With a passion for fashion and an innovative eye, Vanessa Burton is the newest Adelaide fashion and commercial photographer to launch her own studio, all thanks to Renew Adelaide. Based on Level 1, 77 Commercial Road Port Adelaide, Vanessa has brought her love of fashion, photography skills, and creative energy together in her own quaint hub.
Her love of photography began at just 18 years old, where her fashion inspirations came from reading plenty of fashion mags, further growing her love for photography. Vanessa was named a RAW Adelaide Artist in 2014 and has become an inspirational creative mind to watch.
Her studio launch showcased her best and favourite works, which also included a photo shoot area where guests could dress up and have some fun. Her studio is a part of the Renew Adelaide mission to bring more entrepreneurs into the vacant spaces of the once-thriving city of Port Adelaide, with a few more projects and creatives popping up in the area in the near future.
During her launch, the Deputy Mayor of Port Adelaide Enfield congratulated Vanessa on her efforts while making a clear point that Port Adelaide can become the vital and thriving city it once was thanks to Renew Adelaide and creatives like Vanessa.
We had a quick interview with Vanessa on her journey on having her own space and her ambitions for the future:
How long have you wanted to be a photographer for?
To be honest, I wanted to be a fashion designer at first, and I was indecisive for a long time, so I realised I wanted to get into the industry through photography.
What's your favourite type of photo shoot?
I'd say my favourite kind of shoot would be a hair shoot for someone like Parlour Hair where there's an amazing concept with the best hair, the best make-up, the best styling, that's what I love.
How do you feel about having your own space?
"So happy! This is something that I've wanted for so long and I shared a space for the last year with other artists in Pulteney Street, but you just need your own space where you can leave work around and find it in the same spot the next day."
How did you come across Renew Adelaide?
I heard about them through some of their recent projects, I made contact and they were really easy, and I especially love their emphasis Port Adelaide since I live around the area it's convenient, I can go for a coffee and watch the dolphins after work!
What's next for Vanessa Burton?
I have a few ideas, I mainly just want to keep shooting and get as much exposure as I can, not just in Australia but with international magazines as well, I'd love to do editorials, campaigns, look books. I usually work with Azalea Models and I've just started working with Finesse Models as well and they're all very supportive.
If you need a space to grow your ideas, suss out Renew Adealaide and be part of the movement at renewadelaide.com.au/grow
All images taken by Alexia Frangos.
Header image via Vanessa Burton Photography.