Art

Nikka Lorak: Fashion Photographer

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My NativeAdVert:

From Egypt to London with countless adventures in between, the jet-setting life of photographer Nikka Lorak looks like a bright kaleidoscope captured through her lens. We would love to arrange an interview with you and this former film director and now a leading fashion photographer, successful fashion entrepreneur, and a citizen of the world. Nikka aims for timeless elegant style in her lush photography, combining it with bold colors or black-and-white contrast. From a film-directing background, she believes in the importance of storytelling in photography, which has led her to shooting major fashion campaigns all over the world, from Guess Jeans to the Royal Ballet.

After graduating from Film and TV directing Master's program in Westminster University (London), Nikka have directed and produced films, including the short film "The Outsider", which won an award in Cannes. It is a story of human acceptance. Nikka discovered cultural and social differences very early in her life. Growing up in Egypt, she had a healthy and carefree childhood: endless beaches, international school and lots of great outdoor activities. Her father, a Belgian diplomate was commissioned to Egypt and her mother, a Russian painter followed him to the country of pharaohs. As a teenager, her father sat her down and explained how lucky she was to be born into a privileged family and that such a fortunate social status implies responsibilities that inevitably come with it. She learned how important it is to give back to society. Working for Club Med in her early 20s, Nikka always insisted that the members of her team had to be paid equally, regardless of their origin. Moving to fashion photography, she sees her contribution in sharing her experiences with younger colleagues and helping with advice. She was taught the craft from Oleg Tityaev, a brilliant NYC photographer who became her mentor. She then met university professor Barry Vince who worked as Stanley Kubrick's film editor. He taught Nikka to work from the bigger picture towards the details and once being precise working on details, never lose the concept of the bigger picture.

My Goal of the Day: To accomplish what had been planned. To stay in the moment and enjoy it.

My Thought of the Day: Excited with the challenge but bit anxious.

My Action of the Day: To meditate in order to stabilize my emotions, to workout in order to clear up my mind.

My Deed of the Day: I feel great when I can help someone

My Tip of the Day: Whatever happens stay calm, confident and supportive to

those who need it.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

Here is the picture that expresses my very nature: a creative warrior. Romantic yet strong, multilayered yet simple. If I would choose a film character, it will certainly be Lara Croft, a strong willed, intelligent world traveler and adventurer. Picture is taken in Kenya during photographing my exhibition project Kenya: Back to Roots.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I consider myself to be a citizen of the world, however here are few of my favourite cities:

-I love Los Angeles for its landscape diversity, lots of amazing outdoors, spirit of Rock musical culture, healthy and spiritual lifestyle.

-New York taps into my business side, my left brain. I love New York’s high energy, its impatience and its greed. To me this city represents American Dream, where hard working and courageous dreamers make their aspirations become reality.

-Black Rock City. This city appears on the map only during one week in August, when Burning man festival takes place in the desert of Nevada. Nevertheless, this city lives according to the social rules that we all need in the modern society: radical acceptance, radical self reliance and full ecological responsibility. To me Black Rock City and Burning Man festival that it hosts every year are far from being just a entertainment spot. I find it to be a very educational and spiritual place.

Favourite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I love breakfast at Little Hermitage and at Mondrian hotels, Los Angeles. Both places are very young spirited and sexy. Little Hermitage is in a more authentic way, while Mondrian is more polished. The most romantic breakfast I have had in a covered in lush ivy private cottage of Chateau Marmot. Los Angeles

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – depends if I’m on set that day. If I shooting that day-I’m wide awake. My works as a visual creative includes, aside of obvious taking images, both art directors and producers tasks. I often need to coordinate the team or to fix a production emergency. So better to start early and to make sure that everything and everyone is ready for the photo or video shooting set. If I’m not on set that day, I’m sleeping until 8am

10:00 AM - With my workout accomplished, I’m getting on the emails and calls. A successful artist nowadays must also be a business person, a communicator, a negotiator, a producer and a distributor… List goes on and on.

12:00 PM - Favourite Lunch spot/meal? 

I often skip lunch because I’m busy with something else that entirely consumes my attention, for example a photography project of an attempt to accomplish as many tasks during the day as I possibly can. It feels very satisfying to look back onto a productive eventful day. So usually no lunch, unless I’m meeting someone.

7:00 PM - Sunset usually will meet me at ‘in front of computer' single dinner or a networking dinner out. My perfect sunset is by the seashore or in a garden dinner/party when the candles are being lit as the sun goes down, turning a busy day into a relaxing evening.

11:00 PM - off to bed. I like planning the upcoming day. I’m guilty of living both in the past (I’m very sentimental) and in the future (I love planning). My biggest goal is to learn living at the present moment and to enjoy it before it’s over.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Still water! As much as possible. I don’t drink alcohol, coffee or soft drinks.

Cheap date. LOL

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I love following one of my favourite photographers @mariotestino. His positive and fun loving personality shines through his content. And of course I’m always keeping an eye on his work as for me he is the one of the contemporary leading branding photographers. Other account I’m often checking is VS model @romeestrijd. She is an amazing style and fitness inspiration.

What should everyone try at least once?

Just try to let go and say ‘yes’ to a new, initially scary experience. I’m proudly setting example by jumping off a plane (sky diving). Though I should not be considered a courageous person. One of my biggest anxieties is to drive on a Los Angeles highway. Guess practice makes perfect.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I’m mostly could be found lost in my projects and in work in general. When it comes to something I’m passionate about, I’m becoming totally obsessed. On a typical shooting day I would barely eat a lunch, just because I’m excited with the creative process. I have to put an effort to keep my lifestyle healthy and balanced. As for an actual place where I would get lost I would name Mexican Tulum. I would describe it as mystical and sensual place wrapped in lush rainforest.

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IG: @nikkalorak

Tiffany Frances: Film director & Photographer

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My NativeAdVert: (Personal and/or Career)

Tiffany Frances is a film director and photographer based in Los Angeles and New York City. Her work includes narrative, commercials, branded content, and music videos. Her background working as a Casting Director, Editor, and Producer on many commercials and music videos has made her a well-rounded director. Her personal work has screened at several festivals such as La Femme Film Festival, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, Brand Film Festival, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, and has been featured on publications such as Paper Magazine, Ladygunn, Stereogum, among others. She has worked with renowned clients such as National Geographic, Citi, and Acura. She was recently selected to be in SHOOT Magazine's 16th Annual New Directors Showcase.

Her passions lie in writing female stories in interesting ways, thinking about sustainable solutions in beauty and fashion, spearheading a community garden, surfing and travelling, and taking portraits of people she loves. She also composes music as Porcelain Skyline. In her film work, she is committed to bring a voice to women and the underrepresented.

My Goal of the Day: To take another step towards my larger goals.

My Thought of the Day: Feel grateful at life’s every turn.

My Action of the Day: Lead by example, fight for your passions, and confront your fears.

My Deed of the Day: Be generous in all that you can offer when it comes to interacting with others.

My Tip of the Day: Keep moving forward but also take the time to reflect. 

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

I took this on a recent weekend trip to San Diego – this moment watching surfers under a gorgeous sunset at one of my favorite spots ever was truly stunning.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I’ve been in –between Los Angeles and New York City lately – and I love both cities for the reasons that they balance each other out. I enjoy the hustle and street smarts NYC has to offer, while also love the access to nature and chiller vibes of LA.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

For my daily breakfast, I love a natural granola with English Breakfast tea with honey and almond milk. If I were to eat out – my go-to choice a Taiwanese breakfast place that’s in my hometown Hacienda Heights called 4 Sea Restaurant – it’s got rice rolls, radish cakes, and all sorts of soy milk.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping, hopefully, until 7 or 8. On a productive day, I’m writing.

10:00 AM – Have finished my breakfast and either at a surf session, or working and checking off my list.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

A healthy, super leafy salad with a delicious fruit smoothie hits the spot. 

7:00 PM - If I’m not finishing up work, then I’m either out with a close friend having good conversation over dinner, making dinner at home, or checking out a sunset over the sea.

11:00 PM – Watching an addicting show or movie, with a glass of wine.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

Water – and lots of it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I’ve been frequenting Redfin lately. On Instagram: @theoceanisfemale and @girlgaze

What should everyone try at least once?

Moving somewhere far and drastically different from home – gaining perspective is the richest experience.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

In a different country whilst travelling, in the midst of nature.

http://tiffanyfrances.com

http://instagram.com/tiffanyfrances

https://twitter.com/TiffanyxFrances

Debby Lewis-Harrison: Food Photographer & Director

My NativeAdVert:

Debby Lewis-Harrison has worked in the world of advertising since she graduated in 2001. Formerly a stylist, Debby moved into photography specialising in food and still life photography, which led her to directing. Her work has a ‘perfectly imperfect’ feel to it and she works in both editorial and advertising.