Who is Kayleigh June?
I'm a beauty & fashion photographer based between Sydney & Melbourne Australia.
What is you field of expertise and how did you find what you want to do?
My main field of expertise actually used to be fashion photography, however I've made a more recent switch and found a love for beauty photography. I originally found these two genres through experimentation and was attracted to how creative they can be.
What was the turning point in your career as a photographer?
I think the turning point in my career as a photographer was around a year ago, I made a switch to beauty photography from fashion and tried something completely new. It really was another fresh start for my work!
Did you have a mentor or a person you learnt the most from?
I wouldn't say I had mentors, however I definitely have my inspirations. I have always looked up to photographer Zhang Jinga, she is an incredible talent. And my friend Jessica Kobeissi has always been there for me to give advice and help me through tough times!
How did you find them?
I originally found Zhang Jinga on DeviantArt when I was quite young, (around 16 years old,) and Jess had messaged me over Twitter in about 2011. We have been friends ever since!
What was a key lesson?
A key lesson for me is that nothing happens overnight.
Who is your favourite photographer or retoucher and why?
Right now, Jenn Collins would have to be my favourite photographer and retoucher. Her work is incredible!
How do you prepare to work on a new project?
I often do research and create extensive mood boards. Having a mood board really helps with directing the shoot and planning ahead.
Can you describe the gear you use and the team composition on a photoshoot?
I currently use a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24-70mm f2.8L lens. I also use the D-lite RX 4 kit from Elinchrom for studio lighting.
What do you want most from a model?
The most important thing is for a model to be able to be changing poses and expressions regularly and to give variety without a huge amount of direction.
What has been your biggest mistake on set and what lesson did you learn from it?
I think my biggest mistakes have been made prior to getting on set! Either with my initial planning being poor or even choice of location or model. These are all important factors that can impact the shoot day.
How would you summarize your style?
I would summarise my style as being soft & feminine but with striking elements.
What advice will you give photographers and retouchers around the world?
I think the best advice I could give is everything should be small steps. Progressing with work is something that everyone wants to do quickly, but I think it's important to remember that it's a process. Have fun learning and growing with your work!
How did you get into YouTube and how did you decide become a creator?
My friend Jessica Kobeissi has actually started to encourage me back in 2014 to start doing tutorials. At the time I felt like DeviantArt was really slowing as a platform for my work, and I felt like I needed another chance to showcase my work and skills. I also had always enjoyed the educational aspect of photography. That's where YouTube came in!
How did you promote your channel when you first started? What did you do to get so many subscribers?
I actually really didn't do much at all to promote my channel when I started out. I generally just linked my YouTube through my instagram and that was it! I also learned a little more about SEO and YouTube to help my videos become more searchable. I've tried very hard to be consistent over the years with my content too.
What opportunities have arisen from having a popular Youtube channel?
I've had some really exciting opportunities to work with brand sponsorships, and I've even had current clients find my work through YouTube too!
What are challenges that you are facing as a YouTuber and what are you doing to overcome that?
I think consistency is key with YouTube, and that's sometimes hard for me to keep up with. I'm usually very busy with retouching and photography that I don't always have time to create new content with YouTube.
How do you keep coming up with new ideas for videos?
I listen to a lot of my subscriber's requests and I also write a lot of lists! Sometimes I'll do a search on YouTube to find some content that might be lacking in tutorials as well.
How much time do you spend every week, working on your YouTube channel?
I would say at least one full day is spent on YouTube each week, though usually it could be up to two full days if I'm trying to get a bit of filming done.
What interesting book have you read recently?
I recently read the $1000 Project by Canna Campbell. She's a financial advisor who saved $32000 in a year on top of her salary! She did it by bundling $1000 amounts and investing, (through freelance work and other methods) which I find really interesting as a small business owner.
What YouTube channels would you recommend to follow?
Obviously I have to recommend my friend Jessica Kobeissi! She's absolutely hilarious and has a great channel full of entertaining photography related videos. Also Anita Sadowska has a great channel filled with useful tutorials and behind the scenes videos.
Who do you admire and why?
I really admire a lot of photographers out there, it's always hard to name anyone in particular. I think it's interesting to see where everyone starts and how they evolve. I really admire that fact for every photographer.
What is your passion in life, besides your job?
My other passion in life is travel, I love going to and exploring new places!
What's next for you?
I'm continuing on with beauty photography and working closely with my agent in future. I'm hoping to organise some exciting projects later this year!
Any final thoughts or anything else you would like to share?
If there was any advice I could give, it's to be always willing to learn from others. Sometimes it's hard to compare your work to other photographers, however there's so much you can learn from them. So try to look at it from a different perspective. :)
Where can we find more about you?
Website - https://www.kayleighjune.com
Instagram - https://instagram.com/kayleigh_june
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Kayleigh_june