We sat down with the smiley Chelsea Badger, AKA the genius behind the lens of Littlek.
Starting out as a budding photographer at house parties, after much persistence, this passion later turned into shooting for a myriad of well-known Aussie music festivals, including Groovin the Moo, Laneway Festival and Falls Festival, to name a very few.
Years of hard-work and discipline has allowed Badger to forge herself as one of Perth’s most trusted and respect photographers.
So, how’s its been going?
Yeah, good thanks! I broke my foot two months ago so I’m on the final stretch of healing at the moment. I’m also enjoying my last month of uni break before I head back to complete my last semester. It’s been an intense few months but I’m ready for an amazing 2019!!
What does photography mean to you?
Photography to me is about capturing a moment that holds a memory or a feeling.
How did you learn photography – briefly describe your photography journey?
I was self-taught. I’ve loved messing around with camera’s since I was young and trying to figure out how things work. My photography journey has been very long but I’ll try my best to keep it brief. My love for taking photo’s started when I was a young teenager, casually shooting house parties which then turned into shooting at nightclubs and for DJ’s. Then I began shooting live music on behalf of blogs and working for artists, which is where I am right now.
What was the biggest thing you learnt as an aspiring photographer in your early days?
- Carry extra batteries
- Always say hello and introduce yourself to security guards and other photographers in the photo pit
- Work hard and then work harder and when you think you can’t possibly work any harder, keep going
- Wear black
- Don’t be protective of your skills
Describe one of your best memories photographing?
Touring as a photographer with Groovin’ the Moo in 2016 was probably one of my favourite tour memories ever. It was the most intense thing I’ve ever done in my life but I’ve also never been so happy. I was constantly pinching myself, it’s the most incredible feeling, living out something you’ve dreamt about doing for so long.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a photographer?
Learning not to compare myself to other photographers. I think this is something that every creative struggles with at one point in time. It can be easy to not feel good enough when everyone else seems to be ‘killing it’ but I think its very important to remember everyone’s journey is different and someone else’s success should be celebrated and not treated as competition. The only person you should be in competition with is yourself.
What are your three ‘must-have’s’ when shooting a festival or event?
- My Canon 6D Camera (50mm, 1.8 lens)
- My clip-on flash and extra batteries (for backstage snaps)
- Portable power bank (I’m one of those extra organised people)
Would you like to shoot an overseas festival, like Coachella, in the future?
Oh yeah, I’d love to one day for sure! We are so lucky to have such a strong music scene in Australia though. We have so many excellent festivals and shows here, it’s always such a good vibe!
Finally, for all the budding photographers out there what’s your biggest piece of advice?
Oh my goodness, I could write a whole essay about advice! So often, I get new photographers reaching out to me asking me how to ‘make it’ and I wish with all my heart there was an easy way to make it but there just isn’t. It’s all about hard work, perseverance, a good attitude and honestly, personality. You have to be willing to work extra hard, say yes to everything and smile. Good things come to those who work hard. So if you have enough drive, motivation and passion, you’ll make it!