THE creative industry is a tough one to crack. But a group of friends, two aspiring photographers, a fashion stylist and models from Cooma, have joined together to get some experience to pursue the career of their dreams.
Laura Alcock, James Hanna and Gabriella Cigana, all 19, are combining their talents to create work that can be used in their portfolio - an essential for anyone pursuing a career in a creative field.
Last year, Laura completed a fashion and styling course by correspondence with the Australian College of Professional styling.
Together with James, who is one year into studying a bachelor of photography at the Canberra Institute of Technology, and Gabriella, who is studying an advanced diploma at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne, they have been setting up photo shoots with aspiring models from Cooma.
Some of the locals who have modelled for them include Rhani Taylor, Eva and Zoe Klima, Georgia Cigana, Niomi Luker and Ellie Blyton.
Blyton is a model with Platform Model Management in Sydney and went to Tokyo for modelling in the Christmas holidays. She often does runway modelling and photo shoots.
Another local, Kelsey Jamieson was the hair stylist.
The trio, who all went to St Patrick's Parish School to year 10 and completed their HSC at Monaro High School, say coming together and forming their own creative group has been beneficial.
"It's great having a creative group like we have started and I encourage more people to get involved or start something up themselves. It's a great way to spend free time, meet new people and its fun," Gabriella said.
She recently started working as a freelance photographer under the name Mint Tree Photography and is hoping to pursue a career as a fashion or magazine photographer.
James is hoping to get into the commercial side of photography such as fashion or advertising.
Laura has had the opportunity to work with fashion photographer Tina Nikolovski where she styled a photo shoot for Australia's Next top model contestant Dajana Bogojevic.
"That was really exciting for me. It's good to have her in my portfolio," Alcock said.
The photos will soon be published in a online magazine called "like a lion".
She is now hoping to do an internship, and get her 'foot in the door' as a fashion stylist.