London-based photographer Hollie Fernando is the go-to gal for a personality-revealing portrait. With Tricky, Laura Marling and Mac Demarco in her portfolio, as well as covers for Rough Trade Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine under her belt, a notable clientele list is ever growing for the photographer.
It’s a new, aptly-timed personal project of Hollie’s that caught our eye, showing how the photographer can take a brilliant snap of just about anyone, young or old, famous or your next door neighbour. This is the idea behind her latest festively themed series, explaining: “last year I took a portrait of every kid that knocked on my door for Halloween”.
The series proves once again that kids do Halloween costumes best, due to their unashamed enthusiasm combined with pulling serious facial expressions making them look even cuter. Each of Hollie’s portraits strike a balance between personal and professional and shot against a dark backdrop, it’s difficult to believe they were just taken at her home.
Each portrait has a familiar neighbourhood vibe, due to the classic costumes donned by each of the kids featured. Whether it’s the teenage girls still looking cool dressed in black with cat illustrated features, a ghost wearing skewed bed sheet so the eyes are just peaking out, zombies in school uniforms, or very adorable little vampires whose wide eyes are scarily believable, the range Hollie has captured is great.
Shot this time last year, the series has reminded us to get the treats in for the trick or treaters tonight!
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