From hockey player to photographer, Montreal to Calgary (with a stint in Europe) Jackie Duncan is carving out a name for herself in the world of fashion photography.
She has worked with musician Distance Bullock, Troy Anthony Designs and has been published in Lavonne Magazine. Now she has plans to take on the world. Currently she is planning the Runway for the Cure fashion show being held at Ferrari Maserati of Alberta and Rolls-Royce Mortorcars Alberta taking place on December 9, 2014.
Between her hectic photoshoot schedule, moving into a new house and working with Sophia Models International she found time to answer a few questions for Making Faces.
The Art and the Artist
“My eyes are drawn to black and white when I go through the editing process. I love the quote: ‘When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes, but when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls,’ by Ted Grant.
“The photographer I look up to the most is Lara Jade. I love the elegant simplicity of her work. She is a huge inspiration for me as a person and as a photographer.
“As most people who know me know, I don't sleep much. I do my emailing, phone calls and photoshoots during the day and I do my editing at night until two, three, four or even five o’clock in the morning. My schedule is odd, but it works for me.
“I do a good 90 per cent of my editing in bed. I don't even think having an office would change that. I listen to any music that is energetic or that I can sing along to, but you wouldn't want to be around for the sing along songs. I don't have the greatest voice."
“Growing up I was always artistic. I mostly drew and painted, but I remember stealing my Dad’s camera and taking pictures a lot.
“My first camera was my Dad’s old Canon RebelX. Since then I have collected a lot of old film cameras. My favourite being the RICOH I bought in Vienna for one Euro (approx $2.00), but the camera I use now is the Canon Rebel Xsi. I've had this camera since 2009 and don't plan to upgrade anytime soon. I believe it isn't about how good or expensive your camera or equipment might be. It is the artist behind the camera that makes the shot.”
Hockey and Fashion
Despite attending Providence College on a Division 1 hockey scholarship, “I have never been interested in sports photography. Maybe because I spent a huge chuck of my life playing sports my artistic side ran away from it.
“I love photographing people and making them look amazing and with fashion photography you can push the boundaries.
“My passion really grew while I was in College. My sister and hockey teammates put up with a lot of horrible makeup and crazy ideas so I could develop my skills. I learned how to take pictures through trial and error.”
Finding Love Overseas
“I've always had a desire to travel and play overseas. After a year of working post College I dropped everything and bought a ticket to England. I went there because of the accessibility to Europe, no language barriers and I was able to work on a Tier 1 Visa.
“It is very hard to pinpoint one place as being my favourite as I had the privilege of travelling to so many different countries, but I guess it would be Venice. It’s just such a unique place with so much character and history. I can't wait to go back one day.
“Returning from England I brought back a large souvenir, my boyfriend Daniel. I knew I couldn't return to Montreal where I grew up because neither of us speak French well enough to get jobs. My sister and her boyfriend moved to Calgary after graduating University and knowing she would probably stay here long term, Daniel and I figured we would try it out too."
In the next few years, “I would like to be married, with a child, flying around the world in a private jet taking pictures.
"We can all dream right?”
Jackie Duncan Photography