Photographer Carly Palmour tells us about being handpicked by Brie Larson to shoot her first-ever cover story
When Carly Palmour received an email from Stylist asking if she wanted to shoot Brie Larson for our cover, she thought it was spam. The Alabama-born producer, 29, who moved to Los Angeles seven years ago to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking, has worked on several projects including the Grammy nominated music documentary Two Trains Runnin’ but photography was a sideline.
Her work is a gorgeous collection of places and portraiture with a cinematic style that she posts to Instagram. It was there that Larson – the first star to guest-edit Stylist as part of our 10th birthday celebrations – fell in love with her work and suggested Carly for her cover shoot.
Here’s the inside story…
How did you feel when you got the email saying Brie had handpicked you?
I remember reading the email and being like, “Is this even real?” I told myself not to get my hopes up. I’ve always done photography on the side but I didn’t expect it to grow.
Is this your first celebrity photo shoot?
Yeah, so it was nerve-racking! As a filmmaker, I’m used to organising a team, but being on the other side as the creative one – that’s challenging.
How did you find the shoot?
It was a truly collaborative experience. It was all about us being inspired by the colours and the clothes. Brie really wants to lift people up and I admire that.
What did you two talk about?
We discussed what it’s like to be a woman in the arts and how we need to support each other. I think I’m finally starting to find my footing, with the help of women who’ve lifted me up along the way.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Believe in yourself. A lot of people don’t do something because they don’t think they can succeed, but after living in Hollywood for seven years I can tell you that people make it up as they go along!
What is your advice for budding artists trying to get noticed?
What’s important is sharing your work the way you want to share it. Get out there on social media! You never know what, or who, you’ll find. It worked for me.