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World of S.

Beachside with
Cait Miers

CAIT MIERS IS AN AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHER
BASED IN BYRON BAY WHO INSPIRES FEMININITY
THROUGH HER WORK

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND:
HOW DID YOU START OUT?

I didn’t always want to be a photographer. I grew up heavily into sport and always thought I’d go down that path. It wasn’t until I started a course in Sport Science (and did not like it!) that I discovered I was actually a little more creative then I thought and went down the path of Photography. I applied for a Bachelor of Photography at RMIT and got in, finished that and went straight into freelance! I spent a year in Bali that first year out of uni and that was great to expand my fashion clientele base as well as continue on with my passion for surf photography.

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YOU RECENTLY RELOCATED TO BYRON BAY, IS THERE HIDDEN BYRON SECRET YOU’D LOVE TO SHARE WITH US?

I did! I’ve literally been here for about 2 days and already loving it! I’m managed to surf twice everyday and still settle in and get things done. It seems like a daily ritual is brewing. I definitely haven’t been here long enough to discover any new secrets, but I’ve always loved Top Shop cafe which is a little cafe out of the hustle of the main street near the surf.

WHERE DOES THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK COME FROM?

My surf photography inspiration comes from my desire to shoot feminine women sharing their elegance and girly side in the water. My fashion photography is definitely inspired by those in between moments you often don’t get to see. I love shooting and editing images to be really natural and grainy, capturing the real moment rather than a pose. I’m inspired by photographers like Purienne and Cameron Hammond, they just seem to capture women in the most naturally beautiful way.

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TALK US THROUGH YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS —
WHERE DOES IT BEGIN AND END.

I’m quite a spontaneous shooter, so I never really think too much or plan a shoot ahead of time. I love to just go with it while it’s happening. The editing process is really fun for me because I love just really getting into it, turning on my favourite tunes and getting creative. It’ll usually involved editing a certain look 2 different ways and then making the decision on the right one, depending on the mood, time of day and colours of the collection.

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THE PLACE YOU LOVE TO SHOOT AT MOST AND WHY?

In the ocean. Haha but out of the ocean, I’d say definitely up the east coast. Or I’ve done a few shoots over in South West WA and I just love the barrenness and long stretches of white, uncrowded beaches. Such a different feel over there.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE?

It’s funny because a lot of people say that they can tell a photo is mine straight away, where as I don’t see that at all. I feel I don’t have a distinct style but it’s probably at the moment a little desaturated, faded and laid back.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY...

My favourite quote is “If you had a biography book written about you at the end of your life, how would you like it to go?” We have the choice to create and mould our life however we want, and we have to be responsible for that!

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