There’s a reason why Holly Randall is the “World’s Best Erotic Glamour Photographer.”Her photos will grab your attention like nothing else you’ve ever experienced in your life. Holly’s work is pure quality, and she’s shot the most beautiful girls in the world, including Playboy South Africa’s “Playmate of the Year 2014” Khloe Terae and adult film superstar Tori Black. Having a top-notch photographer like Holly Randall can greatly benefit a model, and their career. Few people understand that it’s just not the model that makes a photo come alive–it’s also the photographer. You’re about to find out what makes Holly Randall the best at what she does.
How did you get interested in photography?
Holly Randall: As most people know, my mother is a photographer so I guess it just runs in the family. She never encouraged me to start per say, but when I was in high school I had a creative arts elective, and I chose photography. The first time I developed a print in the darkroom, I was hooked. I remember the distinct moment when I became hooked on photography.
Do you remember your first photo shoot? If so, who was it with and how did it go?
Holly Randall: Well, my first nude photo shoot was with Aimee Sweet, who is now one of my best friends. Indeed, at the time she was one of my mother’s favorite models and we became friends, so when I was ready to start shooting and not just doing admin in my mother’s office, Aimee was naturally the first girl I shot. I was so nervous, I couldn’t give her any direction, but she was a pro so I just clicked the shutter while she went through the poses almost automatically. I had no idea what I was doing.
You’re very creative with your photo shoots, and your work is pure quality. Was that something that you had to develop, or did it just come easy to you?
Holly Randall: Well, first of all, thank you. Honestly, I learned so much from my mother, and she was always about attention to detail. Her lighting was precise, her poses, wardrobe, makeup–everything had to be perfect. I think it’s a mix of being taught to make everything perfect on camera, and also inheriting her perfectionist personality.
What makes you get out of bed every single day?
Holly Randall: Ha. Sometimes believe me, after shooting five 12 hour days in a row, I don’t want to get out of bed! But I’m driven, I really want to achieve, I want to succeed. And to be honest, my life is pretty awesome. I’m a pretty lucky girl!
Have you come across any form of criticism/negativity in your career? If so, how did you overcome it?
Holly Randall: Surprisingly, I rarely get negative comments, everyone is pretty supportive and kind to me. But, yeah, I can’t book mainstream gigs–not that I’ve tried because I’m happy doing what I do, but there have been times when friends of mine who work in fashion or whatnot have tried to pitch me for a job, and when it’s revealed what I actually do for a living, the door gets slammed in my face. But, again, I’m not looking to cross over into mainstream, I’m content shooting adult glamour.
What’s been your favorite photo shoot that you’ve done, and why?
Holly Randall: Oh man, that’s a tough question. I’ve had so many. I guess I could say that the shoot I did of Rene Perez in an airplane graveyard in the Mojave desert could be one. I got this really iconic pin-up of her standing by an old broken down WWII plane. It’s such a great shot, definitely one I’m very proud of. I even have it hanging in my house.
You’ve done a lot of work for Playboy. What’s it like working with a brand like Playboy?
Holly Randall: It’s fantastic, I love working for Playboy. They’re a great company and I love shooting softcore because it allows me to be more creative and artistic with my work. When I shoot the more explicit adult work, I have to keep in mind that the audience are generally men who want to see a girl masturbate or have sex, they don’t care about the awesome wardrobe or location. With nude glamour softcore, I feel like it’s more about an appreciation of the art of the female nude, rather than just body parts.
What’s the most difficult part about your job?
Holly Randall: The days are pretty long, and I’m not as young as I used to be. 12 hour days several days a week start to wear on me, I’m on my feet all day, I do so much–the styling, data wrangling, paperwork, directing, video camera work, and of course, the photography. And on the days I’m not shooting, I have so much admin and office work to catch up on. I’m tired a lot, and I get irritable. I forget to be grateful to be so busy.
Tell me, what’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned during your career?
Holly Randall: Be careful what you put in writing. Even when you feel justified going off in an email, you never want to send one in anger. You’ll almost always regret it. Keep your cool, keep it professional. And if you really need to say something that might come back to haunt you, say it in person. Once it’s on paper, you can’t take it back.
You’ve accomplished a lot in your career, but is there anything that you have yet to achieve in your career?
Holly Randall: I’d like to direct an actual erotic movie. And actually, I’m doing my first one next month.
Whether someone is striving to be a photographer or they’re just aiming to achieve a specific goal, what would be your advice to them?
Holly Randall: You have to really love what it is you do, and be dedicated to it. Also know your limitations and your weaknesses, and look to address them. I’m pretty self-critical so I’m always looking for flaws in my work and ways to improve on them. I don’t think you can ever stop learning, and honestly, it’s a lot more interesting that way.
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