Today we’d like to introduce you to Grace Heslip.
Hi Grace, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I come from a line of creatives and was taught a lot at a young age a lot about art, especially when it comes to illustration, photo-realistic drawing, photography, and editing in post-production. I grew up always knowing I would be creative and just followed it through with persistence on whatever creative projects I made or was asked to create.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Originally when the pandemic hit, I was finishing up my degree at CCS and was supposed to study abroad in Italy and do fashion photography and styling classes out in Florence. That would have been such an amazing opportunity, but due to covid, it all got shut down; however, it all worked out because I was able to produce one of my favorite projects I have ever worked on, called Distorted in Treatment.
This is a fashion editorial I worked on for the entirety of my senior year that I creative directed, photographed, styled, designed some of the fashion pieces, and wrote about my experiences with BPD. We did this whole shoot during the pandemic and took all the precautions possible to make sure everyone was safe and healthy while not letting it stop us from having fun while shooting. Besides this shoot, I feel like the pandemic initially made me pick up new skills to continue creating since everyone was homebound, and I couldn’t create work with a team at the time. This also forced me to use what resources I had at home, especially when it came to my video work.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My passion falls under creating and experimenting with new things, plain and simple. I primarily work, and my passion lies mostly under Art Directing and Fashion Photography, but I also do Commerical work, Beauty Photography, Videography, Cinematography, Fashion Styling, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, or whatever else I find interesting and like to play around with, I love playing with new media figuring it out and doing it to the best of my abilities.
When it comes to photography, I just love shooting, I feel like the motivation to go out and do it come naturally. I want to see what new things I can make and challenge myself to learn more about my camera and lighting techniques and just experiment while I shoot. When I meet a new model with their own unique sense of style or find a cool piece of clothing or accessory it instantly sparks up a concept for a shoot and I immediately want to go out and do it. After I’m done shooting, I’m always slow and detailed with my edits and finish the project off happy with what I and a group of creatives have just made together.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
The most memorable thing from my childhood that I always look back fondly on is drawing sidewalk chalk cities on my driveway. I and my brother would create our own stores, parks, museums, etc, and connect them all with these mini streets. We were finished we would set up cones around the town on the mini streets we just created and go to all the stores and pretend to buy items and explore this new world. As I get older, I try to never lose that creative sense of wonder of being able to create whatever your imagination dreams up. This constantly reminds me to have fun while creating.
- $60 an hour to shoot outdoors
- $150 an hour to shoot studio
- $10 an image for editing
- Website: graceheslip.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grace_heslip/
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@palegrace