Interview with Cape Town Based fashion photographer Cass Collett

The more contacts you make the better, and the bigger the impression you make on each of those people the bigger the chance they’ll call you when they need a shoot done.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Cass Collett and I am a 20 year old Cape Town based fashion photographer. I shoot many other things such as events, portraits as well as family or friend photo shoots mainly to pay the bills, but fashion is definitely where my passion lies.

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Many incredible photographers local and abroad, such as David Sessions, Richard Avedon, and Annie Leibovitz. My biggest inspiration however, has been my mother. She’s taught me how to be strong and independent, how to fight for the things I want. Something she has always said to me is, “If you’re going to do something, do it as best you can or don’t do it at all.” and when times get tough or I find myself slacking, I hear her saying that in my mind and I can push harder than ever.

 What is your greatest achievement so far?
Picking one is difficult as I feel as though all of my achievements together have gotten me to where I am now. A few that stand out are that I finished college with an A+, the highest mark CTSP has ever given to a student, enabling me to land a few great jobs assisting which taught me everything I know about the real world of professional photography. Since then I’ve been published by A Fashion Friend and News24, as well as having won the Orms and A Fashion Friend competition to photograph MBFWCT (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town) for the three days it was on, backstage included. Although this may be an unexpected one for me to mention, one of my biggest achievements thus far is being financially independent and able to live on my own since the age of 19, all through the money I earn from my photography work.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
Assist as many photographers as you can to gain invaluable knowledge about the industry that you can’t get anywhere else. Make sure you assist well, and be friendly with every single person you meet. The more contacts you make the better, and the bigger the impression you make on each of those people the bigger the chance they’ll call you when they need a shoot done.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CassCollettPhotography

Website: http://www.casscollettphotography.com/

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