One of the many blessings of being in this line of work is the chance it has afforded me to meet so many amazing human beings, who are also out hustling hard and doing what they love. One of those such humans is my new and dear friend, fashion photographer Lindsay Anne Delaney.
*all images by Lindsay Anne Delaney.
I met Lindsay…I honestly can’t even tell you where and when. It was probably a swanky fashion party, because in the short time that this East Coaster turned Toronto transplant has been in the city, she has made herself a staple in the 6ix fashion scene. All I know is that one day I was running into her here and there, and by the next we were sharing meals and drinks and having regular phone calls to discuss our hopes, dreams, fears, and goals with honesty and openness, and more importantly, with the full intention of helping each other achieve everything we wanted and what we hadn’t thought of yet. Because Lindsay Anne Delaney is in the business of making dreams come true, be they her own or the dreams of others.
Born and raised in St. John’s Newfoundland, Lindsay knew early on that photography would be her calling. She started her educational journey at the New England School of Photography in Boston before entering the Visual Arts Program at the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville (of which she became Valedictorian), then graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax with a major in photography in 2011. The following year, a chance meeting with Canadian model Lorca Moore would put Lindsay on the path to fashion photography. Lindsay landed an internship with Lorca’s partner, acclaimed fashion photographer Chris Nicholls, and that learning experience gave Lindsay the confidence she needed to pack her bags and head to Toronto. There, she landed a job as a photographer’s assistant for St. Joseph’s Communications, unheard of for someone so fresh out of school. Influenced by greats like Mario Testino and Helmut Newton and mentored by the likes of Tanya Watt, Lindsay’s goal of making her own name in fashion photography began to take shape. Through job after job and project after project, Lindsay would hone her skills and grow her talent; a keen eye, a stunning aesthetic, an inexhaustible work ethic and the passion that would fuel her drive to make her dreams come true.
Today, Lindsay’s list of accomplishments continues to grow. She’s photographed celebrities and fashion icons, from Blake Lively and Coco Rocha on the red carpet to Jason Priestly and “Fashion Santa” Paul Mason for the covers of Preferred Magazine and Swagger Magazine respectively.
Her work has even been featured right here in Addicted, so I figured it was time to turn the camera back on the artist and have her share her story with her. Let’s learn how Lindsay made her dreams come true, so we can get inspired to do the same for ourselves.
What is your official title? Do you have one?
Depends on the day, the project and what I have on table. But Photographer.
Is this a job you attained or did you create it for yourself?
I have definitely made this position for myself. There are not enough hours in a day to complete what I have running through my brain every morning.
How did you get into your current line of work?
After I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, I landed an internship and then booked it to Toronto shortly after. The struggle was real.
Started from the bottom and worked my way up. Took every opportunity that was presented to me and made the best of it. Learning from everyone on set. I wanted to know what everyone’s role was and how they got to where they are. The more I advance in my career more I feel like all life experiences I had have somehow oddly prepared me for what is to come.
What was your first job ever?
Subway Sandwich Artist –lol
What was your most hated job?
I was assistant manager of an accessories store. Brutal.
Before you created your dream job, what was the best job you had?
My first year of College studying Visual Arts I was the shooter girl at bar called the 104 in Stephenville Newfoundland. That whole year was special but that was a fun time in my life working there.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Honestly, if I hadn’t landed an internship of a lifetime I would have gone to and done my Masters in Art Therapy in Montreal. I still think about that path sometimes.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
This is a loaded question. I have been asked this a lot lately, and it changes on the daily. 2018 has been such a journey and a gift. As I keep setting goals for myself and hitting them I just keep getting more excited. I am proud of what I stand for as an artist. I used to assist a stylist who always told me to be a producer and not a photographer, because “you have an awesome personality, and they make good money.” Money is important but creating and executing images that make my stomach dance is what’s important to me.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?
Living your dream job isn’t going to be easy. Put in the hard work and surround yourself with people that are better than you are in your craft. Accept the fact that you’re going to be fighting and working harder than you ever have. And set goals; daily goals, monthly goals and yearly goals for yourself. Failing is not failing, it’s learning. Listen to your gut and don’t let other people tell you what you are most suited for. You decide.
Keep up with Lindsay and her work through her Instagram here.
*images all shot self-portrait style by Lindsay herself. Makeup and styled by Lindsay, assisted by Alicia Churilla, hair by Cassandra