hard for me to get into the groove of doing fashion and editorial modeling. That'll change soon though. The biggest support comes from my amazing boyfriend, he doesn't think that part of my life should be over just because we had a baby and that makes a world of difference. Mutual respect and support helps keep the balance alive. The last fashion shoot I shot, he strapped Vash onto his chest and they assisted me throughout the whole three hour set. He's an amazing mate, father and inspiration for me to start where I left off when we found out I was pregnant. Being a great Mother doesn't mean your passions have to end, it just means you have to try a little harder and drink more coffee haha.
Q. What do you enjoy more... Modeling or being behind the camera?
As a kid, I aspired to become a director. I would sit in my room for hours on end listening to music and putting scenes together in my head, it was honestly my favorite pass time. I can recall even making short films with my cousin when he would spend the night. They were silly short films, but man we took it seriously haha. When I became a teenager, the scenes started to evolve into portraits and capturing the one moment as oppose to the entire scene itself. I also started to learn what a D.O.P (director of photography) actually does and my aspirations slowly evolved into that career. I never took photography classes/courses, nor was I taught by anyone else. After I started getting published, my Dad told me that his father was a photographer too. I never got a chance to meet my grandfather since he had passed away before I was born, but knowing I wasn't the first in the family to dabble into photography was an uplifting moment.
At the start of 2012 someone bought me my first real camera and told me to use it the right way. Another words, don't shoot on automatic. I slowly trained myself throughout the year with tutorials and trial & error. I've had many muses help me along the way which I'm extremely thankful for. Once I became comfortable shooting on manual, the sky was the limit. I bought an Alien Bee Ringlight from a friend and started shooting indoors using only foil insulation cardboard, which I had bought from a Home Depot, for makeshift reflectors. I guess you could say I stumbled into photography a few years ago and have winged it ever since. Luck? Maybe, but I'd like to think I was meant for this life choice.
Q. What made you so interested in Photography?
Q. As a new mother, how do you hope to balance your aspirations both as a model and photographer?
"Being a photographer is where my heart is"
Interview by Keran Look Loy
Founder & Creative Director
Yikes, that's a GREAT question! I actually started off as a model, not because I wanted people to take my photos, but because I wanted to help others bring their visions to life. Remember, when I was a kid I daydreamed of collecting scenes and making photographs/visions come alive. Don't get me wrong though, having fantastic pictures taken of oneself is an uplifting ego-high, and I will always have those to look back on once I'm a grandmother. But honestly being a photographer is where my heart is and I definitely enjoy doing that more.
My brain is all over the place when it comes to creating, which can be a good thing AND a bad thing. There's been times where I see what I want to bring to life, but just can't get the feel for it. Sometimes it's the environment or a spur of the moment shoot, but I'd say about 85% of the time I just shoot what feels natural at that given moment. A lot of my ideas come to life in post when I'm putting an artistic twist on them or setting the mood if you will. Music is probably the biggest part as to what the results will be. I guess everything falls back to those moments as a kid listening to music and creating the ideals I have set forth in my mind.
Another thing that has helped me create my best work are movies I grew up watching. Alien Nation inspired my Indigo Child shoot that was also my first publication, and then Dune inspired one of my favorite photographs that I've taken, named Spice Melange which was a homage to the film. I'd be lying if I said I don't have favorites (models) that know exactly what I'm going for when we shoot. Hell, I even have nicknames for my favorite muses. Cassandra Hierholzer has helped me bring so many of my ideas into fruition. She's the Madeline Kahn to my Mel Brooks *chuckles*. So to finally answer this particular question, I just shoot what feels right at that moment and let the editing come naturally.
Q. You have several genres of work, ranging from Creative to Fashion to Dark Beauty... with such a diverse set of styles, where do you get your ideas from?
Since I never studied photographers, looked through magazines or really even looked into others work, I can't say any one artist has really inspired me. I grab inspiration from movies, music and imagination. I can with all honesty say that my first inspiration for photography sprung from the Deftones. The fisheye shot on the cover of Around The Fur really spoke to me as a youngster. I would buy their cd's and look at the imagery that was printed on there.
When I was about two years into shooting, I remember looking at the cover for Saturday Night Wrist and thinking, "man, I'm digging this long exposure shot, I think I'll try that." Later that night I did some self-portraits and learned how to do extended exposures and layer masking in post. Music, that's the ticket for sure. There are a handful of photographers that constantly inspire me too, AzulOx Photography and Jennifer Illene are a couple that come to mind, I simply adore what they produce.
Q. Which other artists have inspired you throughout your life?
Surprises galore! Since my pregnancy I've become bored with my old techniques. I'm looking to do more surrealism and ethereal concepts. I'm also in the works with a local photographer to be a second shooter for his business. That means more steady paid work and learning how to shoot what pays, weddings/senior portraits/engagements/maternity etc. Believe it or not, I've never been able to make a living off of the work I publish and constantly shoot. Eventually that'll become a novelty thing while I shoot stuff that puts bread on the table. Hell, maybe I'll get lucky and an agency will approach me, but that's a HUGE maybe. Only the Cosmos will be able to tell in due time and I'll always be hopeful.
Q. What next can we expect from Naomi Loghry as an artist?
Q. Describe yourself in one word.
Birds of a Feather
Model: Nomez (Naomi Loghry)
Makeup & Hair: Nova Paradise
Photography & Body Paint: Michelle Masso
"Being a great Mother doesn't mean your passions
have to end"
Model: Katy Starr
HMUA: Kelly Alba
Wardrobe: Carrie Crutchfield
Photography: Loghry Photography
Texas based Model and Photographer, Naomi Loghry has both a vigor and passion that keeps her motivated to master her crafts. Also known by her modeling alias, Nomez, Naomi continues to work with several artists on diverse pieces, each of which has their own story. In this interview with SJ Founder Keran Look Loy, she tells us her story...