CAITLIN Taylor is staring down the lens of a promising photography career.
The 21-year-old Bendigo resident received national recognition for a portrait photograph she took as part of her advanced diploma course.
The photograph of her friend Amanda Robinson posing as a 1940s Hollywood actress won a silver medal at the recent Australian Institute of Professional Photography awards.
The awards were judged against not only photography students but industry professionals from across the country.
“I honestly wasn't expecting to get anything from it, because I’m just starting out in the industry," she said. "I thought I would try and enter it and give it a go. I wasn't really expecting to get an award. There were so many talented people entering."
Caitlin said the inspiration for the photograph came from the old-fashioned Hollywood movies. She said the shot took about three weeks in the planning and another painstaking day of getting the lighting correct.
“It was a very controlled shot. I think I got the light, creamy skin tones. That, and the lighting would have been the biggest things the judges look out for."
Caitlin said she has always had a bit of interest in American movies. She said her goal was to one day work in the US.
"I would have to say doing an internship with Martha Stewart in New York would be my dream," she said. "Or working for Gourmet Traveller, travelling and taking photos."
She said her interests were mainly in exploring artistic types of photography.
Her major assignment for her course has been taking pictures at Bendigo restaurants and cafes.
"I’m trying to go down the food and lifestyle photography path," she said. "It's a fun area and allows you a bit of creativity."
She attributes her passion for photography to classes at Catholic College Bendigo.
She said she was hooked from about the age of 16, and was passionate about pursuing her hopes of making it a full-time career.
"I've always liked the freedom of photography. That drew me into it."
With her diploma to be finished in about three weeks she said it was a scary, but exciting time to venture out into the industry.
An internship with Martha Stewart in New York would be my dream