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BEHIND THE LENS// HARLEY MOON KEMP

PAMPELONE talks to the gorgeous and talented Harley Moon Kemp about how she got into photography and her hottest travel tips...
Harley Moon Kemp in the Sardinia Midi Dress, Florence
How did you get into photography?
I started taking pictures at 15 - honestly, picking art felt like the only subject I was going to get away with turning up late for class or not having the uniform on and I couldn’t draw so had to pick up a camera… But then there was a shift, I fell in love with it, I was the last one in the classroom and handing in more projects then we had been allocated, started shooting bands every weekend and built a little studio in the basement of my parents house.
What camera set up would we find in your camera case?
My camera bag honestly is a s**t-show inside , thank god for my assistant Charlotte who de-clutters it for me! 
Best bits : Nikon D800, 24-70mm lens, batteries, chargers, pair of knickers, tampons, cereal bars, clothing clips, gaffer tape, nuts, hard drives and international plug sockets.
Best thing about being a photographer?
The people you get to meet, every day a new crowd, new personalities to discover, lives to uncover, people to laugh with. I always love it at 8am when you all meet in a white, empty space and build magic in there for 11 hours and leave having all experienced something that won't happen again, that room gets packed down back to its empty shell and the show is over.
 
Who inspires you?
I have a mentor who I always mention- a photographer called John Wright. When I was 18 I got a job in his studio and interned with him for 3 months, we did Lady Gaga, Cherly Cole, U2.. (back in the days when celebrities were high brow) I was in awe of that ‘studio life’ and watched how he handled business, his attitude on set - he inspired me hugely and I always try to remember how bad I wanted his job!
 
What is one piece of advise you would pass on to someone getting into photography?
I feel its the same advice I would give to anyone trying to get into a field - get a strategy, who do you want to shoot for? Research them.
Who is currently doing the job you want? Research them.
Who is working in the places you want, how can you reach out to them but essentially.. do something to stand out.. come up with a series, a concept or work with people that are doing similar things.
You can be the best photographer but if your photos are sat on the drive in your computer no one is going to call you up for work, find a way to get noticed and it is totally possible!
Harley wears the Black Provence Tunic
Highlight of your career so far?
Its hard to say an exact highlight but I’ve had some cool moments .. Once I was booked to take photos of HRH The Queen and a couple months back I was shooting on a beach in Kerala and we slept in a guest house under thunderstorms. Seeing my work up in Carnaby Street and Bond Street was great and setting up my own creative agency has been a big buzz this year.
Favourite European summer getaway?
Probably St Tropez, even thinking of it I can smell the pine and warm sea air, I have lots of special memories there spent with friends.There is a real sense of romance in the day, being by water just really pulls me back to feeling like a small human on the earth.
 
What destination is next on your bucket list?
I would like to see Iceland. I’ve been itching to shoot there, unruly landscapes and crystal waterfalls please!! It's somewhere totally foreign in my mind.. I might put it back on my vision board at the office.
 
Do you have any life motto’s or quotes you live by?
Not as such but I am a very strong believer that you can achieve anything you want.
If someone else has done it.. why can’t you?
Nothing is impossible in life. . . Oh wait.. Maybe thats my new motto!
Harley wears the Cervo Dress
What is your favourite PAMPELONE piece currently for travelling?
I know the collection is so full of beautiful whites but I actually love the Black Provence Tunic 
I’m a real ‘on-the-go’ type girl and I will wear that dress from beach to party to plane.
Quick Questions! 
City or nature?
Damn…. I genuinely need both to stay sane! Can I answer big park in the city??
Coastline or Mountain?
Coast
Barefoot or Heels?
100% Barefoot 
Film or Digital?
Digital 
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunrise