Genese Gigi Trémel of The Lady & Rock has joined us this week, and we are over the moon to have her on board! When we asked Genese what is the most critical moment in the capture of an image? She said, her heart and head connect when the right image is captured.. We just love this! Photography is totally about instinct and this special lady raised in the deep south feels it all! Genese is a purist, a perfectionist and she’s dedicated to her art in every way.. There’s absolutely no cutting corners with this motivated, hardworking and extremely spiritual talent. So make yourself a nice cup of tea and dive into this interview – we promise you’ll get a very good sense of who Genese Gigi Trémel is, and be so grateful you learned more.. Just like us!
Good vibes and endless inspiration,
Preset Shop Team
Who is Genese Gigi Trémel?
First and always an artist who’s the Creator, Photographer and also the (Stylist, Hair, Makeup & Designer) of The Lady & Rock. I’m not shy but yet I am, I’m an extreme introvert with many layers who loves to stay hidden behind the art. I was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in the deep south and historical river city of Vicksburg, MS. I really love, and I’m very loyal to my family and friends.. I work for and with them in mind.
What is your current state of mind?
I’m always melancholy and feeling spiritual and connected to nature. It just depends on the season and day when it comes to how moody I am.
What is the best advice you have received so far about photography?
Only post and create what is important and true to me. I also apply my advice from my past art instructor and mentor Mr. Minton – Never stop learning and there aren’t mistakes in art.
Talk to us a bit about The Lady & Rock..
I feel like the business was my big chance given so it was created to showcase all beauty, give a chance to those who need it, take chances and as well as give second chances-even more than that. I have a past myself but I have a future too. When I was down after many attempts at a fashion career someone, in the form of Aly West (Erika’s younger sister) was determined to get me sewing again and creating art. She believed in my work and that got me excited. My chance was in the form of having all the supplies and equipment needed to get off the ground that was donated to me after her passing. What will stick with me is that even in her death bed she was trying to find a way to get someone to see my work. I know L&R will remain and we will keep her memory and others going. I want to show the strength in everything, celebrate individual beauty and communicate it to empower those to never give up. L&R’s motto is “Fusion historical voices with modern zen inspirations.” The fusion of historical voices through modern zen inspirations simply translate into the blending of various styles and cultures with a peaceful and harmonious joining. Every client, model and piece of work has to reflect the love of life given to us. Every work is special, individualistic and every work has it’s own voice if you choose to listen.
What do you love the most about your job?
The job itself, I love the beginning to end whether good or bad days or moments. I have a purpose and something to say and this job lets me share it.
How would you describe your style?
Balance (dark but light, good but evil…etc.), a fusion, spiritual, a story and emotional.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is my love, interest, hobby and obsession. I knew I wanted to be in the field at eight. I wasn’t surrounded by fashion growing up, it was just instinct and I knew my God wanted me too be in the field. I study every chance I got by reading books in the library, watching people and drawing outfits I felt fit their body type and just believing in my love for it. It is a commitment and genuine love for all things fashion that I keep going. Everything I do stems from my love for fashion. That’s how The Lady & Rock was created and branching into photography (thanks to the shove from Erika Chambers) – the need to share my vision.
As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?
Emotions, framing and my senses must connect. It’s hard to describe but my heart and head connect when the right image is captured.
What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?
I love to look at pictures, it’s been this way my whole life… I’m a very visual person. I will say I’m not easily a fan of actual photographers (or anything) unless I love the person behind the lens. I have a need to admire not just your work but the person who creates the work. The photographers’ work I love is my creative partner Erika Chambers and Nashville photographer/artist Fairlight Hubbard co/owner of Eye Model Management. I do admire photographers from the past because the knowing importance of pictures. The people who had to take pictures in the midst of war and tragedies are admirable for not just their emotional strength but the ability to perform their skill under such pressure.
What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?
I love feedback and create art from what I see and feel from you. The client creates my art. I will work to draw out the best, even if it means challenging you. I’m an extreme perfectionist.
What has been your favorite photo location or session?
Always nature, surrounded by trees and secret spots. I love to set up shoots that aren’t planned and just bring what is needed. Let art surprise me and this keeps me grounded.
What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
Never stop. Fall in love and believe in your work because it will get you through every stage of the work.
In today’s economy what changes are driving the fashion market place and how have you adjusted?
My belief – but it’s an over saturation of the need to use shock and awe. When you take all the bells and whistles away- do you have something worth while, important or even good? I adjust my approach and keep a watch on the good things, but I don’t change the core of who I am.
What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about the fashion world?
Everyone in the field is superficial and disconnected from the real world. Not true, there are those types but you also have those who aren’t. The industry can’t thrive with one type of personality – balance.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
One. Canon T-3i
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
50mm – it’s beauty and emotional.
What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
Batteries. The last thing I want is to not have back up especially in the middle of the woods.
What is your favorite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?!
Lightroom and online messages – I’ve lost my first ever shoot, first half of shooting and many other pics but I found messages with pictures I’ve sent to clients and models. So I’m thankful for that much.
Are you a MAC or PC chick?
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
It’s not. I believe in getting a great picture while shooting and using tools to enhance. I love to use it as an outlet for creating art pieces.
Cos we just have to ask…!! What is your favorite +PS tool?? And how has it improved workflow time?
I them love all! With the volume of work The Lady & Rock do it’s a life saver with keeping pictures and styling consistent.
Do you maintain a studio or do you rent one when needed?
I maintain a small studio and use it for when it’s needed. I love the outdoors so much that I think I should set up an outdoors studio.
Three photography pet hates and why?
The framing of a picture. It will distract me and get on my nerves when things are framed weird and/or not framed good even while shooting. It makes me feel off balance.
An over edited face – unless the subject had a perfect face there’s no need for smoothing the face to the point of no character. Texture and little quirks makes someone individuals and human.
Large logos especially with a bad font – I understand the need for watermarks but large logos with fonts that suck will drive me nuts. It’s distracting and draws the eye away from something more important – the picture.
What keeps you awake at night?
My mind and art. It’s hard for me to sleep and so I find I do a series of cat naps. I have to sleep near paper and pencils because I will likely wake up with ideas or draw.
Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?
In a really nice bed. I tend to fall asleep on the couch, in the chair, the floor… where ever I stopped working at.
What words would your friends use to describe you?
Ha well I asked that question to friends and l got a quite the response. See below!
Sees what everyone sees, but see what no one else sees.
An outer-worldly creative, unwaveringly determined, enigma, spiritual,
Creative, brilliant, humble, eccentric, & constant!
Loyal, hard-working, straightforward, leader, persistent, hilarious, experienced.
And don’t forget crazy.
What words would your clients use to describe you?
Surprising but great final product, make you feel comfortable.
Eccentric brilliance in fashion-forward consciousness, very instructive.
I will capture your vision, models-able to pose and look a way they didn’t know they were capable of, a mystery wrapped in an enigma who happens to be thoughtful, creative and able-bodied, eccentric and funny.
Do you play music whilst shooting? If so, what are you digging right now?
It depends on the shoot, most of time in the studio setting to get a mood. When I’m shooting in nature I don’t play music, someone else turned it on- besides I don’t have the latest phones ( I have a love/hate relationship with phones). I need to focus and feel a connection to nature. This guides me to where to take a shot and it encourages communication. I always listen to music before a shoot and while editing. I really love working with artist- lover of music and if I shooting them it gives me a sense of them.
I’m digging right now – Sade’s song Love is Found, the music of artist I work with and I literally love music as a whole – all genres have good music. Always my source of inspiration- The Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Fleetwood Mac especially the song Sisters of the Moon, Fred Hammond’s song Blessings and Honor, and everyone that knows me or have meet me know I’m a HUGE fan of Korean group JYJ – Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu.
What lies ahead for you?
Always art, growing as an artist and person, The Lady & Rock (growth, strength and touching man-kind). Shooting my dream clients.
Website (temporary) – The Lady & Rock
This is where my perfectionist side is a pain… so we’re working on yet another site.