FIRST, LAST & NEXT
Lifestyle and fashion photographer Lucie Vysloužilová on big breaks and the buzz of seeing her work in print
A Nikon D5100. Although at the time I hadn’t started doing photography professionally yet.
The Nikon D750. I’ve loved it for years – although I will change it and start using a newer model.
Well, that’s a big question. I’ve been trying to work with mirrorless, so I think that could be the next step on my journey.
I had a friend who was expecting a baby and wanted me to do her pregnancy shoot. I will never forget the feeling I had after she asked me. I was so excited that someone was paying me to do what I love.
Just last week I did a photoshoot for a promising young Czech model: the photos are for her portfolio and I’m also going to submit some to a magazine.
I can’t wait to travel again so I can continue with my trips abroad and shoot editorials for European fashion designers. But I’ll probably have a lot of shoots here in the Czech Republic before that happens.
When I first became a photographer, I started a project called ‘Yoga and
the City’. I took yoginis, ballerinas and dancers to the streets of Prague, so that I could photograph the beauty of their movement in a charming, historic location.
When it snowed in Prague recently, I took a long walk with my camera through some very familiar places. The snow made them all feel totally different. It was almost like being in a fairy tale.
I’ve been dreaming about this every day. As soon as I can take a flight, I’m running to the airport and flying to my beloved New York City.
I love every dirty street over there: that city is my favourite place in the world.
You never forget your first one. Publishing house Sulc & Svarc hired me to shoot the writer Ludmila Vankova. The photos were later published in the literary section of a national newspaper. Seeing my name next to them felt unreal at that time.
I’m proud to say that it was my first overseas magazine cover and feature. The icing on the cake is that the magazine is based in NYC. I’d love to walk down the Manhattan streets and buy Hunter magazine with my photograph on the cover.
I’ve just finished another project of mine called Flower Cage. I put together an amazing team: the florist created a beautiful flower set design in the studio and the result was a set of artistic fashion photos, which will appear in a few magazines.
In 2015, Czech Nikon ran a competition where five people were chosen to be the official photographers for a high jump event – and I was one them! I established great relationships with people at Nikon; a few years later I became the first female teacher at the Nikon School.
In 2019, some friends in Australia asked me to be their wedding photographer. So that spurred me on to plan
a trip around the world to shoot Czech lifestyle lookbooks for fashion designers in various places across the globe.
Anywhere where my dreams are – which is all over the world.
When my career started taking off, I realised I had to think about how much
I should charge for my services. But it took me
a while to work out my value and speak up about what I was worth.
I’ve learnt the importance
of organisation. I do a lot of preparation before the shoot itself but, at the
same time, I’m aware that anything can happen. The key is to be able to deal with it and learn from it.
I believe that every obstacle
is a miracle because it always teaches you something and pushes you further. So keep them coming in small and bearable doses!