Spend 5: Brooke James

Here is the thing, LOVE TWAIN are all about the trendsetters and the names to watch because we want you to know the names making waves before everybody else does. This is why, it’s no secret that when it comes to editorial and event photography, we obsess with the action taking place behind the lens as much as we do with the action taking place in front of it. Because ultimately, the job of bringing to life a concept and vision rests at the click of a button. The subject which has been capturing our attention as of late is Melbourne-based photographer, Brooke James.

With an innate eye for detail, Brooke’s images not only bring the subject to life but add personality to each situation through the use of dreamy hues and angles which make you feel like you are immersed in the world being captured. The world which caught our attention was MBFWA16, with Brooke’s backstage images capturing every important detail, from outfit to hair and makeup in the clearest of ways.


Name: Brooke James

Occupation: Director & Photographer

It all started when… I shot a fashion film of (then 15 year old) Matilda Dods in Byron Bay

Career highlight… the Pyper America fashion film I shot in LA to accompany the cover of Tangent Magazine. It should be released this month

I shoot with… Canon 5d mkiii

My aesthetic is… my photography aesthetic clean, usually with some form of blue tonality. My films are a bit strange with a darker tone-they balance each other out

I would love to work with… Mert and Marcus, Givenchy and Alexander Wang

To get ready for a shoot I…  plan everything down to a tee (including the music playlist) then forget it all to shoot in the moment

MBFWA 2016 highlight… the makeup at Zhivago, the extravagance of Maticevski and almost running straight into Bella Hadid backstage on her way to the Misha walkthrough

This fashion week, it was all about... staying relaxed and having a good time

Those backstage vibes… ridiculous amounts of fun and a chaotic calm. Calm for 3 hours of make up and waiting around…Chaos half an hour before the show

The Alice McCall presentation was… wild. Alice gets my vote for the most forward-thinking show from an interactive social media perspective. Also worth noting, the venue was shoulder-to-shoulder packed

My daily uniform is… are pyjamas an option? I’ve got the craziest boxer collection you’ve ever seen. Otherwise, black jeans, boots and a loose fit tee

Most trusted labels…ohh tough. Depends on the occasion.

Favourite wardrobe piece… a black vintage blazer from Paris that has 80’s styled shoulder pads and small black tassel detailing the entire way around the breast

Most visited website… this is embarrassing. Ninemsn.com.au news or perhaps Youtube

Currently musing over… Abbey Lee in the new Calvin Klein campaign

I need to get my hands on… a better portable phone charger

My day doesn’t start until… COFFEE

Current addiction… is in full swing. 100th time coffee relapse-there’s no escaping. Haha

Most used app… Instagram

On speed dial… the group of boys I grew up with, my housemates, my Mum and my best friend

Photo taking advice to us amateurs… afternoon light is your friend

I am looking forward to… releasing the photo series I’m currently working on

Life motto: It’s me against me, there’s no way I’m losing