Shooting Fashion with freelance commercial photographer, Margo R

Whilst two thirds of our students headed off to London for our annual photography symposium in March this year, back here at the college of art, we decided to put on a jam-packed enrichment week to keep those left behind excited and busy! To compliment our 1st years fashion photography module, we decided to ask one of our alumni, Margo R, to help plan and devise a week based around her kind of fashion work. Margo photographs fashion, bridal and branding in both the South West and internationally. Her resume includes South West Wedding Awards Finalist 2018, a featured wedding photographer in many bridal blogs and magazines, a published photographer in Vogue Italia and has exhibited her fine-art photography across Europe. Not to mention winning a competition that saw her assisting internationally renowned photographer, Rankin.

See Margo’s work at:

The week kicked off with Margo talking to our students about her work, her career so far and how achieving a 1st class honours degree with us at PCA helped to define and shape her career. We then dove headfirst into a busy day of shooting, with three live external clients providing our students with briefs and products, and an amazing array of unique fashion clothes produced by our very own PCA BA Fashion students. Throw in five models and a make up artist into the mix and we had a super-charged day, taking over five of our studios to produce some really outstanding work. Everybody worked incredibly hard and really pulled together as teams. 

The next day was taken up with the digital workflow and editing processes, overseen by our wonderful in house technical demonstrator Neil, who is always on hand to help with all things Lightroom and Photoshop. It can be a challenging part of the creative process to narrow down your images to a few select choices, but Margo helped the students with their choices, encouraging them to always keep in mind what the client has asked for.

Then we printed the final selection of work for each group and had a critique session, headed up by Margo, where the students received some valuable feedback and got to celebrate their achievements. Margo was a great visiting lecturer to have on board and was incredibly impressed with the standard of our students’ work. We hope to have her back next year! 

Take a look at some of the some of the final images from the day below:


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