The Queens of Street Style

Because for every Tommy, there's a Victoria, Silvia and Tamu

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The dust has finally settled from fashion month, and as we look back it's clear street style photography is as popular as ever. But while many of the art form’s plaudits go to the most popular male bloggers and shooters, for every Tommy Ton and Phil Oh, there is an equally talented woman photographer creating beautiful shareable imagery from Paris to Seoul. In honour of ELLE’s #MoreWomen campaign, we take a look at some of the most talented ladies behind the lens of street style.

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Silvia Olsen

Norwegian-born Silvia has carved out a reputation as a fashion campaign and street-style go to, while also turning her unquestionably talented hand to travel,  music and and concept photography. After moving to London from her homeland 10 years ago, Silvia has shot for the likes of ELLE (scroll through our What ELLE Wears gallery to see some of her work), The Times, Net a Porter and Nike, amongst a host of other brands and lifestyle publications.

When Silvia hits the streets she looks for 'someone who has the whole ‘package', 'but most of all someone who does effortless chic with a bit of attitude. Someone who has an eye on trends, but who has their own style.'

 

 

Sandra Semburg

Sandra moved from Berlin to New York at 19 to become an actress, before finding her way into photography and street style in 2010.

When she heads out with her camera she is looking for ‘beauty and energy'. 'It can mean an inspirational face, a great design or a street in Italy, a light reflection, a detail. But there has to be the feeling of a story or situation to it.’ Sandra now splits her time between Paris and Berlin and has recently released a coffee table photography book called 'For the Love of Bags'.

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One of Sandra's photos.

 

 

 

Melanie Galea

The woman behind the incredibly popular site, The Street Muse, Melanie Galea is renowned for her ability to capture eccentric, colourful characters in everyday scenes.

Born in Malta, Melanie is based in Milan and started her blog in 2011. As well as being a sought after street style and campaign photographer, having worked with the likes of Barney’s New York and MR PORTER, Melanie is a creative director for editorials and videos and an expert on social media and online influence. 

 

Me working very hard at #lfw by the beautiful @bridgetfleming xxx #lighttest #london

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Victoria Adamson

Vicky wanted to be a photographer from the age of 14 and after completing her studies, moved to London to work her way up through the fashion ranks, starting as an assistant before becoming ELLE's go-to woman for street style photography. You can see her work in the From the Fashion Cupboard pages of our magazine and in our What ELLE Wears galleries.

In her words: ‘The women I like to shoot have a very personal style. I also like to try and capture the person, I am not always just shooting the style and the clothes.' Although she has worked with top magazines and sites including Refinery29, Vicki says: ‘I am still working towards the photographer I want to be.’

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Michelle Bobb Parris

Toronto-born, London-based photographer, lawyer, and classically trained pianist, Michelle Bobb-Parris certainly can’t be accused of being one dimensional. Her photography career started with her ‘100 strangers’ project, where she would take a photo of a stranger on her lunch break during her time at a law firm.  

In addition to being a popular street style subject herself, Michelle has shot images for the likes of Harper's Bazaar and Jimmy Choo.

 

 

Tamu Mcpherson

Tamu McPherson was born in Jamaica, but moved to NYC at the age of 6. After graduating from business school and then training as a lawyer, she realised her passion was in style and photography, not numbers and rules.

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After moving to Milan with her husband in 2005, she began her street style career, starting her popular blog All the Pretty Birds before going on to become one of the category's most popular and most phtoographed women. 

 

Love this #bts shot @jamespmoffatt took of me while shooting for @beyondretro a couple of weeks ago #lookbook #photographer #fashion

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Holly Mcglynn

Describing her photography, Dubliner Holly Mcglynn says: ‘I keep a sense of fun in my work, even when shooting something serious, a playfulness will emerge somewhere, perhaps only captured in a fleeting moment of movement.’ Now in London, Holly has an MA in photography and has been short-listed for Irish Fashion Photographer of the year for the past two years, as well as taking the  gold medal in the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015. Being Irish, Holly likes to have fun on shoots, both on the street and in the studio. 

On being a woman in the industry, Holly says: 'I can name dozens of top male photographers, but only a handful of female. I guess for that reason, I am driven to work harder. But I’m a workaholic anyway.'

One of Holly's photos.

 

 

Kirstin Sinclair

After completing a degree in Fine Art, Kirstin Sinclair moved to London to pursue a career in photography. She initially got work as a shoot assistant, printer and PA for different photographers, before getting a job as a photographer herself working at the catwalk shows.

Kirstin always wanted to be a photographer and has been addicted since being show how to use an SLR by her father on holiday. 'To then pursue it as a career was a dream come true. It also means I have no problem motivating myself with my work,' she says.

Kirstin has shot for clients including Chanel, Diesel and ELLE and has had a book of her catwalk shots published, titled: 'A Front Row Seat'.

On her personal mantra, Kirstin says: 'I try not to be to competitive or overwhelmed by others who may be ahead of me on the career ladder, instead I prefer to learn from their work and let it inspire me.'

 

Words by Finlay Renwick

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